capital city is a fusion of fabled streets and historic
buildings, contained within avibrant modern city. It
is stunningly beautiful and also compact, with a wonderful
atmosphere and very friendly people. Its location, mild
climate, easy access and more pubs and restaurants per
capita then any other city in the UK, make Edinburgh
the ideal place for an international scientific conference.
To the city
from Edinburgh Airport
Taxi - no need to book, always available
at the Airport taxi rank - approx £18-20
Airlink Express bus - approx 20 minutes
£3.00 each way
Getting around Edinburgh
It's a great city to explore on foot. Delegates
will find the city not only visually stunning but
also very accessible. For longer journeys around the
city, there are plentiful buses and taxis always available.
Edinburgh: 457,830 (June 2005)
Scotland is part of Great Britain and plays a full
part in its parliamentary democracy. The Scottish Government
is based in Edinburgh, with authority over education,
law, transport, health and some social services
within the country. Great Britain is a member of the
Bank opening hours vary according to different banks
so the following times are given as an indication
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 0900 - 1700
Wednesday 1000 - 1700
Saturday 0900 - 1200
See www.xe.com for currency calculator
Scottish banks issue their own bank notes but they
have exactly the same value as those issued by the
Bank of England and they are legal tender in all parts
of mainland UK.
British electrical standards are 50Hz 230 volts, so
some North American and European electrical devices
may require converters. All will require plug adapters.
The telephone number for emergency services in the
UK is 999.
There are no vaccinations required or recommended
for entry into the UK. The Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh,
a large teaching hospital, is located just 15 minutes
south of the city centre.
Since April 2006, there has been a ban on smoking
in all enclosed public places throughout Scotland.
There is no bed tax. Value Added Tax (VAT) is charged
on all purchases in shops, hotels, and restaurants
at a rate of 20%. There are no other taxes on purchases.
Save Money On Your Event Expenses. Reclaim
People travelling to Scotland on business may be entitled
to reclaim tax charged on event expenses as
well as accommodation, business entertaining, meals,
transport and much more. A company called Tax Back
International can assist you. See Tax Back International
website (opens in new window) or call +353 1 878
3361. Just send your original invoices and Tax Back
International will process your claim. Terms &
The Truth About the Weather
Edinburgh enjoys a moderate year-round climate,
with none of the violent extremes of weather which
could interrupt a meeting schedule or social calendar.
From April to September, temperatures are mild and
compare favourably with other European cities; annual
rainfall is less than in Frankfurt, New York and Rome.