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Edinburgh and Scotland

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh, Scotland's capital, is the perfect location for an international Congress. It has all the facilities international delegates would expect and is small enough, and friendly enough, to explore thoroughly on foot. It has a magnificent city-centre setting, with its ancient castle dominating Princes Street - the main shopping thoroughfare.

Map of Central Edinburgh

Edinburgh is a city rich in architectural delights, with the elegant buildings of the 18th Century New Town contrasting with the characterful tenement buildings of the 16th and 17th Century High Street and Old Town. The Congress will take place in the George Square Campus of the University of Edinburgh which is centrally located, close to the Old Town.

Further information on Edinburgh and Scotland can be found on many web sides including:

Eilean Donan, near Kyle of Lochasch

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Travel to Edinburgh

Very extensive information on all aspects of travel in the UK is provided on a2btravel.com web site.


Edinburgh International Airport, situated approximately 20 minutes from the city centre, is served by regular direct flights from many UK and European cities. Up to 20 flights (approx. 1 hour's duration) are available daily from London Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted Airports from connections world-wide. For North American visitors there are convenient direct flights to Glasgow Airport.

Taxis between Edinburgh Airport and the city centre cost approximately £15 and the journey time is 20 minutes. Alternatively a bus service operates every 15 minutes until 1930 on weekdays and then every hour thereafter. The bus terminates at St Andrew Square. At weekends buses leave every 30 minutes. The cost is approximately £3.50. Delegates using the bus are then advised to take taxis to their hotels.

Glasgow International Airport is 80 kilometres from Edinburgh. A bus service operates from the airport to Glasgow city centre and then on to Edinburgh. The journey takes 1 hour and 45 minutes and costs £6. In Edinburgh, buses stop at Haymarket Railway Station and terminate at St Andrew Square bus station in the city centre. Delegates using the bus are then advised to take taxis to their hotels.

Some airlines flying to Edinburgh and Glasgow:


Waverley Train Station, Edinburgh's main rail station, is at the east end of Princes Street, the city's main street. Rail travel from London's Kings Cross Station takes approximately 4 hours and 30 minutes and there are many rail connections from other UK cities.

Some useful rail sites:


Day and night coaches operate regularly between St Andrew Square bus station in Edinburgh and Victoria Coach Station in London. The journey lasts 8 hours and 30 minutes and costs approximately £25 for a return journey.

Coach companies:


Driving time from London, via the M1 and M6 motorways, is approximately 8 hours, from Newcastle, via A696 and A68 or via A1, is approximately 2.5 hours, and from Glasgow, via M8 motorway, is approximately 1 hour.

The following UK car companies have online services:


Scandinavian Seaways sail into Newcastle (2.5 hours drive to Edinburgh) from Germany, Sweden and Holland. North Sea Ferries sail into Hull (5 hours' drive to Edinburgh) from Belgium and Holland. Caledonian MacBrayne sail between West Coast of Scotland and Scottish islands.

Useful Telephone Numbers

Telephone code for the United Kingdom is 44. The area code for Edinburgh is 0131 (zero should be omitted when calling from abroad).

Edinburgh Airport Inquiries: (0131) 333 1000
Glasgow Airport Inquiries: (0141) 887 1111
Rail Inquiries: (0345) 484 950
National Express Inquiries: (0141) 331 1341
Edinburgh Bus Service Information - Traveline: (0131) 225 3858
Lothian Region Transport: (0131) 555 6363
Guide Friday (airport transfer): (0131) 556 2244
Taxi Cabs:

Car Hire: Scandinavian Seaways: (0191) 293 6262
North Sea Ferries: (01482) 377 177

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General registration will begin on Sunday 4 July 1999 from 1400-2000 in the Chaplaincy Centre on the Congress Site. Thereafter, the registration desk will remain open throughout the Congress, beginning each morning at 0800.

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General Information


The Edinburgh University snack bars and Student Unions will be open throughout the Congress and will sell a wide variety of sandwiches and hot lunches. Alternatively, there are a variety of restaurants, snack bars and shops in the vicinity of the Congress site.

Banking and Currency Exchange

Currency exchanges are available at Edinburgh and Glasgow Airports, Edinburgh Waverley Train Station, and most Edinburgh city centre banks and Post Offices. Delegates may also use the University branch of the Bank of Scotland which is located on the George Square Campus and is open 0900-1700 Monday to Friday.

Climate and Weather

In July the weather should be mild, but it is advisable to bring a light rain jacket. The average temperature in July is 15C. Current weather in Edinburgh is available from city.net.

Scottish Tourist Board

If you wish to extend your stay in Scotland and require further information please contact the Scottish Tourist Board, telephone: +44 (0131) 332 2433, fax: (0131) 315 4545.

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