Edinburgh and Scotland, Tourist Information
Edinburgh (pronounced Edinbura) is the capital of
Scotland and is a major European financial centre. During the period
around the conference, Edinburgh will host the Edinburgh International
Festival - the largest arts festival in the world. In 2002 Edinburgh
became home to Scotland's first parliament since 1707 (when the act
of Union was signed linking the Scottish and English parliaments).
Scotland is one of the four countries making up
the United Kingdom. It has a strong Celtic heritage with two languages
unique to the country (Scottish Gaelic and Lallans). With some stunningly
beautiful mountainous regions one of the major industries is tourism,
although Scotland also has very strong academic, financial and electronic
sectors - not to mention whisky production.
Edinburgh is an inspirational conference destination
and one that, with our help, you can discover for yourself.
At the time of the conference the average temperature
high in Edinburgh is around 17°C and an average low of around
9°C, with an average of 65mm rainfall per month. Current forecasts
are available from Online
Weather (UK based), Yahoo (US
The currency in the UK is pounds sterling (£/GBP).
Scottish banks have the right to produce their own notes in addition
the UK standard Bank of England notes, so there are four versions
of each note (Royal Bank of Scotland, Bank of Scotland, Clydesdale
Bank and Bank of England). Currency conversion and conversion tables
for printing (cheat sheets) are available from Oanda.
(Note: Euros can be accepted in some stores in the UK, but that sterling
fluctuates against the Euro).
EU and US citizens require a valid passport but
no visa for a UK visit (however, we recommend checking with your
travel agent at booking time). Official information for all countries
is held at The
Foreign & Commonwealth Office.
For further information about Edinburgh can be
found at Edinburgh & Lothians