Cultured, historic and picturepostcard perfect, Edinburgh is one of the most visited cities in the UK. Edinburgh is currently rated the UK's top city outside London in the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) conference rankings and, last year, business tourism brought in £90.1million. Medicine, education, finance and insurance are key sectors with employers including Standard Life and the NHS.
Name: Edinburgh Castle
Address: Castlehill, Edinburgh, EH1 2NG
Tel: 0131 668 8686
Edinburgh Castle offers a suitably grand setting for corporate gatherings. Groups of up to 250 can combine dinner with an exclusive viewing of the Scottish Crown jewels while the traditional Queen Anne Room can seat 120. PRICE DDR rates for the Queen Anne room start at £62 (+VAT) including lunch.
SMALL BUT PERFECTLY FORMED
Name: The Royal Yacht Britannia
Address: Ocean Drive, Leith, Edinburgh, EH6 6JJ
Tel: 0131 555 8800
A former floating residence for the Queen, the ship’s grand state room can host up to 96 people for dinner and the intimate Officer’s Wardroom can seat 16. PRICE Prices for exclusive hire of the Yacht and a four-course dinner start at around £140pp (+VAT).
Name: The Caves
Address: 8-12 Niddry Street South, Edinburgh, EH1 1NS
Tel: 0131 557 8989
Reputed to be haunted, The Caves forms part of the Edinburgh Vaults, a series of spooky chambers formed in the 19 arches of Edinburgh’s South Bridge. The vaults can seat up to 250 for a seated dinner or 400 for a reception (pictured). PRICE Room hire starts at £400 (+VAT).
ON A SHOESTRING
Name: Surgeon’s Hall
Address: Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9DW
Tel: 0131 527 3434
Part of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, the Prince Philip Building reopened this year after a £1.5m revamp. Event space is spread over three floors with thirteen rooms, including the smart Deacon Hall, suitable for 200.
Address: The Exchange, Edinburgh, EH3 8EE
Tel: 0131 300 3000
The Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) features state-of-the art technical facilities and vast flexible events space. The Lennox Suite features movingfloor- technology and transforms from a 1,600m2 flat-floored hall into raked auditorium, arena or tiered cabaret modes. Breakout rooms can host from 24. PRICE DDR starts from £40pp.
OUT OF TOWN
Name: Carlowrie Castle
Address: Boathouse Bridge Road, Kirkliston, West Lothian, EH29 9ES
Tel: 0131 335 3184
Nine miles out of town, Carlowrie Castle reopened this year after a £3.5million restoration. Seven bedrooms can sleep 18 guests, with event spaces including the Orangery with seating for 120. An adjoining marquee can be erected for larger functions for up to 450. A dining room, boardroom and drawing room are also available. PRICE Room hire rates vary.
Getting there: Edinburgh Airport handles flights from across the UK and Europe. The new tram system offers a direct 20 minute link from the airport. Regular train services run into the city, with London five hours away by rail. The Caledonian Sleeper runs between London (Euston) and Edinburgh nightly.
For further information, contact Convention Edinburgh on 0131 473 3666 or www.conventionedinburgh.com
Tel: 03000 261 223