Parking: There is no parking available on campus. Paid parking is available on the surrounding streets.
Directions to Merchiston Campus, Colinton Road
Please see the following link for a street map with directions to Merchiston Campus, including buses from the city centre:
The map contains a link to Google maps, including the ‘Directions’ option which allows you to get directions from any other location in the city.
The campus is close to ‘Holy Corner’ (corner of Colinton Road and Morningside Road) where most buses stop. Bus drivers will be able to help you get off at the right stop. From the bus stop, coming from the city centre, you need to walk a few steps further ahead, then cross the junction at the traffic light, and take the street on the other side (Colinton Road), past the Bank of Scotland, Tesco’s, and Starbucks. Once you arrive at campus, walk straight ahead underneath the building, through the main entrance. The conference will be signposted, and there will be a conference registration desk in the foyer. The main university reception desk is to the right if you have any questions.
For travel within the city centre, you can purchase a single bus ticket from the driver (£1.70) or a day ticket (£4.00) – direct change only! Transport for Edinburgh (which includes buses and trams) have a smartphone app which allows you to purchase electronic tickets. This is a convenient option if you are short on change or are planning on frequent bus/tram use during your stay
From the Airport
An easy, comfortable and affordable option of travelling between airport and city centre is the Airlink Bus. Tickets are £4.50 single or £7.50 return. You can buy the tickets from a little kiosk in front of the bus station at the airport, or from the driver. Airlink Buses leave very frequently during the day, about every 10 minutes or so, and will make several stops on the way to the city centre. The best stop for the conference venue (and most of the hotels and B&Bs close to the venue) is Haymarket Station, although it’s still a 20-minute walk (which you probably don’t want to do with luggage, but there are always taxis waiting near the Haymarket stop: approx. £8-10 for a taxi from Haymarket to campus). Travel time from the airport should be about 20 minutes, depending on traffic (c. 30 minutes into Edinburgh city centre). The Airlink Bus will continue into the city centre and stop close to Waverley Station. For more info, see http://lothianbuses.com/services/airlink
Edinburgh also has a tram which takes you from the city centre, via Haymarket, to the airport. For more, see https://edinburghtrams.com/
Please note that for trams, you have to purchase your ticket via a vending machine. You cannot board without purchasing your ticket first.
From the Train Stations
There are two mainline train stations, Haymarket and Waverley. Haymarket is slightly more convenient for the conference venue, as it is closer and less hectic than Waverley. While walking from Waverley would take a little bit, you get spectacular views of the city the moment you emerge from the train station, overlooking Princes Street Gardens and the Castle. From Waverley, you can also take the Princes Street exit and catch a bus towards the venue (11, 15, 16 from Princes Street or 23 from The Mound or Hanover Street, just off Princes Street).
There is no shortage of accommodation in Edinburgh. Below you will find a range of choices to suit all budgets. Please note that we have not inspected all these places; they have been chosen because they are conveniently located for the conference venue in South Edinburgh. Some of the hotel chains listed here are in the city centre and a bit further away from the venue, but Edinburgh is a compact city and you could either walk to the venue or take a bus or taxi.
To find out the exact location of the accommodation in relation to the conference venue, you may like to use the ‘Get directions’ facility in Google Maps (http://maps.google.co.uk): the addresses for each hotel/guest house are listed below, so type that into ‘A’ and type ‘Holy Corner’ as your destination ‘B’ (Edinburgh Napier University’s Merchiston Campus, where the conference will take place, is at 10 Colinton Road, a few minutes by foot from what is known as ‘Holy Corner’. There are frequent bus services from the city centre that stop at Holy Corner)
4 Alvanley Terrace, Tel. 0044 (0)131 564 1901
A short walk from the conference venue in the lovely neighbourhood of Bruntsfield and across from Bruntsfield Links (a park). Their motto is ‘local luxury for all’ hence not the cheapest option!
Bruntsfield Hotel (Best Western)
69 Bruntsfield Place, Tel. 0044 (0)131 229 1393
A short walk from the conference venue in the lovely neighbourhood of Bruntsfield and across from Bruntsfield Links (a park). Some good pre-paid rates.
Hotel Du Vin
11 Bristo Place, Tel. 0044 (0)131 247 4900
In the city centre, fairly close to the Royal Mile and the Meadows (a park); you can walk across the Meadows to the venue in about 25 minutes. Bus number 23 also takes you from Bristo Place to Holy Corner. This is a more expensive hotel.
Well-priced chain hotel options:
Hunter Square, Tel. 0044 (0)131 240 7000 or South Bridge, Tel. 0044 (0)131 292 0000
In the city centre, close to the Royal Mile; a fairly long walk to the venue, but bus number 23 takes you from George IV Bridge to Holy Corner.
Market Street, Tel. 0044 (0)844 693 1077
In the city centre close to Waverley Train Station. A short walk to the stop for the bus number 23 which takes you to Holy Corner.
hub by Premier Inn
Rose Street, Tel. 0044 (0)333 321 3104
Right in the city centre and close to Hanover Street where you can catch bus number 23 to Holy Corner. This is a new hotel with compact but functional rooms and excellent budget rates.
Guest Houses / B&Bs
There are plenty of guest houses in different categories; here is a selection, all of them within reasonable walking distance of the conference venue. Some of them may have a minimum stay requirement.
* Categories for guest houses refer to the stars awarded by the Scottish Tourist Board.
Sandeman House ****
33 Colinton Road, Tel. 0044 (0)131 447 8080
This small guest house is literally across the street from the conference venue.
Cluaran House ****
47 Leamington Terrace, Tel. 0044 (0)131 221 0047
A lovely guest house on a quiet side street; you can walk to the conference venue in about 15 minutes, through the charming area of Bruntsfield, with little independent shops and cafes.
Ellesmere House ****
11 Glengyle Terrace, Tel. 0044 (0)131 229 4823
A guest house overlooking the Bruntsfield Links where you can try your luck playing golf. You can walk to the conference venue in about 15-20 minutes, through the charming area of Bruntsfield, with little independent shops and cafes.
There are also a number of guest houses on Gilmore Place – we have only listed a selection below. You should be able to find more on Booking.com etc. Gilmore Place is close to Tollcross and you can walk to the conference venue in about 20 minutes. Gilmore Place also offers easy access to the city centre, by foot or bus. There is a fair amount of traffic on this street, although it is not a major thoroughfare. If you like it quiet, try asking for a room at the back.
Town House Guest House ****
65 Gilmore Place, Tel. 0044 (0)131 229 1985
34 Gilmore Place, Tel. 0044 (0)131 221 1331
view through: http://www.booking.com/hotel/gb/balmore-house.en-gb.html
The Armadillo Guest House ***
12 Gilmore Place, Tel. 0044 (0)131 229 6457