Edinburgh, Scotland Meeting Planning Overview
The capital of Scotland and home of the Scottish Parliament and the Scottish Executive, Edinburgh is a very popular UK destination to visit and host meetings. Edinburgh Airport, which lies 8 kilometers to the west of the city, is the third biggest in the UK in terms of airport passenger numbers (following London and Manchester). It serves millions of passengers every year, and is a transatlantic gateway, with flights to Newark, New York, and Toronto. With world-class hotels and venues, good road and rail links, and a compact city center that has almost everything within walking distance, it's easy to see why Edinburgh has earned its place as one of the most popular conference cities in the UK.
Speaking of world-class event venues, the award-winning Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) has a spectacular collection of adaptable spaces that have been designed to cater to the needs of attendees. Their facilities include auditoria of various capacities, break-out suites, and spacious exhibition and reception areas. Their larger rooms include the Lennox Suite that can accommodate up to 2,000 people, the versatile Cromdale Hall that has a maximum capacity for 1,200 guests, and the Strathblane Hall that can host a reception for up to 850 people. The city also has the Edinburgh Conference Centre, which has year-round facilities suitable for all kinds of conferencing needs. The venue features the James Watt 1 center with tiered seating for up to 600 delegates, and the James Watt 2 center that has 1,000 square meters of versatile space.
Popular MICE hotels in the city include the Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian, Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa, and Radisson Blu Hotel Edinburgh. The city and surrounding areas also have a wide range of historic and world famous venues in which one can hold conferences or social events – including The Royal Yacht Britannia, Usher Hall, Letham House, and The Real Mary King's Close.