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About the John McIntyre Conference Centre

The John McIntyre Conference Centre sits in the shadow of Arthur’s Seat and Holyrood Park with the option of on-site accommodation. More information about the venue and accommodation options will be published in due course. The address of the venue is Pollock Halls, 18 Holyrood Park Rd, Edinburgh EH16 5AY.

Location Map (click to open in new window)

More information and pictures about the venue including a virtual tour is available from

John McIntyre Conference Centre Floor Plan

Getting to the John McIntyre Conference Centre (Edinburgh)

By Air

The conference venue is approximately 8 miles from Edinburgh International Airport. There are various options for getting to/from the airport and the city centre and you can find out more about these on the Edinburgh Airport Transport Links page. Using public transport it can take around 1hr and cost approx. £6.50 depending on your choice of tram or bus. Public transport options are very frequent with a bus or tram departing at least ince every 10 minutes.  Taxis can be pre-booked and there is also a ‘black cab’ taxi rank at the airport. Journeys using taxi take around 40 minutes depending on traffic and cost approx. £20. Note: If you are taking the tram from the airport buy you ticket at the stop before boarding as the on-board fare is £10

Route via Google Maps (click to open in new window)

By Foot

From Edinburgh city centre it’s a 1.5miles/2.4km walk that will take approximately 30 minutes. If you have some time you can always follow this route via the Scottish Parliament and through Holyrood park, which takes approx. 40 minutes

By Bus

The main bus operator in Edinburgh is Lothian Buses.  Buses are frequent and a journal will take approx. 20 minutes.  A standard adult one-trip fare is £1.50 Note: You’ll need exact change (Lothian Buses has an app for mobile ticketing but you have to purchase at least 10 tickets to start using it). There are various routes you can choose. From the shop side of Princes Street; take a bus to the Royal Commonwealth Pool on Dalkeith Road, conference venue is a short walk down Holyrood Park Road from the stop.

  • Lothian Buses: Nos 2, 14, 30, 33 from Princes Street

By Rail

The main railway station in Edinburgh is Edinburgh Waverley. The station has a taxi rank or you can walk up to Princes Street to get a bus.

By Taxi

A taxi from St. Andrew Square Bus Station or Princess Street to the conference centre will cost approximately £7 and take 5-10 minutes.

By Road

If you’re coming to Edinburgh from the South, take the A720; City of Edinburgh Bypass, then take the A7 Old Dalkeith Road exit at the Sheriffhall Roundabout going towards the City Centre. Continue straight for approximately 3 miles. Just past the Royal Commonwealth Pool at the lights, turn right onto Holyrood Park Road. Pollock Halls is the second turning on the right.

There is limited on-site parking which is on a first-come first-served basis.

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