EWDA 2014 - European Wildlife Disease Association Conference

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Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland - a compact metropolis with a great wealth of history and culture depicting its country's development through the ages. Regarded as one of the greenest, and architectually most beautiful cities in Europe, Edinburgh remains one of the world's top tourist destinations.

The city centre is divided into the Old Town and New Town. To the north of Edinburgh Castle, the New Town is home to the city's main shopping district, national art galleries and grand townhouses. To the south, Edinburgh's Old Town is a winding network of cobbled streets, boutique hotels and restaurants and The University of Edinburgh - one of Europe's oldest academic institutes.

The conference is taking place during the world famous Edinburgh Festival. Each August the city of Edinburgh hosts the largest annual cultural festival in the world which attracts thousands of visitors to the city. With a population normally of over 450,000 this figure increase to well over a million during August. Hosting the conference during the Festival will provide delegates and their families with a social programme to meet every possible taste and budget. It does mean however we cannot stress how important it is to book your accommodation as soon as possible. We recommend booking accommodation before May 2014. After this time availability will decrease dramatically and prices will increase significantly.

Conference Venue

John McIntyre Conference Centre, Edinburgh

The conference will be held at:
John McIntyre Conference Centre
18 Holyrood Park Rd
Edinburgh EH16 5AY.

The conference will be held at the world class John McIntyre Conference Centre in the heart of Edinburgh. The venue is situated within Pollock Halls University campus and close to Arthur's Seat, the extinct volcano that sits in the heart of the city and is a key feature of Edinburgh's famous skyline. Limited accommodation will be available on site at Pollock Halls. The conference venue is within easy walking distance of Edinburgh city centre and many of Edinburgh's top tourist attractions.

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Local Map

The map of Edinburgh city centre below highlights the conference venue as well as the accommodation options available through our accommodation agents.

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Edinburgh in August is usually mild warm weather with temperatures between 12°C - 24°C, but can also be subject to sudden showers. Layered clothing is advised and an umbrella or rainwear may be necessary.

The local bus service is operated by Lothian Buses and offers reliable and regular services throughout the city. Please note that buses operate and exact fare system, i.e. they do not give change and you should have your money ready as you board. The flat fare for adults is £1.50 for any distance around the city or you can purchase an All-Day ticket for unlimited travel for one day at £3.50. Full details can be found at www.lothianbuses.com.

Edinburgh 'Black Cab' Taxis are the easiest way to travel around the city and will normally cost £5.00 - £15.00 for most city centre journeys. Many taxis are now able to accept payment by credit or debit card, but please ask the driver at the beginning.

Black Cabs can be hailed on the street if their orange light is on. Alternatively, please request a taxi at the reception of your hotel or conference venue.

You can also call to book a taxi by phone (they will require a specific address for pick-up):
• Central Taxis: 0131 229 2468
• City Cabs: 0131 228 1211

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