Edinburgh is a visually stunning, compact and safe city - ideal for exploring on foot. It is easily accessible with excellent transport links by rail, road and air.

The City has a unique charm and originality. A stroll around Edinburgh offers stunning vistas as well as quiet, relaxing green space in parks and gardens. There is a thriving programme of exciting festivals and events year round along with a perfect mix of shopping, dining, entertainment, culture and history. For further information, see http://www.edinburgh.org/

Experience Edinburgh - this site is packed with information on what you can see and do whilst in the city. The site provides information for bus tours, pubs & restaurants, shopping and golf courses and adventure packed activities.

Useful Information

Britain's currency - pound sterling (£) - see www.xe.co for currency converters. Scottish banks issue their own notes with exactly the same value as those issued by the bank of England and they are legal tender in all parts of mainland UK. There are cash machines throughout Edinburgh and major credit cards are accepted.

Banking - most banks are open weekdays from 09:30 to 17:00 with reduced hours on Saturdays. Most branches have 24 hour ATM (or cash point)

Visas - citizens of the EU do not need a visa to enter Britain. If you are from any other country, find out about visa requirements before you travel - http://www.ukvisas.gov.uk/

Electricity - British electrical standards are 50Hz 230 volts, so some North American and European electrical devices may require converters; all will require plug adaptors.

Emergency services - dial 999 for police, fire and ambulance

Smoking - is banned in all enclosed public spaces throughout Scotland including conference venues, shops, restaurants, pubs and hotel bedrooms.

Value Added Tax (VAT) - is charged on all purchases currently at a rate of 20%, people travelling to Scotland on business may be entitled to reclaim the tax charged on event expenses

Government - Scotland is part of Great Britain and plays a full part in its parliamentary democracy; the Scottish Government is based in Edinburgh, with authority over education, health, law, transport and some social services; Great Britain is a member of the European Union.

Health - no vaccinations are required or recommended for entry into the UK. The Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, a large teaching hospital, is located just 15 minutes south of the city centre.

Worship - the Edinburgh city region has communities of many different cultures and faiths, and there are opportunities for worship in a wide range of faiths including Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism and Buddhism, as well as multi-denominational institutions which welcome people of all faiths or none.