Travel & Hotels

The Venue

Navigation 2021 will take place in the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) which is situated in the heart of Scotland's beautiful capital city, the EICC offers superb facilities and technology and has been voted one of the world's outstanding venues for conferences and exhibitions. Situated alongside UNESCO World Heritage architecture and hosting world-class entertainment - Edinburgh is a breath-taking city to hold events.

Edinburgh is renowned for inspiration and innovation. For centuries it has nurtured some of the greatest minds in philosophy, economics, finance, literature, law, medicine, engineering and architecture.

The EICC is located at 150 Morrison Street, Edinburgh, EH3 8EE | View Location Map

 

Transport

Travelling to Edinburgh by Plane
Edinburgh has one of the UK's fastest growing airports and new flights are always being added. Edinburgh Airport is extremely accessible, with 37 airlines flying 227 routes to 157 destinations. At the EICC, we have the luxury of being located right in the heart of the city and within 10km (6 miles) of Edinburgh International Airport.
For more information on which airlines and destinations connect to Edinburgh visit www.edinburghairport.com.

Travelling to Edinburgh by Train
Edinburgh has two railway stations:

Waverley Station, which is 1.3 miles from EICC, is the city's main railway station and has direct routes to many cities across the country, including over 25 daily departures from London.

Haymarket Station, which is just 0.4 miles from EICC, is a stop for many commuter and some UK train routes. Please ensure that you check with your rail network provider to find out if your train will stop at Haymarket or Waverley.

From Edinburgh Airport by Taxi
There is an excellent taxi service from the airport to the city. You'll find official airport taxis at the taxi rank outside the terminal building (follow the signs within the airport). It costs approximately £15 to get a taxi from the airport to the city centre and the journey takes 20 minutes depending on the time of day.

From Edinburgh Airport by Tram
Edinburgh Trams run between the Airport and York Place, in central Edinburgh, every 8-10 minutes Monday to Saturday and every 12-15 minutes on a Sunday. The closest tram stop to the EICC is at Haymarket Station. The first tram from Edinburgh Airport departs at 06:15 and the last is 22:45. Please visit Edinburgh Trams website for further information.

From Edinburgh Airport by Bus
The Airlink 100 operates a frequent bus service (every 10 minutes at peak times) between Edinburgh Airport and the city centre, with designated stops en route. The service starts at 04.30 and runs until 00.22 at night, with the journey taking 20 minutes. Tickets cost £4.50 single and £7.50 return. Delegates are advised to disembark at Haymarket Railway Station and to follow signs for EICC on foot (5 minute walk). See city centre map for directions.
The N22 bus also departs from outside the Airport entrance and runs every half an hour through the night until the Airlink service starts again. For more information about these services visit www.flybybus.com.

Accommodation

Edinburgh welcomes nearly four million visitors every year, so naturally there are plenty of accommodation options in the capital. No matter what your taste or your budget, there is a room in town that is perfect for you.

This city is home to some of the most iconic hotels in the world. For example the 5 star luxury hotel The Balmoral dominates the city skyline, towering over Waverley Train Station and instantly recognisable to anyone who has ever visited Edinburgh.

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Coveted by the rich and famous, J.K. Rowling completed the final chapters of Harry Potter in this very hotel. Other luxury hotels in Edinburgh include the Chester Residence, which was in fact voted the second most luxurious hotel in the U.K by users of TripAdvisor.

On the other hand, there are also plenty of accommodation options in Edinburgh that are both comfortable and affordable. All of the familiar chains are here, including Premier Inn, Travelodge, EasyHotel, Tune and Holiday Inn. There is also a wide selection of hostels in the city centre, so you are bound to find a place to rest your head whatever your budget.

If you fancy staying somewhere a little different, you'll find lots of cute and quirky boutique hotels in Edinburgh too. The stylish Radisson Collection hotel is located right on the Royal Mile and offers sleek and trendy suites with breath-taking views of the Old Town, while the chic-yet-friendly Nira Caledonia offers a home from home in the New Town.

We have put together a handy selection of hotels in Edinburgh, so take your time to explore the categories:

Navigation 2021 Organiser top tip: For delegates wishing to stay as close to Navigation 2021 as possible we suggest the following hotels:

  • Sheraton Grand Hotel and Spa - a five star hotel right next door to the EICC features an award-winning spa. You can book direct here.
  • The Double Tree by Hilton is a five minute walk from the EICC and is set within a lovely Georgian building. To book direct please click here.
  • The Leonardo Hotel (Leonardo Royal Edinburgh Haymarket) is a 5 minute walk from the EICC. You can book here.
  • There are five Premier Inns in Edinburgh with the closest being in Lauriston Place - See website for more details.
  • There are eight Travelodge hotels in Edinburgh with the closest to the EICC being the Edinburgh Haymarket hotel - See website for more details.

Enjoy your time in Edinburgh

Here in Edinburgh for Navigation 2021?

Then use this to plan your trip – perhaps stay an extra day or two and bring your family to Scotland’s breath taking capital.

There are plenty of exciting things to do in Edinburgh. With stunning architecture, endless winding streets and an awe-inspiring castle perched on a dormant volcano, there's nowhere else quite like it.

Start by sightseeing in the historic Old Town, where some of the best Edinburgh attractions can be found, such as the Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Mile. Discover the many secrets of the city - then pop into a cosy cafe and watch the world go by. With so many places to visit in Edinburgh, you'll be spoilt for choice.

The New Town boasts an array of shops and some of Edinburgh's best restaurants. And if you're feeling adventurous, you can even climb to the top of Arthur's Seat, an extinct volcano with the best views of the whole city.

You're never far from cultural attractions in Edinburgh. By day you can scale a monument dedicated to a wordsmith, admire artworks in galleries and treasured wonders in museums, or even discover the grounds of Holyrood Palace. By night you can enjoy tours, musical and theatre performances, or find your favourite dram in a charming whisky pub.

The Navigation 2021 team have picked out some must-see attractions and things to do in Edinburgh...


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EDINBURGH CASTLE

Recently voted top UK Heritage Attraction in the British Travel Awards, this should be a must-see on your list of places to visit in Edinburgh. Perched atop Castle Rock overlooking the city, Edinburgh Castle houses important Scottish artefacts, such as the Honours of Scotland, which are the oldest crown jewels in the UK, and The Stone of Destiny; an ancient symbol of the Scottish monarchy. Explore the vast castle grounds, take a guided tour with a castle steward, or listen to the audio guide, which is available in eight languages.

Listen out for the firing of the One O'clock Gun from the castle grounds, which can be heard daily (except on Sundays).

Navigation 2021 Organiser fact: Ships in the Firth of Forth once set their maritime clocks according to the sound of the shot.
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ROYAL YACHT BRITANNIA

Step aboard The Royal Yacht Britannia, Her Majesty The Queen’s former floating palace for over 40 years. Berthed in Edinburgh, follow in the footsteps of Royalty to discover the heart and soul of this most special of Royal residences.

From the elegant State Apartments to the gleaming Engine Room. See where Prince William and Prince Harry spent their summer holidays. Discover where kings and queens, world leaders and celebrities were wined and dined; from Frank Sinatra and Liz Taylor to Nelson Mandela and Sir Winston Churchill.

Navigation 2021 Organiser fact: All the clocks on board remain stopped at 15:01 – the exact time H.M. The Queen was piped ashore for the final time during the decommissioning ceremony.
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NATIONAL MUSEUM SCOTLAND

Scotland is known for having unpredictable weather, and if you happen to get caught in the rain you might be wondering what to do in Edinburgh. Visit the National Museum of Scotland, one of the best indoor attractions in Edinburgh and best of all, entry is free. With over 20,000 unique artefacts to see, there's something for everyone, and fun for all the family. Spend the day learning about the catacombs of Egypt, the wonders of nature and even modern-day technology.

Navigation 2021 Organiser top tip: The NMS is home to Dolly the Sheep – the first cloned mammal ever to be created from an adult cell. She is on display in the science and technology gallery.
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CAMERA OBSCURA AND WORLD OF ILLUSIONS

This top attraction in Edinburgh provides great fun for all ages - we dare you not to be amazed. With five floors of interactive curiosities and illusions to explore, there's something for everyone to enjoy. Lose yourself in the puzzling mirror maze or try to keep your balance in the exhilarating Vortex Tunnel.

Navigation 2021 Organiser top tip: Be sure to get an allocated show time so you don't miss out on seeing the 166-year-old Camera Obscura in action. This Victorian spectacle is a truly unique way to see Edinburgh; it takes sightseeing to the next level and cannot be missed. (lots of steep narrow stairs but worth it!)
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ENJOY A WEE DRAM AT THE SCOTCH WHISKY EXPERIENCE

No trip to the Royal Mile is complete without a visit to the Scotch Whisky Experience for a dram of fine Scottish whisky. The attraction offers a range of tour experiences that will suit first timers and whisky lovers alike. Take a tour of the virtual distillery and learn about the distilling process, then discover the art of whisky blending in a guided sensory presentation.

Navigation 2021 Organiser top tip: After you become somewhat of a whisky connoisseur, why not continue into the attraction's Amber Restaurant, where you can enjoy modern Scottish cuisine with another dram.
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BRAVE THE EDINBURGH DUNGEON

Looking for things to do in Edinburgh that are a little unusual? For a thrilling alternative adventure, visit The Edinburgh Dungeons, where you'll learn about the city's gruesome history. Walk the plague-ridden streets of 1645, evade the murderous duo Burke and Hare, and even face trial - good luck!

With live actors, underground rides and special effects, you're guaranteed a 'spooktacular' time.

Navigation 2021 Organiser top tip: The Edinburgh Dungeon often holds Dungeon Late events for adults, so if you're looking for things to do in Edinburgh at night - this could be it.
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