Edinburgh has a temperate maritime climate like the majority of Scotland. It has cold and humid winters and mild summers. The annual average temperature is 48°F (9°C). There is rain in the city throughout the year. For weather forecast information, click here.
For more information on the city, please refer to this document. This provides information on the key areas for the conference as well as travel and suggestions for food and drink.
Navigating the City
As a city, Edinburgh boasts being easy to walk around - it was voted ‘Most Walkable City’ in 2017 by Living Streets! The conference venue is half a mile (9 mins) from Edinburgh Waverley, the city’s main train station. So if you would prefer to stay in one of the many hotels in the city centre, reaching the city by rail and navigating on foot is an easy way to get around. Likewise, if you would prefer to stay further out, access to a train station will make reaching the venue simple.
Trains from both Edinburgh Airport and the rest of the UK frequently run to Edinburgh Waverley (also simply called ‘Edinburgh’ on the National Rail website). Train times can be checked, planned and booked through the National Rail website. In addition to its main station, Edinburgh has several other local stations with direct connections to Waverley.
Approximate direct train times between Edinburgh Waverley and other cities:
London Kings Cross: 4.5 hours
Glasgow Queen Street: 50 minutes
Manchester Piccadilly: 3 hours
Birmingham New Street: 5 hours
If you are planning to travel to Edinburgh by train, we recommend booking tickets in advance. Visit the National Rail website for more information on train times and tickets.
Edinburgh Airport offers flights from a wide variety of international and domestic destinations. Please visit their website for more information and flight bookings. Whether you are travelling from abroad or the UK, flight offers a fast and convenient way to get to the city.
Once you are here, trains from Edinburgh Gateway at the airport will reach Edinburgh Waverley in 10-20 minutes. You can also reach Edinburgh Gateway by tram or bus directly from the airport, before catching your train. See this website for more details.
Taxi and cab
Information about hiring taxis in Edinburgh can be found here.
City Cabs is one of Edinburgh’s main companies and can be hailed on the street or pre-booked. Visit the website or call 0131 228 1211 for bookings, Private hire cars can also be booked, these must be approved by The City of Edinburgh Council and display a PHC plate on the dashboard
Private cars can be booked if required, but bear in mind parking in the city centre may be limited.
Edinburgh offers Wi-Fi friendly trams, which run 14 km from York Place in the city centre to Edinburgh Airport in approximately 35 minutes. Wheel chair access, ramps and lifts are provided at the stops along the route. Visit this website for more information.
Finally, public hire cycles are available in the city centre, if you prefer to feel the wind in your hair but want something quicker than walking. Visit this website for more information on pricing and finding cycle hire points.
Edinburgh has many different options for accommodation. CLA has blocked a number of rooms in the following hotels. Information on special fares and how to book will be disseminated by IFRRO. They are both a short walk from both Edinburgh Waverley and the conference venue.
The following links are particularly relevant if you are attending the conference from outside the UK. If you have any further questions, please get in touch using one of the methods on our contact page or contact the relevant organisation directly.