Travel Information

The Christian-Muslim Studies Network is excited to welcome scholars from across the globe to Edinburgh for what promises to be an enriching discussion of this developing field.

Eating in Edinburgh

These food options are all within walking distance of New College.

  • Dishoom
    • Indian cuisine – Halal for lunch and dinner
  • Elephant House (The “Harry Potter cafe”) –
  • Cafe Truva – 251–253 Canongate
    • Mediterranean cuisine
  • Nandos – 32a Chambers St
    • Casual Portuguese cuisine with a focus on chicken
  • Benes
    • Traditional fish and chips takeout from the Royal Mile

Seeing Edinburgh

Edinburgh has a rich history and a stunning cultural heritage enjoyed by . Below are some suggestions for some of Edinburgh’s well-known points of interest. All are within walking distance of New College.

  • The Real Mary King’s Close
    • A 1-hour “social history” tour of daily life in Edinburgh centuries ago
  • Calton Hill
    • A short walk to see Edinburgh’s “Greek” ruins with stunning views of the city
  • St. Giles Cathedral
    • A centuries-old piece of Scotland’s religious heritage
  • Royal Mile
    • Edinburgh’s downtown street, running from Edinburgh Castle to Holyrood Palace, the queen’s residence in Scotland
  • Princes Street and Princes Street gardens
  • Holyrood Park
    • A large green space at the far end of the Royal Mile with a St. Margaret’s Loch, the ruins of St. Anthony’s Chapel, and the inactive volcano known as Arthur’s Seat
  • Edinburgh Castle
  • Camera Obscura
    • An interactive museum with curiosities and Edinburgh’s oldest camera obscura

Travel Details

With presenters and attendees coming from nearly every continent, we have created this page to help make travel both to and within Edinburgh as smooth as possible. We will update this page as we become more aware of your various travel plans, so feel free to check for further information as travel dates approach.

Arrival

If you plan to arrive at Edinburgh Airport (EDI), a one-way tram or speed bus can take you to New College within 30 minutes. Both finish their routes at or near Waverley Station, which is a 5-minute walk from New College.

The area around New College and Waverley Station is also a hub for buses that travel throughout the city. (We recommend downloading the smartphone app “Transport for Edinburgh” for convenience in finding bus schedules and maps if you plan to use the bus system.)

Travel to Accommodation

If you plan to stay in university accommodation (which can be booked through the university website), you can travel by bus to both Masson House and Pollack Halls within 10 minutes.

To reach Masson House, walk to North Bridge Station and take any of these buses:

  • Bus 8 (Royal Infirmary): Disembark at Grantully Place stop. Turn onto Blacket Ave. and enter the gated accommodation area, then check in directly at Masson House.
  • Bus 14 (Greendykes): Disembark at Commonwealth Pool stop.  Walk down Dalkeith Rd/A7, turn left onto Romero Place, and keep left until you reach Masson House. 
  • Bus 30 (Musselburgh): Disembark at East Preston Street Lane stop. Turn right onto Dalkeith Rd/A7, then left onto Holyrood Park Road. Enter the gated accommodation area, then check in directly at Masson House. 
  • Buses 31 (Bonnyrigg) and 37 (Deanburn): Disembark at Salisbury Place. Turn onto Blacket Ave. and enter the gated accommodation area, then check in directly at Masson House.

If you are staying in Pollock Halls, walk to North Bridge Station and take any of these buses:

  • Bus 8 (Royal Infirmary): Disembark at East Newington Place stop. Turn right onto Preston St., then right again onto Dalkeith Rd/A7 and left onto Holyrood Park Road.
    Pollack Halls is on the right.
  • Bus 14 (Greendykes): Disembark at Commonwealth Pool stop. Turn right onto Holyrood Park Road. Pollack Halls is on the right.
  • 37 (Deanburn): Disembark at East Newington Place stop. Turn right onto Preston St., then right again onto Dalkeith Rd/A7 and left onto Holyrood Park Road.
    Pollack Halls is on the right.

Flights into Edinburgh

If you are flying from North America, you may find less expensive flights through Dublin (which holds the additional advantage of offering a simpler U.S. Customs clearance before you return to the United States). You could then book a short flight from Dublin to Edinburgh Airport on Ryanair or Aer Lingus.

Flying into London first is also an option. You can often find inexpensive flights from London to Edinburgh at Ryanair, although they fly out of London’s Stansted airport rather than Heathrow.

You can also take a 4-hour train from London to Edinburgh Waverly Station, which sits directly in front of New College. Waverly Station is also the stop for the Airlink Express and the tram from the airport. You can book trains via Scotrail.

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