If you like a corporate venue with a twist, you’re going to love some of the places we’ve reviewed in and around Edinburgh recently.
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society
THE SCOTCH MALT WHISKY SOCIETY, HOUSED IN A STUNNING GEORGIAN TOWNHOUSE ON EDINBURGH’S QUEEN STREET, IS FAMOUS FOR ITS COLLECTION OF RARE AND SINGLE MALT WHISKIES, BUT LESSER KNOWN IS ITS COLLECTION OF VENUE SPACES.
Further details at: The Scotch Malt Whisky Society
The Royal Botanic Gardens of Edinburgh
SET IN MORE THAN 70 ACRES OF STUNNING PARKLANDS AND GARDENS, THE RANGE OF VENUES AND FACILITIES WITHIN THE ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS OF EDINBURGH ALLOWS FOR A WONDERFULLY WIDE ARRAY OF FUNCTIONS.
Further details at: The Royal Botanic Gardens of Edinburgh
Musselburgh Race Course
The floor to ceiling glass walls of the rooms at Musselburgh Race Course, just six miles from Edinburgh, are obviously designed to give fabulous views across the track on race day, but even on the drabbest days they create a wonderfully light and airy atmosphere when the venue is used for meetings and celebrations.
Further details at: Musselburgh Race Course
The Real Mary King’s Close
SHROUDED IN MYTH AND HIDDEN BENEATH THE HISTORIC OLD TOWN, THE REAL MARY KING’S CLOSE IS AN INTRICATE WARREN OF ROOMS AND CLOSES WHICH COME TOGETHER TO CREATE A FASCINATING BACK-DROP AS A UNIQUE EVENT VENUE.
Further details at: The Real Mary King’s Close
The Assembly Rooms
THERE’S DEFINITELY A FINE ART TO MODERNISING A BEAUTIFUL BUILDING, WHILST RETAINING ITS CHARACTER AND CHARM AND IT’S SOMETHING THE ASSEMBLY ROOMS ON EDINBURGH’S GEORGE STREET HAVE PULLED OFF WITH AMAZING STYLE.
Further details at: The Assembly Rooms
Royal College of Physicians
With parts of the College designed by Robert Adam and dating back to the 1770s combining with a modern conference centre for up to 300, The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh in the heart of the new town truly has the best of both worlds.
Further details at: Royal College of Physicians
COMMANDING A VIEW DOWN EDINBURGH’S ROYAL MILE, THIS VICTORIAN TREASURE COMBINES DRAMA AND CHARM WITH STATE OF THE ART AV FACILITIES TO CREATE A HIGHLY VERSATILE MEETING VENUE.
Further details at: The Hub
The Merchant’s Hall
IT’S LITTLE SURPRISE THAT HAVING BEEN BUILT IN 1870 THE MERCHANTS’ HALL IS STEEPED IN HISTORY, BUT WHAT IS SURPRISING IS THE CLEVERLY INCORPORATED MODERN AMENITIES IN THIS WONDERFUL BUILDING THAT MORE RECENTLY DESIGNED VENUES WOULD BE PROUD OF.
Further details at: The Merchant’s Hall
Edinburgh International Climbing Arena
THE EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL CLIMBING ARENA (EICA) IS ONE OF THE MOST UNUSUAL VENUES I’VE VISITED AND, WITH CAPACITY TO HOLD UP TO 1,200 THEATRE STYLE AS WELL AS HAVING A RANGE OF SMALLER ROOMS, IT’S ONE OF THE MOST IMPRESSIVE.
Further details at: Edinburgh International Climbing Arena
AT THE HEART OF EDINBURGH CITY CENTRE THE ICONIC EDINBURGH CASTLE DOMINATES THE SKYLINE, MAKING IT THE PERFECT VENUE FOR A CORPORATE EVENT TO IMPRESS.
Further details at: Edinburgh Castle
IT MAY BE CALLED DYNAMIC EARTH BECAUSE IT TELLS THE STORY OF OUR CHANGING PLANET, BUT IT’S ALSO DYNAMIC AS FAR AS A CORPORATE VENUE IS CONCERNED.
Further details at: Dynamic Earth
National Galleries of Scotland
There can be very few venues in the world where works by Picaso, Van Gogh, Monet or Warhol adorn the walls for a corporate events or wedding reception, but the National Galleries of Scotland is one such place and the beauty of the venues doesn’t stop there.
Further details at: National Galleries of Scotland
National Museum of Scotland
We all know that it’s difficult to visualise something from words alone and photographs help, but if you’re looking to host an event for anywhere between 10 and 1,500 guests, I urge you to visit the National Museum of Scotland on Chambers Street.
Further details at: National Museum of Scotland
Unusual corporate and wedding venues don’t get much more unusual than Edinburgh Zoo, although I’m not sure the chimps were as overwhelmed with seeing me as I was with seeing their Budongo home as a reception venue.
Further details at: Edinburgh Zoo
I hadn’t realised how functional Dovecot Studios are from looking at their website and was therefore very pleasantly surprised by my visit to these modernised Victorian baths.
Further details at: Dovecot Studios
Like many country estates, Hopetoun House has played host to corporate events for a number of years and with the main house alone being able to hold receptions from 100 – 400 people and dinners for 20 – 300 people its success should come as no surprise.
Further details at: Hopetoun House
The Signet Library
ONLY A STONE’S THROW FROM THE ROYAL MILE, BUT WITH THE SENSE OF BEING A MILLION MILES FROM THE HUSTLE AND BUSTLE OF TOURISTS, TRINKETS AND BAGPIPES, LIES WHAT I CAN ONLY DESCRIBE AS AN OASIS OF CALM – THE SIGNET LIBRARY.
Further details at: The Signet Library
Set in its own impressive parklands with horses galloping in the distance, there’s a real feeling of Downton Abbey about Dundas Castle and I for one would love to be Lady Mary for the day.
Further details at: Dundas Castle
We all know that Mansfield Traquair is a bride’s dream for a wedding venue, but it can also make a stunning corporate venue as well.
Further details at: Mansfield Traquair
We were invited to visit Gilmerton House, a luxury country house near Edinburgh set in its own grounds, on a rather chilly day and were very grateful to be greeted by a roaring fire and freshly brewed coffee.
Further details at: Gilmerton House
If you like a venue steeped in history, Winton House, considered a masterpiece of Scottish Renaissance architecture, is an absolute must see.
Further details at: Winton House
The Scotch Whisky Experience
When you think about The Scotch Whisky Experience you tend to think of a five star tourist attraction, and of course you’d be right, but if you’re looking for an unusual venue in Edinburgh it also boasts a impressive private events suite at the top of the building.
Further details at: The Scotch Whisky Experience
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