Getting to Edinburgh and to the European Workshop on Learning Robots (EWLR98) venue

Edinburgh is easily reachable by air, train, coach, and car. Here are some links that can help you plan your trip:
  • Edinburgh Airport: Maps, facilities, airlines that serve Edinburgh, and public transport from/to the airport.
  • Train information: includes online timetables and planner. See also ScotRail's web page.
  • Coach information: includes online timetables, and fare quotations.
  • Travelling by car - these might be useful: Map of the city centre , map of the suburbs
  • Here is a map (postscript) of the city, and a map of the university central area and the surroundings (the two buildings of the Artificial Intelligence department are shown on the map - the workshop will take place at Forrest Hill). Also, some on-line info about travelling to/from the University of Edinburgh are here.

    You might find additional information about Edinburgh at:

  • Edinburgh City Guide (OpenWorld)
  • Edinburgh's District Council Official Guide
  • Edinburgh and Lothians Tourist Board

  • Accomodation information (under construction)

    Edinburgh offers a huge range of accomodation options ranging from magnificent five star hotels to homely guest houses to budget youth hostels. We have compiled below a list of few options (and we will be adding more over the next few days): they vary in their luxury level, but all are within reasonable distance from the workshop venue (less than 10-20 minutes walk, some even less), and have been checked/graded by either the Scottish Tourist Board, the AA, or the RAC. This only applies to the ones listed individually - you should check for entries listed as part of compilations. Some options have Web pages on the net, offering electronic booking etc. We list them first:
  • Pollock Halls (University of Edinburgh residence halls) with various options of booking from different countries, and on-line prices. Note: if you are also going to stay for SIRS-98, and you are booking accomodation in Pollock Halls through the SIRS-98 registration form, you can ask for extra nights using that form. For extra nights accomodation AFTER SIRS98, here is some info.
  • Hotels [middle - high prices]:
  • The Balmoral
  • Apex International
  • Guest Houses, B&Bs [low - mid prices]:
  • Sherwood Guest House
  • Balquhidder Guest House
  • Elmview Bed and Breakfast
  • Ben Doran Guest House
  • Galloway Guest House
  • Budget accomodation - Youth Hostels info: Scottish Youth Hostel Association , The Haggis-Backpackers. Some are on the web:
  • The High Street Hostel
  • The Princes Street Backpackers
  • Some other hotels, very close to the venue (less than 10 minutes walk), without web entries (that we know of):
  • Carlton Highland Hotel, 1 North Bridge, Tel.: +44 131 556 7277 Fax: +44 131 557 2451.
  • Old Waverley Hotel, 43 Princess Street. Tel +44 131 556 4648 Fax: +44 131 557 6316.
  • Thistle Inn Hotel, 94 Grassmarket, Tel.: +44 131 220 2299, Fax +44 131 225 5244. This is the nearest hotel to the venue (5 minutes walk).
  • If you have reached this point, and still haven't found anything, you can have a look at some other sources of information:
  • The Wee Guide to Edinburgh Accomodation
  • Bed and Breakfast Accomodation by Scotland HolidayNet
  • Hotels and B&Bs in Edinburgh
  • Milford lodgings list
  • AccomoDATA
  • Edinburgh Tourist Board accomodation page
  • Smooth Hound Systems Edinburgh entry
  • Accomodation information by the AA
  • or contact the Edinburgh Tourist Board Central Reservations Service: Write to: Central Reservations Department, Edinburgh and Lothians Tourist Board, 3 Princes Street, Edinburgh , EH2 2QP, Scotland. Telephone: +44-131-473-3855, FAX: +44-131-473-3886

    Other useful information

    A few more bits that might be useful to some:
  • Weather Forecast by the Met Office
  • Currency Converter
  • Edinburgh Interdisciplinary links :)
  • Deep Sea World

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