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Is there accommodation on site?

Yes! Merchiston offers comfortable accommodation for all tastes and pockets. For more information and reservation details, click here


Is there parking on site?

Parking at Merchiston is free but limited. There may be a short walk to the venue from some of the parking available on campus or on adjacent roads. Staff will be on hand to direct traffic during busy times. A loading bay is available to the right of the main building to upload and unload harps, and disabled parking is available in front of the main building and by the Theatre and the Mappa Mundi building. Please note that vehicles must be parked in designated areas and should not obstruct any entrances or exits. Parking is not permitted adjacent to the Theatre or the Mappa Mundi building, except in the case of disabled users (a disabled badge must be displayed). For a map of the venue and grounds, visit our venue page


How do I register for my course?

Course participants must register for their course(s) on arrival at Merchiston. Our Registration Desk is located at the Festival Hub in the Main Building and will be open during the following times:

Friday: 3:30pm – 6:00pm
Saturday: 8:00am – 6:00pm
Sun – Tues: 8:30am – 6:00pm


Where can I collect my tickets?

Tickets will be emailed to you from our event ticketing providers eventbrite. Please print them out or have a copy with you of them on your smart phone/tablet. All tickets have a barcode which will then be scanned by our stewards on entry to the event.


Can I hire a harp at the Festival?


Unfortunately, we have no more harps available for hire at the 2018 festival, as we experienced high demand this year. However, if you only require a harp for one or two days, please contact the office. We may be able to help. Please contact us to confirm before booking any workshops or courses, as tickets are non refundable.

Harps are generally intended for those coming from abroad who may have problems in transporting a harp to the UK. The cost of hire for the duration of the Festival is £60 or £15 per day. Bookings for harp hire must be made in advance and payment should be made at the Festival Office on arrival at Merchiston.

For more details, please email office[at], or phone +44 (0) 131 554 0212


Is there someplace I can leave my harp when I’m not attending a course

Harps may be stored, at the owner’s risk, in the 6A Club (opposite the Theatre Building).  Information will be provided at the Festival about access arrangements.  All instruments, cases, bags must be clearly named and it is advisable to have these insured by the owners.  EIHF and The Clarsach Society do not accept any responsibility for loss or damage to any personal effects sustained during the Festival.


How do I book private lessons?

Private lessons will be available from a wide range of tutors. A one hour lesson costs £30. Bookings can only be made at the Festival via The Clarsach Society Information Desk at the Festival Hub in the main building. The Information Desk will be open Saturday to Wednesday from approximately 9am to 5pm, but may vary on occasions.


How do I book a private practice room?

Practice rooms are available for use by course participants.  Bookings can only be made at the Festival via The Clarsach Society Information Desk at the Festival Hub in the main building.  There is no charge for the use of the room – but please remember to cancel the booking if you change your mind about this.


Where can I find more information about The Clarsach Society

The Clarsach Society Information Desk will be located at the Festival Hub in the main building where you can find out more about:

Society Branches
Harp hire
Sale of music folios
Young Composers’ Award
Annual Scholarship
Private lessons
Booking of Practice Rooms
Massage – bookings can be made
Holistic pulsing – bookings can be made

Or visit the Society’s website