How to get to Merchiston
Merchiston is just 4 miles from the city of Edinburgh and only 15 minutes from Edinburgh International Airport. Entry to Merchiston and the Harpmakers’ Exhibition is free – please stop by, we’d love to see you.
Merchiston Castle School
294 Colinton Road,
Edinburgh, EH13 0PU
From the North: After crossing the bridge, follow signs to M8 and Glasgow. Take slip road marked Edinburgh and City Bypass (A720). Follow Bypass southbound sign. Exit at Dreghorn Junction (Colinton exit). Follow signs for Redford Barracks: Merchiston is opposite these, on the north side of Colinton Road.
From the South: A1, A7 and A68 all lead to the City Bypass. Follow signs for the Queensferry Crossing and Airport. Leave Bypass at Dreghorn Junction (Colinton exit). Follow signs for Redford Barracks: Merchiston is opposite these, on the north side of Colinton Road.
From the West: From the M8, do not follow route to Forth Road Bridge, but continue on to the City Bypass, following southbound signs. Exit at Dreghorn Junction, (Colinton exit). Follow signs for Redford Barracks: Merchiston is opposite these, on the north side of Colinton Road.
Travel information and route planner from the AA
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 Mappa Mundi building and Theatre. 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 Mappa Mundi building and Theatre, except in the case of disabled users (a disabled badge must be displayed). We respectfully request that residential participants staying on site for the duration of the Festival please park on the long driveway to avoid congestion. For a map of the venue and grounds, visit our venue page
There is a bus stop right outside the entrance to Merchiston. Lothian Buses No. 10, 18 and 45 pass here.
Travel information and route planner from Lothian Buses
Edinburgh’s main railway terminal is Waverley Station. From here you can take a taxi or bus to Merchiston. Travel time is approximately 30 minutes.
Train information from National Rail
Edinburgh International Airport is only 15 minute taxi ride from Merchiston, while Airlink 100 express bus service runs every 10 minutes from the airport to Waverley Bridge, next to Waverley Railway Station in the centre of Edinburgh.