Venue Information and Access

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The Edinburgh International Harp Festival takes place at Merchiston Castle School, a boarding school on the edge of the picturesque riverside village of Colinton, 4 miles south west of the centre of Edinburgh in a spacious 100 acres (c. 40 hectares) of exceptionally beautiful grounds.

For information on how to get to Merchiston, parking and more, click here.


As Merchiston is an old school, it is not fully adapted at this time. Since we want to be as inclusive as possible, please call the box office (+44 (0)131 554 0212) to discuss your accessibility requirements. We will take whatever steps we can to ensure your enjoyment of the Festival.

There are steps to the Festival Hub (reception) and the cafeteria in the main building. A ramp can be arranged to access these areas.

We very much regret that at this time we cannot get heavy electric wheelchairs up to the Memorial Hall.

If you are able to use a stair-lift, there is one which is accessed from the left side of the main building, next to the cafeteria. Please let us know if you wish to use it.

Accessible toilets are located by the cafeteria in the main building.

There is a ramp available as there are steps to get into the building.

Accessible toilets are also available in Mappa Mundi and Robertson buildings. Both these buildings are locked each day at 5:30/6:00pm at the close of the Harpmakers’ Exhibition.

For more details or assistance please contact us in advance of the Festival on +44 (0) 131 554 0212 or during the Festival on +44 (0) 7801 747118 or +44 (0)7732 419033.

Accessible accommodation is available on campus: please see the accommodation page for details.

For information on how to get to Merchiston, parking and more, click here.





Eat & Drink

Festival Café An array of tasty meals, snacks and drinks are available daily – the perfect place to eat, drink and chat with friends. Please note the café only accepts cash. Festival Bar and Late Night Sessions Our late night sessions ensure there is even more music to enjoy after our evening concerts. Bring your harp along (or any other instrument!) or just relax with a nightcap whilst soaking up the atmosphere.

Harp Store

Harps may be stored, at the owner’s risk, in the 6A Club (opposite the Theatre). Information will be provided at the Festival about access arrangements. All instruments and cases must be clearly named and 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.   

Harp Hire

A small stock of lever harps is available for hire at the Festival. These are generally intended for those coming from abroad who may have problems transporting a harp to the Festival.  Bookings for harp hire must be made in advance and payment can be made at the Festival Office on arrival. Call us on +44(0)131 554 0212 or email us ( for more details and bookings.