Visiting EIHF

Below you’ll find all you need to know about attending the EIHF in-person at our fantastic new venue of George Watson’s College in Edinburgh.

Any questions that aren’t answered below? Then contact us.


Covid Safety

In Scotland it continues to be a legal requirement to wear face coverings in certain indoor settings.
We would kindly request that all those attending the EIHF wear face coverings whilst inside George Watson’s College unless they are exempt.

During our courses, workshops and concerts our tutors and performers will wear face coverings when moving around, but will be unmasked for teaching and performing.

Please use common sense and if you feel at all unwell do not attend the festival. Additionally, if possible, please consider taking a LFD test prior to attending to reduce the risk of unknowingly passing on any infection to others.

Directions to George Watson’s College

Venue address: 

George Watson’s College
Colinton Road
Edinburgh EH10 5EG

If coming by car: 

From the West (M8)

At the roundabout at the end of the M8 motorway keep to the right-hand lane and follow the signs for the City Bypass, the South & East (A720). 

Continue on the City Bypass for approximately 2 miles to the Dreghorn exit (B701). 

Leave the City Bypass by the slip road and turn left. Go straight ahead at the mini-roundabout and left at the next roundabout (B701). 

Continue until you reach traffic lights at the end, where you should turn right on to Colinton Road. Travel to the roundabout where you should turn left, continue along Colinton Road, straight ahead at the traffic lights, keep right at the mini-roundabout and straight ahead at the next traffic lights. The entrance to the School will be on your right-hand side.

From the East (A1)

Come off the A1 at the junction for the A720, City Bypass. 

At the roundabout take the first exit, A720 (signposted Forth Road Bridge). At the Sheriffhall Roundabout take the third exit. 

Travel to the Lothianburn Junction and branch left (signposted City Centre). 

At the roundabout take the second exit, A702. Continue to cross road bridge and at the ensuing roundabout continue forward. 

Travel to the crossroads and at the traffic signals continue straight ahead to Morningside. 

At the traffic signals continue forward and after 0.7 mile turn left into Colinton Road. 

The entrance to the School will be seen on the left-hand side.

If coming by bus:

Click HERE for a list of buses serving George Watson’s College (please note no.45 does not run at weekends)

If coming by train / bus / plane, onward bus directions from Waverly station, by Princess Street:

Option 1

Exit station to Princess Street.

Bus 11 or 16 (frequent services) on the castle side of the Street by the Scott Monument (opposite Marks and Spencers).

Get off at Holy Corner. 

Cross the road and walk down Colinton Road for about 5 minutes. 

The school is on your left.

Option 2

Exit station to Princess Street.

Bus no. 10 (frequent services) on the castle side of the Street by the Scott Monument (opposite Marks and Spencers).

Get off at Polwarth Church. 

Immediately turn left into Gillsland Road. 

A short walk takes you to Colinton Road. The school is facing you on the opposite side of the road.

Option 3

Exit station to Princess Street.

Walk along past the Scott Monument on your left. 

Turn left at the art galleries on to the Mound.

Bus no 23 (frequent  service.) 

Get off at Holy Corner. Then proceed as for Option 1

Bus no. 27 (frequent service)

Get off at Polwarth Church and proceed as option 2

Parking, harp drop off and venue accessibility

Parking and harp drop off:

Parking is widely available in the East and West quads (behind the main building frontage), in front of the school and in the car park just inside the main gate )on the left hand side). 

Harp drop off:

There will be harp drop off points either side of the main door of the school.

Venue accessibility:

There is disabled parking in the West quad.

Wheelchair access is available from the West quad. Please note the main door of the school has steps.

Inside the venue there are steps between the ground and first floor but there is a lift available for use.

Where to Stay

Edinburgh is a popular tourist destination, and as such offers a wealth of accommodation options to suit every budget.

Below is a list of options within reasonable walking or public transport distance of George Watson’s College.

Please note: these are not recommendations, and EIHF takes no responsibility for the quality, location or affordability of any of the establishments mentioned.

Hotels

All timings (except Dreghorn) for walking between accommodation and George Watson’s College (taken from Google Maps).

MORNINGSIDE

BRUNTSFIELD

LOTHIAN ROAD

LAURISTON

DREGHORN (by City Bypass)

B & B / Guesthouses

For a more comprehensive selection of options

For a more comprehensive selection of options

Course Registration

We won’t be having a formal course registration at this year’s festival, but you can be sure of a warm welcome at the Hub on your arrival and we’ll let you know which room your course is in.

Any sheetmusic required for your course will be provided by your tutor in class.

For workshops, you’ll be able to find out it’s location for this at the Hub and our friendly stewards will scan your tickets on arrival at the room.

Workshop handouts/sheetmusic will be given out at the workshop by the tutor.

Food and Drink

Barista coffee (and snacks) will be available from 8:30am

A lunch service in the festival cafe will be available from 11:45am-2pm

The festival bar is open from 4pm – midnight

Merchandise

There will be a small selection of merchandise available to purchase at this year’s in-person festival at our festival Hub, by the GWC reception. We’ll have jewellery by Drift Wood Harp (also available in their Etsy shop from Tuesday) and a small array of other festival goodies.

You will be able to purchase CDs and books from our artists at their concerts.

We strongly encourage you to visit our Harpmakers’ Exhibition as many exhibitors will have sheetmusic, CD’s and gifts available to purchase… as well as that harp you just REALLY need to buy!

Late Night Sessions

We are VERY excited to announce that the EIHF Late Night Sessions are back for 2022. 

We will be hosting sessions at our wonderful new venue of George Watson’s College after our concerts in the bar area.

To download our session tunebook click HERE.

Open Platform – your chance to perform at the EIHF!

We are very excited that we will once again have an acoustic open platform each lunchtime from 12-2pm. Spots tend to start every 15mins and last 10mins. This is a wonderful supportive environment to play in so do consider signing up to perform!

Please email media@harpfestival.co.uk if you’d like to play. 

Harp Store

Harps may be stored, at the owner’s risk, in room G29 in the school. 

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.

The cost is £35 for the duration of the Festival. Payment can be made in advance or at the Festival Office on arrival.

For more information and to book in advance (essential), please email us.