Photon 2008 Venue

Edinburgh Conference Centre




Photon08 will be held in the Edinburgh Conference Centre on the Heriot-Watt Campus. Located on the edge of one of Europe’s most vibrant cities, the centre is conveniently located for access to Scotland’s motorway networks and Edinburgh International Airport.

Edinburgh Conference Centre
Heriot-Watt University
EH14 4AS
Tel: 0131 451 3115
Fax: 0131 451 3199

Car Parks
Car Park C is for visitors to the conference centre and is free of charge.  Residential participants should park in car parks A or B. Residential and non residential guests may use either car park but vehicles are left at owners' risk.

Getting to Edinburgh

By Air
Edinburgh Airport: +44 (0)870 0400 007

Edinburgh International Airport is served by scheduled national and international flights. The airport is on the west of the city, just 3 miles from the campus. The journey by taxi takes about 10 minutes.

Most major airlines fly to and from Edinburgh, for more information visit

By train
National Rail Enquiry Service (24 hours): +44 (0)845 7 48 49 50
Web: or

The mainline rail network serves the centre of Edinburgh:. Edinburgh Waverley is at the east end of Princes Street and Haymarket station is at the west end.

Onward travel to Heriot Watt University can then be made either by taxi or local bus from either rail station, please see web pages above for further information.

Alternatively, there is a more limited service to Curriehill station, which is a short walk from the main campus. 

For more information please contact the national rail enquiry service.

By Bus
Citylink: +44 (0)870 550 5050

National Express: +44 (0)8705 80 80 80

Stage Coach: +44 (0)0871 200 22 33 (Traveline)
All national coach services to Edinburgh arrive at St Andrew's Square bus station, situated at the east end of Princes Street.

Operated By Stage Coach the X40 departs from Inverkeithing rail station via ferry toll park and ride, Barnton, South Gyle, Gyle Shopping Centre, Edinburgh Park and Sighthill. The service operates hourly from 09:00 till 19:00 Monday - Friday

Getting to the Edinburgh Conference Centre, Heriot-Watt Campus

Traveline: +44 (0)871 200 22 33
Local travel information for bus and rail services in Edinburgh, East Lothian and Midlothian.

By local Bus
Lothian Buses (24 hours): +44 (0)131 555 6363
Web: (Note: search for "Riccarton Campus")
First: +44 (0))8708 72 72 71
The journey to Heriot-Watt University by bus takes about 30 to 45 minutes from the city centre. The 25/25A departs from Princes Street, via Haymarket Station, Gorgie Road and Sighthill.

The 25 is the most frequent bus to Riccarton Campus, leaving the city centre every 10 minutes during the day and every 30 minutes after 19:00. During peak times, morning and evening, Monday to Friday, the 25a provides an additional services to Riccarton Campus.

The 34 departs from Ocean terminal via Princes Street, Fountainpark and Sighthill. The service operates Monday to Friday from 06:00 until 23:00, leaving every 15 minutes during the day and every 30 minutes after 20:00.

The 45 leaves from St Andrew Square via the Mound, Tollcross, Bruntsfield, Colinton and Currie. The service operates every 30 minutes Monday to Friday from 06:30 till 18:00.

The 25 runs until midnight, after which Lothian buses operates the N25, an half-hourly night bus to Edinburgh Campus from Waverley train station via Princes Street, Haymarket, Gorgie and Sighthill.

All Lothian buses daytime bus fares are £1.20.  Please note exact change is required.

Bus service schedules are subject to change and enquiries should be directed to Lothian buses of First Group, particularly as tram lines are currently being constructed throughout the city..

By Taxi
Central radio taxis +44 (0)131 229 2468
City cabs: +44 (0)131 228 1211
The journey from the city centre takes around 30 minutes.

By Road
Edinburgh Conference Centre at Heriot-Watt University is situated half a mile west of the Calder Junction exit from the A720 city bypass. The bypass connects with the:

  • A8/M8 and M9 (West and central Scotland)
  • A1 (East and south Scotland
  • A7/A68 (Borders and south Scotland)

When arriving via the M8 from Glasgow, turn right at the Hermiston Gait roundabout and make sure that you follow the A71 signs for Kilmarnock.

By Cycle
+44 (0) 131 451 8163
For information on cycle routes and where to secure your cycle, please see the above website.

Campus Facilities
Participants have use of a range of facilities on campus. 

  • General store offering an extensive range of produce, toiletries and gift ideas
  • The picturesque sunken garden with woodland campus walks and a jogging circuit
  • Bank and ATM
  • Launderette – details are available from the University main reception desk
  • Medical Centre
  • Bookshop

In addition, residential participants may use the sport and exercise centre.  The centre has a multi-gym and cardio-vascular suite, squash, tennis and badminton courts, a jogging circuit, a general all-weather pitch and outdoor rugby and football pitches.  Admission cost is £3.70.

Pay phones
Pay phones are located in the main reception foyer; between the bookshop and Microbyte catering facility on the lower ground floor of the Hugh Nisbet Building plus the entrance foyer of each residence building

ATM Machines
The ATM located outside the main reception to the University charges for withdrawals, while the machine located next to the bank on the lower ground floor offers a free service.

The college lounge bar will be open on Monday evening until 23:00hrs.
Café Brio offers a selection of bottled beers, plus some optic spirits will be our public bar which will be open until 22:00 each evening Monday-Friday inclusive.

The main reception desk carries a variety of publicity leaflets advising guests on various restaurants in and around Edinburgh.  In addition there is information on fast food outlets which will deliver on site for those guests arriving late. 

Restaurants below are approximately 15 – 20 minutes car journey from Heriot Watt.

Amber Restaurant at the Scotch Whisky Experience
354 Castlehill, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH1 2NE
Approx 20 minutes from Heriot Watt
New restaurant serving traditional Scottish dishes.

David Bann Restaurant
56-58 St Mary's Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1SX
(Off the Royal Mile and the Cowgate)
Popular vegetarian restaurant

Oloroso Bar & Restaurant
33 Castle Street, Edinburgh, EH2 3DN
A-la-carte, grill and bar menu

La Favorita
325-331 Leith Walk, Edinburgh, EH6 8SA
Tel: 0131 554 2430
Log fired pizzeria and gourmet pasta

Internet access
Provided personal laptops are WiFi enabled, this facility may be accessed anywhere within either James Watt Centres I and II.  From our website: please go to ECCNET page and from there enter the password ‘eccwireless07’.  The password may have to be entered twice.





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