A compelling mixture of vibrant cities and stunning countryside full of mountains, lochs and glens, Scotland has a dramatic history and a unique culture.
Scotland is big enough to be well-connected to the rest of the world, but compact enough to make it easy to get as much out of delegates’ time as possible.
As well as boasting major conference centres, Scotland also excels in providing unique and quirky venues – host your event in anything from a castle to a whisky distillery, before sending delegates off wildlife watching, or to try a round of golf.
The country is split in to three regions:
Central Scotland: contains everything from island-based whisky distilleries to world-class universities, and is home to three major cities. Edinburgh is Scotland’s capital, housing the country’s Parliament, two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and the iconic Edinburgh Castle, which overlooks the compact city below. Venues include the Edinburgh International Conference Centre, offering flexible spaces for anything between 100 and 2,000 delegates.
Glasgow is Scotland’s largest city. A leader in the field of medicine, it is known for its influential architecture, and for hosting large-scale events – in 2014 it was home to the Commonwealth Games. Venues on the renowned Scottish Events Campus (SEC) include the distinctive Armadillo, which has a 3,000-seat auditorium; the SEC Centre, which has 20,000m2 of exhibition space; and the impressive Hydro, perfect for live entertainment, with a capacity of 13,000.
Dundee, meanwhile, is a world innovator in gaming and graphic art design, and a leader in biomedical, life science and electronics. At the heart of the city is the 2,000-capacity Caird Hall – the historic building is also home to a majestic concert hall organ.
Northern Scotland: Offers unspoilt natural beauty, and stretches across the mainland to embrace islands off the coast. It also includes Aberdeen – a pivotal player in the oil, gas and renewable industries, and known as the ‘granite city’. Its flagship conference space – the AECC – is a large multi-purpose venue with further expansion due in 2019.
Southern Scotland: Acts as the natural border between Scotland and England, and offers a great blend of stately homes and outdoor activities. The stunning Blairquhan Castle dates from the 1800s and can host up to 70 delegates for an intimate, self-contained event in its picturesque countryside location.
For more information on business events in Scotland, please visit the Convention Scotland website