Edinburgh: Quirky venues for events

C&IT uncovers Edinburgh's best-kept secrets, from hotel hideaways to the home of Lothian gin. First up, quirky venues for events.

Scotch Whisky Experience's Castlehill Room
Scotch Whisky Experience's Castlehill Room

Dovecot Studios is a tapestry studios established by the 4th Marquess of Bute in 1912, as an offshoot of William Morris’ workshops at Merton Abbey in London. It caters for between 20 and 250 guests for events including conferences, drinks receptions, meetings and launches.


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The Scotch Whisky Experience completed a renovation of its top floor event space last year, with the Castlehill Room, which holds up to 80, featuring a series of copper and brass installations illustrating whisky production. The Whisky Blenders room, meanwhile, has handcrafted oak cabinets displaying notable blended whiskies and accommodates up to 20.

National Museums Scotland opened ten new galleries in July, including the Explore gallery, a space featuring interactive exhibits, feats of Scottish engineering and famous ‘faces’ like Dolly the sheep, and is available for private views and drinks receptions.

Heads & Tales bar is the place for gin. It shares the location with the Edinburgh Gin Distillery, which can be booked exclusively for events and guests can watch the gin being made as they drink it.

Carlowrie Castle, built in 1852 and nine miles from the centre of Edinburgh, opened last year for events following a renovation, seating 120 for dinner or up to 450 in a marquee and offering a contemporary luxury setting with traditional touches.

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