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There is a lot happening in Edinburgh during the Conference - theatre, exhibitions, tours, photogrpahy and (of course) whisky with a special Halloween twist. Shona and Caroline from the TMQA team have prepared a selection for your enjoyment

Halloween activities

Samhuinn Festival (31st October 9pm – 11pm) – Old Town

For one night only, journey back with Edinburgh to witness the Celtic celebrations where the summer and winter kings battle at the changing of the seasons.

Halloween Tours (various dates, locations and costs)

Feeling brave? Then why not choose a tour of the Georgian house or the closes of the old town.  Be sure to bring sturdy walking shoes and outdoor clothing.

Night of the living dead (31st October 6.30pm) Royal College of Physicians, £5

 Hosted in the Great Hall of the College building, see inside an excellent example of the New Town designs which 250 years ago brought to life the expansion of the city.


Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites – National Museum of Scotland, £10

Even if you are not an Outlander fan but have an interest in the political and royal history of Scotland, this exhibit talks you through the turbulent times surrounding the Stuart kings and their battles to regain the Scottish throne.

Hidden Gems – City Arts Centre, Free

Focusing on those pieces generally less celebrated and more unusual, this exhibition in a variety of media covers the period from the 18th century to the present day.

When We Were Young – National Portrait Gallery, Free

Coinciding with Scotland’s Year of the Young Person in 2018 this includes daguerreotypes from the 1840s up to digital prints from 2017.

French Impressionism – Scottish National Gallery, Free

Nineteen works including Monet and Degas.  Impressionism is credited with paving the way for modern movements in art emphasising technique over subject matter.

Shadows of War – The Queens Gallery, Palace of Holyrood house, £6.50

Roger Fenton’s Photographs of the Crimea in 1855 were focused on creating moving portraits of the troops.  Private talks and viewings are also available for groups.

Rogues Gallery – General Register House, Free

Mug shots of Scottish criminals taken from 1870-1917 and includes a cast of robbers, fraudsters, embezzlers and petty thieves are going on display in Edinburgh for the first time.

Gladstones Land – Open daily 10.00-17.00, £7

Admire one of the oldest buildings on the Royal Mile, its original features and hand painted Renaissance interiors which once housed wealthy residential and commercial tenants in its heyday.

The Georgian House – Open daily 10.00-17.00, £7.50

Admire the architectural grandeur and stunning period furnishings in the magnificently restored Edinburgh townhouse from the late 18th to early 19th century and discover paintings by Scottish artists, including Sir Henry Raeburn, Allan Ramsay and Alexander Nasmyth.


A play, a pie and a pint - (31st October – 4th November, 1pm and 3rd November, 7pm) Traverse Theatre £13.50

#71.  Join 71-year-old Chrissy and her friends Jean and Coco as they reminisce and share a truth which proves that most people are not as they present themselves.  Ticket price includes the 50-minute show, a pie and a pint of beer / 125 ml glass of house wine / regular glass of juice or tea or coffee.

Duet for One – (31st October – 4th November 7.30pm) Kings Theatre £18 – 31.50

Originally produced at the Almeida and following an acclaimed run in London’s West End this multi award winning play comes to Edinburgh.  Belinda Lang and Oliver Cotton star in a powerful play exploring the life of a concert violinist who is struck down by tragedy.


Edinburgh photo walks (booking required, prices vary)

Want to improve your photography skills while using the best spots in Edinburgh?  Join Will and his team as they guide you through the different skills and techniques with the city as your subject.  https://www.iconictours.co.uk/photography-introductionrefresher

Personalised Whisky (booking required, prices vary)

And finally, if you’re looking for a memento of your visit, why not look to have a personalised bottle of whisky.  http://www.specialscotchwhisky.co.uk/