About Edinburgh


As one of the most vibrant and cultured cities in Europe, Edinburgh is a wonderful city to visit, with a fantastic selection of shops, bars, restaurants, museums and sites of interest.

Situated in an area of Scotland that once was volcanic, it is not only the political capital of Scotland, but very much the cultural capital.

Probably the most famous part of Edinburgh is The Royal Mile, which links Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse. It is fifteen minutes’ walk from the FOCUS Course venue. Although called the Royal Mile, the actual distance is one mile and 107 yards from entrance to gates.

Edinburgh is famous for holding large festivals each August. The Fringe Festival started in 1951 and from a very small beginning has grown to a large scale performing arts festival. In previous years there have been about 500 groups from around the world, performing in over 200 venues.

Course Venue

The course runs between the main eye hospital in Edinburgh, The Princess Alexandra Eye Pavilion, and the nearby Hotel Novotel. Registration is at the Novotel.

Princess Alexandra Eye Pavilion – 45 Chalmers Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9HA

Novotel Hotel Edinburgh Centre – 80 Lauriston Place, Edinburgh, EH3 9DE


Please contact us if you require accommodation advice. The Novotel have previously offered significant room discounts for FOCUS delegates who wish to stay there. 

Car parking in central Edinburgh can be challenging and is not free… Check with your chosen hotel if they have parking available, otherwise we recommend train travel (or bus/tram if coming from the airport).