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If you’re new to Edinburgh and Scotland, then there is lots to discover!

Scotland for Newcomers takes place on Wednesday afternoons from 3pm to 5pm. There is a different topic and outing or activity every week, offering you a chance to get together, improve your English conversational skills and learn about Scotland – its people, culture, music, geography and much much more.

All Scotland for Newcomers activities are free of charge and there is no need to book – simply come along and join in! There is a Welcoming group on WhatsApp which posts regular updates about Scotland for Newcomers and other social activities – please email us at [email protected] with details of your mobile number if you’d like to be added.

Places that Scotland for Newcomers has previously visited:

  • Edinburgh College
  • Summerhall Art Gallery
  • Edinburgh Fringe
  • Portobello Beach
  • Cramond Island
  • Water of Leith
  • Grand Union Canal
  • National Museum of Scotland
  • Corstorphine Hill
  • Gallery of Modern Art
  • Arthur’s Seat
  • Seafield Recycling Centre
  • City Arts Centre
  • People’s Story Museum
  • National Portrait Gallery
  • Museum on the Mound
  • Botanic Gardens
  • Hermitage Braids
  • Edinburgh International Science Festival
  • Talbot Rice Gallery
  • National Library of Scotland
  • Royal Scottish Academy
  • Lauriston Castle
  • Blackford Hill
  • Bridgend Farmhouse and Craigmillar Woods
  • Volunteer Centre Edinburgh
  • Museum Collection Centre
  • Surgeons’ Hall Museum
  • The Writer’s Museum
  • Scottish Poetry Library
  • Edinburgh Zoo
  • Saughton Park
  • Museum of Fire
  • St Giles Cathedral
  • Museum of Childhood
  • Edinburgh College of Art Degree Show
  • Gorgie Farm
  • Dr Neil’s Garden