UPDATE OF SERVICES

In accordance with the government advice, all our face to face activities are  temporarily suspended. For information about our current online services please refer to the ‘Support during COVID-19‘ page.


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