Scotland for Newcomers

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 with details of your mobile number if you’d like to be added.

Past Activities


Wednesday 21st June – Seafield Recycling Centre 

Wednesday 14th June – National Museum of Scotland 

Wednesday 7th June – Cycling for Newcomers 

Wednesday 31st May – City Arts Centre 

Wednesday 24th May – Gardening & Upcycling 

Wednesday 17th May – People’s Story Museum 

Wednesday 10th May – National Portrait Gallery 

Wednesday 3rd May – Museum on the Mound 

Wednesday 26th April – Botanic Gardens 

Wednesday 19th April – Hermitage Braids 

Wednesday 12th April – Edinburgh International Science Festival 

Wednesday 5th April – Talbot Rice Gallery 

Wednesday 29th March – National Library of Scotland 

Wednesday 22nd March – Royal Scottish Academy 

Wednesday 15th March – British Science Week 

Wednesday 8th March – Lauriston Castle 

Wednesday 1st March – Blackford Hill 

Wednesday 22nd February – Bridgend Farmhouse & Craigmillar Woods 

Wednesday 15th February – Royal Scottish Academy 

Wednesday 8th February – National Museum of Scotland 

Wednesday 1st February – Volunteer Centre

Wednesday 25th January – Museum Collection Centre 

Wednesday 18th January – National Portrait Gallery 

Wednesday 11th January – Surgeons’ Hall Museum


Wednesday 14th Dec – Welcoming Photography Exhibit

Wednesday 7th Dec – Talbot Rice Gallery 

Wednesday 30 Nov – National Gallery of Scotland 

Wednesday 23 Nov – People’s Story Museum 

Wednesday 16 Nov – The Writer’s Museum

Wednesday 9 Nov – Edinburgh World Heritage 

Wednesday 2 Nov – The National Museum of Scotland 

Wednesday 26 October – Tour of the National Library of Scotland

Wednesday 19 October – A visit to the Botanic Gardens

Wednesday 12 October – A tour of the Scottish Poetry Library

Wednesday 5 Oct – A walk up Corstorphine Hill 

Wednesday 28 September – Discover the local library

Wednesday 14 September – A trip to Edinburgh Zoo

Wednesday 7 September – A visit to Saughton Park

Wednesday 31 August – A walk up Arthur’s Seat

Wednesday 24 August – Democracy Walk

Wednesday 17 August – A comedy show at the Free Fringe

Wednesday 10 August – A trip to the Free Fringe

Wednesday 29 July – A visit to the Museum of Fire

Wednesday 13 July – A visit to St Giles Cathedral

Wednesday 6 July – A visit to the National Museum of Scotland

Wednesday 29 June – A visit to the Museum of Childhood

Wednesday 22 June – Scotland for Newcomers Discussion & games

Wednesday 15 June – Poetry Walk

Wednesday 8 June – A visit to Summerhall

Wednesday 1 June – A visit to the Edinburgh College of Art Degree Show

Wednesday 25 May – A trip to Dr Neil’s Garden

Wednesday 18 May – A trip to the Scottish Parliament

Wednesday 11 May – A trip to Gorgie Farm

Wednesday 4 May – A trip to the National Museum of Scotland

Wednesday 27 April – A walk up Corstorphine Hill

Wednesday 20 April – A walk along the Water of Leith to the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art!