WELCOME RECEPTION sponsored by Emerald Kalama Chemicals

Monday 20 April 2020

The Caves, Niddry Street South, Edinburgh

Meet new and familiar faces and join us in celebrating the start of PVC 2020 in one of Edinburgh's most unique venues.   

The Caves is a truly unique venue that makes up the sub-structure of Edinburgh's 18th Century South Bridge. There is no venue more Edinburgh than the Caves, or more Scottish, if you consider there was once so much Whisky stored here that it became known as "Whisky Row".

Every room has a story to tell and a special place in Scottish history -from vaults that served as the stables to the French Cavalry who were at one time body guards to the Royal Family, to remains of the houses that pre-date the Bridge itself - with the original terracotta floor tiles still intact!   Delegates will have the opportunity to drink in an area that was originally called Lucky Middlesmass’s Tavern, which is celebrated in Robert Ferguson's much loved poem "Cauler Oysters" and was the watering hole for the all the key figures in the Scottish Enlightenment, Rabbie Burns, David Hume, Adam Smith, Deacon Brodie, with visits from James Watt and Benjamin Franklin.

Today, after over 100 years of being lost, the hidden Edinburgh original stone vaults of the Old Town Edinburgh have been magnificently restored with great regard for preserving the authenticity and history of this venue, which is a  UNESCO World Heritage site.

Vintage buses will meet delegates at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre for the short journey to the heart of Edinburgh Old Town.   This will be an informal evening with local food, wine and local craft beers and entertainment.  During the course of the evening delegates will have the opportunity to join a short private guided tour of Edinburgh's underground city. 

We have access to the venue for the whole evening, so even late arrivals can make their own way to Niddry Street South and join us later.

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