2013 Conference, 12 to 13 May, at Crieff Hydro

Since our beginnings, as Scotland on Rails, we have based the conference in the Scottish Capital, Edinburgh. For the last 3 years we have been based in the splendid Royal College of Physicians. For 2013, we are trying something different: we are moving out of the city to Crieff Hydro in Perthshire.

The conference will take place on Sunday 12th to Monday 13th of May 2013. We will be opening the Call for Proposals and some ticket sales early in the New Year.

The new venue is very different, but we think it is an exciting change. Residential (or mostly residential) conferences have a different feel, and the location is beautiful. We know many of you will be bothered about the cost and getting there; we are doing our best to address these concerns.


Crieff Hydro provides a wide range of accommodation, including lodges, chalets, and hotel rooms. We have negotiated good discounts on rooms:

Price per person, per night
Sunday and Monday
Single £89
Two sharing £59

But you do not have to stay on site. There are a wide range of off-site options including hostels, camping, wigwams, and bed and breakfast. Crieff Hydro are able to provide a complimentary (but limited) shuttle service to help delegates coming and going from these locations. This is what they say about the shuttle:

This service is subject to availability and is not a continued service which runs to a timetable. When we discussed the shuttle service, this was for the small minority of delegates staying offsite, however cannot accommodate vast numbers of delegates who have selected alternative accommodation.

Note that this information was updated on March 11 2013, to reflect Saturday evening no longer being available for checkin and that the shuttle capacity is quite limited. See this news post.

Crieff Hydro accommodation includes breakfast.

Getting there

We will be running coaches from Edinburgh to Crieff Hydro, about 60 minutes away.

For those wanting to make their own way, there is free parking. Perhaps car-pooling could be arranged using the Google Group.

We are also hoping to be able to arrange shuttle runs from the nearby stations of Gleneagles and Dunblane.

The Edinburgh Connection

We are providing the coaches partly in order to maintain the Edinburgh connection. We hope people will visit our favourite city before and after the Scottish Ruby Conference.

The Scotland JS and (we think) the SRC Fringe will be held in the city around the conference time. Stay tuned for some other events, probably at Edinburgh’s TechCube.