Banquet – seats 40 Boardroom – seats 22 Cabaret – seats 24 Reception – seats 60 Theatre – seats 40
Scott Room

This striking gold, multifunctional room offers an elegant historical backdrop suitable for a board meeting, a sophisticated dinner, or a canape reception.

As your guests enter through the impressive main staircase surrounded by portraits of Enlightenment greats, they’ll be greeted by antique furniture and large windows opening onto Edinburgh’s iconic George Street. This space also includes two additional adjoining rooms – perfect for a coffee station, a space for a private call, or acting as a separate entryway, as needed.

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© Ryan Johnston 2023
© Ryan Johnston 2023
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© Ian Georgeson 2023
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© Ryan Johnston 2023
© Ryan Johnston 2023
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  • Two adjoining spaces
  • Grand entryway
  • Large windows opening onto George Street
  • Period features and antique furniture

“The Scott Room is beautiful, it has plenty of space, is an easy location and the history and portraits fit perfectly with our annual ‘Enlightenment’ event.”

SVM Asset Management


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