Travel and accommodation

Visit our travel page for details of how to travel to Edinburgh. 

Visit our accomodation page for information on accomodation.

When you’re not at the RAI Film Festival, there are plenty of other great places to visit in the city:

    National Museum of Scotland
    National War Museum at Edinburgh Castle
    Edinburgh Castle
    Surgeon’s Hall Museum
    Gladstone’s Land
    Edinburgh City Museums
    National Galleries of Scotland
    Cameo Cinema
    Reid Concert Hall Museum of Instruments
    Cockburn Geological Museum (entry by prior arrangement only)
    Discover Edinburgh City of Literature through guided walks, trials and events.
    Nightlife: check out The List website for information about what’s on and where

Eating In or Eating Out:

University of Edinburgh Library Café is just off George Square. Summer opening times are tbc.
National Museum of Scotland has both a café and a bistro.

If you’re looking for take away sandwiches or soup here are some nearby places between the University and the NMS:
    Union of Genius, Forest Road | Sainsbury’s, 29-30 Simpson Loan |  Rudi’s Deli, Forest Road | Tesco Metro, South Bridge

There are also various other cafes and bars nearby:
Nile Valley Café, 8 Chapel Street | Peter’s Yard, 27 Simpson Loan | Elephant House, George IV Bridge | Mum’s, Forest Road | Doctor’s, Forest Road |The Bow Bar, Victoria Street | Brew Lab, Artisan Coffee Bar, South College Street | Brew Dog, artisanal beer, Cowgate | Biblos, Chambers Street | Dovecot, Infirmary Street | Dagda, Buccleuch Street | Spoon, Nicolson Street | Mosque Kitchen, 50 Potterrow



Organised by the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain & Ireland (RAI) since 1985, it is an itinerant festival that moves biennially from one university host to another, in association with local community and cultural organisations.

The festival will be held from Thursday 13 June to Sunday 16 June 2013 in Edinburgh, hosted by National Museums Scotland and the STAR consortium. Scottish Training in Anthropological Research (STAR) is a collaboration between the Universities of Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh and St. Andrews. Over 60 new films will be screened alongside a conference 'New Observations' and a selection of special events and workshop about art & anthropology and the use of archival film.

The RAI Film Festival is held in collaboration with the Center for Visual Anthropology, University of Southern California.

Our Sponsors

The Festival gratefully acknowledges sponsorship from:

UDDA NMS SSGS ED Unversity of Aberdeen StAndrews WILEY