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The Field Spectroscopy Facility is located in rooms 248 and 243 of the Grant Institute. The Grant Institute is part of the University of Edinburgh's Kings Buildings University campus, which is on the south side of Edinburgh, near the Royal Observatory.

Contact address

NERC Field Spectroscopy Facility (FSF)
University of Edinburgh
Room 248
Grant Institute
James Hutton Road


Please note - due to Covid-19 restrictions, we are not currently able to take calls. Please use the email below.

tel.: +44 (0) 131 650 5926



Travel Information

Customised Directions

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Finding us once you are in the Grant institute

On entering the Grant Institute through the main double doors, take the corridor through the doors to the left at the foot of the stairs. Take the fist corridor to the right (signed). Follow the corridor around to the right, and you will come to the FSF. We are the second lab on the right hand side.

Travel By Car

From the City Bypass (A720), turn off at the A701 junction, follow this until you reach Mayfield Road on the left. At the Crossroads take a left onto West Mains Road, take the first left into the University of Edinburgh Kings Buildings complex (Gate 2). Once inside the Kings Buildings Complex take the first left and park in front of the Grant Institute. If no spaces are available here try parking round the back of the Grant Institute opposite the Joseph Black Building. Once you have parked you will need to collect a parking permit from the FSF office.

Travel By Rail

All trains stop at Edinburgh Waverly Station, which is in the centre of the city, at the East end of Princess Street. From here you can catch a bus or taxi to the Kings Buildings area. Edinburgh is also a stop for the London - Scotland overnight Sleeper service, arriving at 7am. Visit www.sleeper.scot for more information.

Travel By Local Buses

Bus travel in Edinburgh is inexpensive and easy. Travel costs £1.70 per bus, irrespective of distance, and exact change OR contactless payment is required. Travel by bus takes around 30 minutes, from Waverley Station to the FSF.

A number of local buses travel from North Bridge to the area around Kings Buildings. These buses are the numbers 3, 7, 8, 29, 31, and 37. One of these should come along every 3 mins or so. All leave North Bridge Stop 'NE', and head south.
After riding the bus for about 15 mintues, you should leave the bus at Craigmillar Park, stop 'Lady Road'.

Once off the bus, walk to the end of Craigmillar Park where the large road intersection is. Crossover the road and walk up Esslemont Road, at the end of Esslemont Road (at the traffic lights) cross straight over the road onto West Mains Road. Now take the first path on the left (into the University of Edinburgh Kings Buildings Complex) and immediately turn right, walk for about 200 meters and the Grant Institute is on the left. Zoom and navigate the map above, or click here to open it in a new window.

For more information on the local buses visit Lothian Buses web site or ring them on 0131 555 6363.

Travel By Air

There are many regular services to Edinburgh International Airport from many UK and International destinations. For information on flights telephone Edinburgh Airport on +44 (0)131 333 1000 or visit EasyJet or British Airways.

At the airport, tram and bus services are located near the terminal building. The number 100 bus service runs every 10 minutes through the day and every 30 minutes at night, this bus will take you to Waverley Bridge, near to Waverley Train Station and Princes Street. This service takes approximately 25 minutes.


A map of the Kings Buildings Complex is available here. We are in the Grant Institute, James Hutton Road, building number 3 on the map.

Other university campus and city centre maps can be found here.


Details of University accommodation available for visitors can be found here.

Information on hotels and guest houses, as well as further information on the city can be found at the website of Edinburgh's Official Tourist Board.

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