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The Edinburgh and District Shetland Association was established in 1928 to cater for the social needs of an extensive Shetland connected community in and around Edinburgh and Leith. 

While the size of this community has varied over the years and the style of social events has changed, the aims of the Association remain the same.

Today the Association is a lively forward looking community running regular ceilidh dances during Winter months in the Thomas Morton Hall at Leith Town Hall and other events during the year, with a specifically Shetland flavour.

Members, their friends and visitors are very welcome to join us at all events.

Annual Subscriptions are now due - see Membership


Update:   The 2017-18 EDSA programme is now published. Last year's events were well attended and we look forward to continued support in the new season, especially since it is our 90th anniversary (which will be marked by a dinner-dance at the Balmoral in March - a chance to get your glad-rags on!).

A copy of the latest members newsletter (January 2018) is available here (as a PDF) or on our "Dis-An-Dat" page (as a Word doc).

A copy of the previous members newsletter (September 2017) with forms for returning membership subscriptions is available here (as a PDF) or on our "Dis-An-Dat" page (as a Word doc).

Facebook: We have started a Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/edinburghshetlanders/
You should be able to access it even if you have not joined Facebook, and Facebook members should be able to post and comment as visitors. An archive of images will be built up.

Archive: we have added an archive page for copies of old photos and documents.

Last event -The EDSA 90th anniversary dinner-dance was held on Saturday 17th March 2018 in the Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh. Extensive information is on our Facebook page and a report is on the 90th Anniversary page .
Next Event - April 28: Joint Ceilidh with Caithness & Orkney Associations (see Programme)

Our AGM (for members) is on April 17 2018. Note that our new venue for meetings (council and AGM) is the Cairn Hotel, 10/18 Windsor Street, Edinburgh,  EH7 5JR which is just around the corner from our former meeting venue at the RAFA Club in Hill Crescent (those premises have now been sold and will be redeveloped).

Note: We have had no photos or reports from the EDSA Up-Helly-Aa 2018 or the Sassermaet Supper to post here, so any would be welcome.

For any event there is usually a limit to the numbers the venue can accommodate (usually the Thomas Morton Hall in Leith Town Hall at the bottom of Ferry Road), so tickets will be printed to match that number. To reserve tickets (which can be picked up and paid for at the door on the night) contact Hugh Halcrow by phone or email (see contacts). Any spare tickets will be available at the door, but it is best to reserve them to avoid disappointment.

Check Events News for reports of recent and previous events and  "Dis an' Dat" for other news and information snippets. Contact Robin Barclay (email) with any news, information or comment to place on this website. Photos and stories are always welcome from any members.




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