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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 has ended, with the final event the annual bus outing on Sunday June 3rd to spectacular Drumlanrig Castle in Upper Nithsdale, Dumfrieshire. We have had a very successful year with good attendances at our usual dances in Leith Town Hall (Thomas Morton Hall) and the celebration of our 90th Anniversary at a dinner dance in Edinburgh's Balmoral Hotel in March which was a spectacular success. We hope to see you all when the new season opens in October 2018, and we are always looking for new members from Shetlanders and Shetland-connected folk living nearby (or not so near) who want to enjoy a flavour of "hame and hamefolk". Volunteers to help at events, especially with catering, are particularly welcome if you want to get involved. The 2018-19 programme has gone to the printers and I have the details which I will post here soon. Meantime the details of the first dance on Saturday October 27 have been put on our Facebook page


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 and on our Facebook page.


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 - Sunday June 3rd - annual bus outing (to Drumlanrig Castle).
Next Event Charity Ceilidh Dance, October 27th 8pm, Leith Town Hall (Thomas Morton Hall). An "event" has been created on our Facebook page.

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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