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About Us

The Edinburgh Old Town Association (OTA) is an organisation working on behalf of those who live and work in the Old Town of Edinburgh to influence the way the area is developed and to improve the environment and quality of life. Set up in 1976 to encourage the regeneration of Edinburgh’s historic centre, the Association has grown to possess a strong and recognisable voice.

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Members’ Events

The Old Town Association organises regular events for its members and guests.  Events are advertised on Eventbright and tickets may be purchased or reserved through Eventbright.  Click here to be taken to the OTA page on the Eventbright website.

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The Brownlee Old Town Trust

In 1994 the OTA was bequeathed part of the estate of one of its members, Mrs Sybil Brownlee. Rather than subsume the money into general funds, the OTA set up The Brownlee Old Town Trust. The fund has subsequently been augmented by residual monies following the winding up of Old Town and Southside Charitable Trust and St Ann’s Community Centre.

The Brownlee Old Town Trust gives grants to organisations or individuals for projects within or connected to the Old Town of Edinburgh of a social, educational or artistic nature, involving or of benefit to young people.

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Join us!

Membership of the OTA costs from as little as £5 a year. For this you get three newsletters a year and the opportunity to take part in a variety of events; plus the satisfaction of being part of a community dedicated to preserving and enhancing the Old Town of Edinburgh.

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Pay On-Line

You may join, pay your subscription or buy tickets for events through PayPal using your debit or credit card (minimum payment £5.00).  Use the buttons on the Join us page.

Contact Us

Edinburgh Old Town Association
2 St Mary’s Street
Edinburgh EH1 1SU

Email info@eota.org.uk





  • This month there was only one new planning application discussed and the committee did not feel it required comment. We noted at last month’s meetin...
  • The committee looked at three new planning applications, none of which was felt to require comment. Pre-planning consultation has begun on proposals ...
  • The committee looked at three new planning applications. Two of these were for 6-8 Market Street – the site immediately west of the City Art Centre. T...
  • The committee looked at five new planning applications. We will object to one of these: for 25 new rooms at the Carlton Hotel, North Bridge on top of ...
  • The Old Town Association committee meets on the first Tuesday of the month. At the November 2014 meeting, as usual, we looked at new planning applicat...