Reading Parties & Study Days

The Burn offers students and academics a unique blend of home comforts and an idyllic location: something that conference centres, hotels and other retreats cannot. Each group has the same special sense of a shared experience that brings students and staff together, boosts enthusiasm for their subject and benefits their education.

Every reading party is different, with some focused more on taking a break from a tight teaching calendar, and others enjoying the opportunity of valuable one-on-one discussions between academics and students away from the syllabus and the lecture theatre.

The Burn has a long history of hosting academic reading parties from across the world. We have students from Scottish universities and also have regular visitors from the rest of the UK, Germany, the United States, and South Africa.


Conference venue: the Drawing Room can accommodate up to 80 people.

Breakout & syndicate spaces: the Library and Small Dining Room can accommodate up to 20 people.

Equipment: Two digital projectors and screens, flip charts, white-boards, an overhead projector and DVD/VHS players.

Accommodation: Catered accommodation is available for groups of 18 up to a maximum of 44 people in the Mansion House. Adding Courtyard House and North Lodge allows for catered groups of 60.


Rates are available on application and are dependent on the season, the size of group, duration of visit, and membership status (please see section b. Charges in Terms and Conditions)

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