Our head office is located in Edinburgh city centre and has disabled access and parking as well as a number of other accessibility features. You can view our office and get directions on the map below.
Getting to Thistle House
Thistle House is accessible by bus, car, tram, train and bike:
Lothian Buses services 12, 26, 31 and 100 stop near to Thistle House
- If you are travelling towards the city centre the closest bus stop is located across the road from our office outside the Apex Hotel.
- If you are travelling away from the city centre the closest bus stop is at the Haymarket tram stop located around 150 metres from our office.
Trams heading to the airport or city centre both stop around 150 metres from Thistle House at Haymarket (as shown on the map above).
Haymarket train station is located around 175 metres from Thistle House (as shown on the map above).
SLAB has a limited number of car parking spaces available, two of these are designated accessible parking spaces. To pre-book a car parking space contact Reception on 0131 226 7061. SLAB’s car parking spaces are located in an internal basement car park to the rear of Thistle House accessed via Devon Place. You can find directions to the car park here.
Chargeable on-street car parking is located on some side streets e.g. Magdala Terrace, Devon Place and Coates Gardens. Greenways are in operation directly outside of Thistle House.
There are bike racks outside the Tesco Express opposite Thistle House.
All visitors must report to Reception on the ground floor. There are five stairs from the street level main door to the Reception desk. The stairs have handrails at both sides.
There is a dedicated ramp entrance next to the main door for visitors with a disability. At the bottom of the ramp there is a bell that will alert staff to your arrival.
If you have pre-booked a SLAB car parking space (see above) you can enter Thistle House directly from the basement car park. There is an automatic door with an intercom. Press the intercom button marked ‘Reception’ to alert them to your arrival. Please let Reception know if you need to use the lift before you enter the building and you will be assisted. Otherwise, please use the stairs to report to Reception.
On reporting to Reception you will be given a visitor's pass with fire procedures and Health & Safety information attached to it. If a fire alarm sounds (a continuously ringing bell) you must leave the building immediately and gather on Devon Place.
Fire and evacuation information is located in all stairwells and meeting rooms. Do not use the lifts. Fire evacuation chairs are available on each floor and our fire officers and Facilities staff are trained in the use of this equipment.
Meeting rooms for visitors are located on the ground and fourth floors and several have induction loops. Portable induction loops are also available from Reception. Please let us know if you need an induction loop in advance. Hearing aid users must turn their hearing aid to the "T" position to use the induction loops.
23, Mar, 2017
Conference for lawyers involved in Children’s Hearings - Friday 19 May
20, Mar, 2017
LAOL downtime - Saturday 25 March
13, Mar, 2017
Research to review and improve legal assistance handbooks
07, Mar, 2017
Legal aid applicant sentenced for fraud
22, Feb, 2017
Serious concerns raised over methodology, analysis and underlying data in Law Society’s financial health report
06, Feb, 2017
Consultation launched on a revised Code of Practice for Criminal Legal Assistance
01, Feb, 2017
SLAB welcomes independent strategic review of legal aid
01, Feb, 2017
Change to CLAO email addresses
30, Nov, 2016
SLAB annual report 2015-2016 published
17, Nov, 2016
Civil legal aid solicitors invited to give feedback on satisfaction with SLAB services
15, Nov, 2016
Performance Auditor for SNSIAP appointed
19, Sep, 2016
LAOL downtime - Monday 26 September
04, Feb, 2016
Fourth monitoring report on the availability and accessibility of legal services published