- Written by Hatty Webster
One of the most striking features of Edinburgh is the way that every area has its own distinct persona – an architectural and social character unlike any other. With every region offering something new and unique, the draw of returning to this beautiful city is amplified by the distinctive experiences offered throughout its many geographical genres.
Located a little over a mile from Waverley Station, the cluster of gorgeous Bruntsfield, Marchmont and Morningside combines an intriguing blend of history and character with a contemporary, bohemian flair. More secluded than the city centre, this charming cultural hub offers a wealth of exciting things to do and see for Edinburgh newcomers and connoisseurs alike. Plan your day and let The Edinburgh Address take you on a tour of the best that Bruntsfield and the surrounding burghs have to offer.
Partake in a round at Bruntsfield Links
There’s very little that is more Scottish than a spot of Golf – and luckily Bruntsfield Links offers you the opportunity to participate in such an endeavour. The club is one of the oldest golfing establishments in Edinburgh and is steeped in heritage.
With the smell of warm bread drifting from the shop doors, visitors to Falko will be enticed by the store’s aroma long before they step foot through the door. This traditional German bakery offers a variety of bread, pastries and alternative delights. Why not head along early and enjoy a delicious Bavarian breakfast, or arrive later in the day for those famous pasties and cakes.
If you’re a fan of chocolate, then Bruntsfield certainly has the shop for you! Specialising in hand-crafted, organic and - most importantly – truly delicious chocolate, Coco has become a haven for sweet lovers since it opened its doors in 2004. Why not pander to your indulgent side and enjoy a visit to their shop on Bruntsfield Place, where you’ll find an array of special chocolate products – with flavours ranging from the traditional to the truly unique! G&T chocolate anyone? Yes please. Alternatively, why not sign up for one of their Chocolate Connoisseur Evenings – where you will learn about the production process and of course taste a sample or two!
Soak up the sun (or rain!) in the meadows
With so many independent shops, cafés and bakeries in Bruntsfield, why not fill your day relaxing in and around one of Edinburgh’s most celebrated public parks. Weather permitting; lay back and bask in this idyllic pasture beneath the shadow of Arthur’s seat. Or if that warm Scottish sunshine fails to materialise, why not take a stroll through this expansive park or enjoy a coffee from one of the many tea shops perched on the park’s periphery.
There are many lovely shops in Bruntsfield and Halibut and Herring is one of our favourites. This fantastic little shop is like a treasure trove for all things beautiful. It’s the perfect place to pick up a unique piece of jewellery, a great cushion or luxurious throw, or a teddy for the little ones. Whether you’re shopping or just browsing, Halibut and Herring is definitely worth a visit!
Fabulous food at Papilio
Oozing with a family friendly atmosphere, Italian restaurant Papilio offers an authentic Italian dining experience - amazing food in a relaxed and cozy setting. Flavour and traditional dishes are at the heart of Papilio's ethos and this lovely little place does not disappoint. Beautiful food without the need for excessive expenditure, Papilio offers Burntsfield diners a truly delicious Italian meal in warm, homely surroundings.
Visit a historic Victorian swimming bath
For swimming and history aficionados alike, Warrander Swim Centre offers the perfect combination of both physical activity and architectural splendour. Situated in a historic Victorian venue, but blessed with modern facilities, the centre offers a gym and swimming experience in gorgeous, distinguished building. Take an afternoon and leisurely enjoy a workout in the gym, a dip in the swimming pool and or some respite in the sauna.
After all this, what better way to end your day than to arrive back at one of The Edinburgh Address’s gorgeous residences.
Boasting beautiful Victorian décor alongside six magnificent bedrooms, The Mansion @ The Grange offers the perfect location from which to base your Bruntsfield stay. This detached house has a vast driveway with parking for up to 5 cars, and a delightful back garden with a summer house, children’s slide and climbing frame. The impressive hallway leads off to an extensive ground floor comprising a gorgeous drawing room, modern dining room with bespoke dining table, family sitting room, children’s playroom and stunning modern kitchen – a true centrepiece to a truly exceptional house.
A beautiful home, in a dynamic area of Edinburgh steeped in vibrancy, elegance and cultural significance – sounds like a fantastic city break to us!
For more information on The Mansion @ The Grange or any other of our properties, please contact The Edinburgh Address on +44 131 202 1188
- Written by Hatty Webster
Boasting some of the world’s finest courses, Scotland offers the golfing connoisseur an array of exquisite possibilities on par with greens all over the world. From perching upon St Andrew’s iconic Swilken Bridge, to the sweeping Duddingston fairways overlooking Holyrood Park, the fineness of a Scottish golfing getaway is not an occasion to be missed.
Offering tailored packages to golfing enthusiasts since 2003, Ultimate Golf Service has mastered the art of providing exceptional bespoke golfing experiences to some of Scotland’s most incredible locations. With every detail of the trip planned down to a tee, all you need to do on an Ultimate Golf Service vacation is enjoy the stunning round that you’re partaking in. Take a day off from golfing, relax and enjoy an afternoon’s whisky tasting on Edinburgh’s famous Royal Mile (or from the comfort of your luxury Edinburgh apartment), tour one of Scotland’s famous castles or indulge your inner child by hiring a luxury Supercar! All of this and more can be hand crafted to your specifications by this knowledgeable and friendly team.
We can't think of a better way to end your day than to come back to your home-from-home in one of The Edinburgh Address’s beautifully furnished apartments. With a selection of over fifty premium, unique and homely accommodation options on offer, The Edinburgh Address can provide you with a wide selection of beautiful properties from which to relax and re-charge your batteries for the duration of your stay. Why not sit back and let Ultimate Golf Service take care of all your experience needs.
Stunning golf facilities, an array of accompanying activities and beautiful accommodation? Sounds good to us! Very much a bespoke holiday opportunity worth pursuing.
- Written by Hatty Webster
We love hearing that guests love our apartments. Here are some of our favourite things guests have said about their stays over the last couple of months:
"Fantastic apartment so close to Princes Street; shops, restaurants and bars all within easy walking distance. The accommodation was in excellent condition and very clean. We would highly recommend."
"Great Apartment, great location. Easy and helpful service. We would highly recommend."
"This is an excellent apartment. It is very centrally situated and convenient for all city centre activities. The interior is modern, comfortable and well equipped. I would recommend this apartment. We have used The Edinburgh Address before and have always found them to be quick, efficient and accurate. "
"Amazing stay. Beautiful apartment and perfect location. Would definitely return!"
"This beautiful house was immaculately clean, superbly decorated and very well equipped. We were made to feel welcome not only by the tray of wine, oatcakes, honey and more, but by a plentiful supply of teabags and Nespresso coffee pods... Exceptional. Thank you for great accommodation."
Don't take our guests' word for it. Book your own Edinburgh self catering city centre stay now. We offer seasonal and repeat customer discounts. Phone us today on 0131 202 1188 and speak to a friendly member of the team or visit our website and book directly and securely with the best rates guaranteed for our exclusively marketed properties.
Book with The Edinburgh Address for the best selection of luxury, homely and unique self catering holiday and short let properties in the city.
- Written by Hatty Webster
Do something special this Valentine's Day - plan a romantic trip to Edinburgh. After all, we were voted the 16th most romantic city in the world! Here are some of our ideas guaranteed to impress that special person in your life:
What ever happened to good old fashioned walking and talking? Edinburgh has some stunning scenery so take a stroll along the Water of Leith walkway and soak up the atmosphere.
Nothing says romance like an evening of watching the stars. Go along to Edinburgh Royal Observatory and have a truly magical experience.
Chocolate is the ultimate aphrodisiac, and let's be honest, eating loads of chocolate is most people's idea of a great day! Book yourself in at Coco in Bruntsfield for the ultimate date.
Is your date an animal lover? Great! Edinburgh has it's very own cat cafe. Sit and have a coffee and a cake whilst relaxing with several feline friends!
Charm your date whilst indulging in some amazing wines and nibbling on some delicious meats, cheeses, pates and pickles.
Watch the sun come up or go down - depending on whether you're a morning person or night-owl - and take in the views of our beautiful city.
Edinburgh's Dominion Cinema offers all it's patrons a VIP experience which includes amazing comfy chairs to snuggle up in and watch the latest and greatest films, as well as sweet snacks and an exclusive bar.
Dine and dazzle
Not much can beat a delicious meal in a gorgeous restaurant for a successful date idea. Edinburgh has some amazing restaurants to suit virtually every taste and budget. Some of our favourites are:
The Stockbridge Restaurant - 54 St Stephen Street, Edinburgh
Castle Terrace Restaurant - 33/35 Castle Terrace, Edinburgh
The Kitchin - 78 Commercial Quay, Edinburgh
Purslane - 33A St Stephen Street, Edinburgh
Nanyang - 3-5 Lister Square, Quartermile, Edinburgh
- Written by Hatty Webster
Edinburgh has played host to all manner of amazing events in 2016 and 2017 looks set to be even better! Edinburgh is known around the world as the City of Festivals and it certainally lived up to its name this year! From magic to jazz and cycling to science, we've really seen it all this year. Edinburgh is an amazing city to visit and our luxury self catering and serviced apartments provide the perfect home from home for your get-away.
Here is a small selection of some of the fantastic events planned for next year:
4th February: RBS 6 Nations Scotland V Irelend
20th - 25th February: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time @ Edinburgh Festival Theatre
25th February: RBS 6 Nations Scotland V Wales
10th - 11th March: Edinburgh Yarn Festival
18th March: RBS 6 Nations Scotland V Italy
1st - 16th April: International Science Festival
13th May: Rugby Champions Final
27th - 28th May: Edinburgh Marathon
8th - 18th June: Edinburgh Festival of Cycling
9th June: Robbie Williams - The Heavy Entertainment Show Tour
17th June: Edinburgh Night Ride
21st June - 2nd July Edinburgh International Film Festival
22nd - 25th June: Royal Highland Show
14th - 23rd July: Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival
27th July - 27th August: Edinburgh Art Festival
4th - 26th August Royal Military Tattoo
4th - 28th August: Edinburgh Fringe Festival
11th - 16th September: Grease @ Edinburgh Playhouse
20th - 31st October: Scottish Storytelling Festival
November - December (Dates TBC): Edinburgh's Christmas
Whatever the event, The Edinburgh Address have accommodation suitable. From cosy studio apartments perfect for a couple to a grand Victoria villa sleeping up to eleven, we can find the perfect house or apartment for your group. Visit our website or phone us on 0131 202 1188 now.
- Written by Hatty Webster
Winter is definitely upon us here in Edinburgh. We've got a whole host of exciting events coming up in our beautiful city and we want to share them with you!
18th Nov – 8th Jan: Edinburgh’s Christmas
Every year Edinburgh welcomes European and Scottish markets, rides, performers and food and drink vendors to create a spectacular winter wonderland in the centre of town. If you're not in the Christmas spirit now, you will be once you've visited Edinburgh's Christmas!
20th November – 24th December: Street of Light
Last year, we saw the spectacular Street of Light take over the Royal Mile - illuminating the streets and buildings in the most magical way. This year we will see 60,000 lights run along George Street to make Edinburgh even more awe-inspiring.
21st - 26th November – Ghost @ Edinburgh Playhouse
The music version of the classic 1990 film hits The Playhouse on November 21st. Get the tissues ready!
24th – 26th November – Craft Beer Revolution Festival
Craft beer seems to have taken over the drinks scene in recent years, so it seems only fitting that there's a festival held in its honour! Get yourself along to sample some of Scotland and the UKs best beers and ales.
25th – 27th November – Foodies Festival
Foodies Festival returns to Edinburgh for more food and drinks to taste and buy than you can imagine! There'll be demonstrations from Jane Devonshire (MasterChef) and Michael Bremner (The Great British Menu).
29th November – 7th Jan – Mamma Mia! @ Edinburgh Playhouse
The classic musical returns to Edinburgh Playhouse. Book your tickets early to avoid disappointment!
2nd – 24th December – Black Beauty @ Traverse Theatre
A fantastic adaptation of the classic book which is set to be a visual and story-telling masterpiece.
9th December – 23rd April – Monkey Business @ National Museum of Scotland
Entertaining and educational, this exhibition explores the world of primates through a mixture of interactive media, taxidermy, film and photography. Great for all the family!
11th December – Santa Run
The annual Santa Run is back in Edinburgh, with options for everyone - push yourself and run around the course, or walk it - it's up to you. Participate or donate and raise money for When You Wish Upon A Star children’s charity.
31st December – Edinburgh’s Hogmanay
Edinburgh's Hogmanay is world famous and whether you've got tickets to the official street party or you're watching from a-far, it is always guaranteed to be an amazing evening full of music, laughter & tears), fireworks and love.
We've got availabilty in our luxury self catering city centre apartments so suit family groups, couples, or friends looking to get away to Edinburgh for some winter time exploring. View all our availability here or phone us on 0131 202 1188 and one of our friendly staff will be more than happy to speak to you.
We currently have three apartments available for Hogmanay:
We also offer additional services of a profesional chef to come and cook for you in your apartment plus relaxing beauty treatments and pamper parties in the apartments. Enquire now!
- Written by Hatty Webster
Edinburgh has so much to offer over the Christmas and New Year period. In 2014, nearly 150,000 people ascended upon Edinburgh to help us locals bring in the New Year and party along Princes Street. There’s a unique atmosphere in Edinburgh – a real sense of one-ness when we celebrate the start of another year together. The bands, the DJs, the people, the fireworks – it all comes together to create one magical night!
But it’s not all about just that one night. It’s about exploring Edinburgh and seeing all we have to offer. During the festive period, we have the European and Scottish markets, plus numerous rides, plays and child-friendly events.
And we’ve got the perfect apartment for you to experience everything from. The Edinburgh Castle Suite @ Castle Terrace sits overlooking Princes Street Gardens and Edinburgh Castle itself. If you want to immerse yourself in the Hogmanay revellers partying, you’re a two minute walk from the apartment door to Princes Street. If you want to stay in and cuddle up with a hot chocolate and watch the fireworks from your home-from-home – go ahead – there’s nowhere better to do that! It’s the most wonderful place to cosy up, relax and unwind and appreciate Edinburgh’s most famous views from the couch.
The Edinburgh Castle Suite @ Castle Terrace is the epitome of luxury city living, with high Edinburgh ceilings and the highest quality finishes and furnishings throughout. There are three large bedrooms: a gorgeous master bedroom with en-suite bathroom and two further bedrooms, each with zip and link king-sized beds which can be set up as twins if desired. One of these bedrooms has an en-suite and there is a further family bathroom. A spacious kitchen is fully fitted with everything you’ll need for your holiday with top of the range appliances and fantastic quality kitchenware. The living room is adorned in some of the most beautiful and interesting artwork and fabulous pieces of furniture.
The pièce de résistance of course, is the views the apartment offers. One guest said about their stay at The Edinburgh Castle Suite @ Castle Terrace: “Memories that will last a lifetime! We are so glad we chose to stay here over Hogmanay, the apartment was outstanding, extremely high quality and what a fantastic location. Watching the fireworks from the comfort of it was amazing. Seeing those beautiful fireworks with Edinburgh Castle as their backdrop was simply spectacular and romantic too!”
If you wish to enquire about booking this beautiful apartment for Hogmanay, or would like more information about any of our apartments please phone us on 0131 202 1188. You can also book online directly through our website.
- Written by Hatty Webster
When looking for the best deal for your Edinburgh self catering holiday, there’s one tip we can’t stress enough – always book direct! Here are a few reasons why:
The fact is, the less middle-men involved, the less your holiday is going to cost. Prices on our own website should never be more expensive than those on third party websites, but if you ever do find one of our apartments listed on a live booking site for less than it is on our site, come directly to us and we will beat the price.
Special offers and promotions
We set all our prices, on all the websites we use, and we want you to book directly with us. That’s why our best discounts and last minute promotions are exclusively on our website. You won’t get our gorgeous self-catering apartments with up to 30% off on any other site.
Come back to us and save
We offer returning The Edinburgh Address guests a 5% discount on all bookings*. You’d be daft to go elsewhere! You won't get the same quality of apartments and customer service anywhere else!
We know our apartments
At The Edinburgh Address, we view all the apartments that we list so that we can be confident in the quality of what we market. We won’t market an apartment if we feel it doesn’t live up to our standard and our customers can trust that we only list the best of Edinburgh’s self-catering properties.
We’re a small team of 4 in the office and we pride ourselves on our personal yet professional service. The office is open and in full swing for bookings, enquiries, balance payments check-in enquiries and general chit-chats from Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm. We also operate an out of hours booking line for anyone who wishes to make a booking or property enquiry in the evenings and weekends. We’re happy to help! We love chatting on the phone so give us a call on 0131 202 1188 now!
*Repeat guest discount applies to all previous guests of The Edinburgh Address apartments. Discount applies to properties exclusively marketed by The Edinburgh Address. Terms and conditions apply. Offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other discount or promotion.
- Written by Hatty
Knowing we’re satisfying our customers’ needs is what makes our world go round. We clocked up a lot of 5 star rated reviews from September stays – here are some of our favourite:
“Great penthouse apartment, this place is all about the views and the floor to ceiling windows really make the most of them.
With 4 floors and 2 outdoor roof gardens we had ample space to spread out. The layout of the apartment also works great with all the bedrooms on one floor, day living and main roof garden with dining area and BBQ on the next, beautiful lounge on the 3rd floor for relaxing in the evening. Finally, the top floor with the hot tub and lounge seating on the very top of the building all to yourself. Arthurs seat, the castle, Pentland Hills, everything in plain sight with sprawling 360 degree views.”
“Lovely house - very well equipped. If you're travelling with small children, there is a wonderful playroom with loads of toys / books for the kids - keeps them busy for hours.”
“The Penthouse at The Royal Mile was in a perfect location, lots to do right outside our door! We were a party of six and the space was perfect for us, three bedrooms and two baths plus lots of room to just hang out. The kitchen was well equipped and the dining table was large enough for all of us. The living room also had space for everyone with a great view of the Royal Mile. It was a lovely apartment and I would highly recommend it. Hatty at The Edinburgh Address was so helpful and easy to deal with, will absolutely use their service again, thanks for a great experience!!”
“The accommodation was outstanding. Every detail was taken care of for us. Luxury property, very well kept and extremely clean. Perfect location and wonderful views of the Castle. I will definitely go back - we had a wonderful time.”
- Written by Hatty Webster
After a wonderful summer and fantastic Fringe Festival we’re now well into Autumn, and if you’re like us you’ll have turned your attention to the most wonderful time of the year – Christmas! Every year, Edinburgh’s Christmas seems to grow with more and more space being dedicated to the beautiful European and Scottish Christmas Markets, lots of fun-filled activities, shows and plays, and of course the ice skating and rides across Princes Street Gardens and St Andrews Square. We think Edinburgh is the best place you could be for winter.
Plan a luxury Christmas for you and your family.
Ever thought about going away for Christmas? Look no further. With a range of luxury, unique and homely houses and apartments, we’ve got the perfect accommodation to suit any group. Take the stress out of Christmas and having the family over – create your own perfect home from home. Visit our website to view availability.
Christmas shopping? Make an event of it!
Some of us love shopping and some of us hate it, but in our opinion, visiting Edinburgh during the festive period is enough to turn even the biggest shopping-sceptic into a shopaholic! Plan a trip to Edinburgh and stay in one of our gorgeous apartments and be met by complimentary bubbly and chocolates* to enhance your Christmas shopping experience. We’ve even got 15% off mid-week stays in selected apartments!
Bring in the New Year in style.
If you’ve not already thought about your Hogmanay plans, now is the time to do so! We’ve been fully booked throughout our portfolio of luxury self-catering holiday lets for the last few years so book your stay now & don’t miss out!
Whatever your reason for visiting Edinburgh this winter, always come directly to The Edinburgh Address for the best in luxury self catering holiday let properties across the city cetnre. Remember to check our special offers tab for last minute deals and early bird discounts. We've got prefect apartments for families, couples, and groups. For information on any of our apartments, we are more than happy to speak with you on the phone as we price ourselves on our personal and professional service. Please phone us today on 0131 202 1188.
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*Terms and conditions apply. 15% off and complimentary bubbly and chocolates for mid-week stays only in selected apartments only. Book from 06/10/16 - 30/11/16.
- Written by Bianca N
In a hectic world - amongst work commitments, hectically running about, deadlines and functioning on autopilot, what can give you a new lease of life?
Reinvigorate yourself and decide to look for alternatives for your next holiday.
When you haven’t taken a break in a while, you feel like nothing around you awakens your senses anymore, not even the much-needed morning coffee can wake you up. But, when you find yourself in a new place your lust for life and adventure returns.
We travel thousands of miles for our holidays, interact with people and cultures, taste the most traditional dishes, marvel at the most futuristic infrastructure and take selfies in famous places. Often peace, tranquillity and pure happiness are found in the very places that disconnect you from the mundane every-day.
Internationally, we meet many people whose lives inspire us and are immersed in new cultures which heighten our enlightenment. It’s up to us to gain new perspectives and disconnect from the hustle and bustle we face every day at home.
Travelling is the answer. Without the stress of the eight or nine hours spent at work every day, the body finally allows itself to repair. When we're on vacation, the body regains strength and recovers quickly. Most experts say chronic disorders such as back and neck pain and headaches disappear or are less intense on vacation.
Being open to new experiences
Openness to new challenges is a testament to the ability of a human to be mindful. Adventure naturally teaches us how to live in the moment. The beauty of days, hours or moments does not return but we keep the memories carefully stored in our minds. By taking advantage of the moment and being aware of the present, we abandon old habits, and we grow and we are reborn.
So what’s stopping you from packing your bags? Go ahead and choose a new destination. Edinburgh offers a wonderful opportunity to combine relaxation and meditation with the excitement of adventure.
- Written by Hatty
We think Edinburgh’s West End and Dean Village areas are amongst the most beautiful sights and lovely attractions our city has to offer. Yes – of course Edinburgh has the Castle, Arthur’s Seat and The Royal Mile, but take a step back from these monumental crowd-pleasers, and you’ll find cobbled streets, pretty paths and individually owned boutiques and café’s which are a pleasant change from the generic shops we’re so used to seeing on every street. Take a stroll down to Dean Village and you’ll feel like you’re no longer in Scotland’s Capital City, but in a dainty suburban town. Here’s our guide to just a few of the things you can do whilst in this charming area.
This beautiful shop will certainly give you home inspiration (or envy) – every corner is filled with fascinating artefacts. This is definitely the place for interior design addicts! If you want to bring your family back a gift from Edinburgh, forget the Royal Mile tourist stops – get them something magical from Remus.
This little gallery situated on Stafford Street is a wonderful space, showcasing some of the best contemporary, established and emerging artists. There are beautiful works of glass, as well as original paintings and print. Gallery 10 is really worth a visit – whether you’re in the market for buying a piece or just fancy a look!
One of the West End’s finest restaurants, which also doubles up as a wine bar – L’Escargot Blanc’s menu is an incredible journey of French food made with some of the finest Scottish ingredients, and paired with some of the finest wines! You can’t say no to that!
Another small independent gallery in Edinburgh’s West End. Mainly showing contemporary works, including paint, print and sculpture, Union Gallery on Drumsheugh Place is a calm and relaxing space perfect for browsing some fabulous works.
No one should go to the West End (or Edinburgh, at that) without visiting the absolutely magical Dean Village. Take a walk along the Water of Leith to Stockbridge and you'll forget you're in a city - remember to take your camera!
We couldn’t do a post about Edinburgh’s West End without mentioning the world famous Gallery of Modern Art. Whether you’re an art connoisseur or art amateur, there are always some really interesting things to see here. The fabulous sculptured garden alone is worth a visit!
The Cairngorm Coffee shop on Melville Place provides some of Edinburgh’s best coffee and a mouth-wateringly good selection of cakes, catering for gluten free diets too which is always a plus in our books! Top tip – try the salted caramel brownie – you won’t be disappointed!
What’s more indulgent (and delicious) than a beautiful French pastry and top notch coffee in the morning? This West End café offer savoury and sweet treats – some might even say they look too good to eat!
We've got a selection of amazing West End apartments to suit everyone, from our cozy and cleverly designed studio apartment at Lynedoch Place Lane to our grand and impecibly finished West End Residence at Great Stuart Street which sleeps up to ten guests and has amazing views from its own private garden over Dean Valley. Our West End Apartment at Stafford Street is ideal for small families, and our West End Retreat at Lynedoch Place has irrseistable views over Dean Brigde. Go to our website now or phone us on 0131 202 1188 to discover our best deals.
- Written by Hatty
We all know that Edinburgh’s biggest jamboree is its multiple arts and performance festivals which run through the month of August, but once that’s all past, September comes along, and we think it’s just as worth visiting Edinburgh as it is in August. Here are a few reasons why…
You’ll actually have space to move:
Did you know that during August, Edinburgh’s population swells from roughly 500,000 people to 1,000,000? That’s double! September is a great time to come if you still want pleasant weather, but you're a bit of a crowd-dodger. Everyone who either lives in Edinburgh or regularly visits during the festival knows how busy it can get, and unless you’re someone who loves being stuck in a hoard of people moving at record-breakingly slow speed, it can be somewhat frustrating getting from A to B!
Weather – believe it or not:
Okay, so as a whole, we’re not exactly known for our fantastic weather in Scotland. But our summers are unpredictable, to say the least. This July, we’ve had record breaking heat, partnered by record breaking rain the next day. September is creeping into the autumn, and whilst you won’t be expecting to be sunning yourself every day on Portobello beach, at least the weather is a little more reliable!
Save a pretty penny when you choose to visit Edinburgh outisde of our busiest times! August, New Year and the Six Nations rugby dates see prices in Edinburgh peak, so you'll be being kind to your wallet by waiting until the festival has finished to visit.
Things to do - shows and performances:
Yes, the world’s largest arts Festival is over. This doesn’t mean, however that Edinburgh’s cultural wheel stops turning. Did you know that Edinburgh Playhouse is the largest theatre in the UK in terms of audience capacity? Take that, London! And as well as the Playhouse, we’ve got a number of other theatres, big and small. Here are a few things on during September we think are worth a trip to Edinburgh for alone:
1st – 3rd September: St Petersburg Ballet Presents: Swan Lake (The Playhouse)
5th September: Soundhouse at the Traverse – Unleashed (Traverse Theatre)
6th September: The Simon and Garfunkel Story (The Playhouse)
20th September – 22nd October: Billy Elliot (The Playhouse)
Things to do - sporting events:
Not only is Edinburgh a great location for our multiple sporting events – think of the scenery you’ll be passing by whilst competing in The Edinburgh Marathon or The Cycling Festival - but the atmosphere to celebrate completing your challenge in is unbeatable. We may not be amazingly well known for our sport (though we do try!), but something we definitely have a reputation for is being able to throw a mean party! See some of our picks of sporting events below – either join in or kick back and have a beer whilst observing:
11th September: Pedal for Scotland
17th September: Pretty Muddy for Cancer Research UK
18th September: KiltWalk
25th September: Subway Helping Hearts Family 5K
Whatever you decide to do in Edinburgh, make sure you stay in one of The Edinburgh Address's luxury city centre apartments. We've got 15% off selected properties just now too! Go to www.theedinburghaddress.com or phone us on 0131 202 1188 today.
- Written by Bianca N
The Scots have crafted a cultural capital, full of entertainment and celebrations of the arts, where history and legends blend together.
Edinburgh is full of charm, especially during the summer months when the world famous Edinburgh Festivals fill the town with creativity and visitors from worldwide. It is a season dedicated to the performing arts, to all cultural projects and aims to promote independent innovation and freedom of creation. Edinburgh is the scene of impressive festivals that bring together the most creative and talented artists to share experiences, ideas and resources, and least of all to provide unrivalled entertainment.
Discover the perfect base for a truly authentic Fringe experience, with sight-seeing and festival venues all on your doorstep! Look no further to find your home-from- home.
Ideal for anyone wanting to maximize their experience of all this vibrant city has to offer, our self-catered holiday apartments combine the luxury feel of a top hotel with cosiness, privacy and the freedom of feeling like you were at home.
Located on the old Royal Infirmary site in a mix of classic Edinburgh architecture and stunning modern buildings, providing easy access to the main Fringe venues such as George Square and Bristo Square. The Meadows are only a stone’s throw away and so is the National Museum, Edinburgh Castle and the famous Royal Mile.
The best views we have ever seen of our amazing city look across to the Meadows, up to Edinburgh Castle and across to Blackford Hill, Salisbury Crags and Arthur’s Seat. You'll also enjoy a beautiful sunset on the rooftop terrace and a personal hot tub.
Looking for a cosy and centrally located bolt hole in the heart of the city? Situated in the heart of Edinburgh’s affluent West End, this really is the perfect base for all your sight-seeing, shopping, and dining, whilst experiencing everything our city has to offer giving easy access to all the Fringe events and soak up the festival atmosphere.
Superbly located in the stylish West End for when you want to be around the buzz and life of the city teamed up with a spacious private garden presenting you with uninterrupted views over Dean Village and the West, if you need to escape to a peaceful haven to recharge your batteries for the next round of shows. Within walking distance of Princes Street, George Street, The Royal Mile , Stockbridge and Haymarket railway station.
Get in touch with us right now and we will help you book the perfect holiday.
the place to stay in edinburgh+44 131 202 1188
- Written by Bianca N
The best way to experience any culture usually involves food. If I only have room in my luggage for one souvenir, I always make it an edible one. They usually are a hit for families, food enthusiasts, as well as people of all ages!
Instead of bringing home the usual fridge magnets and commercial gifts that will likely sit around collecting dust, give them a treat they can’t resist digging into! These shops are a must visit for any visitor wishing to buy tasteful - and tasty gifts to take home. This is a relatively inexpensive gift doesn’t weigh heavy in your suitcase featuring some of the best and most distinctive tastes of Scottish cuisine (and we're not talking about a deep-fried Mars Bar!)
Whether you're buying for yourself or are on the hunt for a friend or family, bring home a flavour of your trip with our suggestions of the best edible souvenirs our Gourmet Edinburgh has to offer!
v The Fudge Kitchen
Is well-known among locals as experts in what they do. It sells a variety of gorgeous goodies in the form of fudge, loaded with nuts, chocolate and other divine combos. The Fudge Kitchen offers a variety of handmade, traditional Scottish delights that will make you want to eat your weight in fudge! And if you want to get your hands dirty and your fuel sweet tooth, they even offer a Fudge Making Experience! You can even order fudge as wedding favours or business gifts.
v The Fudge House
Another fudgey offering - a family-run fudge shop in the heart of Edinburgh's historic Royal Mile.
Delicious on its own or chopped and stirred into ice cream, as you have that well-deserved cuppa. Fudge is naturally gluten free, and there is definitely something for every taste! Highland cream, key lime pie, butterscotch, Italian nougat, chocolate rocky road, almond cream toffee, vanilla, triple dark chocolate and rum and raisin… you won't want to stop at just one delicious slice!
v Cranachan and Crowdie
Cranachan and Crowdie is a charming shop, with high quality Scottish treats! It boasts an exciting selection of food items that are locally produced and of good quality, from whisky flavoured marmalade, haggis flavoured shortbread, oatcakes, to a gluten-free range. The childhood favorites and well known sweets, Lees macaroon bars, Snowballs, Tunnocks Teacakes and Caramel Wafers - you'll be in heaven!
Shortbread is another wonderful and traditional Scottish treat - the delicious, crumbly and truly irresistible biscuit from premium brands such as Shortbread House of Edinburgh are packed in luxurious tins and are laid out in tempting variety in the shop. Heavenly combinations of aromas, from the iconic all butter to exotic flavours.
In addition, they stock fantastic artisan beers, Scottish gin, whisky, and Orkney wine, vodka with Scottish strawberries, raspberries and rhubarb.
Pick up loose leaf and packaged teas in several interesting flavours that include Scottish Breakfast, heather or whisky. Why not bring a Scottish twist to your morning and try a whisky coffee - from coffee beans roasted in the Highlands?
Explore the tastes of authentic Scotland with a haggis homemade DIY kit or order one of their gorgeous bespoke hampers.
A delectable delightful choice in food souvenirs for yourself or someone else!
v J Mellis Cheese Mongers
In a world of mass produced products stacked high on shelves in supermarkets, this shop sells an astonishing range of artisan and farmhouse cheeses. It combines top-tier international varieties from all over Europe with local specialties to create gourmet flavours. There’s a small cafe area that serves cheese platters and toasties. The ideal way to experience and enjoy new cheese at its best and tantalise your taste buds for a full-on ‘cheese experience’.
Opposite the cheeses, they sell luxurious little accompaniments that compliment well with the cheeses: loafs of artisam bread, crackers, or various types of jams and Scottish chutneys.
v Jeffry Street Whisky
Whisky (or Uisce Beatha in Gaelic - translated as ‘’the water of life’’) is the National drink of Scotland. So, if you want to bring home a true memento of your holiday in Scotland... this is surely the way!
An excellent collection of some independent single malts, the finest cigars and spirits alongside an impressive display of tobaccos. While enjoying fantastic whisky you can make your visit educational with a Tasting Session and learn learn about the distilling process and the various steps that create the difference in flavor and color.
Grab some tasty souvenirs and enjoy locally produced eats. Edinburgh is blessed with small family businesses that produce excellent artisan products. Keep an eye out - there will always be a tasty surprise around the corner!
- Written by Chrystal W
Edinburgh is a beautiful and historic capital city that has so many different areas just waiting to be explored. However, many visitors stick to the famous haunts that the city is most renowned for; the historic and enchanting Old Town and Grassmarket, shopping primetime on Princes Street and the bustling bars and restaurant scene on George Street. Venture just that little bit further (and when we say further we still mean a stone’s throw from the Castle – almost!) and you’ll find pockets of this wonderful city you really shouldn’t miss.
Chrystal from The Luxury Editor gives us the lowdown on how to live like a local in Stockbridge.
Only a 10 minute walk (downhill!) from the West End of Princes Street Stockbridge is a thriving hub boasting traditional pubs, trendy bars, an abundance of coffee shops, excellent restaurants, an array of independent artisan shops and even a luxury boutique hotel. The Botanic Gardens, Water of Leith and Inverleith Park border the area and although you’re still right in the heart of the city the expansive green area and waterway gives you the feeling of suburbia living.
Oooohh so many places to choose from but one of my absolute favourites is Artisan Roast, which is located in a flower shop on the main high street. It’s a cute little place and the highly trained baristas are very conscious about crafting the perfect brew so ensure you’re up for a leisurely coffee. All pastries and cakes are homemade and their date slice is a monster – the BEST ever. Sorry mother-in-law yours comes a close second!!
Out and About
Take a stroll around The Botanic Gardens, it’s a really tranquil place and not only are the gardens themselves extremely beautiful there are often art exhibitions on display in the various exhibition spaces. If you’re visiting in November I’d highly recommend the Light Festival – quite a spectacle. It’s great for children too as there are plenty of ‘playful educational’ things to do and a child friendly café and restaurant.
As with the Old Town of Edinburgh, Stockbridge and The New Town are filled with winding lanes and cobbled paths that are just waiting to be explored and make sure you do as there are some really pretty places that are worth an amble down.
Lunch Time Snack
Peter’s Yard is a great call. It’s a Swedish bakery with a wonderful Swedish inspired selection of bread, biscuits and cakes. I love the spelt scones here and the homemade ice cream for a sweet treat is sooo creamy. They also serve really unusual salad concoctions which change daily. It is relatively small in here and very popular so be prepared to wait for a seat or choose to take-away and enjoy your Swedish treats in the park.
Worth A Look
I am not a cheese lover but I just love IJ Mellis cheese shop. The selection of cheeses and charcuterie style meats are simply phenomenal and the level of knowledge from the staff is incredible. A Stockbridge institution.
Afternoon Tipple / Coffee
Hamilton’s is a buzzing bar and kitchen-serving breakfast through to dinner – it has a great atmosphere no matter what time of day you go in. Although it’s child friendly it is so in a discrete manner. Comfy sofas, high bar stools, dining area and a great cocktail selection this place does dawn till dusk exceptionally well.
Rollo Restaurant and Wine Bar is the perfect place for a romantic dinner or an intimate get-together with a few friends. A family run establishment that showcases the style and creative flair of sculptor, fashion designer and architect owners in its décor and the warm and friendly atmosphere makes you relax before you’ve even taken off your coat. The casual but high quality plates, sides and mains style menu is varied and extremely tasty – superb pork crackling! Smarter than a bistro but with bistro prices, I’d highly recommend booking well in advance. It’s over 18s only which helps set the stylish vibe.
If you’re visit to Edinburgh incorporates a Sunday then be sure to head to the Stockbridge Sunday market. Fresh produce from cakes, cheeses, olives, bread, local butchers, fishmongers, pie makers, ale makers, gin makers – the list goes on all congregate here to impress the locals and tourists alike. Paella, pulled pork, noodles and curries are all cooked onsite too so be sure you come hungry and be reassured you will leave more than suitable satisfied.
There you have it my top-tips to live like a local in Stockbridge. Enjoy!
Our flats in Saxe Coburg Place or our Georgian terraced property blend the Scottish charm, home comforts and allow you to make the most of the of the great neighbourhood delis, cafes, restaurants and boutique shops.
They are ideal as either an intimate and romantic retreat, a break with your friends of for a fun-packed family vacation.
- Written by Hatty
Unrivalled 360 degree views of Edinburgh and all its beautiful surrounding scenery, three floors of impeccably designed modern architecture, a private hot tub all to yourself, and a bottle of bubbly and chocolates on the house…how does this sound for a few days away? Oh – and did we mention that there’s 10% off too!?
We’re offering this amazing deal for stays at our Panoramic Penthouse @ Quartermile in March, April and May 2016, when booked between 08/03/16 – 31/03/16. As well as offering 10% off stays of three nights or more, we are letting our guests have free use of the hot tub (normally £175 per booking). Go to our website now to book your stay using code “QM2016” or phone us on 0131 202 1188
T&Cs apply. Deal cannot be applied to any booking made before 08/03/16 and guests must use promotional code at time of booking to validate discount.
- Written by Bianca N
The desire to attend as many events and attractions as we can when we are on vacation, often means we forget to simply live, breathe and soak up the atmosphere because we have too many checklists. Straightaway, this old movie ‘’The Bucket List’’ comes to my mind. Two people - initially strangers, find that they are sentenced to death by the relentless disease we call cancer. Thus, a cranky multimillionaire (Jack Nicholson) and a mechanic (Morgan Freeman) make up a list of their last wishes - things to do before you die - and start the last chapter of their lives together. I think the idea of the film applies to each and every one of us while travelling, where we jot down the countries and ‘’must - see attractions’’ that we would like to visit in this life.
Edinburgh is a museum, yet, the congestion around the widely known and popular landmarks is sometimes tedious.
In order to truly savour our sublime Edinburgh, we divulge a map of this month’s highlights. Because we all need something to help us unwind at the end of the day, to enjoy the small pleasures in every moment of our lives full of gadgets, meetings and deadlines on all levels.
Treat yourself (and your loved ones) with…
v Make Mother’s Day at Tigerlily (3rd Mar)
It is a perfect occasion to meet in March! Hosted by Scottish designers – An exclusive collection of gifts, including jewellery and handbags.
v Jeffrey Street Whisky and Tobacco, Edinburgh at Jeffrey Street (17th Mar)
“A beverage of leisure is a serious business,” Shane Bowermaster was known to declare. Novice or connoisseurs, this is a fantastic experience for your collection of Edinburgh memories. You can make a purchase to enliven your memories after you’ve left!
v Royal Observatory Edinburgh Public Astronomy Evenings (4th /11th /18th /25th Mar )
v Legally Blonde The Musical at King's Theatre (16th Mar – 19th Mar)
v Cirque Berserk at The Festival Theatre (10th -12th mar)
v Edinburgh Grand Opera - La Bohème at Usher Hall (18th &19th Mar )
v Thriller Live Edinburgh at Edinburgh Playhouse (21st – 26th Mar)
v Edinburgh Fashion Week 2016 at The Mound (5th-6th Mar)
The highlights of the month:
v Six Nations (Rugby)(Feb – Mar)
v Scottish Golf Awards(11 Mar)
v Edinburgh International Science Festival (26 Mar – 10 Apr)
Finally, This is Edinburgh’s After Party on the 18th of March at Summerhall, which aims to ‘celebrate Edinburgh’s favourite hidden gems, independent retailers and tempting food and drink’.
Travel is the best therapy. Take a look at our latest offers on luxury accommodation here
- Written by Bianca N
Perhaps it has happened to you, like it has happened to me many a-time, to look for the cocktail menu and be met with bitter disappointment as you come across the same offerings - the boring Bloody Mary, Mojito, Cosmopolitan and other humdrum, done-to-death drinks. And then quitting and settling for a good old latte. However, read on, and we'll let you in on some of Edinburgh's alcoholic gems. Here are some of the best spots - from an insider's perspective.
1. Panda and Sons
79 Queen Street | Edinburgh
On the corner of Queen Street, A little treasure lies inside a subtle barbershop window, easy even for the locals to miss. You even find yourself confronted with a door disguised as a bookcase! As you venture downstairs, ambient background music meets your ears which complement the vintage décor, with real barber shop seats! With a great selection of drinks, the famous Birdcage cocktails for the more adventurous, house ale and wines are available- plus you get free complimentary popcorn at every table!
Don't worry, you'll know which book to pull out, I promise!
2. Bramble Bar
16A Queen St | Edinburgh
Perhaps the kind of bar you need to have inside knowledge about, location wise; but we've got you covered (trust me; Google Maps won't be your hero this time!)A fantastic prohibition era underground bar, you can find it in a basement on the corner of Queen Street, blink and you will miss it! A place where the craft and art of making cocktails lives strong and where you get your cocktail uniquely presented, in a tea cup or unusual vintage glass.
9 Victoria Street | Old Town, EDINBURGH
An authentic setting: sand (get your flip flops ready), palm trees, cocktails and live music. Although it could be mistaken for one, this is not Rihanna's old music video, neither a nightclub somewhere in Spain (although sometimes we do wish!).It’s far from the sun, but who cares when you you’ve got swing chairs and a ping pong table?
4. The Devil's Advocate
9 Advocate Close | Old Town, Edinburgh
This edgy establishment makes you feel like you are in a modern Game of Thrones, located in an imposing building with beautiful stone arches and exposed walls. This is an excellent restaurant and bar with great food and a fantastic lively atmosphere, with ambiance accented by shallow lighting and candles. What’s more is that you’ll have a huge wall of more than 200 whiskers to choose from, a fantastic selection of beers, wines, cocktails and spirits.
52 West Port | Old Town, Edinburgh
This bar is refreshingly modern, because a cocktail is more than a mix of drinks in a glass - it's a mind-set, a mood board, experience. Dragonfly provides you with an inventive menu which will leave you inspired.
26 George IV Bridge | Old Town, Edinburgh
A unique, gloriously gothic décor comprising of three bars over three levels, mirroring the look of Dr Frankenstein's laboratory, inside a 18th century church building on George IV Bridge. House specials include Dr Frankenstein and The Bride which are a must try and classic pub style Scottish food is served until midnight.
7. Voodoo Rooms
19a West Register Street | Edinburgh
The perfect balance between modern luxury and classic charm, the restaurant is perfect for a romantic dinner, a business lunch or a catch-up with friends, while guaranteeing a buzzing atmosphere, privacy in the spacious booths and an elegant and distinctive aura. It's the kind of place that deserves visit even just to check out the interior design.
18 Haymarket Terrace| Edinburgh
A mesmerising variety of White Russians, all named after characters from the film and with accompanying quotes. In addition to this there are plenty of other drinks available to try if you don't enjoy the classic milky cocktail, as well as a great selection of delicious burgers among the traditional menu!
According to a UK-based study called “Friends on Tap” by the Campaign for Real Ale (“CAMRA”), people who regularly go to pubs actually end up happier, and potentially healthier, than the rest of us. Nightlife in Edinburgh is vibrant with lots of bars, restaurants, and social hang-outs. Any day of the week, you can find a place to listen to music, eat brilliant Scottish cuisine, or just relax and soak up the Edinburgh atmosphere.
- Written by Hatty
Women in Tourism was set up by a small group of individuals 2015. The organisation strives to discuss and overcome challenges, seize opportunities and strengthen relationships within our industry. Aiming to answer questions regarding, amongst other things, inequality, development and remuneration within the Scottish Tourism sector, the group have released a survey specifically for female tourism workers.
The Edinburgh Address’s managing director, Anna Morris is one of the founding members of Women in Tourism and hopes the group can help to break down barriers for women across the industry.
We would very much appreciate it if, you’re a women in the tourism industry - or hoping to become a part of it, you could spare a few minutes to participate in the survey.