- 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.
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- 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.
- Written by Hatty
That's right - the RBS Six Nations Rugby Tournament rolls around again, kicking off on the 6th of February.
Murrayfield is hosting two games this year - a Braveheart-esque battle with Scotland VS England on the 6th of February, then Scotland VS France on the 13th of March.
For those who want to come to Edinburgh and capture the atmosphere (and the game) first-hand, we've still got availability across our luxury self catering apartments. Go to www.theedinburghaddress.com for the full list.
- Written by Hatty
Did you know that between the 20th November and the 4th of January, there’s not one, but three Christmas markets? The Scottish Market will be at St Andrew Square again this year, showcasing the best food and drink we have to offer. The amazing European Market which has graced Edinburgh with its presence for the last 20 years, will stretch from the Mound all the way along to the Scott Monument. For the little ones the Children’s Market which is located in Santa Land is prefect!
Edinburgh’s food scene needs no introduction. Between Michelin starred restaurants and incredible street food vendors, you’re spoiled for choice all year round. With the Christmas Markets and activities going on along Princes Street and at St Andrew Square, comes even more delicious food. Regular offerings are churros, German sausages, burgers – and don’t forget the mulled wine and cider!
From December 15th to January 2nd, Priscilla Queen of the Desert: The Musical will be singing and dancing up a storm at Edinburgh Playhouse. If you want a truly amazing, visually thrilling show to see this Christmas – this is it. The Edinburgh Address have an exclusive offer available to guests booking accommodation before the end of November – half price Priscilla tickets. Get in touch now to book! If you prefer your performances with a little less sass and a little more class, Circa: Beyond will be on from the 20th November – 3rd January in the magical Speigeltent which will take up residence in St Andrew Square.
Rides and Attractions
As well as the now world famous Christmas Markets, Edinburgh’s Christmas, run by Underbelly includes ice skating, a big wheel, and the notoriously terrifying Star Flyer! There really is something for everyone. This year, Virgin Money will be bringing the Street of Light to the Royal Mile - it's set to be absolutely beautiful.
New Year’s Celebrations
Edinburgh’s Princes Street party is now world-famous, with our lovely city being rated as one of the best cities in the UK to bring in the New Year. Not only does Princes Street play host to an amazing gathering of revellers from all over the world, we always have amazing musicians helping us bring in the New Year. This year Scotland’s very own and very talented Biffy Clyro, along with the brilliant Idlewild will be providing the soundtrack! If you want to do something different, Abandonman’s Bass Drop Ceilidh at St Andrew’s Square is guaranteed to be awesome!
Picture Perfect Scenery
If you’re looking to go somewhere easy on the eye, you can’t do much better than Edinburgh for a winter vacation. The city is beautiful whenever you visit – grand architecture teamed with the leafy parks scattered around make it so iconic, however at Christmas time, Edinburgh is turned into a fairy tale. Regardless of whether we get snow or not (fingers crossed we do!), the city looks so magical when it’s lit up with all its festive cheer.
We've still got some availability for the festive period - go to The Edinburgh Address now to book your luxury self catering accommodation.
- Written by Hatty
We've all heard the ghost stories about Edinburgh, so here's our list of some of the most hunted parts of the city...
As the city expanded in the 18th Century, the most unlucky Edinburgh dwellers had to resort to seeking refuge in the spaces under the city where it was damp and needless to say, not great for your health. Bodies of these unfortunate people littered the Vaults and it’s even reported that the famous Burke and Hare liked to go digging for corpses there. Voices being heard, children screaming, sightings of moving shadows and unexplainable changes in the atmosphere are all spooky spectacles reported from inside Edinburgh’s Vaults in the past.
Mary Kings Close
One of the many alleyways coming from The Royal Mile, stories of the plague, murder and corruption surround Mary Kings Close and its sinister history. Tales of the supernatural have been coming from the Close for literally hundreds of years and it’s now a popular ghost tour destination for those not so easily frightened…
Standing at the top of Calton Hill, you get some of the very best views over Edinburgh. Did you know that as well as having a wonderful fireworks display at Hogmanay, the hill plays host to Beltane Fire Festival – a Pagan event which lures the city’s wildest inhabitants to sing and dance around flames? This hill is no stranger to odd goings-on – it is said to be ‘haunted’ by a fairy boy who and others who have a special gift of sight into another world.
Obviously, there couldn’t be a list of haunted places without mentioning at least one grave yard – that would just be silly. Greyfriars Kirkyard is probably the most famous of Edinburgh’s cemeteries –due to the tale of Greyfriars Bobby. The ghost who is said to terrorise this part of town, however, is not that of the dog – it is said to be George Mackenzie, an executioner of prisoners in the 17th century. Countless sightings and odd goings-on have been reported as well as physical disturbances and attacks!
Edinburgh is often described as one of the most haunted cities in the world, so it’s no surprise that the castle, which has seen numerous bloody battles, would be one of the most ghostly places in town. Two of the most common reports are of visitors being able to hear bagpipes from the tunnels below – where a lone piper disappeared hundreds of years ago – and the sighting of a little drummer boy (who just happens to be headless).
Even with all our ghosts and unexplained goings-on, Edinburgh is an amazing place to visit – so whether you’re in search of the paranormal, or just fancy a relaxing trip to Scotland’s capital, visit us online for luxury accommodation.
- Written by Hatty
We’ve just added the most indulgent, luxurious medley of beautiful flats to our portfolio and we can’t wait to share them with you! We’ve added three penthouses – a one bedroom, two bedroom and three bedroom as well as a three bedroom town house – style apartment. As well as being immaculately adorned throughout, they are situated in Edinburgh’s most famous street – The Royal Mile. These apartments, without a doubt, are the full package of deluxe living.
Views stretch across Princes Street and Calton Hill, over Edinburgh’s rooftops. If you’re coming to Scotland’s capital, these apartments really are the place to take in the city in style.
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We are delighted to announce that we’ve recently teamed up with Edinburgh Playhouse to be able to offer our customer’s exclusive theatre ticket deals when you book accommodation through The Edinburgh Address.
The Playhouse has some amazing shows lined up in the coming months from its Christmas panto “Priscilla – Queen of the Desert” to the classic “The Sound of Music” and the gripping “Blood Brothers” as well as sing-along-shocker “The Rocky Horror Show”.
This October, we're offering half price tickets to Shrek The Musical!
If you’re into theatre, then coming Edinburgh and to the legendary (and biggest working theatre in the UK, don’t you know!) is an absolute must! With loads of great restaurants near-by (many of which have special pre-theatre menus), a good old-fashioned night at the theatre can be the perfect evening away. Combining it with staying in one of the most magical cities in the world in first class accommodation, it’s guaranteed to be a fabulous experience!
Contact us on 0131 202 1188 for booking enquiries or visit The Edinburgh Address for availability and rates.
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We are delighted to announce that we have added an absolutely stunning property to our portfolio! The Edinburgh Castle Suite @ Castle Terrace is a five star, jaw-dropping-ly beautiful three bedroom flat which we are proud to say can be rented out from now for stays of between two nights and three months.
Situated on the famous Castle Terrace, this second floor flat has unbeatable views over the castle and further out to Princes Street. You can literally be lounging about in the sitting room with Edinburgh Castle just in front of you. As well as the brilliant views, the apartment is second to none in its interior – designed using a mix of classic Edinburgh Style and fresh and funky art work.
The kitchen is fully equipped with everything you’ll need to cook – or why not hire our private chef to come and do the hard work for you!
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Everyone loves a holiday – that’s one thing for sure. Choosing where to go can be half the fun (or the battle), but one thing has been changing in recent years – renting an apartment as opposed to a hotel room is on the rise among travellers. Once you’ve decided on your destination, it’s time to pick where you’ll be calling ‘home’ for the next few nights. To us, the obvious choice is your own private luxurious apartment, not just one hotel room. Here’s why:
- Privacy – a place to call your own! When renting out a whole apartment, you have your own space – no nosey neighbours to bump into in the hotel corridor! Your own kitchen, bathroom, bedroom and living area means that if you don’t want to see anyone else – you don’t have to! Hide yourself away in that apartment all you like! If you want to eat breakfast in your birthday suit, no one’s going to stop you!
- Space – In the famous words of Mel Gibson (Braveheart) “Freeeeeeedom!”
The Edinburgh Address’s apartments range from a perfectly compact studio flat to a huge 5 bedroom, three bathroom lakeside house or a penthouse spread over three floors which sleeps up to 9 people and has its own roof-top hot tub! Don’t be confined to your little hotel room, spread your wings in your very own apartment!
- Money – All of The Edinburgh Address’s apartments are in city centre locations – Royal Mile, The Meadows, Castle Terrace – take your pick! Staying in a hotel room in any of these locations would most likely break the bank, but when you cut down the cost of renting a whole apartment, prices per night, per person are almost always less expensive than if you went for a hotel room. We also offer long stay and low season adjustments of up to 40%!
- Charged per apartment, not per person – As mentioned, renting out a whole apartment can often make more sense financially than a hotel room. Hotels usually charge for the number of people staying in the room/rooms, however we have a flat rate for out apartments so as long as there’s enough beds for bodies – you won’t have to pay any extra!
- Feel like a local – Immerse yourself into Edinburgh’s culture and live in one of its iconic cobbled windy streets. Staying in a hotel can feel generic, but when you have your own apartment, you can really settle into the style of the city.
- Luxury – All of The Edinburgh Address’s apartments are hand-picked for our portfolio and we make sure they are up to an extremely high standard. Each apartment is individual in its exterior and interior, each with its own luxurious theme.
- Freedom with food! – You don’t have to eat in the hotel restaurant, you don’t have to eat in any restaurant if you don’t want to – you don’t even have to get dressed for dinner! Renting an apartment means having your own kitchen complete with all essential amenities meaning if you want to make cheese on toast at 4am, you can make cheese on toast at 4am! In fact, did you know that you can hire a private chef to come and cook for you in your Edinburgh apartment? It’s all about choice!
Whichever one of our gorgeous apartments you decide to make your home from home, we’re sure you’ll love it as much as we do. To have a look at all our apartments and check availability, click here. Phone 0131 202 1188 for all enquiries.
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Like every year, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival is set to grow yet again, with more performers, venues and audience members than ever before flooding into our city to grab a piece of the action. Picking which shows to see out of the 3,314 taking place this year will be no mean feat – we’ve only got between the 7th and the 31st of August to cram in hours of comedy, music, theatre and magic. Whether you live in Edinburgh or you’re making the pilgrimage to our beautiful little city especially for this spectacular month, there’s not a chance of you running out of things to keep you amused.
Here, we’ve made a list of what we expect to be some of the most brilliant shows this year:
“One stupid town and all its inhabitants played by two ridiculous women”
If you’re looking for laugh out loud funny, Woolly Eyed Turtle is what you need to be watching this summer. Made up of Emily and Meave, Cantankerous aim to blend cultural ideas they grew up with in Ireland by bravely tapping into bold stereotypes and portraying them in a hilarious line up of characters. Look out for awkward results and unexpected twists in their shows.
“Riveting style… everything that is imaginative about modern circus and cabaret”
What would the festival be without a little cabaret!? This hugely entertaining show involving circus and cabaret is based on the like of Alfred Hitchcock and promises not to disappoint! Go along to see this funny, dark, intriguing and entirely captivating show and you’ll want to see more of what Big Sexy Circus City have to offer!
“A musical hero”
Probably most famously known for his hit song “Caledonia” – this will be an unmissable evening of traditional Scottish music. A must for any festival-goer who wants to get back to the Scottish spirit of it all. This seven piece band promises lively tunes and sensitive tones.
“Every child should see it!”
This is one for the kids (or those who refuse to be counted as adults). For anyone who remembers the Hairy Mclary books, this show will give you nostalgia – the return of the scruffy little dog and all his friends will take you back to your childhood! For those taking children along to the festival, this show is a must with its story-telling and catchy songs to keep the little ones captivated!
“Raptors may be defeated, but every family has its monsters”
The award-winning five-star sell-out spin on Spielberg's classic is guaranteed to have you in stitches. The Park family welcome you to Lyme Regis for their dinotastic DIY adventure. This funny yet touching show is definitely one to mark on your calendar as a must-see.
Are you coming to the Edinburgh Festival 2015? We've still got availability in some of our luxury apartments during August! Visit us online at The Edinburgh Address or phone us on 0131 202 1188 to book your accommodation today! Rent your own home from home in central Edinburgh and live like a local.
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If like us you love dogs, Edinburgh is the right place for you and your pooch to come for a holiday! Edinburgh loves dogs. Just look at our history – good old Grey Friars Bobby holds his place on George IV Bridge outside Greyfriars Kirkyard where he guarded the grave of his owner for 14 years!
The brilliant Dugs’N’Pubs has become somewhat of an Edinburgh institution, now guiding dog owners all over the UK on where the best dog-friendly pubs are. Go onto their Twitter and you’ll be met with a hall of fame – pictures of people’s dogs they tweet in.
This brilliant Buzzfeed post might surprise you with some of Edinburgh’s dog-friendly places such as theatres, art shops, beauty salons and boutiques.
If you decide to visit Edinburgh with your furry friend, The Edinburgh Address has the perfect dog-friendly property. Located in the lovely Newington, The Family Retreat @ Arthurs Seat is close enough to all the city centre attractions, and plenty of bars and café’s that you’ll be enjoying Edinburgh’s buzz. With your own garden and situated in view of Arthurs Seat, you’ll have plenty of room to go for a run with your puppy!
For a full list of The Edinburgh Address luxury self catering accommodation please visit us online or phone 0131 261 8646.
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It was the Edinburgh Marathon Festival this weekend and it was an amazing atmosphere! We’d like to say a huge well done to anyone who ran in any of the races – and an especially big congratulations to Siobhan, our Sales and Office Manager who completed the 10K in 1 hour and 1 minute!
Although the race was gruelling and parts were uphill, Siobhan kept going and crossed the finish line. She’d been training by running the length of the Forth Road Bridge accompanied by her six year old son on his bike!
The sun came out to shine at the weekend for everyone running their race and a great time was had by all! We’re looking forward to another busy marathon weekend next year – although first we’ve got the summer to come!