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The Scotsman fell in love with our stunning Victorian Townhouse and they decided to write an article about it. Each room has its own personality, making this glamourous house a stunning city boutique, ideal for anyone who wants to have a memorable experience.

But what did the Scotsman think of our townhouse?

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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.

We've all heard the ghost stories about Edinburgh, so here's our list of some of the most hunted parts of the city...

        The Vaults

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.

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        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…

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        Calton Hill

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.

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       Greyfriars Kirkyard

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!

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        Edinburgh Castle

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).

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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

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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.

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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.

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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! 

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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.

 

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.

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Here, we’ve made a list of what we expect to be some of the most brilliant shows this year:

Woolly Eyed Turtle - Cantankerous Theatre

“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.

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Hitch! - Big Sexy Circus City

“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!

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The Dougie MacLean Project

“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.

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Hairy Mclary’s Cat Tales - Nonsense Room Productions

“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!

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Jurassic Park - Superbolt Theatre

“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.

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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. 

 

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!

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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.

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Some of the most notable Edinburgh drinking holes you can go with Man’s Best Friend are The Sailsbury Arms, Newington, Bon Vivant, Stockbridge and the aptly named The Wally Dug, New Town.

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This brilliant Buzzfeed post might surprise you with some of Edinburgh’s dog-friendly places such as theatres, art shops, beauty salons and boutiques.

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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! 

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For a full list of The Edinburgh Address luxury self catering accommodation please visit us online or phone 0131 261 8646.

 

We’d like to be able to say that ‘summer is coming’, however with recent week’s weather it’s hard to say which season we’re in! Let’s be honest – Scotland isn’t exactly famed for its clear blue skies and scorching heat! So let’s just say June, July and August are coming, which in Edinburgh means much more than weather. It means atmosphere. It means the streets being packed by tourists, it means ‘taps aff’ if the sun decides to show its face. And it means the Fringe Festival, which every Edinburgh native loves to moan about but secretly love it as much as everyone else.

Why should you visit Edinburgh this summer? Here’s why:

1. Food and Drink

With this being Scotland’s year of Food and Drink, it makes more reason than ever to visit the capital to sample some of the treats we have to offer. We’re not just talking about your traditional Scottish food like haggis and neeps, we’re talking about a modern, contemporary twist on great Scottish cuisine. Amazing restaurants such as The Witchery and the lovely vegetarian eatery David Bann, and Cranachan & Crowdie, the fantastic fine Scottish food and drink deli on the Royal Mile.

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2. Culture

The history, art and atmosphere of Scotland’s capital come together to create a rich and vibrant culture which is only heightened in the summer months with the array of events and festivals. Edinburgh’s feel in the summer months cannot be matched, with traditions from all over the world making the city one huge hub of activity.

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3. Attractions

Of course in Edinburgh we’ve always got the classic attractions. The Castle, Edinburgh Dungeons, Camera Obscura, Dynamic Earth and Mary King’s Close provide entertainment (and in some cases a massive fright) all year round.

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4. Festivals

This couldn’t be a blog post about Edinburgh in the summer time without mentioning the festivals. But it’s not just the world famous Fringe – Edinburgh is “the world’s leading festival city”. We’ve got the International Film Festival, the Jazz and Blues Festival and the International Book Festival too.

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5. Golf

Scotland has 578 golf courses. Yes. Five hundred and seventy eight. Edinburgh has 67 of these 578. With the 144th British Golf Open being at the beautiful St. Andrews this year, there’s no better reason to stay in Edinburgh and explore. 

 

 

The Edinburgh Playhouse- Edinburgh’s Musical Showground

Ideally located at the bottom of Calton Hill, this historic theatre is within 10 minutes walking distance of The Stylish City Break @ Gayfield Square and our newest addition The Georgian Suite @ Royal Terrace.

If you like musicals and comedy then you are in for a treat! This busy theatre welcomes a variety of shows from Puttin’ on the Ritz (16th- 20th September) to Jersey Boys (8th- 25th October).

One of their highlights of this year is definitely the highly acclaimed musical Wicked which has won over one hundred awards and will be performing from the 19th November to the 10th January.
There are still tickets left so make sure you book now!

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The King’s Theatre- From History to Murder Mystery

The King’s Theatre is located on Leven Street, only a short walk from our Classic Marchmont Charm @The Meadows, Traditional Marchmont@ The Meadows and Marchmont Main Door @ Spottiswoode Road.

Their programme is always packed with a multitude of plays including Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap (27th October- 1st November), which will leave you guessing until the very end.

Furthermore in commemoration of one hundred years since the start of World War One, there will be several plays dedicated to that era such as Regeneration (30th September- 5th October) or Sunset Song (7th-11th October). 

Click here to see the full programme of the King’s Theatre so you don’t miss out!

 

The Royal Lyceum Theatre- Bringing Traditional and Modern Scotland Together

They Lyceum Theatre is ideally located on Lothian Road, only a few minutes walk from Castle View Apartment @Castle Terrace and Garden Apartment @ Castle Terrace and easily accessed from most of our apartments by bus or taxi.

Having just launched their new programme you can expect some fantastic performances such as Kill Johnny Glendenning (17th September- 11th October) or Bondangers (22nd October- 15th November).

There’s something on for everyone, so have a look at their programme here.

 

Edinburgh Festival Theatre- Anything from Classic to Contemporary Dance

Centrally located on Nicholson Street, the Edinburgh Festival Theatre hosts event all year round including the Scottish Ballet and the Edinburgh International Festival. 
Our apartments The Penthouse @ The Royal Mile, The Panoramic Penthouse @Quartermile and The Old Chapel @ George Square are ideal bases for visiting this venue, however it is only a short taxi or bus ride away from most of our apartments.

Whether you are looking for some Broadway Entertainment or a Classic Ballet, this venue will be great for any dance lover.

Some of the highlights include the highly acclaimed Top Hat (7th- 18th October) and the Scottish Ballet: The Nutcracker (13th December to 3rd January). 

Have a look at their programme to find the perfect show for you by clicking here.

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We still have fantastic apartments available for you this Autumn, you can look for availability online or give us a call on 0131 629 8347. Alternatively you can also email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. 

 

We are delighted to be featured in today's Scotsman Online after a review stay at Castle View Apartment @ Castle Terrace last month.

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The article features some of Edinburgh's most luxurious Self Catering and Serviced Apartments and we are proud to be included in that list! With so many upcoming events in Edinburgh over the next few months, be sure to book now for your chance to stay in your own Edinburgh Address.

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Today is another beautiful sunny day. What a perfect way to end the week. We're a lucky team to have this lovely greenery to look out on from the office! Edinburgh is looking particularly beautiful at the moment. There's nothing better than relaxing in Princes St gardens, people watching and eating ice-cream, especially after all we've been doing this week. We still have a number of beautiful apartments available over the next few weeks - come and enjoy a patch of Edinburgh sunlight for yourself! 

 

alt We began on Sunday with the Race for Life. We all finished in less than an hour and were proud to raise well over £400 for Cancer Research. It was great to see the crowds there, participants and supporters, and see how willing everybody is to try and make a difference. Anna's dog Bella even showed up to show her solidarity by wearing a pink collar; she wasn't allowed in this 'office only' picture so you'll just have to take my word on how cute she looked! 

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Then after all the normal office buzz - making sure the apartments are looking spick and span and that everything is going to be perfect for your stay - we set off to the Scottish Tourism Showcase today to really end the week on a high. The girls met lots of lovely people and were proud to be able to talk about our services with other industry professionals. It's so great to share our excitment and motivation for our apartments with others.

So it's been a busy week for us but a very good week too! Don't forget there's up to 25% off selected apartments so now is the perfect moment to come and check out The Edinburgh Address experience for yourself! 

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You won't miss out on your perfect holiday home.

The early bird catches the worm! Places fill up pretty quickly over the summer, especially during the school holidays, so if you want to ensure getting the perfect apartment for you and your loved ones it's best to book early to avoid missing out and ending up compromising on what should be extra fun. We're already filling up fast and enquiries come in every day for dates in July and August - book your holiday home now for your perfect summer break in the city. 

You can get on with planning summer activities.

There's loads happening in and around Edinburgh this summer; the Film Festival, the Commonwealth Games, the Tattoo, the Fringe Festival, the International Festival, the Book Festival, the MoonWalk, the list goes on. Booking your summer home early means you can relax knowing you definitely have somewhere to stay, and focus on fitting in all those things you just have to see, and activities you have to try. Get the big stuff sorted and have fun planning the details!

You'll get the benefit of early bird prices on your travel. 

Flights and train tickets are considerably cheaper if you can book well in advance. With the price of both increasing rapidly this really can make a difference to your holiday budget. This leaves extra pennies to spend on all those activities you'll be doing!

 

So there you go! Book an apartment with The Edinburgh Address to be sure of a worthy home from home this summer. 

 

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It’s never too early to plan ahead! What better way to finish off 2014 - the year of Scotland - than in the capital!?

Tickets for Edinburgh’s Hogmanay 2014 are now on sale! To compliment this, our live calendars are now open until January 2015 across many of our apartments, enabling you to book your  Edinburgh Address for New Year’s Eve 2014.

 Nowhere does it better than Edinburgh’s street party, this year saw entertainment in the form of the Street Party; the big concert in Princes Street Gardens featuring Pet Shop Boys; the traditional Torchlight Procession; The Keilidh plus many other events across the city. 

We can’t wait to see what the city has in store for next time, book

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This week, we welcome another new member of The Edinburgh Address team, Laura!

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Laura first moved to Edinburgh in 2001 to study Psychology at Edinburgh University and loved it so much she stayed for 10 years! Although Laura now works part time from her London pad she has a vast knowledge of Edinburgh and The Edinburgh Address flats and comes back regularly to visit.  

Her favourite location is the leafy and quaint area of Stockbridge and her favourite bar is The Dome on George Street.  

Laura will be on hand to answer availability enquiries and other questions about our apartments.

We are very sad to say goodbye to both Alice and Aija this month. Alice will be enjoying her retirement from The Edinburgh Address by spending time in her new home and babysitting her new grandchild!

Aija will be focussing on completing her studies at The University of Stirling. For those of you who have followed Aija's blogs, please do look out for some guest blogs in the future, as she continues to explore our lovely city!

 

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To continue with our theatrical theme, over at the Festival Theatre there's a really charming adaptation of Oscar Wilde's story The Selfish Giant by Wee Stories Theatre. The strong influence from traditional story-telling makes this company a firm favourite with all generations and 'The Selfish Giant' is already getting great four star reviews from The Herald.

With the characters Hail, Frost, and the North Wind moving in to the Giant's garden after he banishes the animals, this is a wonderfully seasonal fairytale full of a subtle wintry charm. Dance, music and humour make it a theatrically compelling experience for everyone. I've already booked my tickets here!

Yet more drama-based reasons to come to Edinburgh this winter...

In sight of the recent tragedy in Glasgow I thought it would be good to remember the good things in our neighbouring metropolis – and to honour the lives lost this Friday in a small way; our thoughts are with those affected by the accident, and we are remembering there is so much more in Glasgow than sadness.

Glasgow is a short train ride away from Edinburgh and much like Edinburgh is filled with joyous Christmas treats. Naturally the first stop in Glasgow would be the Christmas Continental Market on St. Enoch’s Square, just in front of the St. Enoch shopping centre – easy access to all your Christmas shopping needs. The specialty of the continental market is its eclectic mix – traders from Russia, Finland, Germany, Ecuador and many more are sharing the gourmet delights, traditional treats and specialities and rarities of all kinds. The unusual flair you can add to your Christmas spice! The market is now open until December 23.

Finnieston area in Glasgow has its own little Christmas celebration, the Festive Finnieston, with an evening of late night independent shopping, eating and drinking! This week, on December 5, from 6pm to 9pm – definitely worth to check out!

A great day out for the whole family in the heart of West End of Glasgow, the community of Queen Margaret Drive invites everyone to take part in their annual event and get into the good festive mood! The street Winter Festival will take place on Saturday 30th November and Sunday 1st December between 12 noon and 6pm, with lots of music, artisan gifts and culinary treats from all over the world – an absolute delight!

Looking for something for the kids while you are in Glasgow? Little Ulla’s Christmas Party is exactly that thing for keeping the wee ones entertained either before or after a long day of shopping, sight seeing and Christmas sparkle at the markets! A fun Christmas event featuring a singalong, workshops, a puppet show and lots and lots of Xmas fun!

And to have that unique night out with your best gal pals or group of friends with that quirky sense of adult humour, you would do well booking a night with CinderFella, with cross-dressing, evilness and a ridiculous number of twists, Cinderfella promises another evening of sheer madness, mayhem and naughtiness! Every week on Fridays from December 6 till December 13, in Jumpin Jak’s on Sauchiehall Street at 7pm.

For all the best tips for great Christmas day out in Glasgow make sure to visit their Glasgow Loves Christmas page as well!

Have a jolly Christmas time!

Whereas in many countries, my own included, a national holiday is just another bad excuse for drinking more than usual – but in Edinburgh it seems to be another good excuse for celebrating the extraordinary creative power in the city and country’s ingenuity. It is not for nothing Edinburgh is considered to be the best city in the UK, and one of the leading travel destinations in the world with the ever-growing success and room for opportunities. So, next weekend it is the time for another one of those fantastic Scottish celebrations - St. Andrews Day.

St. Andrew, the patron saint of Scotland Andrew was first recognised as an official patron saint of Scotland in 1320 at the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath an appeal to the Pope by Scottish noblemen asserting Scotland’s independence from England, and his patronage extends to fishmongers, gout, singers, sore throats, spinsters, maidens, old maids and women wishing to become mothers. What an eclectic mix – same as is the city of Edinburgh and the extravaganza of St. Andrew’s Day.

This year the city celebrates yet again in style and lavish – with a whole day of free events and celebratory atmosphere on Edinburgh’s Grassmarket from 2pm till 10pm - and sticking to Edinburgh’s tradition of catering to all, the whole day is free! All the shows and extravaganzas of the day showcase the very best of Scottish culture. This includes musical galore by Dougie MacLean, Blazin’ Fiddles and Breabach! And not to forget if you get hungry, the Grassmarket Market will be trading throughout the day from 10.00am to 6.00pm offering a range of quality foodstuffs from locally sourced vegetables, fish and meat to hot food with a distinctly international influence! And it is not all happening just in Edinburgh – Fife has its very own St. Andrews Food and Drink Festival l coinciding nicely with St. Andrew’s Day – on going already all the way until December 1st!

From traditional music and dance to storytelling, St. Andrew’s Day is sure to have something for everyone, and it is just another taste to what rich, vibrant and full of life city Edinburgh actually is!

And not to forget, our winter special offers are sure to ensure that your stay in Edinburgh for the festivities is as comfortable as possible – some of our most gorgeous flats are still available for that last minute booking!

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The weather outside is frightful… But wait – it was not that frightful the past few Sundays, which prompted another spur of a moment walk.

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If you’re still looking for reasons to entice you to Scotland’s capital city this Christmas, why not check out the Lyceum Theatre's production of Dickens’ 'A Christmas Carol'? This adaptation by Neil Duffield perfectly captures the heart and meaning of Christmas with an impressive ensemble cast bringing to life our favourite Dickensian characters, most importantly the festive villain everyone loves to hate, Ebenezer Scrooge himself! Join Scrooge on his journey through Christmases past, present, and future, and experience the joy and magic of Christmas as if brand new!

Featuring plenty of carols, an amazingly atmospheric set, and even the occasional snow fall, this is one show that not even the most miserly could humbug! With the Lyceum’s Festive Four package providing four tickets in the stalls for between £66 and £74 its very good value for money as well.

Even more luckily for you, The Edinburgh Address still has some beautiful family apartments available only ten minutes walk from the theatre. Why not spend the Christmas period in our beautiful Penthouse? Sleeping six and situated on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, the best of Edinburgh’s Christmas is all in easy reach. And, once you’ve finished your long day of exploring and theatre-going, the kitchen includes all you could ever need to rustle up something delicious and festive with your spoils from the amazing seasonal markets (or you could even use our chef service and spend the time stretched out on the luxuriously comfy sofas!)

 

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One of the greatest assets of Edinburgh is its rich, centuries old cultural legacy – and none other is as impressive as the literary cocoon the city has been, being the birth place of many of the literary greats. And what better way would there be to enjoy the city’s finest than following on the footsteps of just, for example, Sir Walter Scott, Robert Louis Stevenson or the more contemporary Ian Rankin?Courtesy of Aija Oksman

Edinburgh has the honour of being one of the UNESCO’s cities of literature and as such, prides itself with numerous literary events, fairs and other literature themed accessories around the capital city. A lot of the masterminding behind the events is by Edinburgh City of Literature Trust, who constantly come up with new ways of celebrating the literary richness in the city (just look at their events page!). And of course during the festival season there is the ever-amazing Edinburgh International Book Festival. But when it is not festival season, there are numerous ways of getting yourself acquainted with the literary affluence.

For example, you might want to take part in one of the literary tours – the most popular and always exciting are the Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour and the Edinburgh Book Lovers’ Tour And what is more, if up for it, you can conduct your own walk following the storylines of some of the best literature set in Edinburgh or written by a Scot.

During your literary exploring, you might also want to pop in for a hot drink and a delicious pastry Courtesy of Aija Oksmanwhile you browse the selection of books and rest your feet. This is ideal in the abundance of selection of indie bookshops around the city that also have cafes and events within them.

Personal favourites, for a literary puff like myself, is the Looking Glass Books and Pulp Fiction Books. Always a great atmosphere, always great service and both with unique flair to them.

And after all that exploring of the literary scene and history, what would a bibliophile want more than obtain a copy or few of the thing itself; books! City of Literature Trust has come up with the amazing Bookshop Trail app that is up for free download on their homepage, and lists 53 bookshops around the city centre that are worth scavenging thoroughly. And as Christmas is nearing, it is always good to remember a book is a gift that keeps on giving – it does not go out of date and it does not wither away; it is your best friend, your biggest challenge and the greatest comfort one could have.

Never boring in the city of literature, with whispers of profound cultural inimitability following you with every step – what more could anyone want?