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A1-Playfair House Hostel, Edinburgh

Darlington Bed and Breakfast, Edinburgh
Darlington Bed and Breakfast, Edinburgh

Royal Mile B & B, Edinburgh
Royal Mile Bed and Breakfast, Edinburgh

26A Abercromby Place - Deluxe Guest House Edinburgh 26A Abercromby Place, Edinburgh

A Georgian Residence, Edinburgh Bed and Breakfast
A Georgian Residence, Edinburgh

Eildon Bed and Breakfast near Edinburgh
Eildon B & B
near Edinburgh

Fraoch House, Edinburgh B&B
Fraoch House Edinburgh B&B

Kingsway Bed and Breakfast, Edinburgh
Kingsway Bed and Breakfast, Edinburgh

Bouverie Bed and Breakfast, Edinburgh
Bouverie Bed and Breakfast
Edinburgh

Craigievar Bed & Breakfast, Edinburgh
Craigievar Bed & Breakfast
Edinburgh

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Edinburgh Hostels - Hostels in Edinburgh, Accommodation in Edinburgh, Scotland
Edinburgh Hostels, Edinburgh, Scotland


Updated: 10 January 2006

Edinburgh Hostels in Edinburgh, Scotland - listing of the best.

Edinburgh Hostels Section provides a comprehensive list of Edinburgh hostels, Edinburgh Bed and Breakfasts in all the main tourist areas of Edinburgh. We offer here a selection of accommodation possibilities in Edinburgh's New Town and the Old Town and other popular areas of the city at Edinburgh hostels prices - or prices that are very similar.

To see the meaning of the term "bed & breakfast" (B&B), click here.

If you cannot find any suitable Edinburgh Bed and Breakfasts here, please visit our Edinburgh Guest Houses Section for more Edinburgh Accommodation providers offering good accommodation with Edinburgh bed and breakfasts

A1-Playfair House Hostel, Edinburgh
A1-Playfair House Hostel, Edinburgh
 

A1-Playfair House Hostel

8 Blenheim Place,
Royal Terrace,
Edinburgh, EH7 5JH
  Phone: +44 (0)131 478 0007
E-mail: Playfair House Hostel, Edinburgh

Website: http://www.a1-playfairhousehostel.co.uk

The private rooms in our hostel are an inexpensive alternative to an Edinburgh bed and breakfast or Edinburgh guest house. Choose to stay in one of our rooms rather than an expensive Edinburgh hotel. Private twin and double rooms are available.


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Entry Added: 10 October 2005

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Entry Added: 20 September 2004

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Entry Added: 09 July 2004

Six Mary's Place Bed and Breakfast, Edinburgh
Six Mary's Place Bed and Breakfast, Edinburgh
 

Six Mary's Place

Raeburn Place
Stockbridge
Edinburgh
EH4 1JH
  Phone: +44 (0) 131 332 8965
Fax: +44 (0) 131 624 7060
Email: Six Mary's Place, Edinburgh

Website: http://www.sixmarysplace.co.uk/

 

Entry Added: 21 September 2004

Aaron Glen Bed and Breakfast, Edinburgh
Aaron Glen Bed and Breakfast, Edinburgh
 

Aaron Glen Bed and Breakfast

7 Nivensknowe Road
Loanhead
Midlothian
EH20 9AU
  Phone: +44 (0) 131 440 1293
Fax: +44 (0) 131 440 2155
Email: Aaron Glen Bed and Breakfast, Edinburgh

Website: http://members.edinburgh.org/aaron

Carolyn and Les welcome you to their family run bed and breakfast in peaceful surroundings yet ideally located for guests to enjoy all the delights that Edinburgh has to offer. Enjoy a beautiful Scottish breakfast in hotel style comfort but at bed and breakfast prices! Large CCTV monitored car park.

Entry Added: 14 February 2004

26A Abercromby Place - Deluxe Guest House, Edinburgh
26A Abercromby Place, Edinburgh
 

26A Abercromby Place

Veronique Johnston
26A Abercromby Place
Edinburgh. EH3 6QE
  Phone: +44 (0) 131 226 2752
Fax: +44 (0) 131 226 2752
Email: 26A Abercromby Place, Edinburgh

Website: http://www.26abercrombyplace.co.uk/

Beautiful deluxe accommodation in central Edinburgh. Only 5 minutes to Edinburgh's Princes St, yet still in a quiet area. Warm welcome assured. Bed and Breakfast prices start from 25 pppn.

Entry Added: 30 September 2002

27a Royal Terrace - Bed and Breakfast, Edinburgh
27a Royal Terrace - Bed and Breakfast, Edinburgh

 

27a Royal Terrace Bed and Breakfast

27A Royal Terrace
Edinburgh
EH7 5AH

  Phone: +44 (0)131 558 9619
Mobile: 07711106206
E-mail: 27a Royal Terrace Bed and Breakfast, Edinburgh

Website: www.27aroyalterrace.com

27a Royal Terrace is an Edinburgh Bed & Breakfast in a Georgian townhouse on Royal Terrace.  27a Royal Terrace offers beautiful rooms at affordable prices, with excellent hospitality.  Minutes walk from Edinburgh's Princes Street and all the main tourist attractions. Prices start from £35 per person per night.

Entry Added: 7 September 2004


Abercromby House, Edinburgh Bed and Breakfast
Abercromby House, Edinburgh Bed and Breakfast
 

Abercromby House

17 Abercromby Place
Edinburgh
Midlothian
EH3 6LB
  Phone: +44 (0) 131 557 8036
Fax: +44 (0) 131 558 3453
Email: Abercromby House, Edinburgh

Website: http://www.abercrombyhouse.com/

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"An exceptional standard is set at this bed-and-breakfast in the centre of the New Town."
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"A lovely house in a quiet New Town location. Relaxed yet wonderfully comfortable."
Scotland the Best
"Plush and private Georgian town house...lovely street with gardens opposite."

Entry Added: 22 March 2004

Bouverie Bed and Breakfast Edinburgh
Bouverie Bed and Breakfast Edinburgh
 

Bouverie Bed and Breakfast Edinburgh

9b Scotland Street
Edinburgh, EH3 6PP
  Phone: +44 (0)131 556 5080
Fax: +44 (0)131 556 0428
E-mail: Bouverie Bed and Breakfast Edinburgh, Edinburgh

Website: http://www.edinburghbedandbreakfast.co.uk

Bouverie Bed and Breakfast Edinburgh - cosy and friendly bed and breakfast with Bridget the housekeeper there to welcome you and give advice on things to do and places to go. Bouverie Bed and Breakfast is a 7 minute walk from Edinburgh's Waverly Station, through the Georgian streets. Quiet atmosphere - just like home.

Entry Added: 10 October 2003

Cameron Bed and Breakfast, Edinburgh
Cameron Bed and Breakfast, Edinburgh
 

The Cameron Bed & Breakfast

5 Cameron Terrace,
Edinburgh EH16 5LD
  Phone: +44 (0)131 620 3126
Mobile: +44 (0)7802978428
E-mail: The Cameron Bed and Breakfast, Edinburgh

Website: http://www.edinburghmedia.com/cameron3/

Cameron Bed & Breakfast is a family run townhouse on the south side of Edinburgh 1,5 miles from the centre... From our bed and breakfast you can ride the bus into Edinburgh's centre in 10 minutes. We are close to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, Minutes from Craigmillar Castle, Edinburgh University and The Royal Commonwealth Pool.

Entry Added: 16 February 2004

Craigievar Bed & Breakfast, Edinburgh
Craigievar Bed & Breakfast, Edinburgh
 

Craigievar Bed & Breakfast, Edinburgh

112 Glasgow Road, Corstorphine
Edinburgh, Scotland
EH12 8LP
  Phone: +44 (0)131 466 4356
Mobile: 07951 291 001
E-mail: Craigievar Bed and Breakfast, Edinburgh

Website: http://www.edinburgh-bed-and-breakfasts.co.uk

Three miles from town, two from Edinburgh airport, one from Murrayfield Rugby Stadium, Craigievar 3-star Bed and Breakfast couldn't be better placed. Quiet hotel-style family size en-suite guest rooms overlook a private garden open to guests. FREE PARKING. Restaurants, sport facilities, Edinburgh Zoo within easy walking distance. More!

Entry Added: 10 December 2003

Eildon Bed and Breakfast, near Edinburgh
Eildon Bed and Breakfast, near Edinburgh
 

Eildon B&B, near Edinburgh

109 Newbigging
Musselburgh, Lothian EH21 7AS
  Phone: +44 (0)131 665 3981
Fax: +44 (0)131 665 3981
E-mail: Eildon B and B, Edinburgh

Website: http://www.stayinscotland.net

Eildon is a restored Georgian town house with free parking - enjoy an interesting local bus run into Edinburgh centre in 20-25 min. Stay at the Eildon bed and breakfast - on the fringe of the Edinburgh, with the advantage of easy access to beautiful countryside - and the delights of Edinburgh.

Entry Added: 6 September 2003

Eildon Terrace Bed and Breakfast, Edinburgh
Eildon Terrace Bed and Breakfast, Edinburgh

 

Eildon Terrace Bed & Breakfast

12 Eildon Terrace
Edinburgh
EH3 5LU
  Phone: +44 (0)131 558 8258
Mobile: +44 (0)7796 502 012
E-mail: Eildon Terrace Bed and Breakfast, Edinburgh

Eildon Terrace Bed and Breakfast is a small Edinburgh bed and breakfast, with a magical location, close to restaurants, city centre, and the famous Royal Botanic Gardens. The spacious self-contained rooms feature en-suite bathrooms including shower. The Eildon Terrace Bed and Breakfast will serve a full continental breakfast in the comfort of your own room.

Entry Added: 15 July 2004

Elas Guest House, Edinburgh
Elas Guest House, Edinburgh
 

Elas Guest House

10 Claremont Crescent
Edinburgh
EH7 4HX
  Phone only: +44 (0)131 556 1929
Mobile: +44 (0)7832 178 622

Grand Georgian House. Central Edinburgh. Approximately ten minute walk to railway and bus stations. Quality and good service at reasonable prices. Unique large family rooms available. Group friendly. Full Scottish breakfast. All diets catered for. Rooms, en-suite, television, hospitality tray. Friendly homely atmosphere. From £20. Budget group rates negotiable.

Entry Added: 21 June 2004

Fraoch House, Edinburgh
Fraoch House, Edinburgh

 

Fraoch House

66 Pilrig Street
Edinburgh EH6 5AS
  Phone: +44 (0)131 554 1353
Fax: +44 (0)131 554 1353
E-mail: Fraoch House, Edinburgh

Website: http://www.fraochhouse.com

Welcome to Fraoch House, Edinburgh - one of the finest Edinburgh bed and breakfast establishments. Our luxury Edinburgh accommodation is located in the heart of the city, close to Edinburgh city centre. Within easy reach of all major travel routes, this high-quality Edinburgh guest house is ideally situated to take advantage of the many local attractions.

Entry Added: 24 July 2003

Bed and Breakfasts Edinburgh's 53 Frederick Street
53 Frederick Street, Edinburgh
 

53 Frederick Street

No. 53 Frederick Street
c/o Tweedie
Edinburgh
EH2 1LH
  Phone: +44 (0)131 226 2752
Fax: +44 (0)131 226 2752
E-mail: 53 Frederick Street, Edinburgh

Website: http://www.53frederickstreet.com

53 Frederick Street Bed and Breakfast is in the trendiest area of Edinburgh , amongst Edinburgh ’s action. David runs the B&B with an eye for what the Edinburgh visitor is seeking and can point you to the best tourist attractions, restaurants, bars and clubs…and all this at very reasonable prices!

Entry Added: 3rd May 2004

A Georgian Residence, Edinburgh
A Georgian Residence, Edinburgh
 

A Georgian Residence

11 Moray Place
Edinburgh EH3 6DT
Scotland UK
  Phone: +44 (0)131 226 4997
Fax: +44 (0)131 225 7622
E-mail: A Georgian Residence, Edinburgh

Website: http://www.morayplace.com

A Georgian Residence at 11 Moray Place Edinburgh forms part of a Georgian terrace in the centre of Edinburgh's New Town which has been described as one of the finest examples of Georgian Architecture in Britain. It is only a short walk to Edinburgh Princes Street, Edinburgh Castle, Museums, galleries etc. A Georgian Residence overlooks private gardens to the front of the house and also enjoys a magnificent view over the Firth of Forth from the back. All the rooms have television, a hairdryer and tea and coffee making facilities with a selection of fine teas and herbal infusions.

Entry Added: 7 July 2003

Darlington Bed and Breakfast, Edinburgh
Darlington Bed and Breakfast, Edinburgh
 

Darlington Bed and Breakfast

7 Argyle Place
(Off Melville Drive )
Edinburgh
EH9 1JU

  Phone: 0131 667 5578
E-mail:
Darlington Bed and Breakfast, Edinburgh

Website: Phone or email only

The Darlington Bed and Breakfast Edinburgh is a warm and friendly Victorian family home, within walking distance of the city centre. The Darlington is beside the Meadows which is an open grassy park. Edinburgh University, Edinburgh Castle, Museums, Hospitals, Edinburgh Conference Centre. 3 Stars non-smoking and from only £23 p.p.p.n.

Entry Added: 4th October 2004

Kingsway Bed and Breakfast, Edinburgh
Kingsway Bed and Breakfast, Edinburgh
 

Kingsway Bed and Breakfast, Edinburgh

5 East Mayfield,
Edinburgh EH9 1SD
  Phone: +44 (0)131-667-5029
Fax: +44 (0)131-662-4635
E-mail: Kingsway Bed and Breakfast, Edinburgh

Website: www.edinburgh-guesthouse.com

The Kingsway is a privately owned, family-run, Edinburgh bed and breakfast, established in this area of Edinburgh 25 years ago making it practically the first bed and breakfast accommodation establishment in this area of Edinburgh. Walkers can enjoy the splendid views of Edinburgh afforded by nearby Arthur's Seat and Salisbury Crags.

Entry Added: 1st November 2003

Nelson Bed and Breakfast, Edinburgh
Nelson Bed and Breakfast,
Edinburgh
 

Nelson Bed and Breakfast

9A Nelson Street
Edinburgh
EH3 6LF
Scotland, UK
  Phone: +44 (0)131-557-3666
E-mail: Nelson Bed and Breakfast, Edinburgh

Website: E-mail - only for booking

The Nelson Bed and Breakfast is in the heart of Edinburgh's New Town within 5 minutes of Princes Street. Ideal for the visitor who enjoys elegant and comfortable surroundings, it offers a double and single/twin with en-suite bathroom, from a very reasonable 30 p.p.p.n. - including full Scottish or Continental breakfast.

Entry Added: 5th March 2004

Ocean Mist Bed and Breakfast, Edinburgh
Ocean Mist Bed and Breakfast, Edinburgh
 

Ocean Mist Bed and Breakfast

2f1 53 Bernard Street, Leith
Edinburgh
EH6 6SL
  Phone: +44 (0) 131 554 9865
Mobile: 07810447404
Email: Ocean Mist Bed and Breakfast, Edinburgh

Ocean Mist bed and breakfast is the ultimate budget priced B & B in Edinburgh offering bed and breakfast at only 19 per person per night in the trendy Leith Shore area. Edinburgh Ocean Mist B&B accommodation is situated in the top upper floors of an historic old Leith building.

Entry Added: 31 December 2004

Pillars House Bed and Breakfast, Edinburgh
Pillars House Bed and Breakfast, Edinburgh
 

Pillars House Edinburgh Bed and Breakfast

125 Constitution Street
Edinburgh
EH6 7AE
 

Phone: +44 (0)131 555 1517
E-mail: Pillars House Edinburgh Bed and Breakfast, Edinburgh

Website: http://www.pillarshouse.co.uk

Welcome to the Pillars House Edinburgh Bed and Breakfast. At Pillars House we provide comfortable and affordable accommodation in the historic old port of Leith, a very convenient location for Edinburgh city centre, Princes Street, the Castle and the Royal Yacht Britannia. Very friendly atmosphere from only 20 pppn (depending on season).

Entry Added: 14th June 2004

Royal Mile B & B, Edinburgh
Royal Mile Bed and Breakfast, Edinburgh
 

Royal Mile Bed and Breakfast

Royal Mile,
209 High Street,
Edinburgh, EH1 1PZ
 

Royal Mile Bed and Breakfast, Edinburgh

Phone: +44 (0)131 466 0119
Mobile: 07811 095121
E-mail: Royal Mile Bed and Breakfast, Edinburgh

Website: http://www.edinburghcityapartments.co.uk

In Edinburgh, this is the closest Bed and Breakfast to Edinburgh Castle. Small and friendly Scottish B&B only 5 minutes walk on the Royal Mile from Edinburgh Castle. Quality restaurants, shops and bars are in abundance in this area.

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Regent Terrace Bed and Breakfast, Edinburgh
Regent Terrace Bed and Breakfast, Edinburgh
 

Regent Terrace Bed and Breakfast

29 Regent Terrace,
Edinburgh
EH7 5BS
Scotland, UK
  Phone: +44 (0)131-558-8381
Mobile: +44 (0)790-061-8534
E-mail:
Regent Terrace Bed and Breakfast, Edinburgh

Website: Phone or email only.

Regent Terrace Bed and Breakfast is an bed and breakfast in one of Edinburgh’s prestigious Georgian New Town locations near Edinburgh Princes Street and Edinburgh Castle. Regent Terrace Bed and Breakfast is comfortably furnished. Superb continental breakfast and our rates are reasonable. From £32.50 per person per night. Phone or email only.

Entry Added: 16th September 2004

Valentine City Centre Guest House, Edinburgh
Valentine City Centre Guest House, Edinburgh
 

Valentine City Centre Guest House

19 Gilmore Place
Edinburgh EH3 9NE
  Phone: +44 (0)131 229 5622
E-mail: Valentine City Centre Guest House, Edinburgh

Website: http://www.valentineguesthouse.co.uk

Valentine City Centre Guest House offers good quality, low cost, bed and breakfast accommodation close to all of Edinburgh's major attractions. Experience the very best in Scottish hospit ality from only £18 per night. Valentine’s bed and breakfast is surrounded by restaurants, bars, and nightclubs. Perfect for the young Edinburgh visitor.

Entry Added: 22 July 2005
 
Sandaig Guest House, Edinburgh
+44 (0)131 554 7357
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Sandaig Guest House
5 East Hermitage Place, Leith Links, Edinburgh, EH6 8AA
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People who travel to Edinburgh and stay away from home for more than a day need an Edinburgh accommodation provider, primarily for sleeping. They do that in Edinburgh bed and breakfasts, Edinburgh guest houses, Edinburgh self-catering apartments, Edinburgh hotels and Edinburgh hostels. Other purposes are comfort, relaxation, being able to take a bath or shower, and a place to safely store luggage.

The meaning of bed and breakfast, also referred to as a B&B.

Edinburgh bed and breakfasts are typically operated out of a large Edinburgh single family residence where guests can be accommodated at night in private bedrooms (which may or may not be equipped with private baths) and where breakfast is a meal, often light, usually taken in the morning. The name originates from the concept that you have not eaten whilst sleeping, i.e., you are fasting during that time, and break that fast with the meal. In other European countries the breakfast would be referred to as - French déjeuner or petit déjeuner, Spanish desayuno, German Frühstück etc.

In Edinburgh (and in fact the whole of Great Britain) the Continental Breakfast is a light meal usually consisting of coffee (or tea) and croissants and sometimes cold meat or fruit rather than the full English. A full English breakfast, also Scottish, Welsh and Irish breakfast, or traditional fry-up, is the traditional breakfast dish of the United Kingdom (Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales, England) and Ireland. At its heart the British breakfast consists of fried bacon and fried eggs but to earn the title of "full English", a number of other ingredients would be expected. In Edinburgh hotels, Edinburgh bed and breakfast and Edinburgh guest house establishments the term "full English breakfast" is used to differentiate between the larger multiple course breakfast that may include a cereal or smoked kippers from the simpler "continental breakfast" of coffee (or tea) and croissants. Unique to Scotland, the full breakfast often includes a portion of Scottish haggis and sometimes black pudding (a type of sausage made with various ingredients, including meal and spices).

The bed and breakfast business may be operated either as a primary occupation or as a secondary source of income, and the staff often consists of the house's owners and members of their family who live in Edinburgh.

For anyone not familiar with the layout of Edinburgh, here is a listing of each Edinburgh Bed and Breakfast by area in Edinburgh...

Corstorphine: Craigievar Bed and Breakfast, Edinburgh

A brief history of Edinburgh's Corstorphine Village -

Edinburgh's Corstorphine today is a prosperous suburb of Edinburgh to the west of Edinburgh city centre, astride the main Edinburgh-Glasgow road. Generally referred to by the Edinburgh media as "leafy Corstorphine" because of the abundance of trees and green spaces, it is a desirable place to live, especially for bringing up families. Good Edinburgh schools and leisure facilities are abundant. Edinburgh's Queen Margaret University College is on an elevated site on Corstorphine Hill, and the Pentland Hills and attractions of Edinburgh city centre are within easy reach.
Place-name enthusiasts argue endlessly about the origins of the name "Corstorphine", it could simply be the "Cross of Torphin". Although it has always been on the periphery of historical events, Corstorphine has a pedigree of its own, as from the time nearly 2000 years ago when it was probably a collection of huts giving shelter to Roman soldiers marching from Tremontium (Melrose in the south of Scotland) to their fort at Edinburgh's Cramond on the North side of the Corstorphine Hill, beside the River Forth.
Oliver Cromwell's army and Prince Charles Edward Stewart ("Bonnie Prince Charlie") briefly passed through the village; and Edinburgh born author Robert Louis Stevenson, when about ten years old, visited the Old Parish. Stevenson later chose a well-known viewpoint overlooking Edinburgh from Corstorphine Hill as the place where David Balfour and Alan Breck said their farewells in his famous Scottish novel "Kidnapped".

Musselburgh: Eildon Bed and Breakfast, Edinburgh

A brief history of Edinburgh's Musselburgh -

Musselburgh's name originates from the mussel beds which can be found at the mouth of the River Esk to this day. Mussels from here were carried into Edinburgh in Victorian times in mussel creels by the womenfolk of the town who would sell this popular seafood dish, usually outside Edinburgh pubs.
Musselburgh links Edinburgh with East Lothian, yet remains a town with its own unique history and identity. One of the oldest golf courses can be found here in Musselburgh, and you can enjoy a round of golf on a course that Mary Queen of Scots once played on. If you are into "the sport of kings" you can enjoy a day out at Scotland's oldest racecourse, Musselburgh Racecourse, which was founded in 1816. As you can see, Musselburgh has strong historic links with both golf and horse-racing.
The town centre has an interesting mix of businesses ranging from the famous (with Edinburgh and Musselburgh local people) Luca's Ice Cream to one of the best fish and chip shops in the Edinburgh area. Loretto School is located adjacent to the Musselburgh race course, and is Scotland's oldest independent boarding school. Set in spacious, leafy grounds Loretto's provides an all-round education for 420 boys and girls, boarders and day pupils, aged 3-18. The school has a quaint name for the children from 3-12 years old as they are known as "The Nippers".
Like much of East Lothian, Musselburgh has a history that dates back to pre-Roman times and a heritage that continues to the present day. Musselburgh's proximity to Edinburgh makes it an ideal base from which to explore both East Lothian, Edinburgh, and beyond.

Newington: The Cameron Bed and Breakfast, Edinburgh / Kingsway Bed and Breakfast, Edinburgh

A brief history of Edinburgh's Newington -

Newington was the first 'garden suburb' in Edinburgh. When Edinburgh's 'Old Town' along the Royal Mile and within the old city walls became seriously overcrowded, there were two directions for the expansion of Edinburgh during the 18th century - to the North in the "Edinburgh New Town' and to the South in Edinburgh's George Square and surroundings.
Developments in Newington ('new town meadow') were made possible once the Borough Muir (South of the South Loch, now the Meadows) was cleared following a 1508 Royal Charter from James IV to the Edinburgh Town Council. Little new development followed until Edinburgh's South Bridge, completed 1788, offered better access. The Newington estate was acquired in August 1805 by Dr Benjamin Bell who built Newington House (since demolished by The University of Edinburgh) in what is now Newington's Blacket Place. The remainder of the now Newington Blacket Conservation Area was offered to Edinburgh builders from 1808.
Newington is referred to by Edinburgh locals as the Southside, and has easy access to Edinburgh city centre. Newington is also ideally placed as a base for exploring both Edinburgh and the whole of the Lothian region, with excellent transport links to the nearby Pentland Hills.

New Town: 26A Abercromby Place, Edinburgh / Abercromby House Bed and Breakfast, Edinburgh / Bouverie Bed and Breakfast, Edinburgh / A Georgian Residence, Edinburgh / Nelson Bed and Breakfast, Edinburgh / 27a Royal Terrace Bed and Breakfast, Edinburgh

A brief history of Edinburgh's New Town -

Responding to multiple problems, in an act of outstanding vision, the Town Council of Edinburgh, under the leadership of Edinburgh Provost George Drummond, announced an architectural competition to design a New Town for Edinburgh. First proposed in 1752, the intention was to create a new and spacious cityscape for Edinburgh of wide, symmetrical street, terraced town-houses, specialised shopping facilities and open squares and gardens on a separate green-field site immediately to the north.
The Edinburgh Old and Edinburgh New Towns were separated by a body of water known by the Edinburgh locals as the 'Nor Loch'. This was crossed by the construction of an artificial 'Mound' - using the excavated earth from the basements of the Edinburgh New Town new buildings - and was eventually drained to create Edinburgh's Princes Street Gardens.
The Edinburgh New Town project was designed to house the wealthy, and to attract back to Edinburgh the absentee noblemen who now lived in London. These people, it was hoped, would spend their money in Edinburgh and bring much-needed prestige and prosperity to the capital city of Edinburgh.
It was a patriotic project, with the names of the Edinburgh streets and the Edinburgh squares chosen to celebrate the Union of Scotland and England, and the Hanoverian monarchy, as well as the culture of Scotland. It was also designed to reflect the new aspirations of the people, as Scotland, and Edinburgh in particular - followed the blue-print described by Adam Smith in his Wealth of Nations - sought to enter the modern market age. Built in several stages from the 1760s to the 1830s, the New Town of Edinburgh was the largest planned city development in the world at that time, and it proved an outstanding success in bringing commercial and cultural dynamism to Edinburgh.
The demand for luxury products to furnish the new Edinburgh houses supported a range of fine shops on Edinburgh's Princes Street. Carriage-makers flourished since the broad, straight streets were now able to support a more sophisticated wheeled traffic than was ever possible in the Old Town of Edinburgh.
The Carron Iron Company near Falkirk - the largest business in Scotland - produced an array of fancy domestic iron wares for the Edinburgh New Town, including cast iron grates to designs by Edinburgh's famous architect Robert Adam. All of these developments generated a significant surge in well-paid working class employment. There was a parallel demand for professional people, many of whom lived in the Edinburgh New Town.

Old Town: Royal Mile Bed and Breakfast, Edinburgh

A brief history of Edinburgh's Old Town -

It was both prosperity in Edinburgh during the 1700's, combined with wealth consequent to considerable political power then enjoyed by Scots in Parliament in London that led to an explosion of new building in Edinburgh. At that time the Old Town of Edinburgh was overcrowded, noisy and dirty. Visitors said they could smell Edinburgh as they approached Dalkieth some 8 miles to the South. Lack of proper drainage and generally unsanitary conditions in Edinburgh caused ill-health. It is no wonder that plans were made to build a new Edinburgh extension, and the site that was chosen was just to the North on a long low ridge of land running from East to West of Edinburgh. Edinburgh’s Lord Provost Drummond led the initiative. In 1752 Proposals were published outlining his plans for Edinburgh. A year later an Act of Parliament ratified the proposals, and by 1759 the initial project of draining the North Loch (now the site of the Waverley Rail Station in Edinburgh) was begun.

Pilrig: Fraoch House Bed and Breakfast, Edinburgh

A brief history of Edinburgh's Pilrig -

Pilrig is a north-eastern suburb of Edinburgh, and is located 1 mile from Edinburgh's city centre. Pilrig has one of Edinburgh's famous nineteenth century 'colonies' of artisans' housing, built in 1880. These terraces of 'one-up, one-down' Edinburgh houses were intended to provide well built, affordable housing for a class of skilled Edinburgh labourers largely excluded from buying property; and mortgage style loans were arranged for them. Earliest prices were around £130 to £250!
Building of the earliest Edinburgh terrace colonies began in 1861. Unlike earlier colonies these colonies have internal, not external, stone staircases leading to the upper dwelling, and the second storey, with dormer windows front and rear, was part of the original design of these Edinburgh buildings - of course, Edinburgh, and Pilrig in particular, has Victorian, Edwardian, and Georgian houses.
The common practice in Edinburgh was to give a name to a single terrace, not the path or road between terraces. The house numbering system in Edinburgh still causes some confusion, with doors for upper and lower colonies being on alternately opposite sides. Pilrig is one of the areas of Edinburgh which houses venues for the world famous and hugely popular Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August, which runs concurrent to, and which overlaps, the Edinburgh International Festival, which is the largest arts celebration in the world.

Also for your convenience, we have included a listing of Edinburgh Restaurants, also by area in Edinburgh...

Broughton: The Magnum, Edinburgh

Dalry: The Verandah, Edinburgh

Leith: Brittania Spice, Edinburgh / Daniel's Bistro, Edinburgh / Shore Bar, Edinburgh / Skippers, Edinburgh

Mayfield: Prestonfield House, Edinburgh

New Town: Duck's at le Marche Noir, Edinburgh / Hendersons, Edinburgh / Ind-n, Edinburgh / Kweilin, Edinburgh / Walter Scott Tearoom, Edinburgh / Whighams Wine Cellars, Edinburgh

Old Town: Creelers Seafood, Edinburgh / Iggs, Edinburgh / Merchants, Edinburgh / The Witchery, Edinburgh

Pilrig: Vittoria's, Edinburgh

Stockbridge: Haldanes, Edinburgh

Waverly: The Doric, Edinburgh

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Six Mary's Place Bed and Breakfast, Edinburgh

Eildon Terrace Bed and Breakfast, Edinburgh
Eildon Terrace Bed and Breakfast, Edinburgh


Elas Guest House, Edinburgh
Elas Guest House, Edinburgh

Pillars House Bed and Breakfast, Edinburgh
Pillars House Bed and Breakfast, Edinburgh

Cameron Bed and Breakfast, Edinburgh
Cameron Bed and Breakfast, Edinburgh

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