Abbotshead House

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Edinburgh Accommodation B&B or Guest House

by MGulliver

We are visiting Edinburgh (for the 5th year in a row!!!) this New Year, we are going to book with as they always seem to have the best deals but just wondered if anyone could let me know what is the difference between B&B and Guest House? We have always stayed in apartments but are considering B&B's this year as well.

Re: Edinburgh Accommodation B&B or Guest House

by leics

I don't know if there is any exact, accepted difference really. I've always thought it was partially to do with size (guesthouses tnd to have more rooms available.....sometimes they are more like small hotels, but without hotel facilties such as bars etc)....and partly to do with what the owners wanted to call the place.

The Scottish Tourist Board definitions are:

'Guest House: Usually a commercial business with a minimum of 4 letting bedrooms, of which some will have en-suite or private facilities. Breakfast will be available and evening meals may be provided.

B&B: Accommodation providing bed and breakfast, usually in a private house. Usually accommodating no more than 6 guests, and may or may not serve an evening meal.'

The vast majority of both now have en suite accommodation available, btw. I don't think you need to worry; just find somewhere that appeals at a price/location which suits.

Re: Edinburgh Accommodation B&B or Guest House

by iaint

good question; very technical; I'd probably expect a guest house to be smaller than a hotel, not offering the range of facilities of a hotel (maybe not dinner, no drinks licence, no swimming pool etc)
i'd be looking for a residents' lounge however, which i'd not expect in a B&B (but you might get one anyway)
some guest houses would do dinner as well as breakfast
the "official" defintion is helpful and interesting

Re: Edinburgh Accommodation B&B or Guest House

by leics

Though, to be honest, if you look deeply at the STB official definitions there is not much difference! Although b&bs are often a subsidiary money-making enterprise for owners, whereas guesthouses tend to be the only/main one, this is not always the case. And, as you say, some b&bs have residents' lounges (and some guesthouses don't). Both may offer evening meals/ensuite/private facilties. Or not.

So it's mainly a matter of size/what the owners want to call the place, I think.

Travel Tips for Edinburgh

Edinburgh Castle

by LarsLous

Edinburgh castle is a place not to miss! So many years ago, there were kings and knights, guns and canons, executions and big, big, celebrations...
Edinburgh realy is breathing history. And the caste is one of many remains from the time even before the british empire, when nobody was even thinking about Amerika. I miss the view up the hill, where the castle dominates the town.

The Nelson Monument

by Ash59

This monument to Lord Nelson, who died at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805, sits on Carlton hill. The stone signal-tower was designed to be tall enough to be seen by the shipping in Leith. It has its base 456 ft above sea-level and stands 106 ft high. In 1852 a time signal was installed at the top of the monument to enable captains of ships to set their chronometers accurately. A large time-ball drops at noon GMT on week-days. During the summer the lowering of the time-ball coincides with the firing of the one o'clock gun at 1 pm BST at Edinburgh Castle.

Hearts of Midlothian

by kolabor

Hearts are one of the most well known Scottish football teams and they sure deserve to be! Founded in 1874 has a lot of history to show. Playing in the UEFA Cup, currently leading before Rangers and Celtic, this is a real football community. Their Tynecastle istn't maybe San Siro, but a must-see for every football fan going to Edinburgh!

PS: But they are protestant, so I don't really support them, plus I heard from a trusted source they dishonored the Pope's memory, so in Edinburgh there's no choice but to be a Hibernian fan... You'll find everything at teir newly refurbished superstore, which istn't maybe so super, but is a very nice place!

A Nice Walk Into City Centre - Spring Time

by scotlandscotour

Rather than pay parking, or endure smelly buses, I often park down quiet side roads in the Bruntsfield / Morningside areas of town and walk in this beautiful way.

It takes only about 15 minutes, and is wort hit anyway for the scenery, the lovely shops, and the cinemas are close, should I stop in on my way home.

This photo shows the way from Bruntsfield across the Links (Meadows). To find on a map, its south west of the castle, near Tollcross.

The White Hart: A "Must-See"

by Kaspian about The White Hart Inn

I would almost rather classify the White Hart Inn under "must-sees" instead of "night life", "restaurants", or "accommodations" for several reasons.
We stumbled into this small, cozy pub while walking around in the Grassmarket looking for one that wasn't quite so packed with people. This place was as full as the rest of them, but we were drawn in for some reason by the warm glow and the soft sound of live music. What a stroke of luck!
Established in 1516, the White Hart is the oldest pub in Edinburgh. When you sit and have a drink, you can imagine people have been drinking in this very spot for the past 500 years.
Famous Scottish poet Robbie Burns stayed at the inn and drank at here. Other famous patrons include William Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy, and notorious Edinburgh serial killers William Hare and William Burke. It's said that from 1827 to 1828, Burke and Hare found many of their 16 victims here; people they later murdered and whose corpses they sold to the university for use as medical cadavres. Ghosts sightings by staff are abundant in this building and ghost clubs frequently do investigations. Make sure to read some of the interesting stories posted on the walls.
At the pub, people sing and play instruments directly from their tables without amplification. The atmosphere becomes so friendly, comfortable, and merry that by the end of the night we found ourselves singing along with everybody else in the place! And they try to keep it that way--they refuse drinks to hooligans. There is no smoking inside, and no rowdy people, louts, hen or stag parties are not allowed. A warm, friendly, historic pub that's the not only the oldest in town but doesn't blast music, or serve jerks? Incredible! They really don't appreciate groups of rugby fans wearing the team names. They will be likely be denied service.


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