Premier Inn Edinburgh (Leith)

51 / 53 Newhaven Place, Edinburgh, EH6 4TX, United Kingdom
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Waverley Station to Travelodge on St. Mary's Street - on foot?

by airkarat

We have a good map of central Edinburgh and I have located our arrival station and destination hotel, so am looking for a description of the best way to walk from Waverley Station to the Travelodge on St. Mary's St. We will be arriving on a weekday evening around 6pm or 8pm. Train will be GNER arriving from Aberdeen - not sure where in the station we will disembark, but what is the best place to exit the terminal and then walk from there?

We will each have with us a weighty carry-on tote (with wheels) and maybe a handbag or small knapsack. Is walking recommended? Is it relatively safe after dark?

We will likely be taking a shuttle in the morning from Waverley to the EDI airport. Where will the shuttle bus be? Any other options for getting to the airport?

We will be a party of 6 - here in Canada we have taxi vans - would you have larger capacity taxis there and would the rate be much higher than usual?

Thanks for any tips, warnings, etc.



Re: Waverley Station to Travelodge on St. Mary's Street - on foot?

by hawkhead

Look for signs in the station to North Bridge - there are stairs but also there is a lift. Once you get up onto the North Bridge, turn right and keep on going. At the first intersection, which is the Royal Mile, cross the road to your left and keep on going, down hill (!). St Mary Street is on your right. We've done the walk a great many times. The route is perfectly safe. The airport bus leaves from right outside the main entrance to the station. The airport bus is your best bet - it's relatively cheap and very reliable and leaves frequently.

Re: Waverley Station to Travelodge on St. Mary's Street - on foot?

by iaint

I agree with Hawkhead.

There is some kind of airport/hotel taxi van - I've seen them, but I can't remember the name! Maybe the hotel will be able to help on that.

Re: Waverley Station to Travelodge on St. Mary's Street - on foot?

by iaint

PS - at 8pm it will still be daylight, unless you're coming in September.

Re: Waverley Station to Travelodge on St. Mary's Street - on foot?

by hawkhead

Walk should take maximum 20 minutes, including finding the exit and generally slow progress as you orientate yourself! We do it in 10, but then we know exactly where we are going.

Re: Waverley Station to Travelodge on St. Mary's Street - on foot?

by airkarat

Perfect responses! Thanks so much... I've added a dotted line downhill to St. Mary's. We fly tomorrow to Aberdeen and will be in Edinburgh on the 22nd-24th of this month. Scott's been reading those Ian Rankin crime books, so maybe he's creeped himself out ;) re the 'after dark' time. If we went to Leith and returned by bus 'after dark', would that be safe?

Re: Waverley Station to Travelodge on St. Mary's Street - on foot?

by iaint

Should be. Friday & Saturday might be a bit wilder than a boring old f... like me can deal with, but when I was 20 - 30 something Leith was fun. One or two rough spots, but...

Enjoy Aberdeen - my favourite Scottish city.

Travel Tips for Edinburgh


by mark_steps

I work in the city and love going walking when i get the chance! You must go up the casttle and do the touristy things but the Gardens (off princess st) is a must! If you have a lovely day, take a picnic. I did this several weeks ago and saw several lovely squirrels go about their business. If yiu get the chance, take a stroll to the Edinburgh Playhouse and see a show. Not like London or NYC but is still memoriable nevertheless. If you are up for a bit of a scare, the Edinburgh Dungeons are a must! Went last year on Halloween...bad idea. I was shaking when i come out! All in all it was a good night! For me, as i work there, i find it funny just walking down Princess Street listening to everyone going about their business. From tourists asking for directions to all the different conversations you hear. Recently Ann Summers the sex opened on Princess St. This caused some contraversy, but hey, if its what the public want...

Sir Walter Scott Monument


Sir Walter Scott Monument
This monument was erected in memory of Sir Walter Scott, who was well-known for his novels or something like that.

After an exhausting climb of up to 287 steps, you can reach the highest gallery of this monument which is 200ft+ High!

The admission fare is 2.5 pounds.

Packing List

by patoo

Take care of Mosquitos !!! It's a wonderful country... rainny sure!
but Scotland wouldn't be Scotland without rain !
So umbrellas, rain clothes.. ;o) There are mosquitos so take cream...whatever in order to protect ! It could be sunny, but Scotland is often rainny and grey so don't forget for your cameras suitable films. GUESTHOUSE : BETTER WAY TO sleep. It's easy to find, there are so much and not expensive...

View from the kitchen window

by Nemorino

This is Arthur's Seat, the highest protrusion rising above Edinburgh in Holyrood Park, as seen from my son's kitchen window on South Oxford Street.

For some more views, please see my Views of Edinburgh travelogue.

Local specialities sold in the open air

by jayhawk2000 about Farmers Market

On the first and third Saturday of the month you'll find a farmers market below the castle on Castle Terrace. Stalls are open 9am to 2pm, but get there early for the best selection!

Selected the UK'ssecond best farmers market by the readers of Observer Food Monthly. In addition to organic bread, fruit, vegetables, jam, honey and beer, the local producers offer Scottish venison, wild boar, lamb, salmon, trout, geese, wild game and Highland beef.

Take your pick from fresh eggs, cakes, cheese and chutney plus browse a selection of crafts and handiwork, including knitwear.

J & M Craig sells many varieties of delectable tomatoes in the summer, which would go well with the Italian breads on sale at the stall set up by Valvona & Crolla.


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