Robert Burns Guest House at Craigalon House

41 Abercorn Terrace, Edinburgh, EH15-2DG, United Kingdom
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What is meaning of free on-street parking in Edinburgh

by civic1500

I have came accross of many B&B web-page saying that they have free on-street parking. Can anyone living here could advise the details? There is no free street parking in my own town (Hong Kong) all legal street parking here should be in paid meter parking otherwise you will be issued charge ticket.

many thanks

Re: What is meaning of free on-street parking in Edinburgh

by leics

Many streets in the UK do have no parking restrictions at all, although this unusual in the very centre of towns and cities.

If the b&b offers 'free, on-street parking' it means that although they have no private car park available for guests, there are no restrictions on parking in the streets by/near the b&b. You will not get a ticket as long as you do not break parking regulations.

Many city/town streets have double yellow lines by the kerb: you must not park there at any time. Many have single yellow lines: this means parking is retricted to certain times of day (there will be a sign telling you when). There are zig-zag yellow lines outside schools: you cannot park on these, or on the zig-zag lines either side of a pedestrian crossing.

Town and city councils control other types of parking. Metered parking is extremely rare outside major cities, and is very obvious when it occurs.Some places have 'residents-only' parking: residents display a badge in the car which enables them to park. Again, there will be signs telling you details.

Re: What is meaning of free on-street parking in Edinburgh

by hawkhead

While it may say "free on-street parking" the proviso should be added "if you can find a space"! Especially in Edinburgh.

Re: What is meaning of free on-street parking in Edinburgh

by clivedinburgh

In many parts of central Edinburgh you require a permit from the local council to park in the Residential parking bays. Your B&B sounds like it is outside of these areas but you may still find it difficult to park near to the B&B. Not many offer car parking so it will just be a chance that you have to take. If you let me know the area you are looking at then I'll see if I can give extra advice.

From memory there is a long stay car park near Jeffrey St that lots of the hotels on the Royal Mile recommend, you could also use on of the many Park-&-Ride schemes. See link for more info;

Re: What is meaning of free on-street parking in Edinburgh

by civic1500

Thanks for your advice. I am now have some B&Bs information which are in Glenorchy Terrance, constitution street, milton road and leith walk. Your advice really make me worry as most B&Bs only have off street parking. As I will stay in Edinburgh for two night, I suppose to use the public transport for and leave the car in B&B.

Re: What is meaning of free on-street parking in Edinburgh

by clivedinburgh

Of those locations, I'd go for the one on Glenorchy Road for parking as well as it's location & transport links, Leith Walk is also quite central but can get very busy with traffic. Constitution Street is quite narrow with few parking spaces and Milton Road is too far away.

Travel Tips for Edinburgh

Edinburgh Castle

by Ash59

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Edinburgh Castle is accessed at the top of the Royal Mile, via the Esplanade, which was built in the 18th and 19th centuries as a parade ground. You enter the Castle across a drawbridge, the last ever to be built in Scotland. Even if you do not want to enter the castle itself, the views from the Esplanade of Edinburgh are excellent.

A walk dow the Royal Mile

by Ash59

The Royal Mile leads down a sloping road all the way from the Castle to Holyrood Palace. There are many interesting shops, monuments and views to be seen as you walk down the road. The following photos represent just a few of the sights to be seen.

Smokers - listen up!

by carlitoab

Edinburgh can get extremely cold during winter with unbearable winds (and rain) pounding the city for days at a time. Bring a scarf, gloves, umbrella, warm (waterproof?) coat between october and april.

During summer, an umbrella is still a wise idea!! If you smoke (I don't) and you are coming in from another country - this is my advice: Bring your own supply of cigarettes - the UK is extremely expensive. Cigarettes are about 5.50 GBP for 20 on average! Only a few countries are as expensive!!

North Berwick

by Ben-UK

If you fancy some sea air then you could take a trip to North Berwick -- it's about 30 minutes by train -- it's a fairly small place but the excellent Scottish Seabird Centre is there -- they have remote cameras on outlying islands, particularly Bass Rock, and you can operate the cameras from within the Centre -- lots of exhibits and information about the various wild birds -- see link below for full details :-

Trains to North Berwick run approximately every hour from Edinburgh Waverley and there are some services from Edinburgh Haymarket.


by hevbell

The Royal Mile is full of touristy shops that brim over with Tartan and St Andrews flags, toy Heiland Coos and anything Scottish you can imagine.. Being Scottish ourselves we were glad to find something a little different as we walked down the road. I was drawn to the bright lanterns that hung outside but when we went inside it was just as pretty - lots of fabric as well as tons of inexpensive handmade costume jewellery and even notebooks etc. Worth a look if you like something different.


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