Shandwick Hotel & Apartments

24 Shandwick Place, Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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B & B's in Edinburgh for weekend stay

by arty_girl

Hi there,

I'm hoping to stay in Edinburgh for a weekend in November with my other half. Any suggestions about B & B's to stay in? We're on a budget but would also like a clean, comfortable place to stay!

Thank you,

Re: B & B's in Edinburgh for weekend stay

by wen_viaggio


Check out this hostel.

It has in-room showers too. I stayed there for a couple of nights last July, and I found it all right. Basically, if you want a decent room, with basic amenities, then this should be fine for you.
It's also within walking distance to the Old Town.

Have fun.


Re: B & B's in Edinburgh for weekend stay

by NorCal08

We recently stayed at Dunedin Guest House located on Priestfield Road, which is a short bus ride or a 20 minute walk from the Royal Mile. Nice area and accomodations. Here is a link...

I found ths place through, which lists Scottish B&B accomodations. Great resource. Good luck.

Re: B & B's in Edinburgh for weekend stay

by arty_girl

Thank you! I appreciate your suggestions :) We're also looking into some hotels- possibly just the Holiday Inn in Edinburgh, it's very central!

Re: B & B's in Edinburgh for weekend stay

by clivedinburgh

If you're still looking at B&Bs on a budget then look for places on or near the night bus routes. It's no good getting a great deal in a nice place only to have to shell out for a taxi when your night finishes. Also factor in the time it takes from your accommodation to whatever attractions you'd like to see especially if only visiting for a weekend. Sometimes paying to stay central can actually save you money and time in the long run.

Re: B & B's in Edinburgh for weekend stay

by arty_girl

Thanks Clivedinburgh! We ended up deciding to pay slightly more for a hotel room but in a very central location :) Thank you for your replies!

Re: B & B's in Edinburgh for weekend stay

by clivedinburgh

Glad we could be of help, hopefully I will get time to get back across the bridges when I return to the UK in December. Just anchored off South Georgia tonight.

Travel Tips for Edinburgh

Buy an Edinburgh Pass

by St_Vincent

If you are visiting Edinburgh for a few days it is well worth buying an Edinburgh Pass. This gives you return express bus travel from the airport to the city centre and free use of all buses whilst there. It comes with a guidebook and maps and discount offers for shops and restaurants. It also includes many walking tours plus entry to the zoo, museums and galleries, the Camera Obscura, the Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre and the Dynamic Earth exhibition among others. The pass can be bought at the airport, tourist information centres or online ( ) and costs £24 (1 day), £36 (two days) or £48 (3 days) - Prices updated May 2008.

Visit the castle and see the...

by Kodi01

Visit the castle and see the Queens Crown Jewels. I met Deacon Brodie who took a fancy towards me. hehehe
He was going to tell me his tales and unfortunately nobody had the same sense of humor as we did. :)


by Duffelgirl

The main weekend activity seemed to be increasing our stomach capacity, therefore we learnt a few phrase differences. Over to TOBY (an ex-Edinburgh resident) for an insiders guide:
"In the chip shop you get suppers not 'something and chips', i.e. fish supper. If you ask for fish and chips, you'll get a blank look and then probably end up with a fish supper and chips. Also you'll be asked 'salt 'n' sos?'. Sos is individual to each shop, they make it to their own recipe and usually sell it in litre bottles from behind the counter, should you have an insatiable desire for it. You don't get ketchup / brown sauce, just sos.
Then there's neeps and tatties (Neeps are what the Scots call turnips and they're used a lot in meals, Tatties being potatoes), Lorne sausage (square sausage sold in slices) - one of the probing questions asked by the Big Issue in Scotland of it's interviewees is 'Square sausage or round?'.
The Scotish also batter and deep fry ANYTHING. Mars Bars, Pies, Pizza's, ANYTHING. I heard a radio interview where somebody wandered into a Glasgow chippie and asked if they could batter and fry his trainers. They did".

Craigmillar Castle

by Pixiekatten

Craigmillar Castle lies just three miles south east of the centre of Edinburgh and is one of the most completely preserved medieval castles in Scotland.

Craigmillar began life as the tower house that still forms the core of the castle. This was constructed around 1400. In the 1440s Craigmillar's most notable feature was added, the curtain wall that surrounds the tower house on three sides and creates the inner courtyard. In about 1510 a further layer of enclosure was added, outer walls were erected to form the outer yard and east and west gardens.
Craigmillar Castle was captured by the English in May 1544. Rebuilding in the 1550s included the construction of a new range of buildings, designed to provide more modern and spacious accommodation than was available in the tower house.
It was probably in this new range that Mary Queen of Scots stayed in September 1563 and again in December 1566. It was during her second stay that conspirators agreed the "Craigmillar Bond": the plot to kill Mary's husband.
In the early 1700s Craigmillar was abandoned by its owners. It became overgrown and ruinous over the following two centuries, and was passed into state care in 1946. Today it is cared for by Historic Scotland.

Opening Hours:
The castle is open all year as follows:
April to September: 9.30am to 6.30pm every day.
October to March: 9.30am to 4.30pm Saturday to Wednesday (closed all day Thursday and Friday).
Admission: Adult £3.50, Child £1.50.

Craigmillar Castle Road, Edinburgh, EH16 4SY
The castle is located south-east of Edinburgh city centre, at Craigmillar. 3 miles from the centre of Edinburgh, on the A7.

Buses that go to Craigmillar are no: 2, 14, 21, 30 and 42.

Celtic rings and lots more.

by lou31 about Historical Connection

This was a nice little jewellery shop in High Street. And they were having a sale! I had been searching all over for some Celtic rings for myself and my two girls. I found some nice gold ones which were only 20 pounds.


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Address: 24 Shandwick Place, Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom