Frequently Asked Questions

The booking calendar is half red on a particular date. What does this mean? When the booking calendar is half red, it means other guests are due to come in on that date.   When do I collect the keys? … Continue reading

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Left Luggage in Edinburgh

Edinburgh Bus Station locker read-out

Our guests are welcome to drop off any luggage at our office (24 St Stephen Street; zoom out or centre map below) from midday on Monday to Friday; please confirm your drop-off time together with your arrival time and notify … Continue reading

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Parking in Edinburgh

Castle Terrace Car Park

There are a few different types of parking in Edinburgh. The availability of on-street parking varies; some of our properties have this facility and so if you consider it essential, we advise you send us an email (info[at]greatbase.co.uk) so we can identify … Continue reading

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Scottish ancestral research guide

Why trace your Scottish family tree? 50 million people across the globe have Scottish ancestry, according to estimates made by the Scottish Government, with the largest concentrations in North America and other countries in the UK. As a result of … Continue reading

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Where Can I Ceilidh (‘kay-lay’) in Edinburgh?

The Edinburgh Ceilidh Club

C-E-I-L-I-D-H/K-E-I-L-I-D-H: pronounced ‘kay-lay’ ‘Ceilidh’ is a Gaelic word literally translating as ‘a visit’, but it can also denote a dance, a concert, or a party; its social connotations are reflected in its derivation from the Old Irish céle (singular) meaning ‘companion’. … Continue reading

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Deep Fried Mars Bars in Edinburgh

The deep-fried Mars bar is one of Scotland’s most unlikely culinary success stories. Although it may not exactly sound like a dish out of Masterchef, it is actually a delicious blend of a sweet centre with a crunchy coating, and when … Continue reading

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Whisky in Scotland’s capital city – the best places for a dram

It’s no secret that Scotland is the home of whisky (or Scotch as it’s often better known) and where better to enjoy a dram or two than in the capital city. We’re here to guide you through some of the best places to go if you’re visiting our beautiful city and want to try the best whiskies in town. Continue reading

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Where to eat haggis in Edinburgh

We’re constantly getting asked by our guests and even some of our less well-informed friends about where to buy the best haggis in Edinburgh. Continue reading

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What’s on in Edinburgh: April 2017

In the western world, April is traditionally associated with Easter, a time of festivities and renewal, so where better to be than Scotland’s foremost festival city? April’s roster of major events commences with the renowned Edinburgh International Science Festival (Saturday … Continue reading

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Edinburgh Rugby Internationals 2017 – RBS 6 Nations 2017

BT Murrayfield Stadium sign

Edinburgh is famous for its incessant calendar of events, but the beginning of each year is dominated by the Rugby Internationals, billed as ‘the world’s greatest rugby tournament.’ The Six Nations – Scotland, England, France, Ireland, Italy, and Wales – … Continue reading

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Spotlight On: Celts exhibition, National Museum of Scotland

‘…you will not hesitate to declare that all these things must have been the result of the work, not of men, but of angels.’ (Gerald of Wales, describing an Irish manuscript, AD 1187)   Earlier this month I was fortunate enough to be … Continue reading

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What’s on in Edinburgh: December 2015

Infographic produced using Easel.ly (www.easel.ly)   Hyperlinks 24 Doors of Advent Stockbridge Santa Parade 3D/2D Christmas Craft, Art & Design Fair 2015 Christmas Charity Festival Shine! Edinburgh Christmas Tree Festival Santa Run 2015 Summerhall Christmas Market Edinburgh drive-in movie spectacular The … Continue reading

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What’s on in Edinburgh: November

  Infographic produced using Easel.ly (www.easel.ly)   Hyperlinks Bonfire Night Summerhall’s Beer FestivALE Edinburgh Short Film Festival Christmas Foodies Festival Edinburgh Art Fair Previously History Festival Scots Fiddle Festival Edinburgh’s Christmas St Andrew’s Day Street of Light

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What’s on in Edinburgh: October

Infographic produced using Easel.ly (www.easel.ly)   Hyperlinks Edinburgh Coffee Festival Oktoberfest Edinburgh Restaurant Festival Portobello Loves Circus Run or Dye Scottish International Storytelling Festival Edinburgh Independent Radical Book Fair Botanic Lights The Cake and Bake Show Edinburgh Edinburgh Tourist’s guide to … Continue reading

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What’s on in Edinburgh: September

  Infographic produced using Easel.ly (www.easel.ly)   Hyperlinks Beyond Borders Film Festival Luna Cinema at the Royal Botanic Garden Mur D’Arthur Tour of Britain Stockfest Edinburgh Riding of the Marches The Push (charity fundraiser) EH1 Music Festival Cyclefest Edinburgh Doors … Continue reading

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What’s on in Edinburgh: August

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What’s on in Edinburgh: July

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Spotlight on: Edinburgh International Magic Festival

Who? A host of magicians, some friendly staff, and punters (including me; and how about you?). What? Edinburgh International Magic Festival, which brings performers and audiences together to explore the art of amazement and astonishment. When? Until this Saturday, fourth July. … Continue reading

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