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Buckingham Terrace

Buckingham Terrace is a fabulous three-bedroom apartment within fifteen minutes’ walk of Princes Street, and even closer to the opposing tranquil surrounds of Stockbridge and the picturesque Water of Leith Walkway and Dean Village. A comprehensive range of amenities is … Continue reading

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Canonmills

Canonmills is a welcoming self-catering apartment located on bustling Howard Street. A range of local cafes and eateries are in the vicinity and a Tesco superstore on Broughton Road is a mere five-minute walk away, so the property provides excellent … Continue reading

Listed in: Capacity, Location, New Property, Sleeps 3, Stockbridge
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North Castle Street

North Castle Street is an inviting luxury self-catering apartment situated on a street adjoining Castle Street, so-named because it sits within view of the city’s centrepiece, Edinburgh Castle, perched atop Castle Rock. The city’s foremost attractions spanning the Royal Mile … Continue reading

Listed in: Capacity, Location, New Property, New Town, Sleeps 6, Update
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Jamaica Retreat

Jamaica Retreat is a bright, compact, one-bedroom, first floor apartment set in a modern courtyard in Edinburgh’s classical Georgian New Town. Princes Street, the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Waverley Station, Edinburgh Bus Station, and the tram line are all within … Continue reading

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Fettes – 2-bed

Fettes – 2-bed is an inviting luxury self-catering Edinburgh apartment on the first floor of a New Town street. Fettes Row is right next to Stockbridge, a great spot for living like a local since it offers a range of … Continue reading

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Dublin Street

Dublin Street qualifies as an ideal location situated moments from the tram terminus on York Place. A stone’s throw farther will take you to the classy restaurants of George Street and many of the city’s finest retail offerings, including the … Continue reading

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Rutland Square

Rutland Square can be found by following Rutland Street off the junction between Princes Street and Lothian Road. It’s surely one of the quietest residential areas so close to the epicentre of the city. Shandwick Place around the corner is … Continue reading

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Royal Circus

Royal Circus, in Edinburgh’s Georgian New Town, is the brainchild of William Henry Playfair, the eminent architect who designed the two National Galleries of Scotland buildings on the Mound. This charming garden-level flat is accessed via the original stone stair … Continue reading

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Dundas Apartment

This charming garden-level apartment was built in 1820, forming part of a Georgian tenant building situated in the heart of Edinburgh’s UNESCO World Heritage area of New Town. Dundas Street is a popular New Town thoroughfare, well known for its … Continue reading

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Great King Street 2

Great King Street 2 is a beautifully-appointed two bedroom property on the first (US second) floor of a pleasant street in Edinburgh’s acclaimed New Town. The property is decorated in warm beige, cream, and stone tones, which complement its standout furnishings, such as … Continue reading

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The Greatbase Guide to the Edinburgh Marathon Festival

The first marathon in Edinburgh was held in 1982, with the Edinburgh Marathon Festival inaugurated as an annual event in 2003. Since then the format of the festival has changed several times, most notably in 2010 with the advent of … Continue reading

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New Town Mews

New Town Mews is an attractive two-bedroom self-catering apartment on the first (US second) floor of cobbled Gloucester Lane in Edinburgh’s New Town. The property’s central location offers easy access to all the area’s amenities and attractions, catering for your … 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

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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Barony Street

Barony Street is a wonderful third-floor self-catering apartment in Edinburgh’s New Town, near the boundary with Leith and the Old Town. Barony Street is just off Broughton Street, which boasts numerous interesting small shops, delis for your morning coffee and excellent … Continue reading

Listed in: Capacity, Location, New Town, Sleeps 5
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Castle Terrace

Castle Terrace sits under the shadow of Edinburgh Castle at the foot of the escarpment up to the majestic Royal Mile and Castle Rock. The street offers easy access to all three central districts of New Town, Old Town, and … 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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Usher Hall Views

Situated on a distinguished main road off Princes Street and right next to the landmark Usher Hall with its adjoining Lyceum and Traverse theatres, this immaculate property is nevertheless very quiet owing to its secondary glazing. The Filmhouse Cinema is … Continue reading

Listed in: Capacity, Location, Old Town, Sleeps 4
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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

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 prior to checking in; please confirm your drop-off time together with your … Continue reading

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Albany Street

Albany Street is an impeccably-appointed first-floor apartment in Edinburgh’s charming New Town offering guests easy walking access to the finest amenities the capital has to offer. The apartment is three minutes’ walk from the tram line which connects to Edinburgh … Continue reading

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Cheyne Street

Cheyne Street adjoins Raeburn Place, the main thoroughfare of Stockbridge from the New Town, and is far enough away to avoid the sound of morning traffic. Stockbridge itself was voted the best place to live in Scotland, and here you’ll … Continue reading

Listed in: Capacity, Location, Sleeps 6, Stockbridge
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Circus Lane

Circus Lane is a charming two-bedroom semi-detached home in a picturesque lane close to St Stephen’s Church, which is situated at the boundary between the New Town (actually over two-and-a-half-centuries old) and neighbouring Stockbridge. The property has its own main … Continue reading

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Orchard Road

This inviting three-bedroom semi-detached home is located on Orchard Road, just beyond the popular Stockbridge area of central Edinburgh. The property is quiet and has off-street parking for two cars in the drive, as well as a private garden and excellent … 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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Parking in Edinburgh

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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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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Ramsay Garden

Ramsay Garden is a desirable block of 16 apartment buildings situated on Castlehill and overlooking Edinburgh’s New Town. Part of the city’s World Heritage Site, Ramsay Garden takes its name from its inaugural resident, Alan Ramsay, who in 1740 built … Continue reading

Listed in: Capacity, Location, Old Town, Sleeps 8
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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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Antigua Street

Antigua Street is a capacious four double bedroom property on the fourth floor of a street at the beginning of Leith Walk. The apartment therefore provides easy access to the plethora of shopping outlets starting at St James Centre across … 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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Jamaica Lane

This bright and inviting main door apartment is located in a quiet lane a stone’s throw from Heriot Row, the site of Robert Louis Stevenson’s onetime Edinburgh abode. Mere minutes away is Queen Street, home to the acclaimed Scottish National … Continue reading

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What’s on in Edinburgh: June 2015

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High Riggs

High Riggs is an attractive third-floor apartment situated in Edinburgh’s Old Town, just beyond the Grassmarket and minutes’ walk from Princes Street. The area has some wonderful restaurants with cuisine from all corners of the world. There are several theatres … Continue reading

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What’s on in Edinburgh: May 2015

Imaginate Festival 2015 (Monday 11th – Sunday 17th) Now in its 26th year, Scotland’s annual international festival of performing arts for children and young people is again to be held in venues throughout Edinburgh. A free Imaginate Festival Family Fringe is … Continue reading

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My Rabbie’s tour experience: Loch Lomond and Stirling Castle

A fortnight ago, I was fortunate enough to attend one of Rabbie’s outbound tours, specifically their Loch Lomond and Stirling Castle day tour. Rabbie’s (the colloquial moniker of our national bard, Robert Burns) is a multi-award winning touring agency, offering small … Continue reading

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What’s on in Edinburgh: April 2015

Events beginning in April [including Beltane Fire Festival, pictured]   Dinosaurs Return! at Edinburgh Zoo (Friday 3rd – Sunday 1st November) Edinburgh Zoo is going Jurassic with a range of impressive animatronic dinosaurs, in an exhibition intended to raise awareness about the … Continue reading

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Literary Edinburgh part 1: The people

Edinburgh has a unique claim to fame in being the world’s first UNESCO City of Literature, a permanent award in recognition of its outstanding literary credentials. This blog series will profile the people, places, and events that entitle Edinburgh to … Continue reading

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What’s on in Edinburgh: March 2015

Events beginning in March   Wee Dub Festival (Friday 6th – Sunday 8th March) The country’s biggest celebration of dub, reggae and soundsystem culture returns to Edinburgh for its fifth iteration. From modest roots as a one-night one-venue event in 2011, the … 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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Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Highlights 2014/15

This post documents my experience as an official local blogger for Edinburgh’s Hogmanay 2014/15. Most people associate Edinburgh’s Hogmanay with the party on New Year’s Eve, but the #blogmanay programme spanned a week, with many local businesses extending a Scottish welcome … Continue reading

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What’s on in Edinburgh: January & February 2015

Events beginning in January Burns events at The Scottish Storytelling Centre (Tuesday 20th – Friday 30th) This series of events in tribute to the famous Scottish poet, Robert Burns, includes a 3-piece Burns Supper  (Tuesday 20th – Thursday 22nd), a musical celebration … Continue reading

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What’s on in Edinburgh: December

Christmas at the Palace of Holyroodhouse (Friday 5th – Tuesday 6th January) Savour the festive spirit at Holyrood Palace, which will be given a Christmas makeover for the first time, with its State Apartments, courtyard, Royal Collection Trust Shop, and ornamental fountains dressed … Continue reading

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What’s on in Edinburgh: November

Bonfire Night (Wednesday 5th; fireworks displays also on Sunday 2nd) This annual commemoration of the foiled 1605 Gunpowder Plot, whereby a group of Catholics, including Guy Fawkes, attempted to assassinate the Protestant King James I by blowing up the Houses of … Continue reading

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What’s on in Edinburgh: October

  Oktoberfest (1-5 and 8-12) A German funfair modelled on that traditionally held in Munich, Oktoberfest is to be hosted over 10 days in a tent with a capacity for 1500, erected at the Red Square in West Princes Street Gardens. The festival … Continue reading

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Golf in Edinburgh

The genesis of golf Among Edinburgh’s many claims to fame is its status as the site of the earliest recorded rules of golf, at Leith Links. Here, on what was possibly Britain’s first public green, gentlemen once played “gowff” for … Continue reading

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What’s on in Edinburgh: September 2015

Forth Bridges Festival (4-13 September) This Festival celebrates the Forth Road Bridge and the Forth Rail Bridge, which span the Firth of Forth and connect North Queensferry to South Queensferry. The highlight of this festival is to be the 50th … Continue reading

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