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Where to go walking in Edinburgh

  If you’re looking for a hassle-free (not to mention literally free!), healthy and memorable way to explore Edinburgh, taking a stroll through the city centre is an ideal option. Edinburgh has several scenic routes to cultivate an easeful frame … Continue reading

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Where to buy chocolate in Edinburgh

Where to buy chocolate in Edinburgh  Chocolate is entwined with a number of special occasions in the United Kingdom – principally Valentine’s Day but also Easter, Christmas, anniversaries, birthdays and other special occasions. The gifting of chocolate on Valentine’s Day … Continue reading

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Where to buy flowers in Edinburgh

Where to buy flowers in Edinburgh Edinburgh has no shortage of quality florists and below you can find our roundup of flower shops in the city centre. These are the perfect places to visit if you’re looking for flowers, gifts … Continue reading

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6 Nations 2020 in Edinburgh

Scotland’s second home match of the 2020 Six Nations Championship will see them face down France on Saturday 8th March, with kick-off at 3pm. Our properties within central Edinburgh are an easy walk or bus ride from Scotland’s largest stadium. … Continue reading

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Valentine’s Day in Edinburgh

Romantic things to do for Valentine’s Day in Edinburgh Plan to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Edinburgh? How about getting some inspiration for romantic Valentine’s Day gifts and experiences to share with your beloved? Look no further as we have you … Continue reading

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Stockbridge

Top-floor, one-bedroom apartment in a quiet street just off Raeburn Place in the Stockbridge area of the city. This lovely apartment is bright, spacious and colourfully decorated in warm shades making it feel welcoming and tranquil. It’s a great place … Continue reading

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Moray Place Major

Situated in the heart of Edinburgh’s old town, this stunning home is the perfect base from which to explore Scotland’s historic capital. Moray Place is quiet, with little passing traffic, and very beautiful. At just a few minutes walk from … Continue reading

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Dublin Street – Top Flat

This fantastic top floor self-catering apartment is situated in a B-listed tenement within Edinburgh’s New Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its neo-classical and Georgian architecture dating from the 18th and 19th centuries. The property is within easy walking distance … Continue reading

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William Street Lane

Set back from a quiet street sporting restaurants, boutique shops, pubs and cafes, our William Street Lane apartment provides guests with all the amenities they’ll need within five minutes on foot. Shandwick Place is around the next corner and features … Continue reading

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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

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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

Great King Street is a newly renovated two bedroom property on the first (US second) floor of a pleasant street in Edinburgh’s distinguished New Town. The property boasts two double bedrooms, an ensuite and family bathroom as well as an … 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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Cobbled Lane Mews

Cobbled Lane 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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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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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

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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 – Tips and Voucher Code

Where to store your 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 … 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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Dublin Studio

Situated in Edinburgh’s New Town, widely considered as one of the finest examples of Georgian architecture and planning in the world, this superbly positioned studio apartment is a compact, well-designed and traditionally panelled space. Completely refurbished in 2010, the apartment … Continue reading

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City showcase: Lothian Road

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City showcase: Leith Street

 

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City showcase: The Grassmarket

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City showcase: George Street and Queen Street

 

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City showcase: Edinburgh Castle

 

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City showcase: Dean Village and the Water of Leith

 

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Blackie House 2

This recently refurbished artisan apartment is on the top floor of the 17th century Blackie House, and can be accessed via the staircase, decorated with a series of intriguing murals, or the lift, which leads directly into the property. Located … Continue reading

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What’s on in Edinburgh: July

Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival (5, 6 & 18-27 July) The UK’s largest and longest-running Jazz & Blues festival returns for its 36th year, with international musicians gathering for over 140 gigs across 13 venues. The preliminary weekend will see a Carnival … Continue reading

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

Last updated on 21/11/2019 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 … Continue reading

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What’s on in Edinburgh: June Part 1 (events beginning up until the 14th)

To give you a heads-up on all that’s happening in Edinburgh, we’re commencing a new blog series outlining the main events occurring in the city each month. June’s busy schedule has a predominant film focus, but there’s a lot more … Continue reading

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Trams ahoy!

Edinburgh’s trams opened for business last weekend after 6 years in production and a total spend of £776 million. The first tram set off at 5.30am from the Gyle Centre stop on Saturday morning, where 200 people had been waiting … Continue reading

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