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Our posts on local pursuits and products for our guests.

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; please confirm your drop-off time together with your arrival time and notify … 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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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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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?

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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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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The 7 Most Popular Edinburgh Tourist Attractions

Edinburgh hosts many of Scotland’s busiest tourist attractions. Many of these attractions welcome over a million visitors every year. Here’s a run-down of the 7 most popular: 1. The National Museum of Scotland The finest of Scotland’s museums is also … 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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Great Vegetarian Food in Edinburgh

Edinburgh is a hugely cosmopolitan, modern city well used to welcoming visitors from countless countries and cultures around the world. As such vegetarian food is no longer an afterthought amongst the hundreds of eateries in the city. A vegetarian in … Continue reading

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Where to stay in Edinburgh during the Festival?

There’s no doubt about it, visiting Edinburgh during the Festival should be on everyone’s bucket list. It is a world class event on a massive scale and runs every year in August. There are actually several festivals running in parallel. … Continue reading

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The Best Free Things To Do In Edinburgh

National Museum of Scotland In recent years Scotland’s National Museum on Chambers Street has been extended and then completely refurbished. The resulting attraction is undoubtedly one of the best museum experiences in the UK. Don’t expect to rush round this … 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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You’ll have had your tea….so how about coffee?

Edinburgh has some of the best independent coffee shops around which is great for us locals but even better for caffeine hungry tourists looking to sample some of the city’s best cafes. Continue reading

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Mother’s Day Treat- A City Break to Edinburgh

Thinking about treating your mum to something extra special this Mother’s Day? Then head to Edinburgh – guaranteed to be a day she’ll never forget. 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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