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Romantic Edinburgh this Valentines

Move over Paris – Edinburgh is the real ‘City of Love’ and we want to share it with the world!

Here are a few inspirational reasons to surprise your loved one with a visit to Edinburgh this Valentines weekend.

Walk the Royal Mile and the Grassmarket

Colourful Grassmarket

These iconic streets are bursting with history and romance – just sit in one of the many street cafes in the Grassmarket and look up! Colourful shop fronts, independent high end boutiques and unique gift emporiums sit side by side with proper Scottish bars. Buskers and street performers help create a wonderful, lively atmosphere.

Climb Scott Monument

Scott Monument

Head to Princes Street to find all the high street favourites – great jewellers, naughty knicker shops…and the Scott Monument. Built in memory of writer Sir Walter Scott, it dominates the street. Climb the 287 steps at dusk and the sunset you’ll be blessed with is stunning – very romantic!

Book a Ghost Tour

Doesn’t sound so romantic but imagine the hero you’d become in making your darling feel safe and secure in the dark. Many of the secrets beneath the city can only be visited if on an organised tour.

Visit an Arthouse Cinema

The Lothian Road boasts the Cameo and Filmhouse Cinemas – both very vibrant showing the more off beat flicks and documentaries.  There are romantic seats for two in the back row and quirky little bars to help set the mood!

Whisky makes you Frisky…


…and when in Rome…! Edinburgh has opportunities on every street to sample the local tipple. Our advice, find a welcoming looking local bar – there are plenty, make yourself at home, ask the landlord to help you through the range and kick back and watch the world go by!

Picnic at the top of Arthurs Seat

Arthurs Seat

..and after all that whisky the day before, a great B+B breakfast and head off to the hills with a picnic of haggis and tea!  Ok so it may be chilly in February but all the more reason to cuddle up beneath your Aaron wool hat and scarf!

Get booking now – a very warm welcome awaits!

Edinburgh is the Telegraph’s top city in Britain

Announced in the Telegraph yesterday, the city of Edinburgh has beaten off London to be  the top city in Britain and we are supremely proud of that!

It is almost impossible to explain  why Edinburgh has been awarded this accolade for the second consecutive year. Much of the wonder is contained in the history of the city’s ancient alleyways and architecture and cannot be explained – only ‘felt’ and ‘experienced’. But we have tried to whittle down our favourite reasons to visit, B+B Edinburgh style!

Edinburgh is Britain's Top City

Edinburgh is Britain’s Top City

Edinburgh is Compact

An incredibly easy city to explore on foot, it is possible to truly soak in the atmosphere. Stop for a while to enjoy the street performers, buskers and bagpipe players on the Mound or in Princes Street Gardens, whilst enjoying an ice cream from one of the numerous outdoor cafes. Walk easily between the Georgian formality of the New Town with its high end shops and boutiques to the Old Town with the magnificent Castle perched at the top of the Royal Mile.

Edinburgh is an all-year-round city

During August, the city welcomes an global crowd to experience the Festival season. Edinburgh Festival Fringe (1-25 August), Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo (1-23 August) and the International Festival (8-31 August) are just 3 of the main events and are booked out way in advance. Book accommodation early. But, some of the best reasons to visit are the natural wonders and these can be visited during low season. Walking across Arthurs Seat, you could be forgiven for thinking you are in the depths of the countryside. One of our favourites is along the Water of  Leith into Stockbridge Village along to Shoreside and some of the best cosy harbourside pubs serving the best seafood around!

Arthurs Seat, Edinburgh

Arthurs Seat, Edinburgh

Shoreside, Leith - cosy harbourside pubs

Shoreside, Leith – cosy harbourside pubs









Edinburgh is a Coastal City

Thanks to it’s location on the Firth of Forth, there are beaches in Edinburgh! There are options for everyone – with our favourite being Belhaven  boasting sand dunes and colourful grasslands. A great beach for blustery winter walks,  it is the ideal place to enjoy the views across the Forth Estuary and is a mecca for surfers.

Belhaven Sand Dunes

Belhaven Sand Dunes


…and there it is! Our reasons to visit the top city in Britain. Our WINTER2014 promotion offers great rates until February 2015.

We look forward to welcoming you!

Homecoming Festival Scotland

Scotland is welcoming the world to a year long Homecoming  Festival of arts, sports, food, nature and culture. Edinburgh  is proud to host many events. B+B Edinburgh have highlighted a few below. So if it is the great outdoors, the thrill of  adrenalin sports or more gentle cultural,historical and nature events that you love – Homecoming Edinburgh is for you!

Edinburgh International Science festival starts in 2 days time. GastroFest is a mini event offering the chance to learn about the science of food and drink – the mixology of wonderful cocktails and the mastery of molecules! You’ll need a comfy bed to tumble in to after all that!

John Muir Festival – celebrating the world renowned Scots born lover of nature . 21st April sees the opening of the John Muir Way which will zig-zag through the city highlighting our scenic suburbs to the lochs beyond.

Sports lovers will arrive for the Ryder Cup and the Commonwealth Games – 2 huge events on the world sporting calenders. But there are others – B+B Edinburgh welcomes runners for the Edinburgh Marathon Festival – a family festival with heaps going on – its fast, flat and packed with fun events and happens on the 24th May.


So whenever you come to Edinburgh, there is going to be something amazing happening in 2014. Our team our bursting to share their knowledge and help you plan your stay!


Food Events in Edinburgh

A trip to Scotland’s capital city is not going to leave you feeling hungry – the city is bursting with a colourful foodie scene ranging from  funky street vendors to fine high end cuisine.

A good way to plan your adventure is to hook in to the thriving Food Festival Calender and book your B+B around the one that tickles most!

See below for a quick look at some of the festival’s and events we at B+B Edinburgh really really rate:

Edinburgh Farmers Market : held every Saturday under  the backdrop of the Castle – this is the largest market in Scotland. Over 55 purveyors, producers, farmers and distributors trade alongside bakers, butchers, home cooks and professional chefs to create a bustling market – 15 minutes walk from B+B Edinburgh’s front door.

Stockbridge Market: Edinburgh’s ‘other’ farmers market – held every Sunday in Edinburgh’s bohemian quarter – a passion for small traders, this market also sells Arts and Crafts and is a fab place to choose Christmas presents.

Cookery Schools: Edinburgh’s New Town Cookery School offers a whole range of courses for all abilities. Boasting fantastic  views across the Firth of Forth, classes can be short and sweet or residential including B+B with us. Closer to us is in Stockbridge is  Cookingmania – Edinburgh’s newest cookery school. This  offers a homely feel, where  families are also welcome.

Foodies Festival Christmas is hosted at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre in December. Foodies from all walks of life feast on an array of chef demonstrations, Drinks masterclasses and independent food stores over 2 days. Call the Team at B+B Edinburgh to find out dates and book your accommodation in plenty of time.

Contact the Team at B+B Edinburgh to benefit from Winter Offers and tap in to the exciting foodie scene in Edinburgh. A warm welcome always awaits.


Edinburgh’s Christmas Extravaganza takes inspiration from New York

Visitors from across the Atlantic, or those searching for a city with it all will feel at home in Edinburgh this Christmas.

Edinburgh is set to rival the world’s major cities with a New York style ice-rink. It is being unveiled as one of many winter wonderland attractions. Half a million people are expected to flock to the city. If they can’t skate, they will certainly be inspired to on their visit.

A huge 22ft Christmas tree covered in over a thousand lights will stand strong and bright beside the rink. Weary skaters will be able to rest beside it in an après ski area with a mince pie and a glass of mulled wine to flush away any aches.

The ice rink is just one of the new attractions planned to make the event even bigger and better than last year. “The site is looking better than it has ever looked, it is beautiful and really spectacular”, said the event producer, Nickie Gott.

“We have new elements like the 3D cinema and we’ve tried to 
create more of a Times Square experience”.


Get the Party Started

The extravagant show takes inspiration from the city’s history of invention and engineering. A giant Saint Claus wearing a kilt will lead other festive characters through the crowds of revelers and up The Mound towards Edinburgh’s christmas tree.

Ongoing festive fun

Visitors will be entertained throughout the month.

• See reindeer in St Andrew Square, December 9-23, visit them between 11am-3pm.

• Edinburgh’s Ice Rink, November to 6 January 2013.

Christmas comfort

Not all of the attractions can be enjoyed to the full in a short visit; B+B Edinburgh are aiming to match the cities New York inspiration with copious American comfort and famous Scottish hospitality. Our plentiful breakfast range and modern rooms provide the perfect retreat after a thrilling day enjoying the festive celebrations.

Image provided by flicker.

A different way to explore Edinburgh

As a city littered with history and beautiful architecture, Edinburgh is a fantastic city to visit on a short city break. If you’re looking for a different way to explore parts of the city, why not compete in the Great Edinburgh Run, which passes through 10km of the best sights in Edinburgh.

If you choose to enter, you will start close to Holyrood Palace just nextto Arthurs Seat. The first couple of kilometres will see you round Holyrood Park in the shadow of the imposing Arthurs Seat. Just after the start line you should see the uniquely designed Our Dynamic Earth, before completing almost half of the run in Holyrood Park alone. You will then pass onto the streets of the city, passing through the Pleasance and then onto the Royal Mile, where you will approach the 7km mark near the Scottish Parliament building on the right hand side. From here you will pass infront of Nelson’s monument and the National Monument of Scotland that sits on Calton Hill, before lopping back on yourself. After this you’ll find yourself on the home straight passing the Scottish Parliament  and Holyrood Palace once more, before crossing the finish line.

Beware though, it wont be the flattest of courses that you’ve ever run on, but we’re sure that the fellow participants, the spectators and the entertainment on course will see you through the 10km!

If you’re looking for accommodation for the run, why not stay with us here at B&B Edinburgh.

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34 Years of Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival and Still Going Strong

Scotland is very quickly gaining notoriety as a country to visit for a truly brilliant festival experience. Between Edinburgh’s constantly growing and increasingly popular Fringe festival to the newly established Live at Loch Lomond festival there is an enormous range of festivals to be attended, with a an impressive variety of genres and styles.

One of the most anticipated Scottish festivals each year is Edinburgh’s “Jazz and Blues festival,” which despite its age of over 33 years old is a constantly updating and modernising experience. Considering the range and variety which apply to the genres of Jazz and Blues it can be a quite a feat to keep up with the most modern and popular acts as well as keeping hold of the classic and experienced groups who make the festival what it is. In fact Edinburgh’s Jazz and Blues festival is officially the oldest running festival in Britain, and yet it still remains one of its most culturally relevant and contemporary events.

The festival itself is hosted between 12 different venues around Edinburgh. These range in style and taste from modern and chic venue, The Hub which boasts a mix of “contemporary design and classic Victorian architecture,” to the more retro themed and aptly named The Jazz Bar which is “An atmospheric and dedicated basement jazz bar, presented in classic cabaret style.”

The Jazz and Blues festival is also becoming known as an ideal place for bands and musicians to get attention. It’s widely played by lesser known or unsigned bands who are looking, not only to play with like minded musicians and to like minded fans but who are also looking to build up their reputations. It seems as if Edinburgh Jazz and Blues festival is the perfect place for both long established and newly founded bands alike to make a name for themselves amongst fans and bands who share their taste in music.

Although the listings for Edinburgh’s Jazz and Blues has not been fully released yet, the ability to book tickets for specific shows at particular venues means that waiting doesn’t have to mean missing out. 2011’s festival saw an enormous variety of acts, from ex Cream bassist and blues rock legend Jack Bruce and his band taking the stage at the Queen’s Hall to the eclectic and lesser known Hypnotic Brass Ensemble playing their unique blend of jazz, funk, street and hip hop at The Spiegeltent stage.

This year’s line up is already confirmed to include the incredible Jools Holland and his R n’ B orchestra, who swing between boogie woogie, jazz, soul and funk and have played with a variety of guest musicians including vocalist Lu Lu.

The Jazz and Blues festival also includes a variety of other activities within the collective of venues, including a hands on university run jazz music workshop for musicians and non musicians alike, to an set of educational and interactive lectures plus question and answer sessions on jazz music of all eras and styles.

About the author: This article was written by travel blogger and music enthusiast John Pauline who is writing on behalf of Sky Park Secure. For cheap parking when travelling by air to music festivals in Edinburgh he recommends the use of an Edinburgh airport parking company.

Come To Edinburgh For Your Golfing Holiday

Whilst its ancient origins are often debated, the modern game of golf is known as being one of Scotland’s finest exports, dating back as far as the 15th century.

The only annual major championship in the game to be held outside of the US is the British Open, for which England and Scotland share hosting responsibilities. However, it is arguably the links courses north of the border that has the greatest appeal to the professionals.

The most famous Open Championship courses on the Scottish coast include Carnoustie, Royal Troon and of course, the home of golf, St Andrews; all of which are within a 90-minute drive or so from Edinburgh.

For this reason, Scotland’s capital can make the perfect base for a golfing holiday; offering the opportunity to be in a central location between the historic courses, as well as being a great city to unwind in when evening rolls around.

If you are daunted by the prospect of the playing a round at one of the previous locations, many in and around Edinburgh can still offer you the chance to sample world-class golf, whilst being within touching distance of the historic city.

Current British Open course Muirfield, which is set to welcome the championship in 2013, is open to visitors and located 45 minutes east of the city. Should you wish to indulge in some Golf history Musselburgh Links, a former Open Championship course and recognised by Guinness World Records as the oldest golf course in the world, is only a 20-minute drive from the city-centre. Courses like Gullane and Dalmahoy also offer outstanding challenges to visitors, and are just two examples of the many courses within close reach of Edinburgh.

Edinburgh won’t sleep until 19th May

Traditionally, we expect to see at least one Glasgow side in the Scottish FA Cup final, so for the nation to see none is something of a surprise. For the nation to see both Edinburgh sides in the final is a reason for Scotland’s capital to be flush with pride.

The two sides haven’t met in the FA Cup Final since 1896, and Hibernian haven’t won it since 1902, so it’s no surprise that hardly anyone can sleep until the final on 19th May. You could say that it’s the biggest ever Edinburgh derby, and Hearts go into it as huge favourites, having beaten their Leith rivals three times already this season.

They beat Celtic in a match in which Celtic lost their cool – and their pride. A last-minute penalty was followed by a managerial pitch invasion, and those neutrals finally switched over to the Edinburgh team. Hibs, however, have surprised everyone after a season that has sent their fans to sleep. One of their players has even promised to run naked down Princes Street if Hibs win.

The fans will be segregated all the way from Edinburgh to Hampden Park, with police working alongside the rail managers to ban alcohol on the trains, and ensure that Hearts and Hibs fans travel on separate trains. Indeed, they may even end up entering separate train stations.

Many fans have suggested switching the Cup final from Hampden to Murrayfield, which is traditionally used for rugby matches. That would be appropriate given the history of cup finals between the two clubs – or at least the single cup final, which was the last to be played away from Glasgow!

Celebrate the New Year at Edinburgh’s Hogmanay

Bring in 2012 in style by being part of the biggest and best New Year event in the world. Edinburgh’s Hogmanay is a three day gathering where people from all over the globe come together to enjoy festive events, fantastic bands and cultural highlights of the incredible city.

Hogmanay 2011 promises to be another extraordinary year for everyone involved and the three day party continues to get more impressive with age. From the 30th December 2011 until the 1st January 2012, attendees can make the most of all the activities available to them and be part of something that they are unlikely to ever forget.

The celebrations begin with a Torchlight Procession which leaves Parliament Square at 6:30pm on Friday 30th December. Hundreds of people will march together to Calton Hill Son et Lumiere and Fireworks Finale which is a fantastic display bound to get everyone in the mood for the upcoming festivities.

The Street Party and Concert in the Gardens starts on New Years Eve and goes on until the early hours of the morning. Ticket holders can dance the night away and enjoy fireworks at midnight whilst listening to a five star line-up including Primal Scream, Mark Ronson, Kassidy, X Factor’s Jade Richards and many more.

The more active attendees of Hogmanay can choose to participate in the UK’s biggest outdoor ceilidh. Dance through the bells at The Keilidh with the best traditional Scottish music, a Ceilidh Caller and an exclusive food and drink area where guests can relax whilst enjoying the views of the fireworks which will take place at midnight.

Many people around Edinburgh choose to start the New Year with a bit of a thrill by participating in the Loony Dook. This is an annual event which involves taking a splash in the River Forth which is just by the famous Forth Rail Bridge. Thousands have taken part in this crazy experience over the last 25 years and it has raised huge amounts of money for charities all across the UK as the registration fee includes a donation to the RNLI.

Those who would prefer to start 2012 with something a bit less crazy will feel right at home with the New Year Games. These will be taking place at a variety of locations around Edinburgh as is suitable for adults, children and families. All the events are free and anyone is welcome to simply turn up, choose a team and start competing for the Red Stag of the Donnies or the Silver Eagle of the Uppies.

With plenty to do at Hogmanay, there is sure to be something for everyone and it’s hardly surprising that thousands of people choose to attend year after year. To find out more information about the event, watch videos, see photos and book tickets, please click here.