Discover the area
Both of our apartments are located in the Marchmont area of Edinburgh. It's a popular area to be based due to its close proximity to the city centre, frequent bus services and amenities combined with the open spaces of Bruntsfield Links and the Meadows, which are particularly great for families. Recently more cafes with pavement tables have opened, giving the community a somewhat continental feel. This page gives you some information about the local area as well as some hints and tips of things you can do in Edinburgh
Once a village in its own right, Marchmont still retains it's own identity with unique shops and cafes despite being only a short distance walk to city centre, where you'll find all you need (and more) including:
- Co-Op store
- Eddie's Fish Shop (famously the best fish shop in Edinburgh)
- Wide range of deli's, restaurants and cafes
- Fresh fruit and veg shops
- Takeaways (Chinese and Italian).
- Peter Green's Wine Merchant
- Warrender Swim Centre (first opened in 1887)
Marchmont is also ideal for families - both flats are situated right beside both the Meadows and Bruntsfield Links which are the perfect place for games of frisbee and football. There's also the option of tennis at the Edinburgh Leisure courts, as well as a children's play park with swings and multi-activity compounds. Bruntsfield Links is also home to the oldest short-hole golf course. For ideas about things to do for the whole family in Edinburgh, just take a look at our blog.
Things to see and do in Edinburgh
Edinburgh's Old Town is only a mile to the north of the apartments. Walking across the Meadows you'll reach Greyfriar's Church in about 10 -15 minutes; The Museum of Scotland, and University of Edinburgh Old College in Chambers Street; then the National Library of Scotland on George IV Bridge.
About a 20-30 minutes walk will bring you to the Royal Mile which is home to many of the cities famous landmark attractions, including Edinburgh Castle, Museum of Childhood, Palace of Holyroodhouse, as well as numerous pubs, restaurants and shops. Several companies provide tours of the Royal Mile and the hidden vaults underneath, for example Mercat Tours, and Auld Reekie Tours, to name but a couple.
Every August Edinburgh comes alive with its many festivals. Most of the main venues are close to Marchmont, including large venues put up on the Meadows, various venues at Edinburgh University and Bristo Square (Gilded Balloon, and Underbelly, the famous purple cow!). The Hub (Festival Ticket Office) is on the Royal Mile and about 20-30 minute's walk.
Edinburgh is an ideal place to visit with children too - for some ideas of things to do for the whole family, just take a look at our blog to find out more.
A short bus journey from Edinburgh is Rosslyn Chapel, made famous by The Da Vinci Code. No visit to Scotland is complete without seeing castles - and many are easily accessible from Edinburgh. In addition to Edinburgh Castle, why not also visit Blackness, Craigmillar or Lauriston Castles, or check out the many on offer at Historic Scotland or The National Trust for Scotland.
If you are tired of all the activity, why not visit the splendid MacDonald Marine Hotel & Spa in North Berwick where you can admire the fabulous views over the golf links, beach and islands, including Bass Rock, and treat yourself to a Spa Day. Also check out their special offers.
If exploring the countryside is more your thing, the apartments are a perfect base for exploring. Between half to three quarters of an hour's drive brings you to fabulous beaches along the east coast, where you could walk all the way from Aberlady via Gullane to North Berwick, or discover hidden beaches near Tantallon Castle, or learn to surf at the glorious sandy expanses of Belhaven Bay.
To contrast, explore the local Pentland Hills, less than half an hour's drive to find varied walks - whether by a reservoir, up steep hills with panoramic views or in the valleys, or learn to ski or snow board at Hillend Dry Ski Centre.