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Edinburgh’s Coast: Quiet Strolls & Fresh Sea Air

Edinburgh’s Coast: Quiet Strolls & Fresh Sea Air

Old Town, Edinburgh Castle, The Royal Mile, The Scott Monument, Arthur’s Seat, whisky (galore), tartan, Harry Potter. Tourism in Edinburgh is funnelled in certain directions, which is understandable, because there are very Scottish, very Edinburgh sights that need seeing. This means visitors end up clustered somewhere around the centre. However, there’s a whole part of Edinburgh that people either...

Things To Do With Mum This Mother’s Day In Edinburgh

Things To Do With Mum This Mother’s Day In Edinburgh

What to do for Mother’s Day? Mums are unsung heroes. It’s difficult to think of a way to thank them for all the time, love, and nappies they’ve invested in you over the years. A bunch of supermarket flowers doesn’t really cut it.We live in an increasingly fast-paced and transactional society, but we know the best things our parents have given us aren’t material. They have devoted their time...

Top Romantic Things To Do in Edinburgh

Top Romantic Things To Do in Edinburgh

Move over Venice. Push off Paris. Edinburgh is a much friendlier capital of romance to explore this Valentine’s Day. Or any day of the year, for that matter. Packed with romantic places to visit and some highly recommended activities for couples, there are few places on earth we would rather be when it comes to a romantic frisson. Here are some suitably heart-stirring activities and days out for...

A Famous & Enlightening History of Prestonfield

Prestonfield’s grounds, now home to highland cows and peacocks, were once known as the “Priestfield Estate”. In medieval times it was the setting for a wealthy Cistercian monastery, founded in 1150 by Henry, Earl of Huntingdon. In 1376, after the brutal Wars of Scottish Independence the monastery’s lands were seized and handed to the Earl of Carrick—son of King Robert II. He then sold...

What’s on in Edinburgh this Autumn

What’s on in Edinburgh this Autumn

Rough Guides have voted Edinburgh in the top 10 most beautiful citiesin the world. If you’ve visited, you’ll understand how true this is.It’s an old city, of grand stone buildings and sharp spires, flanked by summits. It feels like a northern frontier town, beyond which are swirling mists, and endless hill country. It’s certainly beautiful, but atmospheric too, in a pull your coat around you...

Quirky, Unusual and Alternative Things to do in Edinburgh

Quirky, Unusual and Alternative Things to do in Edinburgh

For those who don’t enjoy the usual tourist attractions, one of the best reasons to visit Edinburgh is its charming waywardness and eccentricity. This is a city of secrets, after all. A place of dazzling architecture and dark underground passages, high art and bloody murder. Here are just a few experiences to charm, intrigue and entertain you on your next Edinburgh visit: 1. Bygone science and body...

Your Guide to Festival Season in Edinburgh

Your Guide to Festival Season in Edinburgh

Call us biased, but we think Edinburgh is an incredibly cultured, historical and creative city - a wonderful place to visit all year round. However, it is true to say that, with so much activity and talent swarming to Edinburgh during August, this is when the city really comes alive.The Edinburgh Fringe Festival2nd – 26th August 2019Did you know that the Edinburgh Fringe is not just a ...

Graduate in style: class of 2019

Graduate in style: class of 2019

Hats off to all the University students across Edinburgh heading towards graduation this year.With six in total – University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Napier University, Heriot-Watt University, Queen Margaret University, Royal College of Surgeons and Scotland’s Rural College - Edinburgh has the second highest number of universities in the UK (joint second with its neighbour, Glasgow, and second ...

What’s on in Edinburgh—Things to Do, See & Experience | Feb to May 19

What’s on in Edinburgh—Things to Do, See & Experience | Feb to May 19

Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital…“…a city of shifting light, of changing skies, of sudden vistas. A city so beautiful it breaks the heart again and again.” – Alexander McCall Smith.Quite possibly, Edinburgh is the prettiest city in UK. If not Europe. You could even argue there isn’t a prettier city to be found anywhere. It’s a matter of perception. However, Edinburgh is not just a pretty...

Find luxury in the heart of university city

Find luxury in the heart of university city

It’s September. A time for new adventures and fresh starts. With your children off to start a new term, take the opportunity to do things for yourself, start a new interest and see more of your friends. And what a better way to kick off this new phase of life, than making the most of dropping off or visiting your young adult at their university in Edinburgh?We may be biased, but we ...

The Edinburgh Festival 2018: A Full City Stage for Fringe Theatre

The Edinburgh Festival 2018: A Full City Stage for Fringe Theatre

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe, where to begin… a cultural whirlwind like no other, in the best possible way. What is the Fringe Festival?From the 3rd – 27th August 2018 Edinburgh’s pubs, clubs, theatres, parks, doorways and alleys will be performance venues. Or anywhere really. The city transforms into a giant arena of artistic expression. The Fringe is, undoubtedly, one the best UK festivals...

Class of 2018! University Graduation Celebrations in Edinburgh

Class of 2018! University Graduation Celebrations in Edinburgh

After a final year of hard work, it will soon be time for the graduation ceremonies and celebrations to begin at Universities across Edinburgh. For most young achievers, it will be a once in a lifetime occasion with family and friends. So why not make it an even more memorable experience with a special dinner?This is exactly what awaits graduates at Prestonfield, as we toast the successes of ...

Seasonal delights at Rhubarb Restaurant

Seasonal delights at Rhubarb Restaurant

Have you ever wondered how Prestonfield's award-winning Restaurant got it's name?Prestonfield was the first estate in Scotland to grow Rhubarb in the 18th Century. To this day, Rhubarb is still grown in our gardens here at Prestonfield and features regularly on our menus. Now is the perfect time to book a table and come and try our seasonal delight. See behind the scenes at Prestonfield House...

FESTIVE EVENTS & CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS IN EDINBURGH 2017

FESTIVE EVENTS & CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS IN EDINBURGH 2017

Whether you are a confirmed Christmas lover or closer to Ebenezer Scrooge, winter nights in Edinburgh can be wonderfully atmospheric. From the twinkling lights over the Old Town, to the sights, sounds and flavours of countless festive market stalls, the city is a magical place on a frosty evening. Here are just some of the best events, experiences and places to visit and shop in Edinbugh as we look...

BACK TO UNIVERSITY: TERM TIME VISITS TO GRADUATION PARTIES AT PRESTONFIELD

BACK TO UNIVERSITY: TERM TIME VISITS TO GRADUATION PARTIES AT PRESTONFIELD

As a new academic year beckons, it is once again time to welcome new and returning students to Edinburgh’s renowned universities. Founded in 1582, the University of Edinburgh itself is an institution with a history as long and distinguished as our own, not to mention one of the oldest universities in the English-speaking world! We are also not far from Napier University, Heriot Watt University, ...