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Southside Edinburgh Guest House is very near to: ( between 3 minutes’ and 10 minutes’ walk)

  • University of Edinburgh’s Pollock Halls of Residence
  • Festival Theatre
  • Queens Hall
  • Sciennes
  • Birlinn Publishing House (next door!)
  • Kings Hall
  • McEwan Hall
  • Royal College of Surgeons
  • Summerhall Art Centre (ex. Royal Dick Vet School)
  • Royal Sick Children Hospital (Sick Kids Hospital)
  • Meadows
  • Holyrood Park
  • Arthur’s Seat
  • Royal Commonwealth Pool
  • Historic Scotland Headquarters
  • Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland
  • National Library of Scotland (Maps)
  • Salisbury Centre
  • Scottish Widows Dalkeith Road Office

Southside Edinburgh Guest House is near to: (between 10 minutes’ to 25 minutes’ walk)

  • Old Town
  • Edinburgh Castle
  • Royal Mile
  • Princes Street Gardens
  • Princes Street and George Street Shops!!
  • University of Edinburgh Old College
  • Grassmarket
  • National Library of Scotland (Main)
  • Italian Cultural Institute
  • University of Edinburgh George Square Buildings
  • University of Edinburgh Kings Buildings
  • St Giles
  • Dynamic Earth
  • Palace of Holyroodhouse House (The Royal Residence in Edinburgh)
  • Royal Museum
  • Scottish Parliament
  • National Gallery of Scotland
  • Royal Scottish Academy
  • Scottish National Portrait Gallery
  • New Town
  • …………and

    all other attractions, event and venues can be reached in a few minutes using the excellent and frequent Edinburgh bus service!!


links to a range of helpful and interesting sites

Travellers and Visitors Resources & Reference ~Global


  • This global web site presents official weather observations, weather forecasts and climatological information for selected cities supplied by National Meteorological & Hydrological Services (NMHSs) worldwide. Links to their official weather service web sites and tourism board/organization are also provided whenever available. World Weather
  • BBC Weather offers an excellent user friendly service . BBC Weather
  • Michelin. ViaMichelin is an excellent resource for route planning and maps, it is also very well designed and great fun to use! Michelin Route Planner and Maps

Travellers and Visitors Resources & Reference~ Edinburgh and Scotland

  • edinburgh in pictures – A gold mine of beautiful and useful pictures about Edinburgh.
  • Rampant Scotland – the largest directory of Scottish links plus over 3,000 pages of articles about Scotland and the Scots. Rampant Scotland
  • The List. A very useful guide to Restaurants and Bars in Edinburgh, you can search alphabetically or by style. Restaurants and Bars in Edinburgh
  • The Scotsman. The Scotsman is Edinburgh’s own daily newspaper and a great source of information, past and present, about Edinburgh and Scotland. The Scotsman Newspaper
  • ScotFind is very useful directory to Scottish website . Scottish Websites Directory

Edinburgh Events

  • An excellent Guide from Visit Scotland to : What’s in Edinburgh and the Lothian
  • From its early days, The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo has been an international favourite.Performers from over 46 countries have taken part in the Tattoo, and around 30 per cent of the 220,000 audience each year are from overseas. In 2015 the Tattoo takes place from the 7th to the 29th of August. It sells out very quickly, therefore an early booking is recommended Edinburgh Tattoo
  • In the winter, Edinburgh sparkles…and never more so than during the sensational Christmas festivities, which run from late November  to early January .Edinburgh’s Christmas is a spectacular, six-week season of festive entertainment in the heart of the city. Taking place in St Andrew Square and East Princes St Gardens, the festival features a host of shows in the beautiful Spiegeltent, as well as ice skating, markets and rides, including the Big Wheel and the 60-metre Star Flyer, with breathtaking views over the city .Have a very happy Edinburgh’s Christmas
  • Edinburgh’s Hogmanay – The World’s Best New Year Celebrations ! Hogmanay
  • Edinburgh Festivals.Guide to all Edinburgh Festivals. Edinburgh
    Events Diary
  • Edinburgh Festivals. Official Listing to all Edinburgh Festivals. Edinburgh
  • Edinburgh Tours. Edinburgh Architects site which also list numerous Edinburgh Tours. Edinburgh
    Tours and Itineraries
  • Royal College of Physicians. Education and Events run by the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh. Royal College of Physicians Events
  • The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh is an ancient insitution with a wonderful Museum (the oldest in Scotland) open to the public.Victorian owners of 8 Newington Road (Southside) were members of the Collefe Royal College of Surgeons
  • The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland is charged to the investigate, photograph and record our changing architecture and archaeology, both on the ground and from the air. The Headquarters are just a five minutes walk  from Southside Guest House and provide a goldmine of photographic records. RCAHMS
  • Whisky Events in Edinburgh!! Whisky Heritage Events
  • Official Site of Scottish Rugby. Scottish
  • The Gazetteer for Scotland is a vast geographical and historical encyclopaedia covering Edinburgh and the whole of Scotland. Gazetteer
    for Scotland

Edinburgh Attractions

  • The Royal Mile Edinburgh. The historic High Street of Edinburgh and its key buildings. The Royal Mile Edinburgh
  • Historic Scotland is the body that works to safeguard Scottish Heritage – in the site you can find information on more than 300 properties in its care. Historic
  • Greyfriars Church. There is more than lovable Greyfriars Bobby to this haunting Kirk. Ripe with tales of strife and religious dissent over its long and colourful history. Brace yourselves for a few shivers if walking around its graveyard on a wet and windy day. The perfect place to unwind ! Greyfriars Kirk and Greyfriars Bobby
  • Rosslyn Chapel. Whether or not you enjoyed Dan Brown’s “The Da Vinci Code” you will love this unique building. Rosslyn Chapel, or the Collegiate Chapel of St Matthew as it was to have been, was founded in 1446 by Sir William St Clair, third and last St Clair Prince of Orkney. It is in fact only part of the choir of what was intended to be a larger cruciform building with a tower at its centre Rosslyn Chapel
  • St Giles Cathedral. As atmospheric as you can get! Try and catch some of the wonderful musical events . St Giles’ Cathedral is the historic City Church of Edinburgh with its famed crown spire on the Royal Mile between Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse. St Giles Cathedral
  • The City of Edinburgh Museums and Art Galleries. A unique collection of superb attractions ~ from the Writers Museum to the Royal Scottish Museum. Eleven mouth-watering venues! City of Edinburgh Museums and Galleries
  • Genealogy Resource for Scotland. Scotland’s largest library and the world centre for the study of Scotland and the Scots.
    National Library of Scotland
  • A very popular attraction on the History of the Earth – great for adults and children alike! Dynamic Earth
  • Art Galleries Edinburgh. All the about the fantastic six Galleries in Edinburgh and their exhibitions . National Galleries of Scotland
  • National Museum of Scotland. Part of the National Museums of Scotland – hosting international and scottish artefacts in its thirty six galleries. National Museum of Scotland
  • Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh. Scotland’s Premier Garden.Royal Botanic
    Garden of Edinburgh
  • Royal Commonwealth Pool Edinburgh was one of the venues of the 2014 Commonwealth Games. It is  a state of the arts swimming and diving venue which and also offers an excellent  Gym. It is only a five minutes walk from Southside Guest House. Royal Commonwealth Pool
  • Royal Yacht Britannia. For over forty years Britannia served the Royal Family – now you can discover its fascinating past. Royal
    Yacht Britannia
  • Edinburgh Zoo. The home of the Panda. A great day out for all the family! Edinburgh Zoo.
  • Salisbury Centre. A Holistic Education Centre with a fascinating programme of classes and events. Salisbury Centre
  • Palace of Holyrood House. The Queen’s Official Residence in Scotland, founded as a monastery in 1128. Palace of Holyrood House


Edinburgh Theatres and Cinemas

  • The Festival Theatre and King’s Theatre have an all year round exciting and varied programme. Kings Theatre and Festival Theatre
  • Usher Hall is another Edinburgh Institution with classical and contemporary perfomances. Usher
  • The Queens Hall Edinburgh offers a wide range of events to tempt you all year round -classical, jazz, blues, pop and much more It is only a five minutes walk from Southside Guest House. Queens
  • Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh. One of Scotland’s most successful producing companies – offering high quality drama productions September to May. Lyceum Theatre
  • Traverse Theatre. Edinburgh’s Traverse Theatre is Scotland’s new writing theatre with a record of excellence since 1963.Traverse Theatre
  • Edinburgh Playhouse. The biggest long running Musical Hits are shown at the Playhouse. This site allows you to see what’s on and you can book your tickets. Edinburgh Playhouse
  • Filmhouse Edinburgh. Filmhouse is Scotland’s foremost Independent Cinema, featuring Film Festivals, Art Films and generally very good movies. It also has a very welcoming Cafe Bar. Filmhouse
  • Dominion Cinema Edinburgh. A lovely and “old fashioned” cinema complex it has a very loyal following within the Southside of Edinburgh and beyond, it offers a contemporary programme – some screens have superior lounge seats. Dominion Cinema
  • Cameo Cinema Edinburgh. Another little gem of a Cinema with a good programme ( part of Picture House Cinemas), ideal if you want to avoid the huge cinema complexes. Cameo Cinema.

Edinburgh and Scotland Tours

  • Timberbush Tours runs some great Tours throughout Scotland. Many of our guests book packages through us or directly and the feedback is invariably very complimentary. Timberbush Tours
  • Hidden beneath the Royal Mile lies Edinburgh’s deepest secret: a warren of hidden ‘closes’ where real people lived, worked and died.’ For centuries they have lain forgotten and abandoned ‘until now’. This five star attraction truly makes Edinburgh’s Edinburgh history unmissable. The Real Mary King’s Close.

  • The City of the Dead Graveyard Tours offer an unique and very scary experience – not for the faint hearted!!! It’s all very spooky and very exciting! The City of the Dead Graveyard Tours.
  • Offering tailor made private tours of Scotland ~ on a one to one basis or up to seven passengers. A Canadian guest who took a tour of the Borders brought this company to our attention. Private Guided Tours of Scotland
  • Detailed itineraries for self-drive tours, accommodation guides and information on major Scottish Attractions . Secret Scotland Tours
  • A few of our guests have taken this tour and have expressed total satisfaction. Bikes and helmets provided!
    . Cycle Tours Of Edinburgh
  • Mercat Tours run some excellent Ghost and History Tours in Scotland and the site is a real experience of all that is in store. Mercat Tours
  • Longing for some sea air? Here is a great way to spend a few hours crusing the Firth of Forth and heading for the Holy Island of Inchcolm with its 12th Century Abbey. Just a short train ride from Edinburg Waverley to Dalmeny, a short walk to the Pier and then you are off! Check out directions , timetable ans prices. Day Cruises on the Firth of Forth.

Other Useful Edinburgh Related Links

  • University of Edinburgh. A world class University with a distinguished 400 years History. Edinburgh University
  • The Royal School of Veterinary Studies. Named after William Dick founder of the College and with a history going back to 1823, the College was reconstituted as an integral part of the University of Edinburgh in 1951.The Royal (Dick) School
    of Veterinary Studies
  • Edinburgh Courts. All you wanted to know about the Legal System in Scotland ~ said by some to be among the best in the world! The site is a mine of information with much historical background . Scottish Courts
  • Genealogy Resource for Scotland. The General Register Office for Scotland is responsible for the registration of births, deaths, marriages and divorces for Scotland. The site is an excellent resource for researching family history of Scottsih roots.The General
    Register Office for Scotland
  • Genealogy Resource for Scotland. New Register House is the living repository of Scotland’s people and their history. Fantastic resource for finding out about your ancestors. It’s a beautiful building too, the work of Robert Adam.New
    Register House
  • Scottish Parliament. Yes….it might have been a WEE bit over budget, but it’s a stunning building – love it or hate it! Time will tell. The site is an excellent source of information about the workings of Scottish Politics. Scottish
  • Edinburgh’s graveyards. It may not be everyone’s idea of an excellent outing – yet there is much to learn and enjoy in visiting historical graveyards. The monumental architecture in many of these Edinburgh graveyards is quite stunning and often moving. This Unesco initiative is very welcomed. Edinburgh Historic Graveyards
  • The Club is Edinburgh’s local history society, concerned with all aspects of the city’s history and its development. Old Edinburgh Club