Southside Edinburgh Guest House Location

To make the best of your visit you will want to be in the heart of the city, near all the attractions and events. Locals and tourists converge to make the south side one of the most interesting and colourful areas of the capital.

Southside Guest House is situated between the Meadows and Holyrood Park, on the doorsteps of The University of Edinburgh and The Old Town of Edinburgh. Edinburgh Castle and most of Edinburgh major landmarks and venues are close by including theatres, cinemas and concerts halls. There is an excellent selection of restaurants and pubs within 5 to 10 minutes’ walk radius. Arthur’s Seat and Edinburgh University Pollock Halls of Residence are less than a ten minutes’ walk away. Princes Street and George Street with its world famous shopping are a 20 minute stroll.
If you prefer public transport, Southside Guest House is well served by a frequent bus service reaching most destinations within the city in 10 to 30 minutes. Just round the corner on Causewayside and Grange Road there is gold mine of antique shops and bric-a-brac, a wonderful Aladdin’s Cave.
Southside Guest House is the ideal location for enjoying the wealth of events and productions which make up the Edinburgh International Festival, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the Edinburgh International Film Festival, the Edinburgh International Book Festival, the Edinburgh International Science Festival, The Bank of Scotland Children’s International Theatre Festival, The Edinburgh International Jazz & Blues Festival, and of course the Edinburgh Military Tattoo…..not forgetting Edinburgh’s Hogmanay! Edinburgh Festival City.

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!!

Southside Edinburgh Guest House Route Planners

Google Maps. Zoomable maps focused on an address or post code. Maps can be searched by business category. Also provides driving directions. Google Maps


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

AA Route Planner. The AA Route planner is an excellent tool, easy to use and with lots of helpful features AA Route Planner

RAC Route Planner. Another excellent route planner tour from the Royal Automobile Club RAC Route Planner

Southside Edinburgh Guest Public Transport Links and Resources

Edinburgh Airport is 30 minutes from Southside and Edinburgh City Centre. Within the site you will find all transportation links to the City .

Edinburgh Waverley Train Station is a lovely Victorian structure now undergoing restoration . It is the hub station for Scotland with connections across Great Britain

Edinburgh Buses and Trams provide an excellent network transportation which now includes a Tram Service from Edinburgh Airport to St Andrews Square just off Princes Street . You can plan your journey and check times and fares You can also download an excellent app.

Taxis. Edinburgh has a number of licensed taxi companies (black cabs!) . For the past decade we have used Central Taxis and we have found them helpful and efficient

Cycling. Edinburgh’s largest bicycle hire outlet is Biketrax(11-13 Lochrin Place; 0131 228 6633). They have a wide range of machines available, mainly 21- and 24-speed city bikes (hybrids), as well as Brompton folding bikes (but not mountain bikes at present). All rentals include a puncture kit, pump, helmet and lock.

Transportation Options from Edinburgh Airport into the City and From Waverley Station to Southside Guest House


By Taxi:

From the Airport to Southside around £25 and 30 minutes

By Tram :

Frequency: approximately every 8-12 minutes
Journey time: average journey time 35 minutes
Fare: Adult single £5, adult return £8 (reductions for children)
Tickets can be purchased from the ticket machines at the tram halt.
Best stop is St Andrew’s Square and then head for Princes Street

By bus:

Airlink 100 (Stance 19)

This 24 hour express bus service runs from the airport to Waverley Bridge (near Princes Street and the main rail and bus stations). Get off on Waverley Bridge

Buy tickets at the Airlink Kiosk outside Domestic Arrivals in advance at the Lothian Buses website.

Frequency: Every 10 minutes.
Journey time: 30 minutes approximately (Waverley Bridge).
Fare: Single £4, return £7 (reductions for children).


You can get a Taxi to Southside for about £7 (about 8 minutes) –

Alternatively from Waverley Station you can walk up the Waverley Steps or Waverley Bridge onto Princes Street – cross the road and catch any of the following buses – 3/30/31/33/8/29/37/37A – the trip takes about 10 minutes and a single fare is currently £1.50 (you will need the exact change as no change is given!!). You need to get off at the very start of Newington Road (look out for Peckam’s Delicatessen on your left at the end of Clerk Street as you approach Newington Road – that’s time to ring the bell!).

Or you if you feel energetic and have light luggage you can walk the route – up Waverley Steps or Waverley Bridge/ turn right/ turn right again onto North Bridge/ Walk on straight ahead (the streets change names however it’s one route) to Newington Road (about 35 minutes).

Information updated June 2014

Lovely Maps!

Do you love maps as we do? National Library of Scotland Map Collection. Historical Maps!!! Wonderful to relate to contemporary roads and routes. The Map Library is among the 10 largest in the world. View some of the key maps by selecting a category ~ incidentally the Map Library is just round the corner from Southside, where you can explore its wealth of records.  Historical Maps

If you love sea charts and books and do not know yet Imray you will be enchanted and transported by the oldest nautical publishing house in Europe. Nautical Charts and Books