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Plans for senior couple to visit Edinburgh??

Active senior couple looking to spend about 3-4 days in Edinburgh after a week + in London this April. Prefer boutique hotels or quality BnBs in "local" neighborhoods where we can walk to local places for dinner. Assume we can walk, Uber/Taxi, or bus to touristy stuff during the day. In addition, we think we should include a 1 day trip to Highlands. Looking at neighborhoods, it seems Stockbridge, Dean Village,, or West End appear to be our type. Does this seem correct and if so, can you suggest smallish hotels. Budget around $200.

Thoughts, please, and THANKS!


  • VisitScotlandLiamVisitScotlandLiam Member, Administrator, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
    Hey @spedprof, welcome ro the community!  I've compiled a search on our websites for accommodation in Edinburgh that you can view here.  I managed to set the limit to £260 a night maximum.
    Lead vocalist & rhythm guitarist for The Bright SkiesSpotify, Twitter, Facebook, SoundCloud, YouTube.
  • spedprofspedprof Member
    Thanks so much.... We'd love to be in a neighborhood that is not touristy, safe, and would allow us to walk to local, non touristy restaurants for dinner. Assume we can taxi or bus to touristy sites... Can you assist?
  • VisitScotlandAmandaVisitScotlandAmanda Member, Administrator, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
    Hello @spedprof I think you will really like being based in Stockbridge as it has plenty of lovely cafes, restaurants and shops to browse. It's easy walking distance from town but isn't in the heart of the tourist area.

    The bus system is fantastic in Edinburgh so even though it's walking distance to town you can easily jump on a bus if you're looking to go further afield or just not in the mood to walk up the hill :)
    Kiwi gal, relocated to Scotland. 
  • VisitScotlandLiamVisitScotlandLiam Member, Administrator, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
    Hey @spedprof, Edinburgh isn't too big a place so you should be fine on the outskirts of the city.  As for the tourist sites, most of them are within walking distance of each other within the city centre but the roads can sometimes be quite steep like going up The Royal Mile to Edinburgh Castle.  Just bear that in mind when visiting the sites.  Public transport is brilliant in Edinburgh with buses and trams, we also have great taxi service too so you're spoiled for choice.

    Hope this helps!
    Lead vocalist & rhythm guitarist for The Bright SkiesSpotify, Twitter, Facebook, SoundCloud, YouTube.
  • HorizonsHorizons Member, VisitScotland Ambassador ✭✭✭✭
    @spedprof Outside of Stockbridge, Bruntsfield Place as well as Haymarket have a concentration of excellent restaurants outside the city centre while being a 10 min bus ride away. As a local and frequent AirBnb user, I can't quite comment on the boutique hotels aspect.

    Both Amanda and Liam have successfully highlighted that the bus system is excellent and that the city is fairly concentrated. The £4 day ticket on the local bus service goes a long way in location sightseeing. Here is a wee post I wrote including some bus details describe public transport based sightseeing in Edinburgh. Uber also works great.

    Do not hesitate to ask any further questions. I hope you enjoy your visit.
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    Best of Scotland in 1 week itinerary (fully by public transport)

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