Useful Links


Here are some links that we hope you will find helpful when planning your trip. If you would like any further information, please don’t hesitate to ask us.


Travel

Travel Directions to Pilrig House

Go to www.theaa.com/route-planner and enter your departure point and Pilrig House’s address: 30 Pilrig House Close, Edinburgh EH6 5RF. It will provide you with step-by-step instructions of a direct route, or you can select a journey that includes places to visit en route.

An alternative route planner website: www.rac.co.uk/routeplanner

FOR CAR SAT-NAV SYSTEMS: Enter postcode EH6 5RF

Plan Your Journey

All-in-one train, airline and bus timetables:

And to help plan your journey throughout the whole of the UK:

Maps

Travel Reporting Updates

Motorway and A/B Road information, updated every 5 minutes:

Rail

Airlines

Who Flies Direct to Edinburgh Airport?

Who Flies Direct to Glasgow Airport? (only an hour by bus/car from Edinburgh)

Edinburgh Airport, Arrivals and Departures

Getting from Edinburgh Airport to Pilrig House

At Edinburgh International Airport there is a taxi rank directly outside the main entrance. An airport cab here will cost in the region of £25 (9.03 miles).

Please give the address 30 Pilrig House Close (off Bonnington Rd) to the driver.

Local Buses/Tram Tickets

Ticket options - Lothian Buses

Passes and Tickets 

Avoid queueing! Purchase in advance of your stay and gain fast-track entry to some of Edinburgh's must-see attractions:

An Edinburgh Pass gives you entry to over 30 top attractions, so is very cost-effective if you want to do a lot of sightseeing.

Royal Edinburgh Ticket

Historic Scotland's Explorer Pass

If you are doing a bit of exploring further afield - whether by organised tour or by car - the great-value Explore Pass gives FREE access to all iconic and historic attractions throughout every area of Scotland, eg brochs, castles, tombs, abbyes, towers, distilleries, palaces... You can choose to purchase a 3-Day Explorer Pass or a 7-Day Explorer Pass - the savings start as soon as you visit 2 historic sites!

National Trust for Scotland (charitable status)

As a member, you obtain free admission to all the fantastic properties owned by the National Trust for Scotland - an amazing diversity of sites, including: castles, historic battle sites, glorious gardens, stunning mountains, nature reserves - plus free admission to properties of Heritage Trusts in other parts of the UK. You also get free parking at sites with parking charges. You can ask to be notified of forthcoming events held throughout the year, eg re-enactments, costumed tours, music, theatre and guided walks. 

Local Car-Hire Firms

  • Enterprise 67 Salamander Street, Leith. T: +44 (0) 131 555 0555
  • Arnold Clark 20B-20D Seafield Rd East, Edinburgh. T: +44 (0) 131 657 9120

Edinburgh Cycle Hire

  • The Leith Cycle Company, 169 Leith Walk, Edinburgh. T: +44 (0) 131 467 7775 www.leithcycleco.com
  • Edinburgh Cycle Hire and Safaris, 29 Blackfriars Street, Edinburgh. T: +44 (0) 131 556 5560

Edinburgh Attractions

Helpful websites

The Royal Observatory, Edinburgh

Mary King’s Close

Edinburgh Museums and Galleries

Edinburgh Castle

Holyrood Palace

Royal Yacht Britannia

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Bonnington House Sculpture Garden: 'Jupiter Art Land'

What’s On

Sculptures and Monuments in Edinburgh

Edinburgh Photographs

Heritage

Glorious Gardens 

Edinburgh Shops

Edinburgh Restaurant Guides

...and Tastes of Scotland

Edinburgh and Scotland Tours

The following tour companies are all 4- or 5-star graded by the Scottish Tourist Board – 3 Princes St. Tel: 0845 859 1006 (or +44 (0)131 524 2121):

Edinburgh And Lothian Walks

Haunted Edinburgh

...ghosts, ghouls, graveyards, torture and terror – above and below the ground...

Other Outdoor Pursuits

The National Trust for Scotland Discover Ticket

Unrestricted access to over 100 of Scotland's top attractions:

Seaplane Scenic Tours of Scotland

Helicopter Tours of Edinburgh and Scotland

Trike Tours

Wildlife Photography in the Highlands

Falconry (and Archery)

Scenic Rail Journeys In Scotland

In summer, you can take the Jacobite Steam Train on the West Highland Line from Fort William to Mallaig:

Edinburgh Festivals

Golf

Pilrig House is only around 10 minutes’ walk from Leith Links – supposedly where the Rules of Golf originated. See www.leith-rules-golf.co.uk.

See our Golf page for additional information about courses and events

Genealogy

Please see our Genealogy section. Particularly if you would like to arrange with our recommended genealogist and researcher, Stuart Reid from Scottish Roots, to get the ball rolling and research your family tree for you in advance of your stay.

However, if the thrill of being your own ancestral detective appeals, and you have plenty of time dedicated for the task while in Edinburgh, you will want to visit:

The National Register of Archives for Scotland in Edinburgh
H M Register House
Edinburgh EH1 3YY
(at the east end of Princes St – around a 15-minute walk from Pilrig House)

T: + 44 (0)131 535 1403/5
F: + 44 (0)131 535 1430
E: nra@nas.gov.uk
W: www.nas.gov.uk/nras

It is worth booking time here in advance – it is very cheap and the service is free once you gain admission. It will help with your search if you bring as many relevant birth/death/marriage certificates, or copies, with you.

Useful Genealogy Websites

Other Useful Archive Sites in Edinburgh

  • www.nms.ac.uk - National Museum of Scotland
  • www.nls.uk - National Library of Scotland
  • www.scotsgenealogy.com - Scottish Genealogy Library
  • Family History Centre – The Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints (Mormons)  T: +44 (131) 337 3049
  • Scottish National Portrait Gallery Archives (for anyone with a famous ancestor)  Email: portraitarchive@nationalgalleries.org
  • Scottish United Services Museum Library (regimental histories and biographies of armed forces personnel; index of First World War Medal Roll covers virtually anyone who served).

Film Locations In and Around Edinburgh

Sunshine on Leith, Cloud Atlas, Under The Skin and The Railway Man were filmed in and around Edinburgh in 2012. Some of you may remember Trainspotting, Shallow Grave, or the older classic The 39 Steps. Historic Edinburgh, with its Georgian and Victorian streets, has been the setting for many films over the years. Fans of Ian Rankin's Rebus crime series and film fans - take a tour on foot, and identify some of the locations for yourself:

Filmed in Edinburgh

Edinburgh Reading

Edinburgh Authors You May Enjoy

A Guide to Edinburgh’s Authors and Books

Edinburgh, first City of Literature, boasts some of the world’s most famous and well-loved authors

Further Afield

Northumberland (Sleeps 3)

For those of you with a car, wanting to spend a week in Northumberland after leaving Edinburgh, our photographer friend, Tracey Bloxham (www.insidestoryphotography.co.uk - do take a look at her WOW photography), has a charming cottage with a fascinating history, in the Scottish Borders - but on the edge of Northumberland's National Park - only an hour's drive from Edinburgh. The perfect location for visiting: Bamburgh Castle, Holy Island & Lindisfarne, Alnwick Castle, Hadrian's Wall, and an abundance of other gardens, castles and delicious villages and towns in is stunningly beautiful area:

London

Debbie's personal recommendation - great central location, wonderful service, peaceful street & immaculate rooms!

London Lettings

London for Less

London - Luxury

Lets Abroad