February News

Visit Scotland has just awarded us our second 5-star grading, for our Garden Apartment – yippee! These awards are not given out lightly, so we are very proud to be included in this special category of Edinburgh accommodation.


5-Star Grading

Visit Scotland – Scotland’s Tourist Board – has just awarded us our second 5-star grading, for our Garden Apartment – yippee! These awards are not given out lightly, so we are very proud to be included in this special category of Edinburgh accommodation.

On this page, you will see many links with VisitScotland and the ideas and schemes they promote – in an age of accommodation being somewhat anonymous and apartments listed on massive online booking engine websites, we are endeavouring to remain independent, allied with our very good Tourism Board, as we feel it reflects a degree of integrity with regard to the quality of our accommodation, and the personal touch.

Garden Apartment Refurb

For those already visiting us, and those who may book in the future, we have just installed a brand-new luxury bathroom with walk-in shower cabinet, instead of bath – and, the apartment has just been totally redecorated and refurbished as at mid-Feb 2018. See the new photos of our Garden Apartment Gallery page.

Outlander Location Spot

We cracked it – on my Highland travels in Feb, with an American friend, we found the ‘stones’ setting – watch the beginning sequences and you can see the trees that are entwined. Magic moment.

Visit Scotland’s Taste Our Best Logo

On your Scottish travels, keep an eye out for the Taste Our Best logo – this is an accreditation awarded to restaurants, cafes, bars, pubs and takeaways that are part of a quality assurance scheme – enabling visitors to sample authentic and locally sourced Scottish produce, seasonal produce, being assured of a high standard of quality of welcome, cleanliness and overall dining.

Cal Mac Ferries Website – Island Hopping Idyll

Did you know that the CalMac ferry website has an island questionnaire, so you can enter the things you are looking for from a Scottish island visit and be matched with your ideal island?? www.calmac.co.uk/destinations - start to plan now for a special island stay after you leave Edinburgh?

Personally, I would do a bit of island hopping – buy the ‘Hop Scotch’ ticket! www.calmac.co.uk/hopscotch - a wonderful way to get a flavour of some of the different isles and their varying landscapes & geology, culture, history, beaches, music, sports, wildlife and boat trips to smaller outlying island, such as Staffa…. These differences can be wildly different. I (Debbie) spent half my youth on a Scottish island as my grandparents lived on a west of Scotland island – so, islands hold a great affection and attraction for me. My tips: consider going in May or Sept/October when not so busy, and look at the flowering times of the Machair (moors) – which in May/June are covered in a carpet of wild flowers… beautiful; the best times for spotting the aurora borealis, and for an Celtic festivals, eg the HebCelt in Lewis in June.