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Edinburgh is a beautiful city to visit at any time of year, but especially so during the Christmas season. There are lots of festive activities and events taking place in the city over the coming weeks, so if you’re looking for some ideas on what to do in Edinburgh this Christmas then look no further.

There are several Christmas markets taking place in Edinburgh over the next few weeks, all of which offer a delightful festive atmosphere in the heart of the city centre. With over 200 stalls selling a huge range of unique gifts and decorations, you are bound to find that unique present for that special someone. Edinburgh’s Christmas runs from late November to 4th January.

Warm the cockles with a hot cocktail. The Winter Garden at The Dunstane Houses offers a range of festive cocktails, including Mulled Wine which is the perfect accompaniment to a range of sweet treats including Orkney marshmallows and liquid hazelnut chocolate. Cosy up under the heaters with a blanket and hot water bottle and soak up the relaxed, festive atmosphere with friends and family.

What better way to get into the Christmas spirit than by enjoying some of the best festive entertainment? The Usher Hall, Edinburgh Playhouse and Festival Theatre are all hosting a range of concerts throughout December. Entertain all the family with the spectacular, toe-tapping production of Irving Berlin’s classic musical, White Christmas while fans of the panto can enjoy Sleeping Beauty at the King’s Theatre.

Edinburgh is one of the most beautiful cities in the world at Christmas time, thanks to its amazing Christmas lighting displays. Book yourself a ticket to the spectacular lighting trail which winds its way through the Royal Botanic Gardens or just take a wander and visit some of the most jaw-droppingly beautiful lights at places like The Dome and, Edinburgh’s own Castle of Light.

Peruse the boutiques of Edinburgh’s West End or meander through the St James Quarter with its selection of global fashion houses and well-known brands. Scotland’s capital is the perfect place for some festive retail therapy. Some of our favourite independents include Iolla for Scottish-made eyewear, Frontiersman and Frontierswoman for high-end clothing and Rosie Brown for beautiful handmade jewellery.

Get your skates on and head to George Street to take advantage of this year’s Christmas ice rink. With a uniquely shaped rink and a spectacular light show, this is one of Edinburgh’s most popular festive attractions. Skate right up to the bar to enjoy festive drinks and nibbles before heading out on the town.

Want to get away from it all and give yourself a well-earned rest before the madness of Christmas? Why not book our Romantic Night In package for you and your other half? Spend the night in one of our incredible Orkney suites and soak up the luxury with a bottle of Joseph Perrier Champagne, an intimate dinner and a host of decadent perks to make this the perfect pre-Christmas staycation.

Whatever the weather, there is something for everyone to enjoy this Christmas. If you are looking to visit our wonderful city from further afield, why not stay at The Dunstane Houses?


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Edinburgh is a beautifully fascinating and charming city, rich in heritage and culture. Sure, the weather is slightly unpredictable to say the least, but we can’t have it all, can we? With Edinburgh Castle, Arthur’s seat, Princes Street Gardens, the shopping, the architecture, the food, our colourful history and much more, there’s certainly no shortage of fun things to do in Edinburgh.

Although Edinburgh isn’t a particularly large city, you’ll still definitely want accommodation that’s conveniently located to the Edinburgh city centre, especially after a long day of sight-seeing.

The Dunstane Houses are a pair of independent, family-run, four- and five-star luxury boutique hotels that offer guests the best of the Scottish capital-Set in two heritage buildings in a peaceful corner of Edinburgh’s West End. Conveniently, The Dunstane Houses are only a 10-minute walk from the City Centre.

Getting to and from the airport is also an important factor when booking accommodation, travelling can quite easily drag on and eat into your precious holiday time. Getting to The Dunstane Houses only takes 15 minutes by car from Edinburgh Airport, or 20 minutes with the CityLink bus which conveniently stops right outside our front door, meaning, you have the most amount of time to enjoy yourself whilst in our exciting city.
If you’re wanting to visit Murrayfield stadium (Home to Scotland’s Rugby Team) during your time in Edinburgh, then you’ll only need to walk 5 minutes down the hill from our front door- ideal after a few pints at the rugby or a few glasses of wine at a concert.

It’s not all about convenience however, here at The Dunstane Houses, we pride ourselves on our welcoming Scottish hospitality and giving our guest a complete Scottish experience. We also offer the finest seasonal Scottish produce in our all-day dining room and lounge, the Ba’ Bar – home to one of the widest and best selections of rare and vintage whiskies in Edinburgh.
Our 35 comfortable and contemporary bedrooms are spread between the two buildings, including 16 newly refurbished rooms in The Dunstane House have each been beautifully styled to balance timeless tradition and modern comfort.
Our hotel is conveniently located for many other main attractions as well, so if you’re looking for somewhere luxurious to stay that is conveniently located with proper Scottish soul then The Dunstane Houses is definitely for you. We have plenty of offers on at the moment, for more information please click here or to book now please click on the Book Now & Save button at the top right of this webpage.

• Haymarket train station – 5 mins
• Murrayfield Stadium – 5 mins
• Edinburgh City Centre – 10 mins
• Edinburgh International Conference Centre – 10 mins
• Edinburgh Castle – 20 mins

Other places of interest all just a short bus ride away or walking:
• The Palace of Holyrood
• The Royal Yacht Britannia
• The National gallery of Scotland/Modern art
• The Edinburgh Dungeons
• The Botanical Gardens
• Scotch Whisky Experience
• Edinburgh Zoo


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Edinburgh is one of the most desirable places in the world to visit and you can easily see why. Throughout the year the city remains a beautiful, vibrant city, rich in heritage and culture (regardless of the weather). Spring is a wonderful time of the year to visit. You get to see the capital city filled with all the stunning colours from all the flowers and gardens, reds, blues, greens and everything in between- it’s heavenly. Not only is it beautiful outdoors but there is also plenty of other things going on in Spring to make your stay one to remember. Here’s a short list of things to look out for on your trip to Edinburgh in 2018.

Royal Botanic Garden
With 70 acres of trees, rare plants and specialist gardens, it’s easy to happily lose yourself. If it rains, shelter in the wonderfully steamy Victorian Palm House (the tallest in Britain), or, in the seashell and pinecone decorated stone pavilion in the Queen Mother’s Memorial Garden.

Water of Leith Walkway
There are always six naked men standing in the Water of Leith — they are cast-iron sculptures by artist Antony Gormley. This designated urban wildlife site has woods and wildflowers, herons, kingfishers, roe deer and much more.

Dunbars Close
A few steps off The Royal Mile, is the beautiful 17th-century styled Dunbars Close Garden, filled with flowers, fruit trees and an array of unusual plants, one you can’t miss.

Edinburgh International Science Festival
April 4 – 18-A fascinating and fun look at all things scientific, with events and workshops for all ages. A great day out guaranteed.
TradFest Edinburgh – April 29 – May 10
A celebration of Scots and Gaelic folk arts through dance, music, drama, story-telling and traditional arts and crafts. Immerse yourself in our local culture.

Beltane Fire Festival
April 30 – Join over 300 performers marking the beginning of summer with a madly colourful procession and Beltane bonfire.

Game Masters
Until April 20 – Exploring the work of the video-game designers from early pioneers, such as Tomohiro Nishikado (Space Invaders), to the present day. Experience over 100 games at the event.

Beauty by Design: Fashioning the Renaissance
Until May 15
A fascinating contemporary response to fashion, beauty and cosmetics, inspired by renaissance art.

Stay at The Dunstane Houses this Spring and make the most of our exclusive Spring Special discounts!
Receive up to 25% off when you stay 2 nights or more from April 2018. That includes our Beautiful Suites!


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Here at The Dunstane Houses, we believe in doing things right. Come and book your Christmas party at The Dunstane in Edinburgh this year. Dine in luxury this holiday season and enjoy all this hotel has to offer for you and your guests without having to lift a finger.

At The Dunstane, Christmas is big deal. We love this time of the year because it is a time of celebration, and that is something that we really emphasise upon at our hotel. Our hotel restaurant will select a special 2017 menu for Christmas that will really make your party a standout occasion.

Christmas Dinner at the Ba’Bar
The Ba’Bar is the perfect place to have a Christmas party celebration with both your family and your friends. With beautiful fresh and local produce our talented chefs will prepare the most delicious meal. We’ve also got one of the largest selections of spirits in Edinburgh, so whether it is for family time or even an office party, do it in style when you choose The Dunstane Hotel.

Lunches and Dinners
Our hotel will bring your Christmas party to life with our fabulous and delicious lunches and dinners. At just £30 per person, you can dine and enjoy these incredible meals with your family and your friends.

Incredible Deals
You will not want to miss out on all the incredible seasonal deals that we offer at our hotel. Click here to see what we have on offer, whether its Hogmanay or Burns night, Valentine’s day or another special day, we will have an offer for you to enjoy.

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