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Known as ‘the gateway between the old and new town’, The Scotsman cuts an imposing figure as it rests at the top of North Bridge. One of the highest resident points in the city, it offers truly unrivalled views of the Castle, Princes Street Gardens, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Calton Hill and the bustling Waverley Station.

The following attractions & services are all within immediate walking distance from the hotel, making it an ideal base from which to begin your adventure.

Historic Royal Mile (1 minute walk)

One of the most historical streets in the world. Find out more

Edinburgh Waverley Railway Station (2 minute walk)

Waverley station is situated in a steep, narrow valley between the medieval Old Town and the 18th century New Town. The Scotsman Hotel is located across the road via Market Street exit.

To the left of the Scotsman steps located on Market Street outside the Railway Station, The Scotsman Hotel has an entrance with lift access to reception. Please ring the buzzer and we will open Market Street door for you, reception is located on level 4 within the lift.

The Edinburgh Dungeons (2 minute walk)

Merlin's Dungeons are not for the faint hearted! A unique combination of real history, horror and humour bring gruesome historic events back to life in the 21st century. Each Dungeon offers a horror fest linked to their location - highlighting the local history's horrible bits. The Dungeon experience combines live actors, rides, shows and special effects to transport you back to relive those darker times. Led by the world famous London Dungeon, there are now four other Dungeon sites in Hamburg, Amsterdam, Edinburgh and York.

Visit if you dare, but be careful you never know who - or what - is just around the corner.

Edinburgh Bus Tours (5 minute walk)

Discover Scotlands Capital Edinburgh with a bus tour around the city and key attractions. Find out more

Scottish National Gallery (6 minute walk)
Camera Obscura (7 minute walk)

This is a world of illusions with five floors packed full of amazing optical experiences. Located on the Royal Mile, just before Edinburgh Castle. Find out more

Multrees Walk Luxury Shopping (8 minute walk)

The definition of luxury shopping in Edinburgh. Home of Scotland's only Harvey Nichols, Louis Vuitton and many more designer brands. Find out more

Discounted Car Park (10 minute walk)

Discounted car parking is available from a secure APCOA car park located a ten minute walk for the hotel. Bring your car to the front of the hotel to unload your luggage and receive directions to car park.
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Edinburgh Castle (10 minute walk)

Sited on top of an extinct volcano, gaining stunning views across City of Edinburgh, the castle has witnessed many of the defining events of Scottish history. Find out more about Edinburgh Castle to plan your visit and beat the queues by buying fast track tickets online.

Edinburgh Playhouse (10 minute walk)

The Edinburgh Playhouse has a number of quality theatre productions showing throughout the year. Find out more

Zen Lifestyle Spa & Beauty Salon (10 minute walk)

Pamper yourself or your partner during your stay at The Scotsman Hotel with a relaxing massage or treatment at Zen Lifestyle. As a guest of The Scotsman Hotel you are entitled to 10% discount off any treatments taken.

From the moment you enter the soothing decor and tranquil atmosphere of Zen Lifestyle, relaxation begins. Whether you are looking for quick facial or a full spa day they can do it all. To pre-book your treatment call Zen Lifestyle and quote 'The Scotsman Hotel':

Zen Lifestyle Teviot Place Spa - 0131 226 6777
Zen Lifestyle Hanover Street Spa - 0131 225 7009

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The Palace of Holyroodhouse (15 minute walk)

The Palace of Holyroodhouse is the official residence of the Monarchy in Scotland. Find out more

A traditional Scottish experience (15 minute walk)

Looking for a traditional Scottish experience while staying at The Scotsman Hotel...

Enjoy an evening at Ghillie Dhu experiencing a traditional Scottish pub with live Scottish music or get your dancing shoes on and book in for one of the Ceilidh nights in the elegant Auditorium. Find out more

Number of GB pounds for a:

Estimated taxi from the airport - £24

Bus from the airport - £4.50

Tram from the airport - £5


Building Heritage 

In the 1900s the North Bridge running between the New and Old Towns of Edinburgh was widened and as part of this expansion a 190 foot high tower was built, into which the Scotsman Newspaper moved their offices.

The direct access from Market Street to the building was an ideal distribution outlet for the papers to be packed directly onto the trains at Waverley Station straight from the printing house that took up the entire basement. Across the middle floors of the building which is now home to some of the Scotsman’s boutique rooms and suites were originally used for the editorial offices. The Penthouse Suite – split over two floors – complete with its own Sauna used to be the Pigeon lofts where the news was circulated across Scotland.

In 2001 the Newspaper moved to their own purpose built offices in Holyrood and the iconic building on North Street was renovated into The Scotsman Hotel.

Looking around the hotel, many of the original features remain, ensuring the building remains one of the iconic landmarks within the capital city. Wood paneled rooms and original turrets maintain their romance. The Marble staircase, now the center of the hotel, retains its imposing stained glass window and glows magnificently by candle light each evening.

Now with 58 rooms and 14 suites the hotel retained its originality and quirky features and this, along with the high quality star service we endeavor to deliver offers visitors a unique experience.

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