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 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
- 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 about Lothian Buses
- Scottish National Gallery (6 minute walk)
A world class collection of art in Edinburgh with fee admission Find out more
- Camera Obscura (7 minute walk)
This is a world of illusions with 5 floors packed full of amazing optical experiences. Located on the Royal Mile, just before Edinburgh Castle
Find out more about Camera Obscura
- Multrees Walk Luxury Shopping (7 minute walk)
The definition of luxury shopping in Edinburgh. Home of Scotland's only Harvey Nichols, Louis Vuitton and many more designer brands.
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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
- The Palace of Holyroodhouse (15 minutes walk)
The Palace of Holyroodhouse is the official residence of the Monarchy in Scotland.
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- 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 click here.
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 57 rooms and 12 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.