Cringletie House, near Peebles, Scottish Borders

I adore the sight of wellington boots at a front door; their presence hints at time well spent and the existence of country walks and plentiful outdoor opportunities – justification of sorts for an otherwise indulgent stay. Neat rows welcomed me to Cringletie and I couldn’t wait to see more of the … [Read more...]

The Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh and Number One Restaurant.

I’ve often pondered the marriage of 5 star luxury and first class hospitality as the two, surprisingly, don’t always sit entirely comfortably together; one half of the partnership falling somewhat short of the undoubted high expectations set by such a top end grading. Superb hospitality, is … [Read more...]

Pinto, Lothian Road, Edinburgh

A mental visual of fiestas, large hats and margaritas immediately entered my head upon receiving an invite to Lothian Road’s recent opening. Pinto is Edinburgh’s newest offering of Mexican fare, following a successful launch of three similar hangouts in quick succession in Glasgow’s city … [Read more...]

The Causewayside Apartment @ The Southside, Edinburgh

Venturing south of The Royal Mile and onto The Meadows, a further five-minute walk brought us to the door of a non-stereotypical building; Georgian architecture a seeming world away; and the doorway of number 215 Causewayside. Industrial in appearance, the unique façade represents one of the many … [Read more...]

The Scottish International Storytelling Festival, Edinburgh

It would be surprising to me to find anyone who hadn’t heard of the Edinburgh Festival – thinking of course, of the Summer-long celebration of an internationally appealing array of events across the broad medium of dance, theatre, music, activity and general entertainment, which draws a global … [Read more...]

The Dining Room, Edinburgh

In a competitive industry, pretentiousness quite often rears its not particularly attractive head, detracting from a core offering and bizarrely misleading the end consumer. Not so at The Dining Room, where, strangely enough, food is on the menu, and, although modestly restrained in their … [Read more...]

Radisson Blu Edinburgh

Something of a last minute decision to overnight in Edinburgh – a quick tweet and the Radisson Blu, came up with the goods, with an added bonus of a room upgrade to the hotel’s Business Class suites. Many years since I had been in the city centre Radisson, my return visit was reminiscent of the … [Read more...]

Castle View Apartment @ Castle Terrace with The Edinburgh Address

One of the many beautiful joys of Edinburgh is the city’s accessibility and the very “towny” feel of Scotland’s capital. No more is that felt than when in Castle Terrace, the very hub of the city and yet, with amazing views over Princes Street, The Gardens and the majestic Edinburgh Castle, a … [Read more...]

The Knight Residence, Edinburgh

A stone’s throw from the Castle; modern, accessible city centre accommodation with secure parking and a concierge service, second to none; welcome to The Knight Residence, Edinburgh. One of Edinburgh’s growing clan of serviced apartments, which offer everything from a hotel and more; space, … [Read more...]

Old Town Chambers, Edinburgh

Old Town Edinburgh is enchantingly historic, with its medieval street plan built around the The Royal Mile, aptly named in the 20th century for it’s path between Holyrood Palace and the majestic Edinburgh Castle. It is here; down one of many ancient and historically documented alleyways that the … [Read more...]