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Last updated: 31 October, 2022
Expert travel writer: Lucy Gillmore

Edinburgh might be famous for its medieval Old Town and elegant Georgian New Town, but it’s also home to a clutch of village-style enclaves on its fringes.

One of these is picture-postcard Stockbridge, just down the cobbled hill from the New Town and close to the Botanical Gardens. A small river, the Water of Leith, runs through it and it’s peppered with delis, cafes and one cosy boutique hotel.

The Raeburn is a 19th-century listed mansion with just 10 bedrooms; think wooden floors, roll-top tubs and a smattering of tartan. There’s a bar and restaurant but there’s no shortage of gourmet eateries on the doorstep.

Ideal for those who prefer to dip into the city centre – but bed down in a quieter, quainter quarter.

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Key facilities

Airport transfers: Not available
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Kids club
Parking: Not available
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Jacuzzi (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

Bucket list experiences our writer says you must do in this destination, closest first

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom (UK)[1.5 miles]

Edinburgh’s impressive hilltop castle, with bags of history and a bird’s-eye view over the capital. The complex includes the National War Museum.

Best for ages: 4+ | £1,750

Edinburgh’s best food & drink

Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom (UK)[1.8 miles]

Edinburgh’s culinary scene, the best in Scotland, is an exciting mix of rustic field-to-fork eateries, glitzy Michelin-starred restaurants and earthy farmers’ markets.

Best for ages: 18+ | Free | Any

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Other worthwhile experiences in this destination if you have the time or the interest, closest first

Stockbridge Market

Stockbridge Market

Edinburgh , Scotland, United Kingdom (UK)[0.5 miles]

Every Sunday, a pretty corner of this Edinburgh neighbourhood is home to a weekly artisan producer market of around 50 stalls, selling hot food, local produce and hand-made treats. Stockbridge is worth a visit too, with vintage shops and quirky cafes.

Best for ages: 13+ | Free

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external veiw of the main and very beautiful greenhouse

Royal Botanic Garden

Edinburgh , Scotland, United Kingdom (UK)[0.7 miles]

A tranquil haven, this bucolic 70-acre site was established in the 17th century, with highlights including the striking state-of-the-art visitor centre, Chinese Hillside and Victorian Palm Houses.

Best for ages: 13+ | Free

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exterior facade of the building with imposing pillared entrance

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom (UK)[1.3 miles]

Grand, neoclassical Modern One, and Modern Two opposite – once a 19th-century orphanage – showcase an impressive permanent collection, changing exhibitions and Moore and Hepworth-studded sculpture park.

Best for ages: 18+ | Free

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A photo showing the outside entrance and building of the Scottish national portrait gallery, where the Gallery is an important centre of European Art.

Scottish National Portrait Gallery

Edinburgh , Scotland, United Kingdom (UK)[1.4 miles]

The world’s first purpose-built portrait gallery, one of the highlights of this neo-Gothic palace is the Great Hall decorated with an ornate frieze of famous Scottish figures.

Best for ages: 18+ | Free

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Edinburgh Region, United Kingdom (UK)

Capital treats abound, from mighty castles and royal palaces to gourmet restaurants and arguably the world’s best performing arts festival.

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