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There is lots to do in Edinburgh during March.  A brief selection of ideas are listed here and more information is available in our calendar which you can access here.

Edinburgh Playhouse – The Russian State Ballet of Siberia

The Russian State Ballet of Siberia are performing at the Edinburgh Playhouse from 2nd until 6th March.  Performances include Giselle, Swan Lake and The Nutcracker.

Formed in 1981, the Russian State Ballet of Siberia has quickly established itself as one of Russia’s leading ballet companies and has built an international reputation for producing performances of outstanding quality and unusual depth. The performers delight audiences with their breathtaking physical ability and dazzling costumes.

Edinburgh Playhouse – Whistle Down the Wind

From 15th to 20th March the playhouse will be host to Bill Kenwright’s critically acclaimed production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Jim Steinman’s Whistle Down the Wind.  Inspiring and uplifting in equal measure be prepared to be captivated and moved by this lovely tale.

Scottish Chamber Orchestra

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra is performing on 20 March 2010 at 19:30 in the Queen’s Hall.   They will perform Prokofiev Symphony No 1 ‘Classical’ (15′), Mozart Piano Concerto in Bflat, K595 (32′) and Haydn Symphony No 92 ‘Oxford’ (28′).  Okko Kamu is the Conductor, Steven Osborne will play Piano.

Laurel and Hardy

Laurel and Hardy by Tom McGrath is on at Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh on 26th and 27th March at 7.30 pm.  A treat for fans of this comic duo, the play includes slapstick, music and some of their best comedy routines.

The Secret of Sherlock Holmes

From Tuesday 30th March until Sat 3rd April the Kings Theatre presents the Secret of Sherlock Holmes.  Starring Peter Egan and Philip Franks, prepare yourselves for a journey into the mind of the greatest detective of all time!  Evening performances are at 7.30pm with matinees on Wednesday & Saturday at 2.30 pm

Bird Watching at Roslin Glen
For anyone interested in birds, there is a group visit  to Roslin Glen on 31st March
Meet in the main car park at 10 am.  The trip is free.
Roslin Glen is a native oakwood in a steep-sided glen that has remained fairly untouched. The mixed deciduous woodland has over 200 species of flowering plants, 60 species of breeding birds and a rich lichen flora. The reserve is part of the Roslin Glen SSSI designated for its broad-leaved woodland.
For more information telephone 0131 652 0308 or e-mail: alan_gracie@hotmail.com
For accommodation in Edinburgh visit www.edinburghselfcatering.org

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If you are thinking of going away for Valentine’s day consider visiting Edinburgh. 

Steeped in history the city boasts breathtaking art in its many galleries, beautiful winter walks on Arthur’s Seat and the Pentland Hills, and some of the best restaurants in the UK. 

Arthur's Seat

…And we think our stylish apartment  is the perfect place to stay.  Close to the city centre, it boasts great views of Arthur’s seat and has beautifully presented rooms, equipped to the highest of standards. 

If Love Fables & Mysteries are your kind of thing, visit the Roxy Art House  from 24th to 27th of February for poetry, drama and music.

For more information about what’s on in Edinburgh during February visit our calendar  here. Highlights include Arthur Miller’s “The Price” at the Lyceum Theatre, The Scottish Chamber Orchestra at the Festival Theatre, The Sound of Music at the Playhouse, a figure drawing class with artist Claudia Petretti, The Scottish National Orchestra performing Tristan and Isolde at the Usher Hall, the Edinburgh Quartet at the Queen’s Hall, comedian Dave Gorman and Ballet Rambert.

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Having loved the city of Edinburgh for many years, we are always eager for people to have a happy stay when they come to our apartment

Our visitors are sure of a lovely welcome from Diane who greets them on arrival, and we give our attention to the details – beautifully presented rooms;  fluffy towels; a well equipped kitchen; a starter pack  of drinks and  Scottish shortbread on arrival;  guide books and Edinburgh maps; a selection of literature with Edinburgh and Scottish themes; a good selection of dvds; free postcards with the view from the apartment; a high chair and a cot available; a yoga mat; internet on request;  toys and games for toddlers to adults …its the little things that we hope make all the difference….

…And it makes it all worthwhile when we hear how happy people have been during their stay.  So if you are thinking of booking the apartment we thought you might want to hear some of the things people have said about www.edinburghselfcatering.org.

“All I can say is that you have a wonderful apartment! “

“…My party and I were very pleased with the welcome, layout and presentation…”

“As for the views, they were stunning….”



“I see only one big mistake our stay was too short. I hope I’ll come back next year…”

“The flat was lovely and clean and the info left was brill!”

“..Thank you very much for letting us use your lovely apartment – it was ideal for our family…”

“..The apartment was perfect and Diane was very helpful and friendly…”  

“So much better than being cramped up in a hotel!  You have a beautiful place.  Thanks again..”

“..We enjoyed our stay and the accommodation was great.  It was also a great location for us to travel to and from the city..”

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Sandy Bells Pub and Folk Music venue

A quick visit to the apartment enabled me last night to visit Sandy Bell’s. This small bar amazingly hosts Folk music every night. The musicians are just a part of the ambience – not expecting or seeking huge applause – but dedicated to what they are doing. Each night there is a different band. I heard a line up of Fiddle, Flute, Box accordeon, Uillean pipes, and bouzouki.

The musicians were  very approachable – I asked Cathy, the fiddler for advice about sources of music for my own playing. She was very keen to suggest players that I might listen to in order to pick up repertoire and the style of playing which can’t really be effectively shown in notes on a page of music.

Some suggestions she  made were Scottish Fiddler Alisdair Fraser who plays with Cellist Natalie Haas, Shetland fiddlers Aly Bain and Chris Stout, Irish fiddler Martin Hayes with Guitarist Dennis Cahill,  Accordionist Andy Cutting, and Guitarist Martin Simpson.

Music at Sandy Bells starts from about 9pm every night.

Why not make this a part of your stay in Edinburgh!

Sandy Bells is in situated in the University area of  Edinburgh Old Town, very near to the Museum of Scotland. 

Thanks to all at Sandy Bells for a great evening!

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If you want a real treat in February, come to Edinburgh and see Connie Fisher as Maria in the world’s best-loved musical, THE SOUND OF MUSIC.  Performances are being held at the Edinburgh Playhouse from 19th January until 20th of February.

This rather lavish and highly acclaimed production, direct from the London Palladium, tells the story of the Von Trapp family’s flight across the mountains and works its magic once again, for young and old alike.

With its unforgettable score that includes some of the most memorable songs ever performed on the musical stage including My Favorite Things, Do-Re-Mi, Climb Ev’ry Mountain, , and of course the glorious title song The Sound of Music, it’s the perfect family treat.

For all your accomodation needs when in Edinburgh visit www.edinburghselfcatering.org. Find a link to the Playhouse on the Edinburgh Activities page.


Centrally located stylish apartment available at http://www.edinburghselfcatering.org



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Burns Night is celebrated every year on January 25, and marks the birthday of the 18th century Scottish poet Robert Burns.  Burns Night 2010 is the 251st anniversary of the poet’s birth.


My heart’s in the Highlands, my heart is not here,
My heart’s in the Highlands, a-chasing the deer;
Chasing the wild-deer, and following the roe,
My heart’s in the Highlands, wherever I go.




Burns Night celebrations typically include poetry recitation, bagpipe music, singing, traditional ceilidh dancing, whisky drinking, and a dinner featuring none other than haggis.

The Burns Supper is an institution of Scottish life and is very much a night to celebrate the life and works of the national Bard. Suppers can range from an informal gathering of friends to a huge, formal dinner full of pomp and circumstance.

If you are thinking of visiting Edinburgh on Burns Night, it is a good idea to book your accommodation in advance, as the city gets very busy with the celebrations.  For the perfect stylish, centrally located self-catering apartment with space for up to 6 people, visit www.edinburghselfcatering.org for more information.


Centrally located stylish apartment available at http://www.edinburghselfcatering.org

In Edinburgh there is no shortage of things to do throughout the year.  For more details of whats on now click here.

….And if you are thinking of celebrating Burns Night 2010 in Edinburgh there is no shortage of places to celebrate.  Here’s a sample of what’s on…

Supper with Burns at The Tass

A seasonal favourite – an alternative Burns supper at Edinburgh’s famous Burns pub, hosted by storytellers David Campbell, Donald Smith and Linda Bandelier. Book early to avoid disappointment!

Mon Jan 25 and Tue Jan 26 2010 – 7pm (2hrs), £17

Tass Bar, 1 High Street, Edinburgh Lothian EH1 1SR


Oor Rabbie

Join Foolish Notion for the perfect introduction (or refresher!) to the life and work of Robert Burns.  With live music, lots of participation and a witty storytelling style, discover the history of Scotland’s famous bard through his best-known work – including Tam O’Shanter, Tae a Mouse and Address to a Haggis.

Fri 22 Jan (7pm) & Sat 23 Jan (2.30pm), Age 8-adult, £8/£6, Family ticket £24 (4 people) at the Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High Street, Edinburgh Lothian EH1 1SR

Hopscotch Theatre: Tam O’Shanter – Sunday 24th January  at 12:45 & 14:45
Duration: 30 mins
Cost: Free
Suitable for: Everybody
Venue: Hawthornden Court
Join the slightly tipsy Tam as he bravely mounts his trusty grey mare Meg and sets off into the heart of a raging storm to confront the deil himsel! Hopscotch Theatre presents this entertaining production of Burns’ epic tale.

Burns Night Supper at the Whiski Bar & Restaurant 

Go to the Whiski bar for a memorable Burns Night Supper to celebrate our national poet Robert Burns whose message of friendship and Auld Lang Syne lives on. FOOTSTOMPING – traditional Scottish fiddle band will be playing live in the bar to celebrate all things Scottish and ensure the night goes with a bang …

Sunday 24th Jan – live music from 9:00PM, Monday 25th Jan – live music from 9:00PM

£19.95 from 6PM

WHISKI Bar & Restaurant, 119 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1SG Edinburgh EH1 1SG

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Now is a great time to visit Edinburgh and for all your accommodation needs visit www.edinburghselfcatering.org.  For our guide to whats on to see and do in the city now click here.

…And if you’re thinking of visiting the city of Edinburgh during January 2010 here are some of our top ideas for things to do : 

  • Try some winter walking.  There are beautiful cobbled streets to amble along in the city itself…or try a bracing walk up Arther’s Seat for spectacular views of the city below.  The accommodation available at www.edinburghselfcatering.org is within close reach of Arthur’s Seat and offers stunning views of this ancient impressive mountain from the living room.

Spectacular views of Arthurs Seat from this stylish modern apartment available from http://www.edinburghselfcatering.org

  • Go and see Peter Pan on now until 03 Jan 10 – The classic story of Peter Pan comes to life in this festive family show – Royal Lyceum Theatre, Grindlay Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9AX – www.lyceum.org.uk
  • Take part in the Great Winter Run on 09 Jan 10 – It’s a 5K run around Holyrood Park – Arthur’s Seat, Holyrood Park Road, Edinburgh EH16 5BT – www.greatrun.org
  • Why not see We Will Rock You on until 09 Jan 10 – A glittering musical written by Ben Elton and featuring the classic songs of legendary band Queen – Edinburgh Playhouse, 18–22 Greenside Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3AA – www.edinburghplayhouse.org.uk
  • Take a look around the  BP Portrait Award (12 Dec 09 – 21 Feb 10) – This year the Dean Gallery puts on the popular contemporary portrait exhibition of 56 finalists, due to the temporary closure of the Portrait Gallery – Dean Gallery, 73 Belford Road, Edinburgh, EH4 3DS – www.nationalgalleries.org.  From intimate and personal images of friends and family to revealing portraits of celebrity sitters, this exhibition presents a variety of styles and approaches that illustrate the vitality of contemporary portrait painting.


  • See  Robinson Crusoe & The Caribbean Pirates on until 17 Jan 10 – The King’s Theatre festive pantomime, fun for all the family – King’s Theatre, 2 Leven Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9LQ – www.eft.co.uk

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