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I find the history of Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh a fascinating one. 

Holyrood Abbey was founded on the site in 1128 by David I, King of Scotland, and the palace was built in various stages right beside. 

Holyrood is now an imposing ruin next to the palace which is the official royal residence in Edinburgh.

Standing at the opposite end of the Royal Mile from Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace was built with an inner quadrangle, in the French style, and contains a chapel, gallery, royal apartments and a great hall.

Its history is wonderfully rich, one of its most notable residents being Mary Queen of Scots.  Married at just 15 and widowed at 19, Mary returned to Scotland and was crowned at Holyrood Palace. 

Among the many interesting things to see are the wooden ceilings in Mary’s quarters which date back to when she lived there.  The walls on this, the northern side, were initially built with a view to defense and are very thick, while on the opposite side, despite the external symmetry and similarity, they are much thinner and were built at a later stage.

Members of the public can  visit the infamous north turret, where on 9 March 1565, Mary’s Italian secretary David Rizzio was murdered by her jealous second husband Lord Darnley. 

It was reported at the time that the poor Rizzio was stabbed an astounding 57 times, in Mary’s presence….a tragic and gruesome tale.  Visitors to the palace since that time have claimed to see blood stains on the floor where it happened.

Another interesting occupant was Bonnie Prince Charlie – the palace served as his Head Quarters during the 1745 uprising.

The palace is open for most of the year, but is closed when the Queen and members of the Royal family are visiting. 

If you are planning a stay in Edinburgh it is well worth a visit.  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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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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From breathtaking and thought provoking culture to stunning skylines, sandy beaches, festivals and fireworks – the city of Edinburgh has it all.  For a holiday in Edinburgh visit www.edinburghselfcatering.org.

Valerie Gillies is an internationally known poet of much acclaim. She lives in the beautiful Scottish capital.

She was the Edinburgh Maker, poet laureate to the city, 2005 – 2008, and for those unfamiliar with her work, you may enjoy her poem dedicated to this special city.

To Edinburgh

Stone above storms, you rear upon the ridge:
we live on your back, its crag-and-tail,

spires and tenements stacked on your spine,
the castle and the palace linked by one rope.

A spatchcocked town,
the ribcage split open like a skellie, a kipper, a guttit haddie.

We wander through your windy mazes,
all our voices are flags on the high street.

From the sky’s edge to the grey firth
we are the city, you are within us.

Each crooked close and wynd is a busy cut
on the crowded mile that takes us home

in eden Edinburgh, centred on the rock,
our city with your seven hills and heavens.

For beautifully stylish, modern accomodation in Central Edinburgh visit http://www.edinburghselfcatering.org

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For a lovely apartment in the beautiful city of Edinburgh visit www.edinburghselfcatering.org.  

With the possible exception of bread machine converts, we are not really a generation of bread makers and the whole process can seem a bit daunting.  But by following a few easy steps the results can be amazing.

….And there is something wonderful about home-made bread, it has taste, real texture and is a meal all on its own.  So why not have a go, and don’t be afraid to experiment a little along the way with bran, seeds and anything else that whets your appetite.


Just over a pint of tepid water
2 sachets of dried yeast
1 dessert spoon of brown sugar
5 cups of strong white flour (note our cup takes around 160 g of flour)
2 cups of either wheat bran, ground oatmeal, whole meal flour or granary flour (experiment to see which you prefer) 
Handful of seeds (optional)  – choose from chopped chesnuts, linseed, walnuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds etc


  1. Take just over 1 pint of tepid water in a jug
  2. Add 2 sachets of dried yeast
  3. Whisk with 1 dessert spoon of brown sugar until dissolved
  4. In a separate large deep bowl add 5 cups of strong white flour
  5. Add 2 cups of either wheat bran, ground oat meal, whole meal flour or granary flour.  These give the bread a little more texture.
  6. Add contents of the jug
  7. Stir round and then with your hands form into a ball of dough
  8. If it’s too sticky add a little more flour but don’t add too much
  9. Work the dough by stretching, folding and kneading for 10 to 15 minutes
  10. Stand in a covered bowl in a slightly warm place until twice the size (about an hour)
  11. Knead for a second time for around 3 to 4 minutes
  12. At this stage you can add seeds of your choice
  13. Put into bread tins or make into roll shapes
  14. Leave the dough to rise a second time, for around half an hour and until it doubles in size
  15. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes for rolls.  For a loaf allow 30 – 35 minutes at Gas mark 4 to 5 or 180 C.
  16. When the bread is cooked, place on a rack until cool.  Store in a sealed tin or bag to keep the bread fresh for longer


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