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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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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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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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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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