Welcome to The Dunstane Houses

A breath of fresh Orkney air in the heart of Edinburgh






Why book direct
  • Best rates – we’re never cheaper elsewhere
  • Free room upgrades for stays of 3 nights or more (Nov–Mar)
  • Bottle of Joseph Perrier champagne with suite bookings
  • Flexible cancellation policy
  • Reduced rates for local attractions

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Why book direct

  • Best rates – we’re never cheaper elsewhere
  • Free room upgrades for stays of 3 nights or more (Nov–Mar)
  • Bottle of Joseph Perrier champagne with suite bookings
  • Flexible cancellation policy
  • Reduced rates for local attractions

Throughout the year Edinburgh remains a beautiful, vibrant city, rich in heritage and culture. Spring is a wonderful time of the year to visit, you get to see the capital city filled with all the stunning colours from all the flowers and gardens, reds, blues, greens and everything in between- it’s spectacular.

Looking for inspiration for a weekend away this spring? With so much to offer, it’s easy to see why Edinburgh is one of the world’s most popular city break destinations at this time of the year.

Royal Botanic Garden

With 70 acres of trees, rare plants and specialist gardens, it’s easy to happily lose yourself. If it rains, shelter in the wonderfully steamy Victorian Palm House (the tallest in Britain), or, in the seashell and pinecone decorated stone pavilion in the Queen Mother’s Memorial Garden. Please click here for more information.

Water of Leith Walkway

The Water of Leith Walkway in spring is a spectacular route for walking and cycling in Edinburgh and is only a 5-minute walk from our front door. The 12 mile long path follows the river which runs through the heart of the city. It begins in Balerno to the west, leading through many places of interest, all the way to Leith in the north east.

Dunbars Close

A few steps off The Royal Mile, is the beautiful 17th-century styled Dunbars Close Garden, filled with flowers, fruit trees and an array of unusual plants, one you can’t miss.

For Foodies

Edinburgh offers a feast for foodies in all seasons but there’s no better time to eat your way around its range of high-quality farmers’ markets than spring. On Saturdays you’ll find the Edinburgh Farmers’ Market situated beautifully on Castle Terrace, regarded as one of the best in the world, hosting over fifty specialist producers from all over Scotland.

On Sunday’s, over in the village of Stockbridge, (a delightful 20 minute walk along the water of Leith from our front door) you’ll find the weekly Stockbridge Market– home to all sorts of wonderful treats.

In trendy Leith, which is a destination in its own right for food fans, the Leith Market takes over Dock Place every Saturday, with a specialist vegan quarter visiting monthly.

Springtime Gin Time

Have you been Swept up in the Ginaissance and Eager to combine an Edinburgh escape with a visit to the wonderful world of craft gin? Or do you simply Just fancy a high-spirited weekend away this springtime? There’s plenty of Gin-ious reasons to visit Edinburgh in the Spring, please click here to find out more.

Book a Mini Mack Tour

Fancy a guided tour of Edinburgh in a Mini? Meet Rowan and Andy, our good friends from Mini Mack Tours. You’ll go off the beaten track, you’ll clock the sights as the locals see them, and you’ll come back with a few tales to tell.

Or see Scotland with a Highlander

Andy The Highlander comes straight out of the 18th century – complete full Jacobite kit including Lallybroch plaid, swords, dirks, targe, pistols, and flintlock musket. Under his guidance (and armed protection), you’ll discover some of Scotland’s most infamous sites, gaining inside knowledge of Outlander filming locations (after all, Andy himself appeared in it).

Back at The Dunstane Houses

If any of the above doesn’t inspire you to book a spring visit to Edinburgh then perhaps some of our enticing offers might, to see our exclusive discounts and experiences please click here.