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 4 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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Royal Jubilee Package

An experience fit for a Queen. Enjoy the best of Dunstane Houses and Edinburgh this Summer.

Pride Of Britain is a collection of never more than 50 independent hotels in some of the most popular locations around the British Isles and we’re delighted The Dunstane Houses has joined this prestigious and refined group right after being named as Edinburgh’s best boutique hotel in the Scottish hotel awards for 2018.


Our Roots

The two best words to describe the islands of Orkney would probably be fascinating and beautiful. The archipelago sits humbly and happily on top of the northern shores of Scotland. The islands are well known for being full of both human and natural history, its riches range from standing stones that are as old as the Pyramids to warships which have been beaten and sunken across two world wars. Its these same humble and authentic roots which the owners of Dunstane Houses, Shirley and Derek have planted into the heart of Edinburgh. From the furnishing and design of the houses to the seasonal Scottish produce that’s used in The Ba’Bar, the spirit of Orkney lives vibrant and everlasting in every nook and cranny of the houses.


The Dunstane Houses

Although the spiritual core of the hotel remains true to Orkney, the houses themselves remain as relics of old town Edinburgh dating back to the 1860’s. The houses have been called home to the various merchants, doctors and noblemen that have resided there over the past 150 years. As history and pride often travel hand in hand, its clear to see why the most recent partnership of Dunstane Houses and Pride Of Britain makes perfect sense. With just 35 bedrooms spread between two different houses, one of The Dunstane Houses special qualities is its ability to garner its historic energy and use it for style and comfort, all the while keeping modern and updated with newly refurbished bedrooms.


Pride Of Britain

While Pride Of Britain looks to collaborate with hotels that can offer its guests the most luxurious and memorable stay, this on its own would not be enough to get past the application process. Whether a hotel has 11 rooms in the highlands of Scotland or over 130 rooms on the headland of Cornwall is irrespective, if it contains that certain not-so-easy-to-find British authenticity, then it may become a part of Pride Of Britain.

What comes with being a partner of this prestigious group is the guarantee that the owner of each individual hotel is dedicated and passionate in providing the very best when it comes to service and hospitality. Guests can also relax with the peaceful knowledge that the common thread which binds all 50 hotels together is the word ‘outstanding,’ this word is shines in every category of the hotels, from its cleanliness to its quality of dining. If you’d like to find out more about Pride Of Britain, please click here.