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Edinburgh Neighbourhoods

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Edinburgh Neighbourhoods

We've spotted availability (at last) in Edinburgh for our trip - we need to consider the location and are looking for a real-feel of being in Edinburgh where we can walk here and there or ride bikes, but have a reasonable amount of peace and quiet when we are at our accommodations. How do the following locations differ from one another and which would be preferred for a family lodging on a first visit to Edinburgh?

- Pilrig Park

- Princes St.

- Stockbridge (between Dean Gardens and Queen St. Gardens)

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1. Re: Edinburgh Neighbourhoods

Stockbridge ticks all your boxes, town feel with lots of cafe society, pubs, restaurants and a lovely walk down water of leith but 10 mins from Princes Street.

Princes Street is the main Street so would be great with possibly having views of the castle etc so also great.

Pilrig Street is a bit scummy by comparison to other two

HTHs

Rob (may live in Calgary but from Edinburgh)

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Agree with Rob. Rule out Pilrig. Princess St is central, views, easy access to cafes and pubs etc in Rose Street, George St etc but Stockbridge may be more relaxed. You will certainly visit Princess St and surrounds during your visit but Stockbridge will certainly be quieter.

For cycling, check out this TA link:

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Enjoy.

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Princes Street most central. You will be handy for most things. You might have a decent view from your room but it could be noisy.

Stockbridge is probably a safe bet location wise but you will have an uphill walk to the centre of town.

Pilrig street is a bit far out and I'd want to know a bit more before commenting, but you might be disappointed

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I'd probably opt for Stockbridge as has been said, its close to 'town' but still retains its own individual character.

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Just to add, check this link for cycle routes across the city www.thebikestation.org.uk/innertube-map/

Some of the cycle paths (a collection of disused railway lines) are great fun for cycling on, you get a great feeling of nature despite being in the middle of a city!

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"between Dean Gardens and Queen St. Gardens" isn't at the core of the area I associate with "Stockbridge" (as per Rob's description, village feel, many small shops), but may nevertheless be even more suitable for your needs. That description corresponds to Moray Place and the surrounding streets. Very fine architecture and a very select area, mostly occupied by solicitors' offices and the like. Apart from the south-east quarter of Ainslie Place and Great Stuart Street, which carries heavy traffic from Queen Street, it's very quiet as there is no way through. It's a short walk to Charlotte Square and George Street - uphill, but that's the highest point of the New Town.

Definitely the one to go for, in my view.

Edited: 29 May 2013, 08:22
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Great reply - it's tough to get someone's true opinions about these sorts of things. The self-catering in Pilrig was supposedly the former home of Robert Louis Stevenson (seems to be located in a massive park area) but if the neighborhood is not the best then it is not worth it - the stay in Stockbridge sounds the best from your note here. The Princes Street option was the Caledonian which seems massive and much less intimate than other options.

Why come to Calgary, Alberta from Scotland? It looks amazing in your old home, back in the UK.

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Just refreshed the page and saw there was more than one reply - awesome - thank you all again for sending your word along with these posts. I'll gladly take your advise then - and I appreciate the links for bike - will look into that and see if they need to be set up in advance as it sounds like there'll be a throng of tourists in the city...Many thanks again!

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Edinburgh great to visit ............living though not so much :-) I'll take Canada every time, took us 15 years to get here and going nowhere - need ideas on what to do etc too ?

Are they all self catering ? which sites are you using ? tried VRBO ?

Rob

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10. Re: Edinburgh Neighbourhoods

Stockbridge definitely. Get a rental in a good location. Try Owner's Direct which have one or two Stockbridge flats - they are very desirable as are central but very quiet. You might even get one with a garden. Go for one on a Georgian Street if you can to get that New Town feel particularly if you are a fan of architecture.

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