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BEST WESTERN Braid Hills Hotel

134 Braid Road, Edinburgh, Lothian, EH10 6JD

Ratings & Awards

3 stars Hotel inspected by the Tourist Board (Visit Scotland) for level of service and facilities. (Reflected in the number of stars awarded) Hotels that are inspected by the AA for their level of service and facilities are reflected in the number of stars awarded.

Hotel Amenities

  • Free Internet
  • Free parking onsite (40 spaces)
  • Restaurants
  • Bars
  • WIFI
  • No Lift
  • 24hr service
  • Hotel And Bedrooms All Completely Non Smoking

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08445 76 76 76
*local rate

near the BEST WESTERN Braid Hills Hotel, Edinburgh

Canny Man's

Located in the genteel suburb of Morningside, Canny Man's is worth the journey out of town. A quaint pub with bric-a-brac covering every available surface, it serves hundreds of varieties of Danish open sandwich made with top quality ingredients such as topside of beef and lobster.

Available : Daily

Edinburgh International Harp Festival

The clarsach (small harp) was widespread among the peoples of Scotland, Ireland and Wales long before the bagpipes. Since 1982, the Clarsach Society has celebrated its heritage with the residential Edinburgh International Harp Festival at Merchiston Castle School.

Available : Mar - Apr 2013 (annual)

The Meadows

At stylish Borough in Edinburgh, let skilled barstaff mix you one of their cocktails. The venue itself is airy and open-plan, furnished with orb lighting and large sofas to help you relax in style.

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Six Nations Championship: Scotland

Sixty-seven thousand fans pack into Murrayfield for Scotland's Six Nations rugby union matches. Following antipodean excitement of the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand, Scotland in 2012 welcome England and France to Edinburgh.

Available : Feb 2013 (various dates)

Edinburgh Gunners Rugby RaboDirect PRO12 Season

Rugby Union side Edinburgh Gunners welcome RaboDirect PRO12 teams to the Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh for the 2011/2012 season. Matches are generally played on Friday evenings - with some weekend and Boxing Day fixtures.

Available : Sep 2012 - May 2013; Mon, Fri, Sat, and Sun only (annual)

Dead by Dawn Horror Film Festival

Quite literally a horrifying fixture at Edinburgh Filmhouse since 1993 (bar a break in 2010) Adele Hartley's Dead by Dawn Festival, was Britain's first film festival devoted to horror. Gorge on gore for four days of non-stop terror, blood and screams.

Available : Mar 2013 (annual)

Edinburgh International Film Festival

The Edinburgh International Film Festival remains firmly at the centre of the UK film industry. Despite its advanced years, the festival - now starting in June - consistently showcases cutting-edge work and attracts the biggest names in the business.

Available : Jun 2013 (annual)


The Filmhouse on Lothian Rd is an Edinburgh institution. Along with blockbusters, the cinema programmes arthouse film, mini film festivals and the summer International Film Festival. There's also a good selection of DVDs for sale here.

Available : Daily

Scottish Chamber Orchestra in Edinburgh

With 23 main evening concerts on selected Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays the Scottish Chamber Orchestra enlivens Edinburgh's musical scene, often with principal conductor Robin Ticciati at the helm. Although the delightful Queen's Hall is home, it also plays the larger Usher Hall.

Available : Oct 2012 - May 2013; Tue, Thu, Sat, and Sun only (annual)

Castle Terrace Farmers' Market

The Saturday Farmers' Market is below Castle Rock. Over 70 stalls sell local organic produce, breads and meats. Bag a jar of Scottish honey, chutney or cheese, and lunch on gourmet sausages and home-baked goodies.

Available : Sat only

Edinburgh Farmers' Market

Edinburgh Farmers' Market offers organic and locally produced delights every Saturday. From Wild Boar burgers to Black Isle Ale the market has a great variety and if it's a dreich (dismal) day Stoats' whisky porridge will keep you toasty.

Available : Sat only

Sandy Bell's

Sandy Bell's is a landmark pub in the Old Town. It might be small but it's full of character. Gaelic overtones, warm vibes and good beer make it a favourite with locals. There's live music almost every night and at weekends.

Available : Daily

Literary Pub Tour

The two actor-guides in the Literary Pub Tour take visitors around old and new Edinburgh with dramatised stories of the city's literary wits. Starting at the Beehive Inn, it takes in historic pubs and quirky landmarks, ending at the Café Royal.

Available : Nov 2012 - Feb 2013; Fri only (various dates)


Sunday's Taste is Edinburgh's longest-running gay-friendly night. Famous for its raucous atmosphere and filling The Liquid Room weekly, it celebrated its 400th night at the start of 2004.

Available : Sun only


The trendy, vibrant and very popular Outsider restaurant in the Old Town focuses on no-nonsense, simple eating and fresh ingredients. There are no entrées, but the main courses are ample, the service is fast and the desserts creative. Try the lemon myrtle cheesecake. The restaurant also has superb views of the Castle and Old Town.

Available : Daily

The Scotch Whisky Experience

Take a light-hearted, child-friendly barrel ride through the making, storing and imbibing of Scotland's national drink at The Scotch Whisky Experience in the Old Town. The ticket includes a dram of whisky, and a visit to the well-stocked shop is recommended.

Available : Daily

The Witchery

The Witchery, just a few steps from Edinburgh Castle in the Old Town, has a reputation as one of the city's best restaurants. Dine by candlelight in a beautifully restored 16th-century building that exudes medieval luxury. The small but exquisite menu features delights like pistachio-crusted wild sea bass, Scottish game, and oysters. Come for romantic dinners or opt for excellent-value lunch menus.

Available : Daily

National Museum of Scotland

The award-winning National Museum of Scotland building in the Old Town showcases Scotland's history. The imaginative displays bring to life the light and dark sides of Scottish life. Look out for replicas of Scottish burghs and Dolly the Sheep.

Available : Daily

Maison Bleue

The decor in the Old Town's Maison Bleue displays Moroccan influences like the menu. Downstairs the walls are adorned with retro paintings, while upstairs the windows look over picturesque Victoria Street. The menu offers bouchées (bites) and excellent-value set menus. Try haggis balls in whisky sauce or classic Berber couscous.

Available : Daily

The Grain Store Restaurant

Housed in a former 17th-century storehouse, The Grain Store Restaurant has candle-lit stone walls that create an antique atmosphere perfect for intimate dinners. Home-made bread and classic recipes using local produce make it an excellent all-rounder. Loch Fyne oysters, venison and guinea fowl are all great choices. Lunches are great value and the classic Old Town view is one of the best.

Available : Daily


Espionage is a large club spread over five floors, just off the Grassmarket in the Old Town. Open until late, it has themed rooms such as the Lizard Lounge and Kasbar. The lower floors can get busy when the student crowd arrives.

Available : Daily


Howies has helped spearhead Scotland's culinary rebirth. Gone are stodgy deep fried foods, replaced by fresh Scottish ingredients cooked in imaginative ways. Try haggis croquettes or meaty pheasant stuffed with apple and apricot and wrapped in bacon. There are three other Howies around Edinburgh to enjoy too.

Available : Daily

Edinburgh International Book Festival

The Edinburgh International Book Festival is one of the biggest literary festivals in the English-speaking world. Each year it welcomes some 700 writers to Charlotte Square Gardens to appear in 750 events in just 17 days.

Available : Aug 2013 (annual)

Dean Gallery

The Dean Gallery was opened in 1999 to complement the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, which stands opposite, and to house the latter's collection of Dada and Surrealist art and work by Sir Eduardo Paolozzi. A converted orphan hospital built in the 1830s, it is yet another of the Scottish National Galleries' lavish and prestigious museums, and an Edinburgh art "must-see".

Available : Daily

The Jazz Bar

The intimate, relaxed Jazz Bar in the Old Town is Edinburgh's only dedicated jazz venue. Opened by jazz musician and organiser Bill Kyle in 2005, it has a varied programme of DJs and live jazz and soul every night.

Available : Daily

We Are...Electric

Each Wednesday Cabaret Voltaire is the venue for the ever-impressive We Are...Electric. Bringing a dance music hit to the middle of each Edinburgh week, We Are...Electric features well-known DJs alongside newcomers and residents.

Available : Wed only

Royal Mile Whiskies

The wonderfully old-fashioned Royal Mile Whiskies shop in the Old Town contains over 300 varieties of single malts, blended whiskies and bourbons. Its staff are helpful and very knowledgeable; sample tastes are provided on request.

Available : Daily


The magnificently plush Rhubarb in South Edinburgh is located in opulent boutique hotel Prestonfield. Come for the decor but also for the fine food. Main courses include dishes such as pigeon with Muscat dressing and the assiette of Rhubarb's desserts is worth waiting for. There are also some excellent vegetarian and seafood options, like the sea bass and artichoke ravioli.

Available : Daily

RSA Open

With submissions requested from any artist, the RSA Open at Edinburgh's Royal Scottish Academy is an exhibition of small works in the Lower Galleries. It offers a range of new and established names in works of various media.

Available : Nov - Dec 2013 (annual)

RSA Annual Exhibition

The RSA Annual Exhibition in 2010 moved from the autumn to its new place in late spring, opening up the autumn for the RSA Open. In May the traditional exhibition showcases the best of Royal Scottish Academy members' works, along with award winners and invited artists.

Available : Apr - Jun 2013 (annual)


Edinburgh's beautiful people gather to eat and drink at Oloroso. The roof terrace, which provides views of the castle on one side and the Firth of Forth and Fife on the other, is a particularly special place to sip a cocktail.

Available : Daily

Alistir Wood Tait

A 30-year-old institution in New Town, Alistir Wood Tait's jewellery store specialises in Scottish gems and designs, as well as antiques. Splash out on cuff-links made from Highland gold nuggets, a plaid pin or a silver quaich (double-handled bowl for drinking whisky).

Available : Daily; not Mon or Sun

Ecco Vino

Ecco Vino is a simple enoteca in the Old Town's steepest street, just off the Royal Mile. More than 50 kinds of Old and New-World wines line the walls. There's also a traditional Italian menu that includes antipasti, pasta and salads, making it an attractive choice for relaxed dinners and drinks.

Available : Daily

Scots Fiddle Festival

Celebrating the music of Scotland, the Scots Fiddle Festival moves to the intimate Queen's Hall in Edinburgh. Amidst a welter of workshops and masterclasses, the fiddling fun includes concerts, ceilidhs and recitals.

Available : Nov 2013 (annual)

Dean Village

The mansions of Dean Village, just north of the New Town, are from the 19th century, but the milling village dates back 700 years. Walk along the Water of Leith to see ivy-covered statues, quaint houses and the 17th-century baxters' building.

Available : Daily

Geoffrey (Tailor) Kiltmakers & Weavers

At family-run Geoffrey (Tailor) Kiltmakers and Weavers in the Old Town, there is a large selection of classic Highlander kilts for men, women and children. Or forget tartan and choose from the selection of 21st Century Kilts made from leather or denim.

Available : Daily


Enchanting Ragamuffin in the Royal Mile stocks reasonably priced designer knitwear, slippers, stuffed animal toys, bags and gifts by young British and international designers. All products use natural fibre like boiled wool and linen, and are strictly fair trade.

Available : Daily


The oldest and most beloved department store in Edinburgh exudes old-world grandeur. Browse six floors of beautifully displayed fashion, homewares, cosmetics, gifts and toys, and a small whisky shop. The top-floor food hall and café are heaven for foodies.

Available : Daily

Opal Lounge

The Opal Lounge is a stylish bar in Edinburgh city centre where an award-winning mixologist creates the cocktails for a chic crowd. Make sure you dress to impress, as the clientele like to make an effort at this popular hangout.

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Concrete Wardrobe

Original Scottish-designed gifts are for sale at Concrete Wardrobe in the New Town. Browse accessories made from Shetland wool and cashmere, funky jewellery, and other hand-crafted goods by Scottish designers.

Available : Daily

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BEST WESTERN Braid Hills Hotel
134 Braid Road
EH10 6JD

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