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BEST WESTERN PLUS Bruntsfield Hotel

69 Bruntsfield Place, Edinburgh, Lothian, EH10 4HH

Ratings & Awards

4 stars Hotel inspected by the Tourist Board (Visit Scotland) for level of service and facilities. (Reflected in the number of stars awarded)
Quality Award
Silver CSR award from Green Tourism.

Hotel Amenities

  • Free Internet
  • Free parking onsite (25 spaces)
  • Restaurants
  • Bars
  • Lift
  • 24hr service
  • Hotel And Bedrooms All Completely Non Smoking

Get in touch

08445 76 76 76
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near the BEST WESTERN PLUS Bruntsfield Hotel, Edinburgh

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

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

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

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

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

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)

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


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


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

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


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

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)

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

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)

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

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

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)

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

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

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

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.

Available :

Edinburgh International Magic Festival

Edinburgh International Magic Festival materialises in the city in July with master-classes as well as traditional shows. Organisers, local magician and husband-and-wife team Kevin McMahon and Svetlana Shevchenko, promise a festival for the general public rather than an exclusive magic circle.

Available : Jun - Jul 2013 (annual)

Edinburgh's Ceilidh Culture

A vibrant celebration of traditional arts, Edinburgh's Ceilidh Culture Festival shows off local and international talent at a variety of venues. Contemporary folk artists perform dance, song, music and storytelling, which remain a vital part of Scottish culture.

Available : Mar - Apr 2013 (annual)

Edinburgh Art Festival

Part of Edinburgh's festival mix since 2004, the Edinburgh Art Festival now brings cutting-edge visual art to the city every summer. Despite its young age its reach is great, with new commissions and exhibitions across the city's galleries.

Available : Aug 2013 (annual)

Edinburgh International Tango Festival

Argentine passion and flair come to Edinburgh during the International Tango Festival, first held in 2008. Attendees can watch and learn from some of the best dancers in the world and also burn up the dance floor at the Spring Ball.

Available : May - Jun 2013 (various dates)

The Edge Festival

Fighting rock music's corner in the oversubscribed Edinburgh festival market is The Edge Festival. It takes place in some of the city's best live music venues, including the HMV Picture House, the Playhouse, Corn Exchange, Queen's Hall and Cabaret Voltaire.

Available : Aug 2013 (annual)

Swamp Soccer World Championships

If you think mud and sweat make  a good weekend then mark the Swamp Soccer World Cup in your diary. Teams of six broach the mud for 24 minutes to compete for the ultimate prize, held in 2012 close to Inverness Airport.

Available : Jun 2013 (annual)

Edinburgh Festival of Music, Speech and Dance

Amateur performers of all ages try to impress the judges at the Edinburgh Festival of Music, Speech and Dance. The festival culminates with the Final Concert (usually at The Queen's Hall) where the best soloists are accompanied by a full orchestra.

Available : Feb - Mar 2013 (annual)

Edinburgh Marathon Festival

The Edinburgh Marathon - Britain's second biggest - is the climax of a May festival weekend attracting 30,000 runners. There is also a half marathon, a team relay, 10km, 5km and junior runs through Scotland's historic capital.

Available : May 2013 (annual)

Edinburgh Festival Fringe

While the official Edinburgh International Festival concentrates on what some like to call "the high arts", the famous Edinburgh Festival Fringe is more eclectic, developing out of a spontaneous, grass-roots response to the international high-flyers up the road.

Available : Aug 2013 (annual)

Edinburgh International Science Festival

The Edinburgh International Science Festival attracts around 70,000 visitors for a variety of hands-on activities, workshops and shows for children, demonstrations, exhibitions, talks and tours, offering more than 200 events in 20 venues throughout the city.

Available : Mar - Apr 2013 (annual)

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