I recently spent five days in Scotland, and spent four nights at Gil Dun Guest House, and one night at another B&B in the Highlands.
Bill and Jerry were friendly, helpful and generally excellent hosts. As soon as I arrived at the B&B, Bill checked me in, showed me my room, explained how everything worked, and provided me some information about the area and where to eat. Then, the next morning, I was greeted by Jerry at breakfast, and they were able to accommodate my dietary restrictions and cooked a breakfast according to my needs!
On the mornings that I had to leave early, Jerry left me fresh fruit, yogurt and other snacks on my table so I could still grab a quick breakfast to go. Throughout my stay, I knew that they would take care of anything I needed, and they even let me store my suit case at the B&B while I was in the Highlands.
I stayed in room Number 5, the single room with private bath, but the private bath was outside the room. This was not the most convenient, but really, not all that much trouble since there was a sink in the room.
The room was not large but I still had plenty of room to lay out my suitcase and maneuver around. Overall, the room was in great condition, and still feels newly renovated. Everything was spotless, modern, and even better, well heated and brightly lit. There were also more than enough power outlets to satisfy all my charging needs. (I had a phone, a laptop and a camera, and still had power outlets to spare). The free wifi was terrific, and I was even able to stream live TV from my TV at home in order to watch NFL games. There was also ample counter space between the night stand, the desk, the bureau, and closet.
The location of the B&B is a 20 minute walk from the center of the Royal Mile. While the walk is pleasant, and there are plenty of shops and eateries along the way, it is a walk, and its not easy to get back to the B&B during the day. However, for those who prefer the bus, there are three buses that run right by the B&B, and the bus stop is right around the corner. The buses seem to run pretty frequently during the day, but in the evening, they seem to run every 20 minutes or so, so I usually ended up walking. The nice thing about the B&B is that it is in a smaller neighborhood, and there are plenty of eateries and restaurants that are terrific, and not as pricey as the ones in the center of town.
One tip - you can reserve a cab through Blue Bell Cabs for 19 pounds to the airport, which is a pretty good deal. Or you can take the bus to the airlink shuttle, which will run you about 5 pounds, but will take a lot longer. If you don't have much luggage, you could walk 25 minutes to the airlink shuttle stop. If you are taking bus 31, or 33 from the Royal Mile to the B&B, get off at the first stop after you get on Dalkeith Road, or if you're on bus 14, get off at the second stop on Dalkeith Road.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in a quiet cul-de-sac within the oldest Edinburgh district of Newington, close to the city centre and walking distance to Edinburgh Castle and on a regular main bus route. Re-furbished to a high standard in 2010 whilst maintaining many traditional Victorian features. Official four star accommodation. Popular with guests from the USA and Canada. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Gil Dun Guest House Hotel Edinburgh
- Gil Dun Guest House Edinburgh, Scotland