Location and frequently asked questions
Stockbridge Village: The quirky, bohemian, village atmosphere of Stockbridge, just a ten minute stroll from Princes Street, within the City Center’s New Town which forms part of the Edinburgh World Heritage Site is a great place for shop browsing by day and eating and drinking by night. Around a maze of cobbled streets it’s a marketplace for antiques and quality gifts, specialty food, many art galleries, second hand bookshops and vintage boutiques.
Along St Stephen Street itself where one of the self catering apartments is located, you’ll find coffee shops, delis, famous traditional pubs and contemporary wine bars. Stockbridge village offers the perfect antidote to all the perfect symmetry and neoclassical grandeur of the New Town, perhaps explaining why Stockbridge has been home to many artists and writers over the years, among them the painter Sir Henry Raeburn (1756-1823) and 19th-century junkie Thomas de Quincey (1785-1859), author of Confessions of an English Opium Eater.
It is a wonderful location to enjoy the best of both worlds, village living in the heart of the city center. If a change is needed from the bustle of the city, a 10 minutes walk north will take you to the beautiful Edinburgh Botanical Gardens.
Frequently Asked Questions
In addition to specialty shops, Stockbridge has 3 supermarkets. Both Sainsbury’s (35 Deanhaugh St, Stockbridge, open 0700 to 2300hrs seven days a week and Scotmid (36 Raeburn Place, Stockbridge, 07:00 – 22:00hrs seven days a week) are within a 5 minute walk of both apartments and are located on Deanhaugh St and Raeburn Pl, both form the main road running through Stockbridge. Waitrose is approximately a 10 minute walk, following the main route through Stockbridge heading West (38 Comely Bank Road, Stockbridge, 08:30 to 21:00hrs Mon – Friday, 09:00 – 20:00hrs Sat, Sun)
Getting from the Airport to the City Centre by bus
The express bus (No. Airlink 100) runs approximately every 10 mins (from 0450 hours to 0022 hours just past midnight). The cost is £3.50 adult and £2.00 for per child. The Night Bus runs between 00:47am and 04:13am but is only every 30 mins. The journey will be approximately 30 mins. The departure point is Stand 19 just outside the UK/domestic arrivals hall. The route follows the main route into Edinburgh City Center stopping at Haymarket and Waverley train stations from where you could take a taxi. This would take about 5-10 mins and be approx £5-£6 or a 20 min walk would still be required from Waverley. More info: www.flybybus.com
Taxis from the airport and getting around Edinburgh
Taxis are available outside the Arrivals area and from the ‘black cab’ rank by the coach station. Journeys are likely to cost approximately £15-£20 but the driver will advise before you commit. Taxi’s in general can be hailed on the street or there are many taxi ranks around town. If you would prefer to order a taxi, call Central taxi’s on 0131 229 2468 or City Cabs 0131 228 1211, both are established firms.
Edinburgh’s Train and Bus Stations
The nearest train station to the apartments is Waverley Train Station and the nearest bus station is St Andrew Square You can walk to the apartment from either station, this will take approximately 20 minutes. A taxi will cost approximately £5.00 or you can take the bus. The number 24 or 42 buses are suitable. The bus stop Lothian Buses specify getting on at is Hanover Street. Hanover Street is about a five minute walk heading West from from either train or bus station and is just opposite the National Gallery, but ask someone and they will make sure you head west and not east. The buses are relatively frequent the 24 is every half hour as is the 42 but 15 mins of each other – so shouldn’t be more than a 15 min wait. Ask the driver to let you off closes to the end of St Stephen Street. www.lothianbuses.com
Lots of information re public transport and bus numbers can be found here http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/info/1526/public_and_accessible_transport
There are parking meters directly outside both apartments. The meters cost approximately £1.20 per hour and payment can be made for up to four hours parking after which time, the meter would require to the topped up. Restrictions apply between 8.30am and 17.30pm, Monday to Friday. Parking outwith these hours and at weekends are free. Meters can be fed the night before, and the ticket will be issued for the next day.
There is free residential parking by driving North of the Botanical Gardens. Its a short drive and only a 10 minute walk back to the village.
Alternatively, find out about all the public parking options by clicking on the Edinburgh Council parking link http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/info/1265/parking_and_car_parks