Jill Ferguson

About Jill Ferguson

I have worked in the Edinburgh hospitality and tourism sectors for many years. Please send me a message if you have any questions about our city.

Edinburgh’s International Storytelling Festival – Accommodation Deals + VIDEO

The truly magnificent and entertaining International Storytelling Festival 2013 hits the streets of Edinburgh from Friday 18th to Sunday 27th October. Storytelling events at many venues across Scotland’s capital city will be thrilling, exciting and inspiring audiences of all ages – check out the video below for a taste of what to expect from this superb festival.

The 2014 International Storytelling Festival in Edinburgh looks at the role of bards and vagabonds in recording and communicating some of the most important stories from Scotland’s distant history. Festival organisers have also invited some of the world’s best storytellers and story historians to Edinburgh to entertain and educate local audiences.

You can view the complete Scottish International Storytelling Festival programme here.

If you’re planning a visit to the International Storytelling Festival in Edinburgh, then you should stay a night or two to soak up the atmosphere of the festival and the city.

Use the search box on the left to compare room rates across the very best hotel booking websites all at once – saving you time and money.

Edinburgh’s Hogmanay 2014 – LAST MINUTE DEALS!!!

New YearRight, so now that the Pet Shop Boys have been announced to headline Edinburgh’s Hogmanay (New Year’s Eve) celebrations, this is the time to book your accommodation to get the best deals and to make sure you get a bed for the night.

If you’re not a fan of the 50 million record selling duo, don’t worry, there’s a shed load of other gigs, parties, events and activities going on across Edinburgh for the 3 days of the Edinburgh Hogmanay celebrations.

Okay, so let’s get on to the deals. If you know what you’re looking for then get started searching for your accommodation using the search box on the left-hand side of this screen. By searching here you can compare room rates across all the leading hotel booking websites all at once – saving you loads of cash and time. If you don’t know exactly what you’re looking for in Edinburgh for this New Year then check out the tips below for some local knowledge and inspiration;

  • Edinburgh has a fab bus network so you don’t have to stay in the city centre and pay the higher room rates. Stay near a good bus route and you’ll be nipping in and out of
  • the street events in no time from your accommodation.
  • Edinburgh has loads of apartments for rent – they offer loads of privacy and space, and are often much cheaper than hotels. Plus, they are great for groups looking to socialise.
  • Book your accommodation as soon as you can. Prices only get higher the longer you wait.
  • Prepare to come for a few days. Accommodation providers in Edinburgh typically require a 3 night minimum stay over Hogmanay/New Year.
  • Edinburgh is open every day – although the 1st and 2nd of January is a national holiday in Scotland, Edinburgh will be buzzing every day, with bars, clubs, restaurants, and shops open as normal.
  • I can guarantee you that it will be cold in Edinburgh this Hogmanay so make sure you wrap up warm. If you really don’t like the cold make sure you book accommodation not too far from the Princes Street activities.

Enjoy your stay in Edinburgh and I hope you get the chance to see the magnificent Pet Shop Boys. I hope to see you at one of the parties whilst you are here.

Tip: By searching for Edinburgh accommodation using the search box on the left you will compare room rates across all the leading hotel booking sites all at once – saving time and money.

WIN a luxury holiday to The Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013

There are still hundreds of great deals available for accommodation in Edinburgh for the summer festivals – search all the best websites at once and compare room rates using the search box on the left.

It’s also worth entering the latest VisitScotland holiday competition where you could win a break at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this summer – click here for the full details.

Edinburgh Film Festival 2013 – What’s On, Accommodation Deals + VIDEO

Edinburgh Hotel Deals - August 2012

Edinburgh Film Festival 2013

The programme for the Edinburgh Film Festival 2013 is available here. This amazing and fascinating film festivals includes blockbusters, animated, arthouse classics and all the best new films from around the globe.

The EIFF runs from the 19th June to the 30th June and takes places at various venues around Edinburgh city centre. However, the hub of the festival is at the Filmhouse Cinema at 88 Lothian Road, in the West End of Edinburgh.

In addition, to loads of ground-breaking new films on show, are useful workshops, discussions and demonstrations to help film lovers and makers learn even more about the art of film-making.

Tip:  For all the latest and cheapest hotel deals for this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival then simply search using the box on the left hand side of this page.

Check out the video for a glimpse at the great things that went on at the Edinburgh Film Festival in 2012.

Last Minute Deals For The Edinburgh Festival 2013 – Recommendations By A Local

PiperIt’s not long now until the Edinburgh Festivals (yes, there is more than one festival, in fact, there are dozens) kick-off this August in 2013.

You may think that it’s a bit too late in the year to get a last minute deal but don’t worry, there are loads of great beds in great hotels available at great prices.

To give those visitors who have never been to Edinburgh for the summer a bit of local advice, I have taken a look at the room rates available in the city centre for a weekend in mid-August (9th – 11th) – great hotel deals are available throughout the month but I’ve just chosen this weekend as an example  of what’s available.

So, let’s begin. These accommodation providers are all central (within a short walking distance of Edinburgh city centre) and offer real value-for-money;

  • The West End Hotel Edinburgh – this is actually more of a hostel, with some large dorm rooms available alongside double/twin rooms. The hotel has a lovely and lively bar, and is located in Edinburgh’s smart West End, putting it near Haymarket Train Station.
  • Haggis Hostel – this well-run hostel is bang in the city centre – it’s literally a 60 second walk from here to Edinburgh Waverley Train Station. The hostel is on the 3rd floor of a building so not suited to those with walking difficulties, but other than that it offers a friendly and comfortable stay for those on a budget.
  • Panda Villa B&B – if you’d prefer a comfy stay in a lovely B&B then check out the Panda Villa. This accommodation is a little further away from the city centre, but only a short bus journey away from all the action if you can’t be bothered walking. You’ll be treated very well here, as the reviews confirm.  If you want to escape from all the noise of the festivals then why not chillax in the B&B’s lovely garden.
  • A-Haven Townhouse Hotel – this is a fab hotel towards the east end of Edinburgh. This pretty townhouse is on great bus routes into town and load lots of green spaces if you fancy a picnic in a park. The hotel has its own parking for guests – which can save a lot of money and time on a stay in Edinburgh as street parking can be expensive and tricky to find. Plus, the breakfasts here are fab.
  • Allison House Hotel – if you’d prefer a bit more luxury in a hotel setting, and at great rates, then take a good look at the Allison House Hotel in the city’s southside. Reviews for Allison House are great, many mention the large size of the rooms and the warm welcome you’ll receive from the friendly staff. 4-Star comforts are available for all at fab rates.

For all the greatest hotel deals in Edinburgh this year, simply use the search box on the left to compare room rates across all the leading hotel booking websites in an instant – guaranteeing the best possible rates.

Easy way to get exciting hotel room deals through online

The hunt for a good hotel room while traveling is not rocket science, but it can take a lot of patience and some effort. You also need to have the right expectations from hotel rooms in the city or region where you are planning to stay, and a decent understand of how the rates are calculated. You cannot expect luxury hotels to offer their best rooms at the price of a budget motel. If you know what features are offered in the rate package of a hotel room, you might be able to figure some ways to cut down your costs by cutting down on some unwanted features.

Thus, you can see that finding a good hotel room deal is more about working smart rather than working hard. Rather than comparing the advertised costs of hotel rooms, you can ask the hotel what services are available and the costs for choosing rooms, entertainment, and meals a la carte. There is also the option of getting exciting offers by paying through credit cards, frequent flier programs, or other loyalty programs. Here are some tips to help you get the best deal for hotel stays online.

Be ready to adjust your dates

If you want the best deals for your hotel stay, make sure you find one first and plan your travel itinerary accordingly. Most people tend to plan their trip first and book their hotel stay accordingly, and this is the ideal way to plan a trip. However, you will miss out on hotel room deals that may have been available before or after your trip. This is especially true during the start and end of holiday seasons. The last week of holiday season may see high hotel room costs, but a week later the cost may drop significantly because the hotels have more availability. If you are looking at a luxury hotel, you can call the manager and directly ask them when there will be maximum availability for rooms in the hotel. That is when the average price of a hotel stay is lowest.

Make calls along with your internet search

In a day and age where you can find all the details on hotel costs and discounts online, many people forget to make enquiries over the phone. Remember that hotel websites are not updated with the latest information. If you call and enquire, you may just discover some last-minute deals on room bookings. The rates that are advertised on a hotel website are rarely the lowest price offered.

Opt for business hotels

Business hotels are specifically meant for business travelers who want minimum amenities because they are mostly just looking for a place to stay and keep their luggage while they go off for a meeting. Moreover, these hotels are busiest during the week and tend to have a lot of vacancies during weekends and holidays. As a result, their weekend booking rates are really low, which is the exact opposite of what you would expect at vacation and luxury hotels.

Use credit cards

Many businesses offer extra perks and money-saving deals when you buy their products or services through credit cards, and hotels are no different. You can get discounts on hotel stays, free nights, and much more. Find out which credit cards are tied up with more hotels and offer high signup bonuses.

Edinburgh’s Must see Attractions for first time Visitors

If you are visiting Scotland for the first time, you have to set some time to travel in Edinburgh. Being the capital city and located in Southern parts, it presents both business and tourism center. There are many places and things to see in the city. Here is a list of the top attractions, with some of them free to visit any time you want. If you are from America, then you have to make an application for a visa. This can be done through the esta online application for US travelers.

Edinburgh Castle

A first time visitor in the city will not have fun if they do not make their way to the famous Edinburgh Castles. It is one of the fortresses seen in the skyline. It is built in a secluded but unique place at the top of the Castle Rock. This place has a unique history dating back to the 9th BC. The castle is composed of old buildings that are attractive to visitors. Inside the castles, you get the museums detailing various historical events. You will also get to see the Portcullis gate, the Argyle tower and other military building.

Museum of Childhood
This is one of the must see places to visit. It offers an opportunity to get information on how kids were raised, educated and even wore in the ancient centuries. Inside, especially if you have small kids, they will enjoy different toys like teddy bears, dolls, tricycles and trains collected from different parts of the world.

National library

In Edinburgh, you will get to see and visit the National Library of Scotland. Here, you can sample out over seven million books in different topics. There are over 13 million printed copies of items to sample out with another 1.6 million maps. This will also work well for historians looking for information.

Royal Botanic Gardens
One of the attractions to visit in Edinburgh city is the botanical gardens. The gardens which were first documented in the 16th century are said to be the second oldest in UK. These gardens offer both the tourists and scientific an opening to sample different ideas.

Holyroodhouse

If you want to learn more about the Scottish Monarchy, Holyroodhouse Palace is the place to visit. This palace acts as the official residence and home to the Scots Mary Queen. Inside, you get different lifestyles in the early days associated with the queen, artifacts of the royal family and other details.

Scotch whisky center

If you have ever tasted Scottish whisky, then you can find time to visit the distillery. Here, you get sample tour of distilling plants while being taken across various stages of whisky making. You will also be told several stories behind the plant as you taste some of the finest whisky in the world. Different flavors and aromas will be tasted.

Britannia Royal Yatch

This is one of the biggest and oldest museums in history dating back to millions of years. One thing you will find interesting is the Big Bang spaceship bridge, seen through the eyes of a telescope. Inside, you will also get to see different historic artifacts and moments like during the time of dinosaurs.