Sandilands Guest House is situated on the west side of Edinburgh one mile from the west end of Princes Street. John and Maureen offer a very warm welcome to guests and are flexible with check in times and late arrivals. John speaks Spanish, Italian and Portuguese.
Sandilands House has five en-suite bedrooms. Two bedrooms on the ground floor and 3 bedrooms on the first floor. All of the rooms are non-smoking and have tea/coffee facilities, irons and ironing boards, hairdryers, show cleaning utensils, mini fridges and digital flat screen televisions. Guests are given keys so they can access the quest house during their stay. There is free wifi connectivity throughout the house and free car parking on the driveway for guests' cars.
Breakfast is served from 8am - 9am in our wood panelled dining room with an original oak floor. We offer full Scottish breakfast or vegetarian and continental options. The breakfast is served at individual tables set with Royal Doulton china and silver plated cutlery. Our breakfast is prepared on an Aga cooker and freshly prepared to individual tastes. Scottish breakfast consists of eggs (fried, scrambled, poached or boiled), bacon, sausages, tomatoes, mushrooms, potato scone, brioche and bread choices. Beans can be added if required. We also cater for vegetarians and vegans by request. Fresh fruit, preserved fruit, yogurts, cereal selection. Teas of various flavours, coffee and fruit juices.
Guests will find it easy to visit Edinburgh by walking into town which will take approximately 20 minutes or by a 10 minute bus ride into Edinburgh Centre or Edinburgh Castle, Murrayfield Stadium, Royal Botanical Gardens, Zoological Gardens etc. Edinburgh Airport can also be reached by bus and tram.
In the immediate area just 5 minutes walk from the guest house are the Dean Galleries and the Scottish Gallery of Modern Art. Both of these galleries have gift shops and cafes. From these galleries you can walk along the Water of Leith walkway to Stockbridge. On Sunday there is a farmer's market in Stockbridge selling interesting fresh food and drinks etc. There are also a lot of pubs, cafes and shops.
Craigleith retail centre is about 50 yards from the guest house. It has a restaurant, supermarket, chemist, fashion stores and two coffee shops. The shops open every day and quite late some of the days. You can also access the Leith Waterway from the retail centre.
The Royal Botanical Garden in Arboretum Place Edinburgh (EH3 5NZ) is open daily from 10:00am - 5:00pm from March to September and from 10:00am until 4:00pm in the winter months. The gardens capture the imagination of visitors. There are over 70 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens. It is about a 20 minute walk from the guest house.
The Royal Yacht Britannia is docked in the port of Leith. It gives a unique insight to the yacht and of the importance it was to the Royal family for over 40 years. Ocean Terminal has many shops, cinemas and restaurants. While Leith itself has some of the best seafood and Michelin starred restaurants. There is free car parking available.
The National Museum of Scotland is situated in Chambers Street near the castle. It is one of the 20 top UK visitor attractions and is one of the most visited museums in the world.
Edinburgh Zoo is the home of over 1000 rare and beautiful animals from around the world and is home to the UK's only giant pandas and koalas. The zoo parkland is just 10 minutes from the city centre of Edinburgh and is recognised as one of the world's leading zoos.
Places to visit outside Edinburgh:
Falkirk is an interesting place to visit while in Edinburgh. It is 23 miles by car but there are frequent trains and buses which will take you there in 30 minutes.
The Falkirk Wheel is a unique boat lift connecting the Forth and Clyde Canal with the Union Canal. There are also plenty of interesting walks and a play park for children in the same area.
The Kelpies in Falkirk are the largest equine sculpture about one mile from the children's park and car parking. The visitor centre is open from 10am to 5pm 7 days a week.
Fife and St Andrew's Royal Golf Course: There are excellent road and bus transport links to here from our location and assistance is offered.
Intercity bus and coach trips are available from our bus station at St Andrew Square. Additionally, there are 2 highly popular private coach tours available with pick up from our Guest House. These coach tours cover many routes throughout Scotland. The Highlands Tour visit is the most popular, departing am and returning pm. We are pleased to assist our visitors place bookings and advise on their choices.