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Merchiston Castle in Edinburgh, Scotland, was built to unite a divided land. The historic castle still stands, as a remainder of the grand estate that has developed into a dual-personality residential area with large mansion-like homes and tenement housing on either side of the town. A stroll down the Hazelbank Terrace will place visitors in the area where famous author J. K. Rowling once lived. Merchiston is considered a literary centre, and has been home to quite a few famous authors. Ian Rankin, Lin Anderson, and Alexander McCall Smith have all been residents of this historic Edinburgh district.

  • Catch a rugby game at Edinburgh’s all-boy Merchiston Castle School, one of the United Kingdom’s top schools for the sport. The school also hosts a children's rugby training camp during the summer.
  • Visit the two Harrison Parks, on the eastern or western side of the city, which borders the Union Canal and features rental rowboats.
  • Visit Merchiston Tower, the original estate castle, located on the grounds of Edinburgh Napier University, to learn more about its former owner, inventor John Napier.

Most visitors to Edinburgh arrive at the Edinburgh International Airport. Taxis are available for hire from the airport or at the Waverley railway station. It takes only 15 minutes to get to Merchiston from the airport, and local Lothian Buses stop at the Castle School and other popular locations throughout the district. Free parking is available in Merchiston for those who are travelling by car. The Union Canal is located just north of Merchiston at Harrison Park, and popular bicycle paths utilise old rail routes to direct visitors to and from various places in Edinburgh, including points throughout Merchiston.

Hotels in Merchiston

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From US$103

1 Apex International

4 stars
4.4 / 5 36 reviews

31-35 Grassmarket Map


Situated in the centre of the old city with views over Edinburgh Castle, the Apex International Hotel Edinburgh is the perfect place for a city break. The Camera Obscura & World of Illusions is... More

Good for a short trip
The location is good if you want to visit the Edinburgh castle. Wonderful view from room. The room is comfortable and clean. The staffs at the desk are always helpful and friendly. The breakfast...
7 Sep 2015
From US$92

2 Apex City of Edinburgh Hotel

4 stars
4.5 / 5 25 reviews

61 Grassmarket Map


The Apex City Hotel Edinburgh is located right at the heart of the Old City on Grassmarket - an area famed for its vibrant restaurants and nightlife. On the doorstep are Edinburgh's must see... More

Great location, comfortable room but poor bar and limited parking
This hotel is located right in the middle of Grassmarket in Edinburgh which is ideal for exploring the city and a very nice location. The parking spaces were limited which meant that once you had...
3 Sep 2014
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3 The Angels Share

4 stars
3.9 / 5 9 reviews

7-11 Hope Street Map

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The Hudson Hotel Edinburgh is situated at the West End of famous Princes Street, close to leafy Queen Street Gardens - right in the centre of the city. Business guests are conveniently located for... More

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4 Hilton Edinburgh Grosvenor

4 stars
4.1 / 5 10 reviews

Grosvenor Street Haymarket Map

Situated in the West End, just 200 metres from Edinburgh Haymarket Train Station, the Hilton Grosvenor Hotel Edinburgh is ideally placed for accessing the city's many historical and cultural... More

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5 Novotel Edinburgh Centre

4 stars
4.3 / 5 13 reviews

80 Lauriston Place Map

Rate includes Breakfast

Novotel Edinburgh Centre is a modern hotel ideally situated for exploring the cultural and historical attractions of Edinburgh. Visitors are just steps away from the famous Royal Mile which runs... More

Nice hotel.
It is a nice comfortable hotel with good facilities. Short walk to city centre attractions. Be sure to book your breakfast the day before otherwise the price doubles. Good buffet breakfast though....
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6 The Merchiston Residence

4 stars
4.5 / 5 2 reviews

4 Merchiston Avenue Map

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The Merchiston Residence Edinburgh is a grand Victorian property that offers elegant, yet contemporary accommodation. Most of the area attractions, including the stylish area of Bruntsfield, are... More

The perfect stay in Edinburgh
From the moment we walked in, we were in awe of the beautiful apartment, with its lavish crown molding and large windows, blended with modern appliances and contemporary furniture. It was a trek...
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7 Tune Hotel Haymarket

3 stars
3.6 / 5 5 reviews

7 Clifton Terrace Map

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Visitors in this part of Scotland find convenient base at the well-equipped accommodations and central location of Tune Hotel Haymarket. Patrons at this Edinburgh hotel can first explore well-known... More

Family trip
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8 Edinburgh City Hotel

3 stars
4.3 / 5 26 reviews

79 Lauriston Place Map


Surrounded by the very best Edinburgh has to offer, the Edinburgh City Hotel enjoys a central location in the Old City. The original building housing the hotel dates back to 1873, and it has been... More

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9 DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Edinburgh City Centre

4 stars
3.8 / 5

34 Bread Street Map

Signature chocolate chip cookie at check-in

A restored 18th-century building, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Edinburgh City Centre features a fusion of traditional architecture, deluxe spaces and modern facilities strategically located in the... More

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10 Ballantrae West End Hotel

3 stars
3.5 / 5 2 reviews

6 Grosvener Street Map

FREE WiFi included

Housed in a terraced Georgian building, Ballantrae West End Hotel Edinburgh welcomes travellers in a reception hall that features period pieces, inviting atmosphere and high ceilings. This... More

Charming, slightly quirky hotel with high ceilings
I really enjoyed my stay. This is a typical Edinburgh townhouse with a great atmosphere. WiFi was excellent, and considering the age of the building, the plumbing was surprisingly good. If I have...
4 May 2015
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