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Sciennes (pronounced “sheens”), an area that once attracted outlaws, is now a district where many University of Edinburgh students study and horse about. The heritage of this area shifted from crime to religion to education, with several historic churches and prestigious schools dotting Sciennes’ landscape. Now a progressive area attracting new businesses and young residents, Sciennes holds onto its history proudly with stone houses whilst welcoming the youthful energy of university students. Many historic landmarks are designated with signs and documented stories, allowing interested travellers the chance to take the old with the new in one shot on their visit to Edinburgh.

  • Go out of the way to 16 St Catherine’s Place, which marks the location of the Dominican convent of Catherine of Sienna in Edinburgh, originally built on petition against the pope from war widows.
  • Explore the Sciennes Hill House where Scottish writers like Robert Burns, Edinburgh’s own Walter Scott, and other literary figures gathered for small talk and libations.
  • Stop by the old Jewish Cemetery in Sciennes, the first in Scotland, where several generations of families covering the nineteenth century have been laid to rest.

The nearest train stop is Waverly Station, a lengthy walk from the area, so railway travellers on their way to Sciennes may wish to take alternate transportation, especially in inclement weather. The Lothian Buses stop along Causewayside, Grange Rd., and other nearby locations. Sciennes is only 1.5 kilometres from the Edinburgh city centre, a 25-minute walk on a nice day, or a very quick bus or taxi ride. For those travelling with their own car, parking space is usually available centrally on Sciennes Road. Many of these attractions in the district are within walking distance.

Hotels in Sciennes

Recommended hotels

From US$98

1 The Inn Place

4 stars
4.0 / 5 4 reviews

20-30 Cockburn Street Map

Stay 5 nights save 25%

With tasteful units strategically set a stone's throw away from major attractions, The Inn Place makes for a suitable starting point for exploring the heritage-rich Scotland capital. This Edinburgh... More

Great location
It just a short walk from A100 airlink bus dropped off however the road was steep uphill (careful for big luggage). It in the middle of Royal mile. During our stay the escalator (only one they...
25 Aug 2015
From US$103

2 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

3 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
From US$135

4 Radisson Blu Hotel, Edinburgh

4 stars
4.4 / 5 11 reviews

80 High Street, The Royal Mile Map

Boasting luxurious accommodation and cordial hospitality, the Radisson Blu Hotel Edinburgh is an excellent venue for leisure and business travellers. GeneralWith conference and banquet rooms that... More

Fab trip with friends!
Perfect location for everything. Very funny, very charming concierge in kilt, checked us in and we got upgraded. This impressed and amused our American friend to no end. All staff were very...
24 Sep 2015
From US$65

5 The Ben Doran Guest House

4 stars
4.2 / 5 5 reviews

11 Mayfield Gardens Map


The Ben Doran Edinburgh Guest House offers a fresh and welcoming ambience, and all possible facilities to ensure a most pleasant stay. GeneralFor a truly Scottish experience, guests can visit the... More

First visit to Edinburgh
Handy and quiet location. Easy walk to city or bus available across the road if you need it. Staff very friendly and helpful. Tip: Make sure you are prepared for 47 stairs if your room is on the...
28 Jul 2015
From US$112

6 Stay Edinburgh City Apartments - Royal Mile

4 stars
4.0 / 5 6 reviews

217 High Street Map

Stay 10 and SAVE

Whether in Edinburgh for business or for leisure, discerning travellers find an ideal base in the top-notch facilities, elegant spaces and quality services of Stay Edinburgh City Serviced... More

Excellent value n perfect location
We've a 2-bedroom apartment, newly renovated with full amenities. Unfortunately washing machine was out of order. The king sized bed was comfortable but the bunk bed squeaked. Many TV channels n...
22 Mar 2015
From US$110

7 Macdonald Holyrood Hotel

4 stars
4.3 / 5 15 reviews

81 Holyrood Road Edinburgh Map

A quite haven, yet just a stone's throw from Edinburgh's bustling old city centre, the Macdonald Holyrood Hotel Edinburgh provides ideal accommodation for those on vacation as well as business.... More

From US$91

8 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....
16 Jan 2015
From US$102

9 Holyrood Aparthotel

4 stars
4.8 / 5 16 reviews

1 Nether Bakehouse Close Map

The Holyrood Aparthotel Edinburgh comprises 41 fully serviced modern and stylish self-catering apartments in the city centre, right on the doorstep of historical attractions and designer shops.... More

Wonderful Stay
Stayed for a night before leaving for our Scotland Highland tour. Hotel had kindly kept our luggages for 2 nights before we recheck in again. Rooms are spacious. Staff are friendly and helpful....
22 Apr 2015
From US$192

10 Old Town Chambers Luxury Apartments

5 stars
4.8 / 5 4 reviews

Roxburghs Court Map

Stay 2 nights Save 15%

Whether in Edinburgh for a short- or long-term stay, The Old Town Chambers Luxury Apartments makes for an ideal base for tourists seeking for elegant accommodations while exploring the Scotland... More

Truely Excelllent
I got this as at a great rate and although slightly more expensive than my normal Hotel / Apartment budget it was worth every penny. Very hard to find any fault. I stay away every working week and...
10 Feb 2015
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