Matt & Gill

Getting there

 

By CHARTERED bus

Friday, 13 September - the bus will leave at 1:30pm from this bus stop opposite the Apex Waterloo Place Hotel in central Edinburgh. It will drop guests off at Glentruim first, then the Newtonmore hotels.

Monday, 16th September - the bus will depart first from The Glen Hotel at 10am, then swing by Glentruim on the way south. It will drop you off at Haymarket Station at around 12:30pm.

The drive should be around 2hr 15 mins. The bus won’t make any stops.

by car

From Edinburgh take the M90 motorway, then the A9 north from Perth. Approximately 6 miles north of Dalwhinnie you will start to see signs for “Invernahaven Caravan Site” on the left side of the road.  You will then see a brown road sign for “Laggan/Glentruim”. Exit left at this sign, onto a single track road.

Carry on up the hill for 300 metres until you see the black iron entrance gates to the estate on the right hand side. Enter here and follow the driveway up through the estate.

The drive should take around 2 hours by car, without traffic.

by train

There are regular services between Edinburgh Waverley or Haymarket to Newtonmore - we advise checking the timetables beforehand. Newtonmore station is around 10 minute walk to The Glen Hotel, and even less for Dower House.

 

Guide to Edinburgh

Things to do

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Visit the Castle & the Royal Mile

No brainer! Check out all of the small alleys (“closes”) going off the Royal Mile and stop into the Jolly Judge or The Salt Horse for a quick pint. Head along Victoria Street for some shopping & a snack, or walk to The Edinburgh Larder or Bertie’s Fish and Chips for lunch.

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Walk up Calton Hill

A small hill at the end of Princes Street, where everyone takes that famous photo of Edinburgh. There are stunning views at the top and some Neo Classical columns that are fun to climb. Get a pint at Cafe Royal or The Guilford Arms after.

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Walk along the Water of Leith

A lovely walk that takes you from the entrance in Stockbridge, where you’ll find a ton of amazing restaurants and cafes, to the entrance at Dean’s Village in the West End - which is a short walk to the fantastic Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (which has a nice cafe).

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Visit the galleries

The National Portrait Gallery is fantastic, and can be combined with lunch or coffee on Broughton Street. The National Gallery on The Mound and The National Museum are great too, both with nice cafes. However, our favourites are the Modern Art Galleries!

Climb Arthur’s Seat

An extinct volcano in the middle of the city. It’s an easy 30 minute walk up and the views are stunning. Start from the trail behind the Palace of Holyroodhouse (the Queen’s official residence in Edinburgh).

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Royal Botanic Gardens

A gorgeous place to spend the afternoon. Lots of little pathways to explore and a huge greenhouse for Singapore friends to feel like they’re back home. Look out for a fluffy black cat. It’s also not far from Stockbridge.

Eat

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Scran & Scallie

Great restaurant for posh pub food, owned by Tom Kitchin. Our favourite place for sit-down Scottish food. You might want to book ahead because it’s so popular, though you’d probably be okay for a weekday lunch. Could be combined with a walk along the Water of Leith!

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Chez Jules

Gillian’s favourite place. It’s a good-value French bistro with a great atmosphere, although it can get preeeetttyyy noisy on a busy evening. Best to go for lunch. Try their steak tartare. La Garrigue and L’Escargot Bleu also have similar laid back French lunch menus.

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Mother India

Mother India is one of the most famous Indian restaurants in Scotland. It serves delicious Punjabi food in a pretty simple but cosy restaurant. It’s a short walk off the Royal Mile. For somewhere a bit more atmospheric, try Dishoom.

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Forage & Chatter

Beautifully plated, seasonal dishes foraged in Scotland. It’s a really nice place for dinner and a great way get to know Scottish cooking (that isn’t deep fried). Definitely reserve well in advance.

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Fhior

A recommendation from our local friend Katie. It’s a new place that serves modern Scottish food in the form of a tasting menu, all of which is seasonal and locally sourced. Again, book well in advance!

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The Pantry

A fantastic brunch place in Stockbridge, and also the same guys who will be catering our wedding! They’ve got all the best brunch/lunch staples. If they’re busy, Leo’s Beanery up the road is great for brunch too, as is Papii in town.

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Soderberg

Home of Edinburgh’s best cinnamon buns - though the blueberry and vanilla and cardamom ones are amazing too. It’s a Scandi-style cafe that also serves sandwiches and soups. There’s one in Stockbridge and The Meadows.

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La Favorita

If you can’t be bothered to go out, order in some yummy pizza from La Favorita - though their deli on Leith Walk is a great place to get some cold cuts and cheese.

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Maison de Moggy

Okay it’s a cat cafe so you’re not really going for the food, but they do have lovely cakes. Visit our best friend Sebastian (Seabass), a fat ginger British Shorthair who looks like Mochi! You need to book slots online in advance.

Drink

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Artisan Roast

Fantastic coffee and a comfy space, though a bit small. And JK Rowling did not write Harry Potter there. There’s one on Broughton Street in town and Stockbridge.

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Brewlab

Really delicious coffee near the University, not far from The Grassmarket and near Greyfriar’s Kirkyard. This is the site of Matt and Gill’s first date!

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The Milkman

Just good coffee on Cockburn Street, off the Royal Mile.

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The Salt Horse

Matt Sr. and Nicky’s favourite place for beer! They’ve got a creative selection of craft beers and also serve good burgers. It’s just off the Royal Mile.

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The Last Word Saloon

Gill’s favourite bar in Edinburgh. It’s a super cosy place with a roaring fire and comfy sofas. They make great cocktails and have a fantastic selection of whiskies.

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The Hanging Bat

Another fantastic place for craft beer - and also a site of Matt and Gill’s first date (when Gill pretended to like beer). They serve good food, like hot dogs, ribs, mac and cheese and burgers.

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The Jazz Bar

Really cool place for live jazz music near the University. It’s pretty loud and vibrant so you won’t be able to chat too deeply, but there are quieter tables towards the back.

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Sandy Bell’s

A small old school pub near the University. They usually have live music on which is good fun. For a similar vibe of old-school pub in , try The Cambridge Bar on the West End or The Black Cat on Rose Street.

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The Bon Vivant

A super cosy bar tucked away on Thistle Street in New Town. The bar area is small so it may be hard to find space, but worth trying. They also serve Scottish food in the restaurant area.

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