September in Edinburgh

Thinking of visiting Scotland and Edinburgh after August but worried you’ll have missed all of the fun?

We’ve put together a list of some of the great events we’re excited about in September to assure you that this great city is always worth the visit.

Open Air Cinema – Botanic Gardens- Films start at 20.15

2nd September– Star Wars: The Force Awakens

3rd September– Romeo and Juliet

4th September– Jurassic Park

Adults: £13.50, Child: £9.00

Click here to find out more


(Above: as close to a photograph of a dinosaur as we had to hand)

Art Walk Porty– Portobello seafront.

2nd-4th September

A festival celebrating the artist community based in Portobello and the wider area, plus an opportunity to see Edinburgh’s seaside at it’s finest. Featuring art installations, markets and talks from artists.

Find out more


Caledonian Brewery Race Day– Musselburgh Race Course

10th September

7 races, including the Caledonian cup. Great food and a beer festival tent showcase the Cally Brewery’s finest.

A range of tickets are available but standard adult price is £25, with under 17s entrance free when accompanied.


Grassmarket Live

10th September

Hosted alongside the weekly market- musicians and bands will play a showcase to raise money for Oxfam in one of Edinburgh’s most popular streets. The market itself hosts some of the most well-loved local eateries all in one place. Our favourites are the Uganda and Nairobi-style street food from Knight’s Kitchen and the delicious treats from the Marshmallow Lady- but there’s whole selections of stalls to choose from!


 Romesh Ranganathan Live– Festival Theatre

13th-29th September Just because the Fringe is over doesn’t mean that Edinburgh stops getting it’s fair share of world class comedy!


Edinburgh Doors Open Days

24th-25th September

This event celebrates the magnificent architecture in Edinburgh by allowing access into some of it’s most impressive buildings- for free! The official brochure for 2016 has not been released yet- but last year’s programme included buildings such as the Royal Observatory, University campuses, The Burns Monument, The Lyceum, Leith’s Monument House and Trinity House, The Court house, Assembly rooms and so many more- there’s a link to last year’s brochure here to help you get an idea!

Last year’s Open Doors Brochures



Year Round in Edinburgh

And of course all of the things that attract thousands of people to this city is still to hand in September. Why not buy a Royal Edinburgh Ticket- giving you unlimited tour bus use for 48 hours, entrance to the Royal Yacht Britannia, Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyrood House. Or a tour of the Whisky Experience.

The Glory Days/Destination Edinburgh office is contactable mon-fri and we are happy to provide you with availability for any of our lovely apartments, book a ticket to an attraction and even discuss the hire of our great motorhomes! Give the office a call on 0131 556 3840 for further information.

Certificate of Excellence

We are delighted to announce the news that Destination Edinburgh Apartments has been awarded a Certificate of Excellence by Trip Advisor.


This is the highest honour for any business which is on Trip Advisor. Signifying the high standard and quality of service provided for our customers.

If you are planning a visit to Edinburgh why not stay at our apartments, book direct for best price guaranteed and a free gift!

Arthouse planned for New St. James Quarter

Located directly across the road from our York Place Apartments the New St. James Quarter renovations looks set to add another dimension to Edinburgh’s culture.

There are plans for an Arthouse within the complex (formerly St. James Centre). The venue will not only act as a cinema but will also be used for live theatre and music concerts. Designers insist that this will not challenge Vue cinema within the Omni centre but act as a hub for cultural events such as the Fringe and the Edinburgh Film Festival.

For more information on the renovation please click on this link

Brighten up those Dark Winter Nights in St. Andrew’s Square

Running from 5th February – 28th March 2016, The KEYFRAMES located within St. Andrew Square will be sure to brighten up those dark winter nights. The Lighting show is on every evening from Sunset till approximately Midnight. It is comprised of numerous “stick men” which illuminate in tune with music. They can be seen dancing and even climbing trees – great for families. For more info on this event please see this article from Edinburgh Council.

If you are coming to Edinburgh over this period we strongly recommend you visit St. Andrews at night to experience this event at least once.

Destination Edinburgh Apartments welcome new Head Housekeeper


We are delighted to welcome our new Head Housekeeper, Jackie Mason to our team. Having previously worked at The Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian, she brings a wealth of knowledge that will help us maintain and improve our standards. This is an indication of our intent for this coming year as we look to push forward and continue improving our service.

The apartments continue to perform strongly on both and Trip Advisor reviews. We encourage all customers to provide us with reviews as this allows us to assess whether or not we are meeting our quality standards.

Edinburgh to host Guardian and Observer Travel Awards 2016

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From the 3rd to 5th March, Edinburgh will host The Guardian and Observer Travel Awards 2016. For more information on the event with regards to itinerary, categories and activities throughout, click on the link above. The “activities” component in particular contains some brilliant ideas for things to do during your stay in Auld Reekie.

Remember if you are not sure of what attractions to visit, please do not hesitate to ask a member of our arrivals staff who will be more than happy to help. And if you are needing help finding accommodation for the duration of this event we have a number of apartments still available

Edinburgh’s top 5 hidden monuments

If you’re coming to Edinburgh and want to stay away from the main tourist attractions, why not check out these hidden gems. Often overlooked by tourists these landmarks make Edinburgh what it is today.

We still have limited availability at our apartments throughout January and February for excellent rates. Perfect for a weekend of short break. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any queries.

Cure your January Blues with a short break in one of our apartments


If you are suffering from a bout of the January Blues, why not cure yourself with a short break at one of our apartments. Throughout January and February we have great rates for all of our apartments. They provide the perfect platform for a weekend getaway or a chance to relax and explore the city. Whether your are looking for standard or luxury accommodation we have a range of options to suit all needs.

If you have any queries regarding our apartments please do not hesitate to contact us on 0131 556384 or email

York Place Apartments: Perfect accommodation for a wedding


If you’re planning to have your wedding in Edinburgh, our York Place Apartments provide a brilliant central location to explore the city. Also, the high ceilings and wide rooms give enough space for pre-wedding preparations and socialising. If you are interested in booking an apartment with us for your wedding or on behalf of someone else please let us know. We can add the finishing touches to make your stay that bit special.

York Place Apartments Maintain both and Trip Advisor Ratings

We are proud to announce that our York Place Apartments have maintained top 6 status in Trip Advisor and 9* rating in for the past three years. This is a testament to our continued drive to meet quality standards and surpass customer’s expectations. We always want to improve and value customers comments and opinions as these allow us to assess whether or not we are meeting targets. Ultimately it gives us an insight into areas we could improve.

Hopefully we can continue this for another 3 years!