Safe staycations in Scotland

Welcome back to Edinburgh

Pack your bag and book your bed – the sparkle is back in the capital and everyone wants to be part of it. Here are just a few of our favourite haunts for a staycation in Edinburgh.

It’s official – Scotland is open!

We’re incredibly excited to welcome you back. All our apartments are self-contained and self-catering, so you can stay with us right away, before hotels reopen. We’re doing everything we can to keep our aparthotels covid-safe, and our dedicated cleaning team is going above and beyond to keep everything pristine for hygiene.

All our neighbourhoods are starting to buzz again, so we’re giving you a taste of what there is to see and do these days. We’ve already covered London and Manchester. Next up, Edinburgh and Glasgow…



Levantine food is really making its mark on the Scottish food scene, thanks to Baba. The best of Lebanese, Syrian and Jordanian cuisine is here for the tasting, with grills, mezze and bar snacks you’re supposed to share but won’t really want to. Try the haggis merguez and Yemenite hot sauce – it’s a work of art.

Edinburgh Zoo

Edinburgh zoo

If you’re looking for some of the more exotic Edinburgh locals, you’ll find them here at the city’s legendary zoo. Famous for its conservation expertise, it’s home to the UK’s only giant pandas – Tian Tian and Yang Guang – and Europe’s largest outdoor penguin pool, with three different species and over 100 penguins.

McLarens on the Corner

For a laid-back but lively lunch, head to McLarens. It’s a family-friendly place, so it’s always bustling with dogs and kids and happy reunions, with a fabulous menu of innovative dishes from around the world. They’ve made some changes to their layout to keep everything covid-safe, and, trust us, you’ll want to save room for dessert.


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Welcome back to Glasgow

Glasgow’s famously friendly locals can’t wait to welcome you back to their city. There’s so much going on already that it’s easy to forget we were ever locked down at all. Here’s where we’ll be spending our Glasgow staycation.


acid bar

One of the city’s newest and most popular hotspots, SWG3 is a multi-disciplinary arts venue, hosting everything from concerts and poetry clubs to fashion shows and alternative bingo nights. Acid Bar is a great place to spend an hour or two – by day it’s a café, serving coffee and lunch, and by night it’s home to a rotation of great restaurants. These days it’s Julie’s Kopitiam, a Native favourite, adding some spice to these spring evenings.


bloc+ glasgow

If the latest lockdown has got you craving something new and completely different, set aside a night for Bloc+. It’s an independent live music bar, with excellent bands and DJs seven nights a week, completely free of charge. The music is high quality and wonderfully varied, the atmosphere is unpretentious and relaxed, and the food is big, bold and absolutely brilliant.


Barras Art and Design (BAaD) is a wonderful place to spend the day when the sun is shining. It’s been transformed into a collection of light-filled spaces to lounge around, have a drink or two, grab a coffee, enjoy some scran (that’s food, you know) and soak up some entertainment. Make your way to the tropical courtyard oasis, floating restaurant or sunny container yard and see where the day takes you.


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