Easter springs up all around The Chester Residence
The days are lengthening, snowdrops are making way for daffodils…Easter is around the corner and The Chester Residence is ready to welcome you – and your flock – for a spring getaway.
While Edinburgh is best known for the hustle and bustle of the Royal Mile and Princes Street, it is full of green spaces that provide the perfect antidote to the woes of winter, energising and refreshing locations that offer a different outlook on the Scottish capital.
We’ve sussed out some of the capital’s best spring spots – all you need to do is book your stay, pack your bags and turn up to your luxury home-from-home ready to enjoy the city’s surprising natural habitats.
Take A View
Holyrood Park’s rugged beauty is starting to blossom to life as its grassy slopes become covered in yellow-flowered gorse. Here you will find the iconic Arthur’s Seat, the extinct volcano peak made famous in film by featuring in movie versions of David Nicholls’ One Day and Irvine Welsh’s Trainspotting T2.
Follow the well-marked and established paths to reach the summit for phenomenal 360-degree views of the iconic city skyscape that span as far to the Firth of Forth and Fife. Make sure you wear decent footwear, and wrap up warmly as it can be breezy at the top.
A tad quieter than Arthur’s Seat is Hermitage of Braid wooded nature reserve. It has paths to Blackford Hill, host to the Royal Observatory, and provides a different perspective on Edinburgh. The viewfinder will help identify landmarks on the horizon and there are plenty of birds and other wildlife spotting.
This area of natural beauty is full of surprises – Hermitage House, an 18th-century mansion, houses a visitor centre that explains the history and wildlife of the glen, and has details of nearby nature trails and you can buy maps for the orienteering course. There's an old Doocot, the second largest in Edinburgh, and take a few crumbs to feed the swans and ducks Blackford pond.
The Water of Leith is more of a green corridor than a park, but it is designated as an Urban Wildlife Site. The waterway snakes through the city from the foot of the Pentlands to Leith docks, providing a haven for as many as 80 different species of birds, wildlife, and is a peaceful, semi-rural route for pedestrians, cyclists, joggers and pram-pushers.
It's 12 miles in all, but the beauty is you can follow this in sections – and along the way, look out for the Turner Prize-winning artist Antony Gormley's multi-part sculptural project. Commissioned by the National Galleries of Scotland the six-times life-sized figures were reinstalled last year.
Life’s A Beach
As one of the earliest known sites of human habitation on Scotland and one of the city’s most appealing suburbs, Cramond has long been a des res destination.
Cramond Beach, on the estuary of the River Almond, is popular with dog walkers and cyclists and has excellent views out over the Firth of Forth. It’s possible to walk out to Cramond Island along the causeway but check the tides as it’s not possible to return at high tide.
Spending time outdoors, especially in green spaces, is shown to lower stress, blood pressure as well as being a mood booster.
Those benefits continue at your Chester Residence suite which redefines luxury.
Enjoy a refreshing bath time soak with complimentary Noble Isle toiletries, or relax in the generously proportioned lounge watching a film on your large screen LCD TV maybe with a drink or two – why not add in one of our beer hampers?
Time for bed? Big comfortable beds with chick linen mean that a good night’s sleep is for sure, ensuring your wake up refreshed and ready to refuel. We can provide generous continental breakfasts…like mouthwatering Scottish smoked salmon, cream cheese bagels or Belgian waffles with Canadian maple syrup. The perfect start to the day.
Combining all the best of an upmarket hotel but with the bonus of one and two bedroom apartments, The Chester Residence is a space all of your own for a reviving break in the capital.
Go green and see the city in a new light on a wild weekend – or weekday - getaway this spring.