Our University of Edinburgh Hospitality and Events Collection hotels are situated in the south side of Edinburgh, within walking distance to the major tourist attractions in the city centre. However, there is plenty of wide open space to explore right on your doorstep, for when you want to get away from it all.
The Meadows Park
One of the largest parks in Edinburgh, The Meadows is only a 10-minute walk from Pollock Halls Estate and KM Hotel and Apartments, the perfect place to relax and take in the Edinburgh sunshine. Once a loch, drained in the 18th Century, this park is a popular place for locals to play sports, have picnics and walk their dogs. If you visit in April or May, you will be treated to the sight of beautiful pink cherry blossoms lining the park’s network of paths.
Our Pollock Halls Estate stands in the shadows of Arthur’s Seat in Holyrood Park. The most iconic part of Edinburgh’s skyline (apart from the castle), this extinct volcano towers 250m above the city and is relatively easy to climb or go for a walk, a very popular activity for tourists. Once you reach the peak you’ll be rewarded with one of the best views of Edinburgh. An uninterrupted 360⁰ vista, it’s the ideal opportunity for those sweeping city shots as well as a selfie or two.
If you would rather a more gentle stroll, the path around the foot of Arthur’s Seat will take you past the Palace of Holyroodhouse and the Scottish Parliament, still offering some spectacular views across Edinburgh and beyond.
Down by the sea
From volcanic mountains to sandy beaches, Edinburgh is a compact city that has it all. With an excellent cycle path network across the city, you are able cycle to Portobello beach from Pollock Halls Estate in less than half an hour.
Starting off with a ride through the historic Innocent Railway tunnel, heading towards the ancient village of Duddingston (home to the oldest pub in Edinburgh, The Sheep Heid Inn), continue northeast for less than two miles and you will come to Portobello promenade, lined by a wonderful sandy beach with views across the Firth of Forth to Fife on one side, and some fantastic cafes and bars on the other, to refuel you for your cycle home.
The great outdoors
If you want to spend more time in the fresh air during your stay, our hotels are a great base for accessing all sorts of activities. Hillwalking in the Pentlands, surfing at Belhaven Bay, mountain biking at Glentress or puffin-spotting around Bass Rock at North Berwick, there is something for everyone in the great outdoors, all easily accessible from our accommodation in the south side of the city.