Decent guest house south of Arthur's Seat
Posted Sep 13, 2016
Had a 2 night stay in Room 9 on the ground floor. Nice tall ceilings, decent sized room with double bed and good water pressure in the shower. We parked on the street in front of the house. Some street parking requires a permit, but those restrictions didn't apply over the weekend, which is when we were there. The owner mentioned that there was designated parking for the house if you can't find a spot on the street.
It's a 10 minute walk to Peele Terrace, where there are several restaurants. We really enjoyed SouthPour and wanted (but weren't able) to try The Aviary. It's also a 10 minute walk to get to the southside of Arthur's Seat and another 30 minutes or so to climb the steep trail to the top. Going down through the easier trails takes you Holyrood Palace and the east end of the Royal Mile, leading into the city center. We never did find a (free) map of Edinburgh that showed the area where Appin House is.
No real complaints about the room. We were a little let down when the owner recommended the Sheep Heid for dinner. 45 minute walk later, we arrived there and were told we needed reservations. That would've been nice to know before we went. We were also told to select the time slot that we wanted to have breakfast so that the food would be waiting for us at our assigned table. That didn't happen. Otherwise - it is a fine place to stay.