Seasonal news, updates and goings-on around Eastside and Edinburgh.

Best city & country spas in & around Edinburgh

Whether you are looking for the most swanky city spa or a delightfully rustic country spa day we've got it covered.

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When to stay | January

Hogmanay in Edinburgh / sledding / Burns Night ceilidhs among other things...

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Heather burning October to April

Heather on the hills needs managed for both the sheep and the grouse, plover and other wild birds we share it with.

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When to Stay | February

6 Nations Rugby / evenings out at the theatre / Valentines Day among other things...

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Self catering made easy... no COOKing

Looking for the best, seasonal British food but don't want to cook it? Get COOK to deliver it to your cottage door at Eastside.

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Best lunch spots in & around Edinburgh

A mixed bag of lunch in town, country bites, speciality delis, farm shops and Sunday lunch gone posh! Some great ideas for eating well in and around Edinburgh at any rate...

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Logs for the wood burning stoves

All of the timber we provide free to our guests in the cottages is grown and harvested on the farm. We also use a very efficient biomass gasifier to heat the Steading & Stable cottages fuelled using our own timber. When we have just planted 42,000 trees it doesn't get much more sustainable than that!

When to Stay | March

Mothers day celebrations/ family gatherings/ exhibitions galore among other things...

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When to Stay | April

Easter celebrations / Science festival fun/ Comic Con/ Fire festivals among other things...

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Lambing time in the hills

Lambing ewes require our constant attention. Most lamb without intervention but we are always on hand if any need a little help. Learn about our 'lamb warming box' and other life saving lambing kit in our sheep-shed maternity hospital!

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When to Stay | May

Lambing on the Farm / Arts festivals / Whisky & Beer Festivals / Children's theatre festivals among other things...

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Planting 42,000 trees at Eastside!

With Alexander Cowan's legacy of thoroughly ancient scots pines still gracing the hillsides we are now doing our bit, carrying on what he started in 1850!

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When to Stay | June

Warm summer days, Magic, Jazz and the Royal Highland 'spectacle' among other things...

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Haircuts at Eastside

Clipping or shearing starts in June through July. With 1400 ewes, 400 hoggs & 30 tups it is quite a contract!

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When to Stay | July

Shearing on the Farm / Magic & Jazz festivals / Carnival / The National Whisky Festival among other things...

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When to Stay | August

Edinburgh Festivals galore / Heather hills in full bloom / Book festival / Military Tattoo among other things...

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Autumn on the hill pasture

The autumn colours are often spectacular on a hill landscape with the purple of the heather, the orange browns of the bracken dying back for winter and the crimson and bleached ash of the hill grasses.

When to Stay | September

Cooler autumnal days, golden leaves, chances to see beyond the (usually closed) doors during Edinburgh's Doors Open Day among other things...

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At the lamb, old ewe & tup sales

Selling our hill grown lambs and ewes is always a busy time of year. Then off to the tup sales to choose the fathers of next years lambs.

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When to Stay | October

Wrapping up, eating, drinking and Halloween-worthy ghost tours among other things...

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When to Stay | November

Frosty mornings, long walks, Bonfire Night, St. Andrew's Day and some festive cheer...

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Christmas tree harvest

The Eastside Christmas tree hunt : Harvested on the farm each year a few hours are usually spent walking the woodlands to make sure we get the perfect specimen for the Eastside farm yard. This years tree comes from the Braid Law hillside rising up the South side of our little glen. Now in situ looking just as spectacular in the farm yard as it did on the hill.

When to Stay | December

Festive cheer, entertainment, Christmas shopping, light-shows and fireworks! Amongst many other things...

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Tupping time on the Farm

The timings, the boys and the breeding. Tupping time on a Scottish hill farm.

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Cottage for long term let near Edinburgh

Our Cottage for long term let is no longer available. If you are interested in living at the Howe then please get in touch and you'll be the first to know when it becomes available.

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