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

When to stay | January

Sunset catching the tops of the Pentlands in winter, pink hills, Kips, Black Hill, Scald Law, Eastside glen, snow covered peaks, Scotland, near Edinburgh

Hogmanay in Edinburgh / sledding / Burns Night ceilidhs among 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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Explore Outlander locations

Culross, historic village in Fife, Scotland

The Outlander series and books have amassed a huge following, thanks to both the captivating love story between Claire and Jamie but also the breath-taking landscapes that serve as a backdrop to their journey through time. But did you know that many of the memorable scenes from the TV series were actually shot in real-life locations near Eastside?

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When to Stay | February

Pentland hills in winter, Eastside farm, Eastside Cottages, hill farm, Edinburgh, Scotland, Pentland Hills Regional Park, snowline

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

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Best city & country spas in & around Edinburgh

country spa near 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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Best lunch spots in & around Edinburgh

Best Bruntsfield restaurants, Montpelliers, dine out, Edinburgh, Scotland

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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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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Logs for the wood burning stoves

Home grown timber, log stack, log pile, lumber jack, Pentland Hills, Scotland

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!

Press & travel blogs

Press cuttings, travel blogs & reviews, online & in good old fashioned print. "...The cottage lights below beckoned us back down the ridge..." & more lovely words...

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Beyond Edinburgh - Sightseeing Pass

See more and save more with the Midlothian and the Scottish Borders one or two day sightseeing pass. This pass is ideal if you are looking for a day out from Eastside to explore stunning Scottish scenery, historic towns and iconic attractions.

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Planting 42,000 trees at Eastside!

shafts of light through the pine trees on a Scottish hillside, Pentland Hills, Larch and Scots Pine, Eastside Farm, hill sheep farm Scotland

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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Treat Mum | Mother's Day long weekend near Edinburgh

Emma Bridgewater, Country cottage kitchen, self catering near Edinburgh, Scotland, Byre Cottage, Pentland Hills

Spend a delightful weekend in the country, with family feasts, long walks, spa days and all the best of Edinburgh entertainment.

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When to Stay | March

pink and red sunset glowing, larch tree on the Braid Law looking out towards Nine Mile Burn, Pentland Hills, hill sheep farm, Scotland, near Edinburgh

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

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When to Stay | April

Pentland hills in summer, Eastside farm, Eastside Cottages, hill farm, Edinburgh, Scotland, Pentland Hills Regional Park

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

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An Eastside/ Edinburgh Easter

Spend Easter 2019 at Eastside, rolling eggs down the heather hills, hunting for the chocolate variety in Scotland's biggest maze, or getting the old lab coat on for Edinburgh's spectacular Science Festival!

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Heather burning October to April

Lighting the fire, Muirburn, heather burning, Scotland, moorland management, fire, gamekeeper, farmer

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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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

sheep and lamb in the shade of the trees, Scottish blackface, Summer, Scotland, Pentland Hills

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

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Cottage for long term let near Edinburgh / Under Offer

Cottage by loch, Scotland, heather hills, purple flowers, flotterstone, Howe

This property is now under offer. An amazing opportunity to buy this beautiful cottage in one of the most stunning locations near Edinburgh. First time on the market. A former shepherd's cottage overlooking Loganlea Reservoir in the heart of the Pentland Hills Regional Park.

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When to Stay | June

Pentland sunset looking north east to Edinburgh, aerial photograph, Blackhill and Scald Law in the fore ground with the Pentland range and Loganlea in the distance, Scotland, sunset, summer

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

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When to Stay | July

Wild flower meadow, Pentland Hills, Scotland, yellow and blue flowers, Scottish hare bell, bluebell

Shearing on the Farm / Magic & Jazz festivals / Carnival / The National Whisky Festival 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's a lot of work!

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When to Stay | August

hilltop view from the pentlands, West Kip, looking out to the Moorfoots, Eastside farm holiday cottages below in the glen, heather hills, green valley, Scotland

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

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Out of control wildfire Scald Law | Pentlands

Last July we rushed to put out a wildfire on the Scald Law with the help of the fire brigade. Having had some wild campers that were in the process of starting a fire!!... can we reiterate how important it is to not to light ANY fires or throw any cigarette butts/ glass etc onto the hillside. The ground come summer is so dry it is like a tinderbox, the damage to flora & fauna especially ground nesting birds at this time of year could have been devastating. We are so so grateful to the fast reactions of kind people & our wonderful fire brigade.

When to Stay | September

heather moorland scotland, Pentland hills aerial photograph, sunset, Scotland, Edinburgh

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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When to Stay | October

Scottish farm house in the hills, Autumn colours, Pentland sheep farm, farm holidays Scotland, near Edinburgh

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

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Autumn on the hill pasture

Close up of heather and wild grasses, heather flower, purple hills in Scotland, Pentland Hills near Edinburgh

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.

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 | November

Winter in the Pentland Hills, Edinburgh, Scotland, Turnhouse looking to Carnethy, Scald Law, Flotterstone glen, Loganlea, heather hills at dusk

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

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Christmas tree harvest

quad pulling a christmas tree down to the farm from the forrest, home grown Christmas trees, Pentland hills, Eastside Cottages, Edinburgh, Scotland

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

sheep sheltering from the snow under scots pine, hills sheep farm, Pentland Hills, Eastside Farm, Scottish blackface sheep, Winter, Scotland, Blackface hoggs, weather

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

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