Imagine finding the perfect place to stay, but you’re not quite sure what’s there to see and do around. It’s a dilemma we’ve all faced when planning our travels. But luckily for you, as you stay at Black Ivy in Bruntsfield, Edinburgh, you’ll discover that it’s not just about luxury, comfort, and style – it’s also about experiencing the best of this charming neighbourhood.  

We understand the need to explore and soak in the local culture, and that’s why we’ve curated this guide to help you make the most of your visit. 

Bruntsfield, a fancy and bustling hub of Edinburgh, welcomes you to its heart–where Black Ivy is located overlooking the leafy Bruntsfield Links Park. Here, you’ll discover boutique shops, independent cafes, and a treasure trove of attractions that make this neighbourhood so special. 

Proximity and accessibility 

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Located just a 15-minute walk from the city centre, Black Ivy offers easy access to Edinburgh’s iconic sites, including Princes Street and the historic Edinburgh Castle. It’s a perfect starting point for your adventure. 

Top Edinburgh attractions near Black Ivy 

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When you stay at Black Ivy in Bruntsfield, you’ll find yourself at the heart of an extraordinary cultural and historical hub.  

Let’s take a closer look at the nearby attractions that promise to fill your days with wonder: 

  1. Camera Obscura and World of Illusions (1.3 km): Just a stone’s throw away, you can explore the wolrd of optical illusions and interactive exhibits. It’s a fascinating journey into the quirky world of perception and visual marvels that’s as enchanting for adults as it is for kids! 
  2. National Museum of Scotland (1.3 km): In the same vicinity, you can explore the vast halls of Scotland’s national treasure trove. Get ready to learn more about the history, culture, and natural heritage of Scotland.
  3. Gladstones Land (1.4 km): Take a short walk to discover a 17th-century time capsule. This historic building offers a glimpse into the life of 17th-century Edinburgh, providing a unique window into the past.
  4. Scottish National Gallery (1.5 km): Enjoy a leisurely stroll to the Scottish National Gallery, where a world of art and creativity unfolds. The masterpieces within these walls offer a visual feast, perfect for art enthusiasts.
  5. The Real Mary King’s Close (1.6 km): Venture into the mysterious underground streets of Edinburgh and unlock stories of its past residents. This unique and immersive tour offers a glimpse into the city’s history.
  6. Charlotte Square (1.6 km): Within easy reach, you’ll find this picturesque square designed by Robert Adam, adorned with Georgian townhouses, and home to the renowned Book Festival.
  7. Palace of Holyrood House (2.5 km): A short trip will lead you to the official Scottish residence of the British monarch. The palace and its stunning grounds offer a royal experience with a rich historical backdrop.
  8. Edinburgh Zoo (4.1 km): A bit further, but still accessible, you can spend an enjoyable day at the zoo. Discover a diverse range of animals, including the famous giant pandas, and explore a beautifully maintained zoological park.
  9. Hopetoun House (17 km): For those seeking a journey through time, Hopetoun House beckons. This stately home is a historical gem with grand architecture and splendid gardens, making for a wonderful day trip. 

These attractions provide a rich tapestry of experiences, ensuring that your stay in Bruntsfield is filled with culture, history, and unforgettable moments. Whether you’re a history buff, art lover, or simply seeking adventure, you’ll find plenty to explore near Black Ivy. 

Beaches in the neighbourhood 

Now, for those who love the idea of feeling the sand between their toes and the fresh sea breeze in their hair, Black Ivy offers convenient access to some of Edinburgh’s most charming beaches. 

  1. Portobello Beach (6 km) – Just a short 6-kilometer drive from Black Ivy’s doorstep, Portobello Beach beckons with its golden sands and the soothing sound of waves. Whether you fancy a relaxing seaside stroll, a dip in the refreshing waters, or even a game of beach volleyball, Portobello Beach has it all.
  2. Cramond Beach (7 km) – A quick 7-kilometer drive will lead you to Cramond Beach, a serene escape from the city’s hustle and bustle. This picturesque coastal spot offers the perfect backdrop for a leisurely walk along the sandy shore, or a visit to the historic Cramond Island at low tide. With its quaint harbour and stunning views of the Firth of Forth, Cramond Beach provides a tranquil getaway from the urban landscape. 

So, whether you’re seeking a classic beach day filled with sunbathing and swimming or a peaceful seaside walk to clear your mind, you’ll find that both Portobello Beach and Cramond Beach are well within your reach during your stay at Black Ivy. 

What else is near Black Ivy? 

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If those we listed above still didn’t sit right with you, we’ve got a few more local Edinburgh attractions and recreational spots near Black Ivy up our sleeves!  

Here’s a glimpse of the diverse experiences awaiting you in our neighbourhood: 

  1. JGHS Astroturf (250 m): For sports enthusiasts, the JGHS Astroturf is practically on our doorstep. Whether you’re keen on a game of football or just want to work on your dribbling skills, this nearby sports facility is a great place to stay active.
  2. Falcon Bowling & Tennis Club (800 m): Less than a kilometre away, the Falcon Bowling & Tennis Club welcomes you to enjoy a friendly game of bowls or tennis in a pleasant setting.
  3. Fountainbridge Green (800 m): Fountainbridge Green is an excellent spot for a leisurely stroll or a relaxing picnic. Immerse yourself in the tranquil ambiance of this green space.
  4. The Meadows (850 m): This expansive park is a mere 850 meters from Black Ivy. The Meadows offers a peaceful retreat, perfect for a morning jog, a casual frisbee match, or simply unwinding in the midst of nature.
  5. Gorgie/Dalry Community Park (1.1 km): A short distance of 1.1 kilometres takes you to Gorgie/Dalry Community Park, a local gem for a variety of outdoor activities and open-air relaxation.
  6. Grassmarket (1.1 km): Venture 1.1 kilometres to the historic Grassmarket, a vibrant area brimming with shops, cafes, and a lively atmosphere.
  7. Harrison Park East (1.2 km): If you’re in the mood for a peaceful waterside retreat, Harrison Park East, located 1.2 kilometers from Black Ivy, provides the ideal setting for a reflective escape by the water. 

These nearby attractions offer an array of experiences, from sports and relaxation to history and cultural exploration, all within easy reach of Black Ivy. So, whether you’re seeking leisurely pastimes or exciting adventures, you’ll find it all just around the corner from our boutique establishment. 

Your stay at Black Ivy 

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After a long day exploring the vibrant neighbourhood and enjoying the local attractions, you can look forward to retreating to your home away from home at Black Ivy. Our establishment is more than just a place to stay; it’s a charming and comfortable haven where you can unwind and recharge. 

Here’s what you can expect when you choose to spend your evenings with us: 

  • Luxurious Bedrooms: Our boutique hotel boasts 21 uniquely designed bedrooms, each with its own captivating story to tell. Whether you’re traveling with your family, your four-legged friend, or as a couple, we offer accommodation options that suit your preferences. 
  • Convenient Facilities: Black Ivy is designed to cater to your every need. We offer a range of facilities and amenities, ensuring your stay is as comfortable as it is memorable. From our stylish beer garden and craft beer selection to our cozy log fires and the warm ambiance of our gastro pub, we’ve got all the ingredients for a perfect evening. 
  • Dog-Friendly Rooms: We understand that your furry companions are an important part of your family. That’s why we provide dog-friendly rooms, allowing your beloved pets to share the experience of your stay. 
  • Family-Friendly Atmosphere: Black Ivy welcomes families with open arms. Our family-friendly ambiance ensures that guests of all ages can feel at ease and enjoy a delightful time together. 
  • Wheelchair Accessible: Accessibility is a priority at Black Ivy. Our establishment is designed to be wheelchair-friendly, ensuring that all our guests can navigate our spaces with ease. 
  • Beer Garden: Our award-winning beer garden offers an inviting setting for you to savour a drink and enjoy the fresh air. It’s the perfect spot to unwind and recap your day’s adventures. 
  • Craft Beer Selection: Craft beer enthusiasts will appreciate our diverse craft beer selection. Sip on your favourite brews and explore new flavours through Black Ivy’s extensive drinks menu during your stay. 

Whether you’re looking for a cozy spot to enjoy a quiet evening by the fire or you want to unwind in our beer garden, Black Ivy provides the perfect setting. Our luxurious and stylish bedrooms ensure a restful night’s sleep, and our welcoming facilities guarantee an evening filled with comfort and enjoyment. After your explorations in the heart of Edinburgh, you can rely on Black Ivy to offer the serenity you deserve. 

Ready to create unforgettable memories? Book your stay at Black Ivy today! 

After an exciting day of exploration and adventure, our stylish and comfortable haven awaits. Don’t miss the chance to experience the unique charm of Black Ivy.  

Book a room at Black Ivy now to ensure an unforgettable stay filled with warmth, luxury, and unparalleled hospitality! You can also get in touch to enquire further about dates and room options.