The Stair Arms hotel review

The Stair Arms

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The first base on my Scotland trip was The Stair Arms hotel in Pathhead, Midlothian. Having been recently refurbished to a high standard, the hotel began life as a coaching inn in 1831 and now makes the perfect place for a delicious meal or a cosy overnight stay.

Ensuite at The Stair Arms

The room

As I was travelling with one of my besties, we had a twin room with an en-suite bathroom. The room was modern yet cosy with two beds and a dressing table. The beds were super comfy and had tartan blankets on them and the rooms were decorated in smart neutrals.

Bedroom at The Stair Arms
One of the very best things about the room (and I don’t think I’m exaggerating when I say this) was the amount of milks for the tea and coffee! Usually in hotels there are only a couple of milks which means you can have one tea each, two at the absolute max, but there were about 10 milks here!

The only thing which I thought was a bit inconvenient was that there was no hairdryer in the room, I had to borrow one from reception.

The Stair Arms

The food

The Stair Arms uses locally sourced food and fresh produce so their specials change with the season.

I went full-on Scottish for dinner as I had cullen skink to start with – a thick Scottish soup made of smoked haddock, potatoes and onions. This was delicious and really creamy. If anything the portion size was slightly too big as I couldn’t finish it all which is super unusual for me.

Dinner at The Stair Arms
For my main I had to do it – I had to try haggis at some point on this trip – so I went for the chicken stuffed with haggis served with chunky chips and pepper sauce. I really enjoyed my first taste of haggis – it was salty and full of flavour and made a really nice accompaniment to the chicken.

Breakfast at The Stair Arms
The breakfast was cooked to order and I had a full Scottish breakfast with sausages, bacon, scrambled eggs, tomato, mushrooms and black pudding. It was yummy and really set me up for the walk that we had planned in the Pentland Hills that day.


The Stair Arms is only a 20 minute drive away from the centre of Edinburgh (and just 10 minutes from the park and ride if you don’t fancy driving right into the centre) so we popped into the city before we checked in.

The Edinburgh Larder
Unfortunately it was really raining while we were there (a common theme on most of my trips!) and so we didn’t really get to do much exploring. We ate a delicious lunch at The Edinburgh Larder and had a couple of delicious sandwiches for lunch before souvenir shopping.

The Museum of Edinburgh
We then explored the Museum of Edinburgh which, like most museums, is free to get into. It was quite small, and a section of the museum was closed off, but it was a perfect rainy day activity and we learnt plenty about the city which we didn’t know before.

Edinburgh is a fantastic city and I can’t wait to come back and explore more. We really enjoyed our stay at The Stair Arms – the staff were friendly, the food was delicious and our room was gorgeous, what more could you ask for?!

Find out more and book your stay at The Stair Arms hotel here.

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  1. April 5, 2020

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