North Coast 500 Route

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The official North Coast 500 Route (NC500) is a circular road trip that starts and ends at Inverness Castle and is Scotland’s version of the famous U.S. Route 66. With 516 miles (830.4 km) of breathtaking scenery, this is Scotland’s largest road trip around the north coast of Scotland. Originally created as a tourism project by the North Highland Initiative and Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay, to develop the economy and to showcase the best of the north Highlands of Scotland.


The History of Inverness – Places to Visit


Inverness is one of the oldest towns in Scotland and the history dates back to 6th century AD, when it was an ancient city where St Columba was meant to have visited King Brude a Pictish King. Inverness means ‘Mouth of the River Ness’ and is known as the capital to the Highlands of Scotland. Similar to Edinburgh this city is not only known as a capital city but  also it has a castle which sits on a cliff overlooking the River Ness in Inverness, Scotland.


Christmas in Edinburgh


Christmas in Edinburgh is a truly magical experience for the whole family. It’s the perfect city to visit, with so many Christmas events, all within walking distance of the Knight Residence Serviced Apartments, making it easier for you to pack in more fun during your stay.

Here are just a few of the fun events at Edinburgh’s Christmas 2016. (more…)

WIN a Family Ticket to the Royal Yacht Britannia

The Royal Yacht Britannia



Scotland’s Best Attraction (VisitScotland)

Mansley Apartment guests receive a 10% discount card. Please ask at reception. Britannia terms and conditions apply.

At Mansley, we’re often asked to recommend ‘things to do’ in Edinburgh which is easy given the infinite number of attractions and events taking place in Edinburgh all year round. One of the most popular days out, which never fails to impress and delight, is a visit to The Royal Yacht Britannia . This five star tourist attraction is a must visit for anyone interested in the Royal family.


Edinburgh’s Historic Grassmarket

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Edinburgh’s Grassmarket is a historic market place and an events space in the Old Town of Edinburgh, Just a short walk away from The Knight Residence.

The Grassmarket is located directly below Edinburgh Castle and forms part of one of the main east-west vehicle arteries through the city centre. It adjoins the Cowgate and Candlemaker Row at the east end, the West Bow (the lower end of Victoria Street) in the north-east corner, King’s Stables Road to the north west and the West Port to the west. Leading off from the south-west corner is the Vennel, on the east side of which can still be seen some of the best surviving parts of the Flodden and Telfer town walls.

The view to the north, dominated by the castle, has long been a favourite subject of painters and photographers, making it one of the iconic views of the city.


Shepherd Market – Mayfair, London


Located directly behind 44 Curzon Street, Shepherd Market was developed in 1735-46 by Edward Shepherd and comprises a number of small side streets with a charming square and piazza.  Today it houses a variety of boutique shops, restaurants and impressive Victorian pubs.

44 Curzon Street, Mayfair

In the 1680’s, King James II established a fair on the site of Shepherd Market mainly for the purpose of cattle trading.  The infamous 15 day fair grew in popularity and size, attracting both the rich and poor.  The gentrification of the area in the 17th century killed off the May-fair with the building of many grand houses although the name remains. Local architect and developer (Edward Shepherd) was commissioned to develop the site. It was completed in the mid 18th century, with paved alleys, a duck pond, and a two-storey market, topped with a theatre. (more…)