2 Cambridge Street (The Dynamite Club)

Bed & Breakfast
+44 (0)131 478 0005

A fin-de-siècle Scottish décor for this wonderfully hospitable and entertaining B&B, in the heart of Edinburgh theatre land


2 rooms


Rooms sleep 2

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

A mischievous humour, tinged with historical and cultural references, alerts you to the specialness of this place, a ground-floor B&B in the lee of Edinburgh Castle, in the heart of theatre land. Find fin-de-siècle Scotland, with darkly striking colours on walls, antiques aplenty, and a captivating attention to detail. There are interactive art installations that sing and play, a line of old theatre seats up on the wall, photos and ‘objets’ serving startling and original purposes. Erlend and Hélène are delightful and free-spirited; Erlend, a quietly spoken (but don’t be fooled) Shetlander, serves a breakfast to remember.


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Pubs/restaurants 1-minute walk.


Nightly price
from £100
Singles £90-£110.
2 Doubles
From £100



Notwithstanding the wonderfully and yes quirky space itself, three things the traveler will most likely find of utmost importance staying here: (1) breakfasts by Virginia were as good as any meals we ate in Edinburgh; (2) our breakfast companions were fascinating and a genuine pleasure to spend an hour with in the morning; and last but by no means least (3) the location, you are right at the base of the castle and within walking distance to just about everything and anything of interest in Edinburgh.

STEVE, Grand Rapids

Wonderful two days. Erlend was very attentive to our needs and was always available to help. The house was like living with Sherlock Holmes. Querky and interesting things everywhere. Breakfast was like no other, a real experience.

Barry, Lincoln

The only problem with staying with Erlend & Hélène is will you stop laughing long enough to stagger out and enjoy Edinburgh? Quirky doesn't cover it – whimsical might. Swot up on the Wilhelm Scream before you go – that will put you one step ahead. The rooms (like the hosts) are delightful, the beds excellent and the shower rooms, while small, perfectly formed. The breakfasts are OTT delicious and intriguing – what IS in that yoghurt concoction? You could not be better placed, a hop from Grassmarket and under the castle. Usher Hall is literally across the street. Truly fab and we will be back.

suzie, kendal

Why would you stay anywhere else?! Perfect in every detail. From the generous warmth of the hosts to the deliciously made breakfast. We will be back!

Jessica, Bath

Erlend and Helene were superb hosts and were keen to get to know us from the moment we arrived- which was lovely. They went out of their way to help us on a couple of occasions clearly work very well as a team. As a result the breakfast was as good as any we've had! 2 Cambridge St itself is a beautiful property from the outside and the inside doesn't disappoint either: you only have to look at the photos here and elsewhere to get an idea of the luxurious and 'proper' feel of the place. Lots of interesting little features to explore, which Erlend especially takes a great delight in! 5*'s!

Tom, London

We spent 4 nights with the Cloustons and I cannot say enough about their beautiful accommodations and their superb hospitality. Breakfasts were absolutely delicious and varied. Their house is elegant and very centrally located. This is a 5 star place, and they are 5 star hosts!

sorel, montreal

We had a lovely time in this b&b. We got spoiled with beautiful breakfasts. The location was perfect for a short trip. The decor was as colourful as the owners and we certainly hope to come back soon

Stewart, The Hague

a charming and delightful experience! I loved so many different aspects of the stay - Erlend and Helene were so kind and helpful; the surprise breakfast starters were wonderful; I loved the various gadgets, including musical in the hall and bedroom. Memorable


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Erlend & Hélène Clouston

  • Princes Street and its bucolic gardens are only a two-minute stroll from this elegant cul-de-sac.
  • Even closer is the atmospheric St Cuthbert's graveyard where the earthly remains of John Napier, the inventor of logarithms, and Thomas de Quincey, author of Confessions of an English Opium-Eater, confront each other.
  • The Grassmarket, Edinburgh's ancient, cobbled, bazaar lies close by too: here supporters of inconvenient faiths met their end and Maggie Dickson (1728) famously did not.
  • Bobby, the world's most famous Skye Terrier, rests in the adjacent Greyfriars Kirkyard, no doubt dreaming of sheep.