Strachan House Care Home in Edinburgh

Following significant investment, Strachan House has a brand new look! The appearance of our home has been carefully designed with the people we care for in mind. Our bright new reception area is the perfect spot for socialising or taking part in one of our many daily activities. Our beautiful new dining room is a wonderful place to enjoy a three-course home-made lunch and our new bedrooms are comfortable and tastefully decorated. Why not take a look at our virtual tour to see our brand new look? Or alternatively, pop in to our home to see for yourself!

We are delighted to announce that we received an 'Excellent' for care and support and 'Very Good' in all other areas of our latest Care Inspectorate report. We are also proud to be one of the first homes to be accredited as part of Barchester’s 10-60-06 Dementia Care programme, reflecting the enhanced quality of dementia care and improved quality of life experienced by residents here at Strachan House.

Our nursing home is a purpose-built care home in Edinburgh, near Craigcrook Castle. It provides 24-hour nursing care, in addition to dementia care, for older people. Public transport links are good and there are shops nearby. The home is set in well-maintained landscaped gardens and there is a dedicated Memory Lane Community for people living with dementia.

The Care Inspectorate is the independent regulator for the care sector in Scotland. On their most recent inspection visit in March 2017 they rated Strachan House 'Excellent' for care and support. It is rated ‘Very Good’ in all other categories. They said, ‘Strachan House Care Home provides excellent standards of care and support in an attractive, comfortable and safe environment,’ ; ‘Care and support was well organised, person centred with continuity provided by a team of motivated staff who knew the residents and their relatives/carers well,’ ; ‘Staff from all departments worked well together to given an excellent provision of meaningful activities, which included both group and one to one activities, and recognised the importance of physical activity. This helped to support residents to maximise their mental and physical wellbeing,’ and: ‘Management and leadership at the service were very effective. A comprehensive range of quality assurance systems monitored all aspects of service provision.’

At Strachan House we pride ourselves on the quality of the care we provide, the standards of hospitality on offer and the wide range of activities and social contacts we promote.

We are always happy to see visitors if you would like to drop in. 

Life at Strachan House Care Home

Ensuring that we deliver high quality care to those we support isn’t our only priority here – we also want to offer excitement and, most importantly, to ensure that everyone feels at home. That is why we employ trained staff who are committed to delivering a stimulating activities programme and nutritious cuisine, which are supplemented by services and facilities that are designed to make life here as pleasant as possible.

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Our team

Our staff are the face of our home, so it is important that each of them embodies the values of Barchester and genuinely loves looking after others. The high level of care they provide, combined with the unique personalities that they bring to the home, are what makes us stand out amongst the rest.

Strachan House Care Home in Edinburgh

Arthur Brannagan

Acting General Manager

Hi, my name is Arthur and I am the General Manager here at Strachan House.

For the vast majority of the past 25 years since I qualified as a Mental Health Nurse, I have worked at a senior management level with various health and social care teams. The pursuit of excellence, true person-centred care and meaningful change are my driving motivations. I have had three passions throughout my career: care of the elderly (specifically dementia care and support), palliative care and mental health / learning disability health and social care provision. Each of these has shaped the practitioner I am today.

Much of my career has been based within the care home sector and I have more than 10 years senior management experience in the sector, having worked with some of the most dynamic, motivated and highest rated services available in Glasgow and Aberdeen/Aberdeenshire.

In 2005, I changed the focus of my experience to the mental health / learning disability / autism sector and held managerial roles with a social care provider for 7 years as Area Manager for Glasgow and then Regional Quality Manager for Scotland and NE England before becoming a Hospital Manager with a specialist service. It was during this time that I completed my BSc in Interprofessional Practice.

I returned to the care home sector in 2015 with a renewed passion for excellence, forward thinking and motivational care delivery. Having recently relocated back from Aberdeen, my most recent post was as General Manager at a very successful and well-established service within the city’s west end where we achieved Grade 6s with the Care Inspectorate and had a reputation for excellence, attention to detail and creative care delivery that enabled residents to achieve a sense of well-being and lead full and active lives.

I am passionate about the delivery of a quality service that strives to break the mould and question our perception of what a care home is and should be. I have heard many positive things about Barchester and I am excited to be joining a team that values every person as an individual and is not content to be average. When I visited the service, I was struck by the warmth and welcoming approach of the team here and am excited to be a part of their future and to see how, together, we can maintain an excellent reputation.

I believe that everyone deserves to be treated with the utmost dignity and respect, where they can receive a bespoke service tailor made to their own requirements and expectations; and throughout my time I have worked as part of teams that have made a difference to the lives of the people in our care, alongside their families and friends.

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Our care

We always aim to deliver bespoke care to those who live at our home. We tailor our services to meet the unique requirements of each person and in a way that celebrates their individuality, whilst also helping residents to maintain as much independence as possible and treating them with dignity at all times.

Types of care

Nursing Care

Nursing care is for people who need a qualified nursing care team available to them 24 hours a day.

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Dementia Care

Our highly skilled team of dementia experts work hard to ensure the highest quality of care, based on the latest research.

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Respite Care & Short Breaks

Whether you care for a relative or are in need of care yourself, taking a break from your usual routine can do the world of good.

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  • Wi-fi available
  • En-suite rooms
  • Pet-friendly
  • Step-free access


  • Access to kitchen facilities
  • Conservatory
  • Flexible mealtimes
  • Internet access/wifi


  • Disabled bathroom
  • Disabled WC/facilities
  • Disabled parking
  • Disability awareness/equality training


  • Electric profiling bed
  • En-suite toilet
  • Furnished rooms and own furniture welcomed
  • Nurse call system
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93 Craigcrook Road Edinburgh Midlothian EH4 3PE Get directions