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Edinburgh and the Lothians

Whether you’re situated in Edinburgh itself or somewhere nearby, a self-catering holiday in this region combines the very best of city culture and quiet coastal and countryside locations.

Edinburgh needs little introduction as it’s well known as one of Scotland’s jewels in the crown. This majestic city is packed with a wonderful mix of historical buildings that tell the tale of a fascinating past, lovely green open spaces, first class shops and a fine collection of restaurants and pubs. It’s a place to enjoy rich cultural heritage, bustling city life and some of the UK’s most glorious countryside handily placed right on the door step.

The city attracts visitors from around the world who come to see its wonderful architecture and learn about its rich history. The Old Town is well known for the Royal Mile which extends along cobbled streets from Edinburgh Castle to Grassmarket. The New Town is equally fascinating and in contrast with the Old Town has a well ordered street grid layout with wide boulevards and grand neoclassical architecture. In both areas you’ll find national galleries and museums and a host of historically significant buildings. Located just outside the city in Holyrood Park, Arthurs Seat offers a relatively easy climb to the top with some spectacular views.

Horticulturalists will love the wonderful array of colours that can be found at the Royal Botanic Gardens, which has one of the world’s largest living collections of plants you’ll find. More regal encounters can be found on board the Royal Yacht Britannia, now permanently moored in Leith. Despite now being out of service it remains a uniquely fascinating icon from British history.

The Lothians rich heritage extends to the surrounding countryside of west Lothian, with castles and historical sites, rolling countryside and country walks. In east Lothian you’ll find beautiful stretches of quiet sandy beaches and some of the finest golf courses in the world.

So this area serves both those looking for an active outdoor break as well as those interested in a first class city break. A great combination of culture, history, food, drink and the great outdoors!

Take a look at our selection of holiday cottages in Edinburgh and the Lothians.
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  • Near Linlithgow, Edinburgh and the Lothians
    Near Linlithgow, Edinburgh and the Lothians×

    The Wheelhouse

    Near Linlithgow, Edinburgh and the Lothians

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    - Hot Tub - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    Romantic former watermill in secluded location and overlooking the River Avon, with your own outdoor hot tub. Romantic former watermill in secluded location and overlooking the River Avon, with your own outdoor hot tub.
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    Nestled at the end of a secluded, private track and overlooking the beautiful River Avon, this lovingly restored former watermill provides the ultimate romantic hideaway and features river views from the verandahs. The sights and sounds of the river as it gently flows over the rapids can be enjoyed from the luxury of your own outdoor hot tub or the two verandahs, one of which can be accessed from one of the double bedrooms – visitors can even try a little trout fishing....

  • Dunbar, Edinburgh and the Lothians
    Dunbar, Edinburgh and the Lothians×

    Clayron Cottage

    Dunbar, Edinburgh and the Lothians

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    - Coastal Property
    Enjoy golfing, walking on the coastal paths, beaches and seal spotting from Dunbar harbour. Enjoy golfing, walking on the coastal paths, beaches and seal spotting from Dunbar harbour.
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    Ideally situated for golf, the beach and easy access to Edinburgh, this delightful, semi-detached holiday cottage has a sunny sitting-out area to the rear and a bright sun porch open to the cosy living/dining room. There is a choice of renowned golf courses nearby. Enjoy wonderful walking on marked coastal paths on the John Muir Way, an unspoilt beach within 15 minutes’ walk of the cottage, and both sea-fishing and seal-spotting boat trips from Dunbar harbour. Visit the Museum...

  • North Berwick, Edinburgh and the Lothians
    North Berwick, Edinburgh and the Lothians×

    The Retreat Cottage

    North Berwick, Edinburgh and the Lothians

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    Ref: 29882
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Coast within 1 mile - Detached Property - Ground Floor Facilities
    The perfect base, just a 5-minute walk from the beach and only a 30-minute train journey to Edinburgh. The perfect base, just a 5-minute walk from the beach and only a 30-minute train journey to Edinburgh.
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    Tucked away in a very pretty, secluded courtyard in the grounds of the owner’s home, this traditional detached holiday cottage was originally the dairy of Abbey Farm. No longer a farm now it lies in the quiet west end of the attractive seaside town of North Berwick just 5 minutes’ walk to the beach, harbour and town centre. Edinburgh is 30 minutes by train for hassle free enjoyment of the city. Visit the Scottish Seabird Centre, the National Museum of Flight,...

  • Gladhouse Reservoir near Gorebridge, Edinburgh and the Lothians
    Gladhouse Reservoir near Gorebridge, Edinburgh and the Lothians×

    The Small Cottage

    Gladhouse Reservoir near Gorebridge, Edinburgh and the Lothians

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    Ref: CC531112
    Key Features:
    - Garden / Patio
    Newly renovated detached cottage for 4 adjacent to Gladstone Reservoir yet close to Edinburgh
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    The Small Cottage is a delightful, detached self catering property which has been newly renovated. Formerly a worker’s bothy, the building dates back over 100 years to when the Gladhouse Reservoir was being constructed. Situated in the small hamlet of Gladhouse next to the reservoir, the cottage enjoys a quiet and peaceful location within Mid Lothian. However, Edinburgh city centre is less than a half hour’s drive away. The cottage lies nestled within a lovely garden containing...
  • Ratho, near Edinburgh, Edinburgh and the Lothians
    Ratho, near Edinburgh, Edinburgh and the Lothians×

    The Coach House

    Ratho, near Edinburgh, Edinburgh and the Lothians

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    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    With Gleneagles close by golf enthusiasts will love this beautiful, traditional cottage with views of the Union Canal. With Gleneagles close by golf enthusiasts will love this beautiful, traditional cottage with views of the Union Canal.
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    Hidden away among lovely beech trees and with views from the terrace of the attractive Union Canal, The Coach House is a perfect base from which to explore Edinburgh. Stone-built and detached, it is set within the extensive grounds of the owners’ home on the edge of a village where a good pub, local shops and an opportunity to take a canal cruise can be found. For keen walkers there is good hill walking in the Pentland Hills Regional Park. Glasgow, Perthshire, Fife and the Borders...

  • Penicuik, near Edinburgh, Edinburgh and the Lothians
    Penicuik, near Edinburgh, Edinburgh and the Lothians×

    Allanbank

    Penicuik, near Edinburgh, Edinburgh and the Lothians

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    Ref: UK5040
    Key Features:
    - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio
    With easy access into Edinburgh and wonderful views, this cottage is also well placed for enjoying walks in the Pentland Hills.
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    Situated on the southern edge of Penicuik, Allanbank enjoys pleasant views over the north east valley. This compact semi-detached holiday cottage is part of a former weaver’s cottage dating from when the first Scottish cotton mill operated nearby in 1793. Now it is a comfy and cosy holiday home, and with excellent access into Edinburgh via the bus service which runs frequently to the city centre, (nearest bus stop just 2 minutes’ walk away, 10 minutes from Penicuik centre at...
  • Carlops, near Penicuik, Edinburgh and the Lothians
    Carlops, near Penicuik, Edinburgh and the Lothians×

    Newhall Cottages - Newhall Steading Cottage

    Carlops, near Penicuik, Edinburgh and the Lothians

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    Ref: 30949
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Sharing a 2-acre walled garden and set on a large estate, this cottage is 14 miles from Edinburgh. Sharing a 2-acre walled garden and set on a large estate, this cottage is 14 miles from Edinburgh.
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    These beautifully situated holiday cottages are part of historic Newhall Estate, just 14 miles south west of the vibrant city of Edinburgh, and a central base from which to explore further afield to Glasgow, Stirling, Fife and the Scottish Borders. Newhall’s 1,100 acres are on the edge of the Pentland Hills Regional Park, a wonderful landscape sculpted by glaciers and water, with hillwalking and biking to suit all abilities. The owners’ 2-acre walled garden is a peaceful spot...

    Newhall Cottages - The Bothy
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  • Drumcrosshall, Bathgate near Edinburgh, Edinburgh and the Lothians
    Drumcrosshall, Bathgate near Edinburgh, Edinburgh and the Lothians×

    Goose Cottage

    Drumcrosshall, Bathgate near Edinburgh, Edinburgh and the Lothians

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    Ref: CC531006
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    Goose Cottage is a converted stone steading situated in the countryside close to Edinburgh and Glasgow.
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    Goose Cottage is a delightful terraced, converted stone steading, situated in the countryside within the heart of West Lothian. This is a fantastic location giving you wonderful countryside views, overlooking rolling fields but also with easy access to public transport and motorways to explore further afield. Glasgow, Edinburgh and Stirling are a half hour drive away and Perthshire can be reached within an hour. The cottage is attractively presented, with good attention to detail. The lounge...
  • Edinburgh, Edinburgh and the Lothians
    Edinburgh, Edinburgh and the Lothians×

    Marchmont

    Edinburgh, Edinburgh and the Lothians

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    Ref: CC531128
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Pub within 1 mile
    Position right in the heart of Edinburgh, this period third floor apartment is ideal for those looking to explore Edinburgh Castle or the shops along Prince’s Street.
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    This bright, sunny third floor holiday apartment is just off The Meadows, one mile from Edinburgh Castle, which can be seen from the kitchen window. With corniced ceilings, wooden floors and working shutters, there are plenty of period details along with contemporary comforts. The apartment is set in a quiet, tree lined street with numerous cafes and restaurants within a few minutes walk and there are great views of Arthur’s Seat from the spacious lounge area. Close to the university...
  • Edinburgh, Edinburgh and the Lothians
    Edinburgh, Edinburgh and the Lothians×

    Angus Vale

    Edinburgh, Edinburgh and the Lothians

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    Ref: 24491
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities
    This traditional single-storey cottage is in a quiet residential area, convenient for the city centre, golf and beaches. This traditional single-storey cottage is in a quiet residential area, convenient for the city centre, golf and beaches.
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    Conveniently located for both city centre and for access to the golf courses and beaches of East Lothian, this traditional, stone built holiday cottage is in a quiet residential area with easy access to the A1, and just 15 minutes walk to Arthur’s Seat and Duddingston Village. Spacious and bright, it has a large enclosed, grassed garden, ideal for relaxing after a day enjoying the city sights. Easy bus route to the centre, for shopping, Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Mile and...

  • Blackridge, near Edinburgh, Edinburgh and the Lothians
    Blackridge, near Edinburgh, Edinburgh and the Lothians×

    Fascadale Croft

    Blackridge, near Edinburgh, Edinburgh and the Lothians

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    Ref: UK5027
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    Situated at the end of a ½ mile private drive, within the owner’s grounds midway between Glasgow and Edinburgh, an ideal base for touring.
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    This comfortable and welcoming detached holiday cottage is ideally situated for ease of access into Glasgow and Edinburgh, both around 30 minutes by train from nearby Blackridge station. The cottage is situated in the grounds of the owner’s home which is part of an initiative to develop lowland crofting in central Scotland and so has lots of surrounding space with good walks from the doorstep, with Blawhorn Moss Nature Reserve nearby. There is a wide range of activities to enjoy like...
  • Oldhamstocks, By Dunbar, Edinburgh and the Lothians
    Oldhamstocks, By Dunbar, Edinburgh and the Lothians×

    Oldhamstocks Cottage

    Oldhamstocks, By Dunbar, Edinburgh and the Lothians

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    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Open Fire
    Ideal family location for visiting Edinburgh, Berwick-on-Tweed, Holy Island, Bamburgh and Alnwick Castles and beaches. Ideal family location for visiting Edinburgh, Berwick-on-Tweed, Holy Island, Bamburgh and Alnwick Castles and beaches.
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    With Edinburgh just 40 minutes away and Holy Island, the castles of Bamburgh and Alnwick within 45 to 55 minutes’ drive, endless sandy beaches and golf courses on the doorstep, this charming, detached stone cottage could not be better positioned for a fun, yet peaceful holiday. Set in a pretty courtyard, within the tiny ancient village of Oldhamstocks, the cottage has views of the rolling Lammermuir Hills all around. The golf options are truly superb with 19 renowned golf courses...

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