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

    Westland Cottage

    Edinburgh, Edinburgh and the Lothians

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    Ref: 26090
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Ground Floor Facilities - Woodburning Stove
    Ideal for a couple, this cosy cottage with welcoming woodburner is on a working farm yet on the edge of Edinburgh. Ideal for a couple, this cosy cottage with welcoming woodburner is on a working farm yet on the edge of Edinburgh.
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    This cosy, characterful holiday cottage is situated near a working farm yet surprisingly, on the edge of the city, and is the end one of a row of stone-built cottages with an enclosed sunny garden to the rear. With a bright, contemporary interior and a cosy woodburner, this charming property is perfect in any season. Convenient for buses into the city centre, 20 minutes, with its historic castle and Royal Mile, theatres, shops and restaurants. Shops, pubs and restaurant...

  • 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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    Ref: UZU
    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...

  • 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...

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

    Queenshill

    Edinburgh, Edinburgh and the Lothians

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    Ref: 19674
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile
    Just 5 minutes’ bus ride from the city centre, this third floor holiday apartment enjoys wonderful views of Edinburgh Castle. Just 5 minutes’ bus ride from the city centre, this third floor holiday apartment enjoys wonderful views of Edinburgh Castle.
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    Ideal for a city break

    With wonderful views of Edinburgh Castle and the city skyline from the living room, this spacious third floor holiday apartment, with parking, is in a quiet location, 5 minutes’ bus ride from the west end of Princes Street. Very comfortably furnished and thoughtfully decorated, this is the ideal base from which to explore this fabulous city. Explore the magnificent wide avenues of the New Town with elegant wine bars and restaurants, and the...

  • Balerno, near Edinburgh, Edinburgh and the Lothians
    Balerno, near Edinburgh, Edinburgh and the Lothians×
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    The Hayloft

    The Hayloft

    Balerno, near Edinburgh, Edinburgh and the Lothians

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    Ref: UK5319
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Perfectly placed for enjoying the surrounding beautiful countryside and the cosmopolitan city of Edinburgh.
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    Offering the best of both worlds, situated in peaceful countryside amid the rolling Pentland Hills and just 10 miles from Edinburgh city centre, this striking holiday cottage has been created from an original barn. Adjoining the owner’s home and with its own private enclosed garden, there are stylish contemporary furnishings giving comfort and warmth, and specially crafted stained glass and woodwork to recall the rustic charm of the old hayloft.
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  • Corstorphine, Edinburgh, Edinburgh and the Lothians
    Corstorphine, Edinburgh, Edinburgh and the Lothians×

    Manse Cottage

    Corstorphine, Edinburgh, Edinburgh and the Lothians

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    Ref: 19206
    Key Features:
    - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio
    On the outskirts of Edinburgh with frequent buses to the city centre, and easy access to Glasgow, Fife and the Borders. On the outskirts of Edinburgh with frequent buses to the city centre, and easy access to Glasgow, Fife and the Borders.
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    Conveniently situated in the west of the city in the quiet residential area of Corstorphine, an ideal spot from which to sample both the buzz and variety of the city centre and also enjoy extremely easy access to Glasgow, Fife and the Borders. This single storey holiday property is furnished in a comfortable contemporary style, with sun room and enclosed garden. There are shops, pubs and restaurants only a moments walk. Frequent buses into the centre, 15 minutes, where the zoo,...

  • Near Linlithgow, Edinburgh and the Lothians
    Near Linlithgow, Edinburgh and the Lothians×

    The Wheelhouse

    Near Linlithgow, Edinburgh and the Lothians

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    Ref: S4481
    Key Features:
    - 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....

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

    Torduff Cottage

    Edinburgh, Edinburgh and the Lothians

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    Ref: 29374
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Rural Location
    Best of both worlds, just 30 minutes’ from Edinburgh, and on the edge of the Pentland Hills Regional Park, with 65 miles of paths to explore. Best of both worlds, just 30 minutes’ from Edinburgh, and on the edge of the Pentland Hills Regional Park, with 65 miles of paths to explore.
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    This holiday cottage offers the best of both worlds, it is within 30 minutes of the city centre but also on the edge of the Pentland Hills Regional Park, with 65 miles of paths to explore. Adjoining the owners’ home, it has been created to give maximum privacy and features a private garden with patio and swings. There is easy access onto the bypass to visit Hopetoun House, Forth Bridges and many other attractions. Local shops, pubs and restaurants are to be found ¾ of...

  • Linlithgow, near Edinburgh , Edinburgh and the Lothians
    Linlithgow, near Edinburgh , Edinburgh and the Lothians ×
    Newly Listed
    The Haymakers

    The Haymakers

    Linlithgow, near Edinburgh , Edinburgh and the Lothians

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    Ref: UK5283
    Key Features:
    - Luxury Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Based on a working farm and set within open countryside, where views can be enjoyed of the surrounding farmland, is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of city life.
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    Set on a working farm in the fertile West Lothian countryside, just 3 miles from the historic town of Linlithgow and with convenient access to the M9, Edinburgh, 20 miles and Stirling, 24 miles; this is a wonderfully central location with activities for all in easy reach. Tastefully designed with light, space and comfort in mind, The Haymakers is one of four cottages, perfect for families and friends to relax and enjoy this fascinating area. The Haymakers has a beautifully furnished and...
    Petronella
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    Strathspey
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  • Haddington, Edinburgh and the Lothians
    Haddington, Edinburgh and the Lothians×

    Eliza Cottage

    Haddington, Edinburgh and the Lothians

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    Ref: 28897
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    This single-storey holiday property will appeal to all tastes, with cycling, golfing, beaches, walking, historic houses and castles all nearby. This single-storey holiday property will appeal to all tastes, with cycling, golfing, beaches, walking, historic houses and castles all nearby.
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    With views of Traprain Law, this traditional, detached holiday cottage on a family farm is just 1.5 miles from Haddington and within easy reach of 19 golf courses and the lovely beaches of East Lothian. Spacious and comfortable, this is a peaceful spot from which to explore, with quiet side roads ideal for cycling, the Lammermuir Hills for great walks, and historic houses and castles to visit. Edinburgh is an easy day out, just 14 minutes by train from Drem, a relaxing way to make the most...

  • Kirknewton near East Calder, Edinburgh and the Lothians
    Kirknewton near East Calder, Edinburgh and the Lothians×

    Eilean Donan

    Kirknewton near East Calder, Edinburgh and the Lothians

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    Ref: CC531130
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    Looking out onto open farmland, this holiday property is set in a tranquil location, yet it is within and easy train journey to Edinburgh.
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    This delightful, centrally situated holiday cottage is perfect for easy access into Edinburgh by train from Kirknewton station, which is a five minute drive, and to explore the surrounding areas. It is set in the grounds of the owner’s home just off the A71, on the edge of a small collection of houses with an open outlook over farmland. It is very light and comfortable with a summerhouse and patio being ideal for relaxing after a day away. Nearby, visit Jupiter Artland, a contemporary...
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