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

    Clayron Cottage

    Dunbar, Edinburgh and the Lothians

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    Ref: 29526
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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...

  • 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...
  • Innerwick, near Dunbar, Edinburgh and the Lothians
    Innerwick, near Dunbar, Edinburgh and the Lothians×

    Lakeside Retreat

    Innerwick, near Dunbar, Edinburgh and the Lothians

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    Ref: W43010
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio
    Situated on a holiday park with shared use of site facilities with walks from the door and and golf nearby. Situated on a holiday park with shared use of site facilities with walks from the door and and golf nearby.
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    This holiday lodge is set by a river-fed fishing lake in the grounds of Thurston Manor, Holiday Park. Close to the Lammermuir Hills and within minutes of beaches in East Lothian, and Edinburgh is under 40 minutes’ drive away. It is separated from, but near the shared facilities; indoor swimming pool, gym, sauna, bar/restaurant and shop. Walks from the doorstep. Golf courses are a short drive away in Dunbar. Take a boat trip from North Berwick to see the gannets on the Bass Rock....

  • 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...

  • 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....

  • 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,...

  • Dunbar, East Lothian,
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    Golden Oak Chalet

    Dunbar, East Lothian,

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    Ref: CC531118
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio
    Detached timber chalet situated within a 400 acres working farm close to the coastal town of Dunbar
     
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    The Golden Oak Chalet is situated on a working farm in the coastal town of Dunbar, East Lothian. Idyllic, with spectacular views of the Bass Rock and the Fife coast, you are guaranteed glorious sunsets. The town of Dunbar is approximately 2 miles from the Golden Oak Chalet. Dunbar has many shops and cafes which sell local produce. Other local tourist attractions include Links Golf course, East Links Family Park, Foxlake Wakeboarding, as well as the John Muir walkway, cycle paths and miles...
  • 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...
  • 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...

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

    Newhall Cottages - Spittal Cottage

    Carlops, near Penicuik, Edinburgh and the Lothians

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    Ref: 30951
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    A traditional southfacing cottage set in wonderful countryside with fishing and delightful walking available on the estate. A traditional southfacing cottage set in wonderful countryside with fishing and delightful walking available on the estate.
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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 - Newhall Steading Cottage
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    Newhall Cottages - The Bothy
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  • Gullane, Edinburgh and the Lothians
    Gullane, Edinburgh and the Lothians×

    Ashlea

    Gullane, Edinburgh and the Lothians

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    Ref: SPPZ
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile
    A 20 minute train ride will take you into the heart of Edinburgh where you’ll be spoilt for choice with attractions for all ages. A 20 minute train ride will take you into the heart of Edinburgh where you’ll be spoilt for choice with attractions for all ages.
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    This delightful holiday cottage is on Goose Green in the heart of the village of Gullane, only 20 minutes from Edinburgh by train. One of a small row of three, it is close to a wonderful sandy beach, within walking distance of four renowned golf courses including the world famous Muirfield, and has an array of restaurants, pubs and delightfully individual shops all within a few minutes’ walk. In short, there is something for everyone. Tastefully furnished and decorated, this...

  • 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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