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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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  • Shepherd House Cottage

    Inveresk, nr. Edinburgh

    Grade
    3
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: SQW

    Only 20 minutes’ drive from Edinburgh, this charming and well-equipped holiday cottage looks out over the owner’s plantsman’s garden, featured in Rosemary Verey’s Secret Gardens and numerous magazines. Very privately set with its own entrance and small garden, and adjoining the owner’s home, the cottage is in the heart of Inveresk, an 18th-century village with many fine period houses and the NT garden at 17th-century Inveresk Lodge. The delights of the city or the coast are in easy reach with good local shopping and the racecourse in Musselburgh, 1 mile. A vast diversity of entertainment and eating places in Edinburgh, which is equally accessible by train from Musselburgh. Six superb golf courses, including the Open Championship course at Muirfield, within a ½-hour drive. Shops 1 mile.

    Traditionally furnished sitting-room with dining area and patio door overlooking garden. Steep stairs to gallery single bedroom (for +1). Modern, well-equipped kitchen. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Large double bedroom (two singles zipped together).

    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Electricity blankets
    • Cot
    • High chair
    • TV
    • Stereo/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Telephone at cost
    • Small front garden
    • Roadside parking
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities

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  • Cobble Cottage

    Cramond Village, Edinburgh

    Grade
    3
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 28388

    This ground floor holiday apartment is situated in an historic building looking out to the ancient harbour on the River Almond and the tiny islands in the River Forth. With easy access into Edinburgh city centre and over the Forth Bridge to Fife and Perthshire. Discover many walks from the doorstep; across a tidal causeway to Cramond Island, along the river past tumbling falls or along the long sandy beach, this is the ideal spot for a relaxing break. The neighbouring gallery and bistro offers special breakfast rates and there are many good pubs and restaurants nearby. Shop ⅓ mile, pub 50 yards and restaurant adjacent to property.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single (no window). Shower room with toilet. Low ceilings throughout.

    Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. Partial Economy 7, electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Electric hob. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Washing machine. On road parking. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Unfenced river 20 yards.

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  • Garden Cottage

    Linlithgow, nr. Edinburgh

    Grade
    3
    2
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    1
    Ref: SYS

    This attractive town cottage has been converted from a former stable and has its own south-facing terrace and walled garden – within walking distance of all the amenities of historic Linlithgow, with fine views over the Royal Palace, its parkland and loch. Delightfully set in the grounds of the owner’s home, it is furnished with antique pine and has great charm and character. Shops, restaurants, bars, leisure centre, canal and a railway station with regular 20-minute links to Edinburgh can all be found within a few hundred yards. Many places of interest in the Forth area, including famous golf courses, outlet shopping, Falkirk Wheel, country parks and Stirling Castle (20 minutes by car). Convenient for Edinburgh, Glasgow and southern Scotland. Cosily heated, this property is ideal for holidays at any time of the year. Shops 100 yards.

    Ground floor: Double bedroom. Single bedroom. Shower room and toilet. First floor: Open-plan sitting/dining room with kitchen area.

    • Electricity, full NSH, bed linen and towels included
    • Freeview TV
    • Stereo/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Private walled garden with furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking for 1 car only (access from gravel parking area via steps to cottage)

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  • Lakeside Retreat

    Innerwick, nr. Dunbar

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: W43010

    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. Shop, pub and restaurant 800 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating included (£30per week, £15 per short break November-March). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Shared laundry facilities. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi in shared leisure area. Private enclosed decking area with furniture. Extensive shared grounds. On-site fly fishing by day permit. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking. No children under 2 years. NB: Unfenced lake 6 yards.

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  • Angus Vale

    Edinburgh

    Grade
    4
    2
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    1
    Ref: 24491

    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 Holyrood Palace. Shop 800 yards, pub 1/2 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating included (£50per week October-April). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Enclosed sitting-out area with furniture. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking.

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  • The Retreat Cottage

    North Berwick

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 29882


    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, Tantallon Castle which is a spectacular ruin, take a boat trip to the Bass Rock or simply enjoy the peaceful surroundings of the aptly named, Retreat Cottage. There is an unrivalled choice of golf courses nearby. Beach ½ mile. Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with beams. 2 steps to kitchen. 2 twin bedrooms. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Shared sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking. Cycle store. No smoking. NB: Fenced pond in grounds.

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  • The Small Cottage

    Gladhouse Reservoir near Gorebridge

    Grade
    4
    2
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    1
    Ref: CC531112
    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 old Scots Pine trees and red brick lined borders. Inside the cottage there is a welcoming open plan living area comprising a fully fitted and well equipped kitchen, breakfast bar area and lounge space with leather sofa. Patio doors lead out into the garden and a tantalising glimpse of the reservoir through the trees. The master bedroom at the opposite end of the cottage has a luxurious leather framed bed and bi-folding patio doors leading out to a small patio area and a further glimpse of the reservoir beyond. The compact second bedroom has twin beds and is ideal for children. The cottage backs onto open farmland with grazing sheep and views out over the Pentland Hills. It is only a short stroll down to the reservoir itself and there are miles of quiet roads and marked trails to walk and cycle within the surrounding countryside.

    Ground Floor: Property is all on ground floor level heated by gas and comprises:
    Open plan lounge/kitchen/diner:
    Lounge Area: With Free view TV and DVD, patio doors leading out to garden
    Kitchen/Dining Area: With electric oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, breakfast bar and seating for four.
    Utility: With washing machine and good hanging space for outdoor clothing
    Bedroom 1: With king size be and bi-folding doors leading onto patio area
    Bedroom 2: With single beds and views over farmland
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin.

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair availableFully enclosed garden. Outdoor furniture and BBQ (coals not included), garden shed for outdoor equipment storage. Boat fishing only permitted at reservoir, guests are advised to book boats in advance (contact Drew on 07515 164 670). Off road parking for 2 cars. NB: 100 yards walk to reservoir shoreline. Property is located next to a working farm and deep water area.

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  • Almond View

    Cramond, near Edinburgh

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: UK5046
    With marvellous views of the River Almond and out towards Cramond Island, this beautifully situated terraced holiday property is within a B listed granary built into the slope in 1605. Furnished and decorated to maximise the views, this is a pretty and very comfortable home with beach walks from the doorstep or over the tidal causeway to Cramond Island. Access into Edinburgh by bus takes about 20 minutes where galleries, museums and refreshments of every variety can be found. Conveniently, the local pub is just 2 minutes walk and there is a small bistro on the harbour front which is open throughout the day, an ideal refuelling stop after a walk up to the waterfalls on the River Almond. Shop 1 mile, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

    First Floor: Steps to entrance. All on first floor with ground floor access from rear.
    Open plan living space.
    Living area: With Freeview TV.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area:
    Galley style with electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1:
    With kingsize bed.
    Bedroom 2: With kingsize bed and z bed (for flexible sleeping arrangements).
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.

    Gas, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Sitting-out area with garden furniture. On road parking. No smoking.

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  • Torduff Cottage

    Edinburgh

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 29374


    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 a mile away in historic Colinton Village. A regular bus service to Princes Street, is a 10-minute walk or 2-minute drive from the property. There you can savour Edinburgh’s unique atmosphere with wonderful museums, galleries, restaurants, shops and monuments. Shop, pub and restaurant ¾ mile.

    Two steps to entrance. All on ground floor. Living/dining room. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 single with additional pull out single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. Gas central heating (controlled by owner), electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD and small library. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Garden with patio and furniture. Swings. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking. NB: 7 steps from road to garden.

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  • Rowan Cottage

    Edinburgh

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 30480

    Conveniently located to the west of Edinburgh city centre, just 20 minutes by bus to Princes Street with a frequent service, this terraced holiday cottage is on a peaceful residential side street. The light and comfortable living room is an ideal spot to relax after a day exploring the city. Edinburgh Zoo is just 15 minutes’ walk from the cottage and is well worth a visit. There is easy access to the airport, Glasgow and Perth are 50 minutes away and just over an hour away is St Andrews. The main road is just a 2-minute walk away with direct buses to both Glasgow and Stirling. For those who are wanting to visit Murrayfield Stadium, this is just a 10-minute bus journey away. There are superb theatres, museums and restaurants to suit all tastes within the city and good pubs within walking distance. Edinburgh is especially vibrant during August for the Festival & Fringe and at New Year for music and fireworks, but there is lots to see and do any time of the year. Shop and pub serving food ¼ mile.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin (zip and link, can be 6ft double on request). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas coal-effect fire in living room included. Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freesat TV. DVD and small library. Stereo/CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Small, enclosed garden. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • The Coach House

    Ratho, nr. Edinburgh

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: UZU

    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 and, of course, the beautiful city of Edinburgh are all within easy access. Golf close by. Guests receive 10% discount in the owner’s award winnning pub, 5 minutes’ walk. Shops ½ mile.

    Living/dining room with wood-burning stove. Well-equipped modern kitchen with door to terrace. Double bedroom with steps up to en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Twin bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Cot
    • High chair
    • TV (Freeview)
    • Video
    • DVD
    • Stereo/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Decked terrace and furniture
    • Shared 17-acre garden with natural woodland and grounds
    • Parking (for 3 cars)
    • Cycle storage
    • No smoking

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  • Marchmont

    Edinburgh

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: CC531128
    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 and many of the annual festival and Fringe events, there is much to explore from this convenient base.

    Third Floor: The property is all on the third floor, has gas central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space.
    Lounge area: Large with wooden floor, Freeview TV, DVD player and CD player.
    Dining area: With wooden floor.
    Kitchen area: Large with microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With zip and link twin beds (which can be made to super king size, please advise when booking).
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot available. Wi-Fi. Car park ½ mile at cost). No smoking.

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