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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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  • Garden Cottage

    Linlithgow, nr. Edinburgh

    Grade
    3
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    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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  • Shepherd House Cottage

    Inveresk, nr. Edinburgh

    Grade
    3
    2
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    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
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    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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  • Allanbank

    Penicuik, near Edinburgh

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: UK5040
    Situated on the edge of the village of Penicuik with views towards the Moorfoot Hills, this compact semi-detached holiday cottage is part of a former weaver’s cottage 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 passes along the road below, holiday makers can be exploring the city’s delights in no time, hassle-free. Rosslyn Chapel is four miles away with lovely woodland walks in Rosslyn Glen, and Glencorse Golf Course is just two miles.


    The Pentland Hills are a paradise for country lovers and walkers, and Glentress, near Peebles, 15 miles, has a superb range of mountain bike trails and there’s a treetop adventure waiting at Go Ape. Cyclists will enjoy the many local bike paths, including Roslin Glen. Peebles features some fabulous independent shops, restaurants and craft galleries, and for a change of scenery there’s easy access to the sandy beaches of East Lothian, the rolling Borders countryside and the Forth Bridge into Fife.

    Ground Floor: The property has 14 steps to the entrance, gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With Freeview TV.
    Kitchen/dining room: With gas cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.

    First Floor: Bedroom 2: With double bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and heated towel rail.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included.Garden with patio and furniture. Summerhouse. On road parking. NB: 10 steep steps in garden with alternative access.

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  • Campbell’s Close Apt

    Edinburgh

    Grade
    4
    2
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    Ref: UGF

    Close to the centre of Edinburgh, yet boasting a quiet location, this attractive and spacious ground floor holiday apartment is set back from busy Canongate, and approached by a small, secure, shared garden with shrubs and trees. Part of an old brewery conversion amidst beautiful landscaped gardens, including the gardens of Canongate Kirk, it is surrounded by the fascinating Old Town, with many shops and restaurants. Within just a few minutes’ walk are Holyrood Palace and Holyrood Abbey. North Bridge, Prince’s Street and Edinburgh Castle are just a 10-minute walk. Border country easily accessible. Shops 20 yards.

    Seven steps to private entrance. Sitting-room with gas ‘living-flame’ woodburner and dining area. Kitchen. Double bedroom. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower cubicle and toilet.

    • Gas ’living-flame’ woodburner included
    • Electricity, full gas central heating and bed linen included
    • Towels £10 per week
    • Cot
    • TV
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Shared enclosed garden
    • Free parking (6 mins away)

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  • Rowan Cottage

    Edinburgh

    Grade
    4
    2
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    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 Retreat Cottage

    North Berwick

    Grade
    4
    2
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    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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  • Angus Vale

    Edinburgh

    Grade
    4
    2
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    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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  • Newhall Cottages - Newhall Steading Cottage

    Carlops, nr. Penicuik

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: 30949

    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 for relaxing in and produces a great array of spring and summer flowers. Newhall Steading Cottage (ref 30949), skilfully converted from the original farm steading, is privately situated about 220 yards from Newhall House. The bright open-plan living area has a cosy woodburner and French doors leading to small terrace opposite a walled garden. Spittal Cottage (ref 30951) and Spittal Coach House (ref 30952) are set a mile away on a working hill sheep farm, bounded on its west side by a reservoir where brown trout fishing may be arranged and the bird hide is a great vantage point from which to watch ducks, geese and heron. Spittal Coach House is a spectacular conversion from an 18th-century farm steading. The beautifully light, spacious, oak floored living area has a central, double-sided woodburner and three huge arched windows opening onto a paved terrace. Spittal Cottage is a traditional, south-facing farm cottage, with fine views and a delightful cosy living room and stunning walking from the doorstep. The nearby North Esk Glen has over a mile of delightful paths, some steep, with a rich variety of wildlife. The patient observer may be rewarded by a glimpse of an otter or badger. The village of West Linton, 5 miles, has local shops, a pub and good restaurant, while Carlops, 1½ miles, has a pub serving food. Shop and restaurant 4½ miles, pub 1½ miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room with French doors/dining room/kitchen. Utility room. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (zip and link, can be twin) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Freeview TV. Patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars).

    All properties: Woodburner in living room included. Biomass central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on request. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Access to owners’ 2-acre walled garden. Shared grounds. Trout fishing on estate on request (licence needed). Pets welcome - to be kept on lead, sheep country. No smoking.

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  • Torduff Cottage

    Edinburgh

    Grade
    4
    2
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    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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  • Quay Cottage

    Cramond, Edinburgh

    Grade
    4
    2
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    Ref: 25417

    Perched above Cramond harbour on the River Almond with views over the Firth of Forth, this charming, terraced holiday cottage is tucked into a pretty garden, close to the ancient Kirk and the renowned Cramond Inn. Enjoy beach and shoreline walks, whatever the season or weather. Edinburgh city centre is just 4 miles with easy access by bus from the main road. Glasgow 40 minutes drive, or head over the Forth Bridge to explore Perthshire and Fife. Shops 1 mile, pub 20 yards, bistro 10 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed garden and furniture. On road parking. No smoking. NB: 9 steps to the property.

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  • Tigh Na Geat

    Damhead, nr. Edinburgh

    Grade
    4
    2
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    1
    Ref: 28647

    Under thirty minutes from Edinburgh Castle, this comfortable, semi-detached holiday cottage has views of the Pentland Hills. Close by, you can visit the historic Rosslyn Chapel, or try dry slope skiing and wonderful walks from Midlothian snowsports centre, and much more. There is so much to see and do in Edinburgh whenever you visit - superb museums and galleries, great restaurants and shopping and of course the castle and Holyrood House are widely popular. There is a good pub restaurant under 1 mile and extensive shopping centres are only five minutes’ drive away. Shop 1½ miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining/sun room. Kitchen with breakfast area. 2 double bedrooms, one with additional Z-bed (for alternative sleeping). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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