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Find cottages in 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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  • Goose Cottage

    Drumcrosshall, Bathgate near Edinburgh

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: CC531006
    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 has a leather sofa and two easy chairs. The lounge and kitchen are open plan and boasts a wood burning stove.  A picture window looks out into the west facing courtyard. The fully fitted kitchen is well equipped and from here there is access onto the private, fully enclosed east facing garden. From the garden you are looking out onto open countryside and on a clear day you can see Arthur’s Seat at Edinburgh. Both first floor bedrooms are beautifully coordinated and have coombed ceilings with velux windows. This lovely cottage sits in a quiet converted steading and is only a short drive from shops and eateries.

    Ground Floor: Property has electric heaters and comprises:
    Open plan lounge/dining/ kitchen
    Lounge Area: With wood burning stove, Free View TV, DVD, iPod docking station and radio and selection of DVDs
    Dining Area: With circular table and chairs
    Kitchen Area: With electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and washing machine.
    Shower Room: With shower enclosure, WC and wash basin

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With king size bed 
    Bedroom 2: With super king size bed (zip n link which can be split into two single beds if required)

    All power, bed linen and towels included. First supply of wood for stove supplied. Cot, high chair, stair gate and fire guard available on request. Wireless broadband connection available.Bike store. Enclosed garden with outdoor seating, bench swing and BBQ (coals not supplied). Off road parking for 2 cars.

  • Oldhamstocks Cottage

    Oldhamstocks, By Dunbar

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: SBBU

    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 within 30 minutes. Oldhamstocks is just 10 minutes from the beach or Dunbar railway station, from where visitors can take the train to Edinburgh (22 minutes). Hill walking from the door, a dog lover’s paradise, especially the fabulous Southern Upland Way, and St Abbs Head for diving or bird watching. Ideal location for a peaceful break in any season. Shop 2 miles.

    Living room with open fire. Kitchen/dining room. Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Open fire - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • TV
    • Video
    • DVD
    • CD
    • iPod dock
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Small enclosed garden with furniture
    • Garage (for 2 cars)
    • Cycle store
    • No smoking

  • 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.

  • Westland Cottage

    Edinburgh

    Grade
    4
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: 26090

    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 500 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom (zip and link). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. High chair. Two Freeview TVs. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Parking (1 car).

  • Manse Cottage

    Corstorphine, Edinburgh

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 19206

    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, Edinburgh Castle, galleries, theatres, museums and activities too numerous to list are yours to enjoy. Shops and pubs 50 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. Sun room. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Video. DVD. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Shared enclosed garden. No smoking.

  • Campbell’s Close Apt

    Edinburgh

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    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)

  • 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.

  • Newhall Cottages - Newhall Steading Cottage

    Carlops, nr. Penicuik

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: 30949

    These four 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. 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. The Bothy (ref 30950) is adjacent to Newhall Steading Cottage and is a tiny haven for two, with a galley kitchen and compact living area opening onto the garden and courtyard beyond. The owners’ 2-acre walled garden is a peaceful spot for relaxing in and produces a great array of spring and summer flowers. 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.

    Woodburner in living room included. Freeview TV. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Pets to be kept on a lead, sheep country.

    All properties: Biomass central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on request. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Wi-fi. Access to owners’ 2-acre walled garden. Shared grounds. Trout fishing on estate on request (licence needed). No smoking.

  • 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 zip and link twin beds (can be made to super kingsize on request).
    Bedroom 2: With double bed.
    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.

  • Clayron Cottage

    Dunbar

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 29526


    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 of Flight to see Concorde, or the Seabird Centre to watch puffins nesting on the Bass Rock. Musselburgh Racecourse makes a fun day out, while riding, tennis, cycle hire and indoor swimming are all available in and around Dunbar, 1 mile. The town also offers a range of shops, galleries, pubs and restaurants and the station for the 20-minute rail journey into Edinburgh city centre. Beach 2 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. Utility area. Sun room. Wet room with toilet. Narrow stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (zip and link, can be twin), 1 single with additional pull-out single.

    Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking. Cycle store. No smoking.

  • 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. Wi-Fi. Garden with patio and furniture. Summerhouse. On road parking. NB: 10 steep steps in garden with alternative access.

  • The Wheelhouse

    Nr. Linlithgow

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: S4481

    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 an 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. Historic Linlithgow’s many amenities are 4 miles; Edinburgh is a 25 mile drive, or by train (every 15 minutes) from Linlithgow.

    Ground floor: Living room/kitchen. Dining room. Utility room. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. First floor: 2 double bedrooms. Shower room with toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freesat TV. DVD. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Payphone. Garden and furniture. Two verandahs. Parking. Hot tub. Fishing foc. No smoking. NB: Unfenced river in garden.

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