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

    Allanbank

    Penicuik, near Edinburgh, Edinburgh and the Lothians

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    Key Features:
    - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio
    With easy access into Edinburgh and wonderful views, this cottage is also well placed for enjoying walks in the Pentland Hills.
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    Situated on the southern edge of Penicuik, Allanbank enjoys pleasant views over the north east valley. This compact semi-detached holiday cottage is part of a former weaver’s cottage dating 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 runs frequently to the city centre, (nearest bus stop just 2 minutes’ walk away, 10 minutes from Penicuik centre at...
  • 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,...

  • Cramond, near Edinburgh, Edinburgh and the Lothians
    Cramond, near Edinburgh, Edinburgh and the Lothians×

    Almond View

    Cramond, near Edinburgh, Edinburgh and the Lothians

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    Ref: UK5046
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Coast within 1 mile - Sea View
    A unique whitewashed 2 bedroomed B listed property with sea and river views from the open plan living space. Easy access to Edinburgh city centre.
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    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,...
  • Dunbar, Edinburgh and the Lothians
    Dunbar, Edinburgh and the Lothians×

    Clayron Cottage

    Dunbar, Edinburgh and the Lothians

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    Key Features:
    - 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...

  • 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....

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

    Marchmont

    Edinburgh, Edinburgh and the Lothians

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    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...
  • 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...

  • 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...

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

    Campbell’s Close Apt

    Edinburgh, Edinburgh and the Lothians

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    Ref: UGF
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    Delightful, spacious apartment in the heart of the Old Town, Holyrood Palace and Edinburgh Castle a short walk. Delightful, spacious apartment in the heart of the Old Town, Holyrood Palace and Edinburgh Castle a short walk.
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    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...

  • 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...
  • Blackridge, near Edinburgh, Edinburgh and the Lothians
    Blackridge, near Edinburgh, Edinburgh and the Lothians×

    Fascadale Croft

    Blackridge, near Edinburgh, Edinburgh and the Lothians

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    Ref: UK5027
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    Situated at the end of a ½ mile private drive, within the owner’s grounds midway between Glasgow and Edinburgh, an ideal base for touring.
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    This comfortable and welcoming detached holiday cottage is ideally situated for ease of access into Glasgow and Edinburgh, both around 30 minutes by train from nearby Blackridge station. The cottage is situated in the grounds of the owner’s home which is part of an initiative to develop lowland crofting in central Scotland and so has lots of surrounding space with good walks from the doorstep, with Blawhorn Moss Nature Reserve nearby. There is a wide range of activities to enjoy like...
  • 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....

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