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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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  • Manse Cottage

    Corstorphine, Edinburgh

    Grade
    4
    2
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    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. On road parking. No smoking.

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  • Queenshill

    Edinburgh

    Grade
    4
    2
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    Ref: 19674

    Ideal for a city break

    With wonderful views of Edinburgh Castle and the city skyline from the living room, this spacious third floor holiday apartment, with parking, is in a quiet location, 5 minutes’ bus ride from the west end of Princes Street. Very comfortably furnished and thoughtfully decorated, this is the ideal base from which to explore this fabulous city. Explore the magnificent wide avenues of the New Town with elegant wine bars and restaurants, and the contrasting ancient narrow and cobbled wynds between Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace. Wonderful (free) Museum of Natural History and the National Art Galleries. Queenshill is within a 15-minute walk from Murrayfield Stadium. Also, it is within walking distance of the West End, and has easy access to the airport and main routes to explore further afield. Golf is available close by and the coast is within 3 miles. Shop 20 yards, pubs 50 yards.

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

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Parking (1 car) plus visitor parking. No smoking.

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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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  • Marchmont

    Edinburgh

    Grade
    4
    2
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    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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  • Tigh Na Geat

    Damhead, nr. Edinburgh

    Grade
    4
    2
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    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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  • Westland Cottage

    Edinburgh

    Grade
    4
    1
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    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).

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  • Oldhamstocks Cottage

    Oldhamstocks, By Dunbar

    Grade
    4
    2
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    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

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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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  • 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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  • Allanbank

    Penicuik, near Edinburgh

    Grade
    4
    2
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    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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  • 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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  • Fascadale Croft

    Blackridge near Edinburgh

    Grade
    4
    2
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    2
    Ref: UK5027
    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 the family friendly country parks at Beecraigs and Polkemmet, 5 Sisters Zoo, the Falkirk Wheel and the magnificent Kelpies, two 30-metre high horse-head sculptures. Trout fishing is available at Hillend Reservoir (licence required) just over three miles away.

    Ground Floor: The property has gas central heating and comprises:
    Bedroom 1: With twin beds, Freeview TV and en-suite with shower and WC.

    First Floor: Lounge/dining room: With Freesat TV, Playstation 3 and dining table which can convert to a pool/games table.
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge with ice box and washing machine.
    Bedroom 2: With kingsize bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and highchair available. Laundry facilities by arrangement.

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