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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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  • 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....

  • Gladhouse Reservoir near Gorebridge, Edinburgh and the Lothians
    Gladhouse Reservoir near Gorebridge, Edinburgh and the Lothians×

    The Small Cottage

    Gladhouse Reservoir near Gorebridge, Edinburgh and the Lothians

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    Ref: CC531112
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    - Garden / Patio
    Newly renovated detached cottage for 4 adjacent to Gladstone Reservoir yet close to Edinburgh
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    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...
  • Linlithgow, near Edinburgh , Edinburgh and the Lothians
    Linlithgow, near Edinburgh , Edinburgh and the Lothians ×

    The Haymakers

    Linlithgow, near Edinburgh , Edinburgh and the Lothians

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    Ref: UK5283
    Key Features:
    - Luxury Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Based on a working farm and set within open countryside, where views can be enjoyed of the surrounding farmland, is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of city life.
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    Set on a working farm in the fertile West Lothian countryside, just 3 miles from the historic town of Linlithgow and with convenient access to the M9, Edinburgh, 20 miles and Stirling, 24 miles; this is a wonderfully central location with activities for all in easy reach. Tastefully designed with light, space and comfort in mind, The Haymakers is one of four cottages, perfect for families and friends to relax and enjoy this fascinating area. The Haymakers has a beautifully furnished and...
    Petronella
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    Strathspey
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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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    Ref: UK5040
    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...
  • Dunbar, Edinburgh and the Lothians
    Dunbar, Edinburgh and the Lothians×

    Clayron Cottage

    Dunbar, Edinburgh and the Lothians

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    Ref: 29526
    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...

  • Oldhamstocks, By Dunbar, Edinburgh and the Lothians
    Oldhamstocks, By Dunbar, Edinburgh and the Lothians×

    Oldhamstocks Cottage

    Oldhamstocks, By Dunbar, Edinburgh and the Lothians

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    Ref: SBBU
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Open Fire
    Ideal family location for visiting Edinburgh, Berwick-on-Tweed, Holy Island, Bamburgh and Alnwick Castles and beaches. Ideal family location for visiting Edinburgh, Berwick-on-Tweed, Holy Island, Bamburgh and Alnwick Castles and beaches.
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    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...

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

    Newhall Cottages - Newhall Steading Cottage

    Carlops, near Penicuik, Edinburgh and the Lothians

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    Ref: 30949
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Sharing a 2-acre walled garden and set on a large estate, this cottage is 14 miles from Edinburgh. Sharing a 2-acre walled garden and set on a large estate, this cottage is 14 miles from Edinburgh.
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    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...

    Newhall Cottages - The Bothy
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  • Corstorphine, Edinburgh, Edinburgh and the Lothians
    Corstorphine, Edinburgh, Edinburgh and the Lothians×

    Manse Cottage

    Corstorphine, Edinburgh, Edinburgh and the Lothians

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    Ref: 19206
    Key Features:
    - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio
    On the outskirts of Edinburgh with frequent buses to the city centre, and easy access to Glasgow, Fife and the Borders. On the outskirts of Edinburgh with frequent buses to the city centre, and easy access to Glasgow, Fife and the Borders.
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    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,...

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

    The Hayloft

    Balerno, near Edinburgh, Edinburgh and the Lothians

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    Ref: UK5319
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Perfectly placed for enjoying the surrounding beautiful countryside and the cosmopolitan city of Edinburgh.
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    Offering the best of both worlds, situated in peaceful countryside amid the rolling Pentland Hills and just 10 miles from Edinburgh city centre, this striking holiday cottage has been created from an original barn. Adjoining the owner’s home and with its own private enclosed garden, there are stylish contemporary furnishings giving comfort and warmth, and specially crafted stained glass and woodwork to recall the rustic charm of the old hayloft.
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  • 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...
  • Edinburgh, Edinburgh and the Lothians
    Edinburgh, Edinburgh and the Lothians×

    Marchmont

    Edinburgh, Edinburgh and the Lothians

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    Ref: CC531128
    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×

    Angus Vale

    Edinburgh, Edinburgh and the Lothians

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    Ref: 24491
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities
    This traditional single-storey cottage is in a quiet residential area, convenient for the city centre, golf and beaches. This traditional single-storey cottage is in a quiet residential area, convenient for the city centre, golf and beaches.
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    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...

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