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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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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Ashlea Ref: SPPZ

This delightful holiday cottage is on Goose Green in the heart of the village of Gullane, only 20 minutes from Edinburgh by train. One of a small row of three, it is close to a wonderful sandy beach, within walking distance of four renowned golf courses including the world famous Muirfield, and has an array of restaurants, pubs and delightfully individual shops all within a few minutes’ walk. In short, there is something for everyone. Tastefully furnished and decorated, this very comfortable cottage has a bright, sunny living room and well-appointed kitchen. Take a boat trip from North Berwick round the Bass Rock, explore ancient Tantallon Castle or simply savour the peace and watch the world go by. Shop and pub 200 yards.

Large living room with ‘coal-effect’ gas fire. Well-equipped kitchen/dining room. Utility. Separate toilet. First floor: Two twin bedrooms. Single bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Electricity ‘coal-effect’ fire included
  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Freeview TV
  • DVD
  • CD
  • iPod dock
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi available by arrangement at £10per week
  • Enclosed garden with furniture
  • Roadside parking
  • No smoking

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£336-£790
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Quay Cottage 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.

This property is close to Gleneagles where the 2014 Ryder Cup took place, come and play a round of golf all year round on this world-renowned course.

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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£267-£1099
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
4
Pets
2

Perfect for a relaxing break, offering country living at its best, just a 10 minute stroll from the beach and within easy reach of Edinburgh’s city pleasures, these two stylish and delightful properties sit near a picturesque lake within 150 acres of stunning parkland and woodlands surrounding the elegant Georgian mansion of Broxmouth. Visitors are welcome to roam the park, spotting roe deer among the trees and enjoying trout fishing on the lake and stream or simply relaxing at the water’s edge, watching out for the local heron swooping in to pinch the fish. The main house sits close to the site of the Battle of Dunbar and the grounds themselves are steeped in history – the mount from where Cromwell commanded the battle is located in the garden and a beautiful cedar tree in the park was planted in 1878 by Queen Victoria in memory of her beloved Albert. Set beside Dunbar Golf Links – with its wonderful views over the Firth of Forth and out to Bass Rock – and within a short drive of many other courses, Broxmouth Park is also a golfers’ haven, whilst its location at the foot of the Lammermuir Hills affords numerous opportunities for keen walkers. The John Muir Way links this area to both Edinburgh and the Borders, with magnificent walking on marked coastal pathways. The coastline abounds with glorious, unspoilt beaches and both sea fishing and seal spotting boat trips depart from the harbour at Dunbar. Home to Concorde and many other aircraft, the Museum of Flight (9 miles) is well worth exploring and at the Seabird Centre at North Berwick visitors can watch the puffins nesting on Bass Rock or gannets diving into the sea. Musselburgh Racecourse (24 miles) offers a great day out, and horse riding, tennis, cycle hire and an indoor swimming pool are all found in and around Dunbar (1 mile), which also offers a selection of shops, pubs and restaurants as well as a station for the 20 minute train journey to the centre of beautiful Edinburgh city. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile

Ground floor: Living room with French doors. Dining room. Kitchen with breakfast area. 1 single bedroom. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one with sleigh bed and additional double sofa bed, 1 twin with en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Shower room with toilet. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Z-bed available.

Gas CH inc. Gas Aga. Garden and furniture.

Both properties: Elec, bed linen and towels inc. Freeview TV/DVD. M/wave. W/machine. T/dryer. D/washer. Freezer. Wi-fi. Shared 150-acre grounds. BBQ. Parking. Fishing foc. Hot tub. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Stream and lake in grounds.

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£1522-£1522
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Torduff Cottage 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. 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. Pet free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: 7 steps from road to garden.

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£317-£735
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
The Coach House 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.

This property is close to Gleneagles where the 2014 Ryder Cup took place, come and play a round of golf all year round on this world-renowned course.

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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£290-£965
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0

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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£321-£1139
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Queenshill 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. Within walking distance of the West End and Murrayfield, and with easy access to the airport and main routes to explore further afield. Shop 20 yards, pubs 50 yards.

This property is close to Gleneagles where the 2014 Ryder Cup took place, come and play a round of golf all year round on this world-renowned course.

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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£367-£1020
Shortlist
Grade 0 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Goose Cottage 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.

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£300-£630
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0
Kingswood Cottage Ref: W4379

Close to the beach

In a lovely quiet residential location in the East Lothian village of Longniddry, is this attractive, extremely cosy and completely self-contained, single-storey wing of a delightful family home. It has the benefit of standing in a large enclosed garden and a short walk over the links golf course takes you to the beach. This beautiful coastline, with its sandy bays and rugged rocks is inlaid with some of Scotland’s oldest and best golf courses. The festival city of Edinburgh (15 miles) offers theatres, galleries and a good choice of gourmet restaurants and stylish shops and the city is easily reached by train from Longniddry (15 minutes). This is an excellent holiday location for touring the delightful Scottish Borders. Shop, pub and restaurant 0.5 miles.

All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. Microwave. Washing machine. Shared, enclosed, lawned garden and furniture. Parking (1 car).

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£247-£539
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Greenpark Ref: 29858

An ideal base for discovering Edinburgh, this comfortably furnished, ground floor holiday apartment with parking is in a quiet development near Liberton golf course. There are frequent buses taking approximately 12 minutes to the famous Princes Street. Explore the wonderful museums, galleries and historic buildings of this vibrant city, which is particularly multi-cultural during the festival in August and at New Year. Extensive range of restaurants, pubs, entertainment and shopping, all there to be enjoyed. Not to be missed are Edinburgh Castle, and the now decommissioned Royal Yacht Britannia. There is also a supermarket just 10 minutes away. Beach 4 miles. Shop 500 yards, pub and restaurant 250 yards.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 2 double bedrooms, one (4ft). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Gas central heating, electricity, gas, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD and small library. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Shared lawned area. Parking (2 cars). Pet free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£505-£1046
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2
Orchard Cottage Ref: W8874

Wonderful idyllic setting

In an idyllic setting, at the end of a quiet country track in beautiful countryside, this 150 year old converted barn, tucked into a sunny flower-filled courtyard is an oasis of peace and tranquillity. Situated in East Lothian, this is an excellent base for visiting historic towns and villages, exploring wide sandy beaches or playing golf on excellent courses, including Muirfield, Gullane, North Berwick and Dunbar. Edinburgh, the dynamic capital city, with its lively cosmopolitan atmosphere is 22 miles away and Haddington, an historic riverside town is only 4 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 2.5 miles.

Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 1 twin bedroom.

Oil central heating and electricity included (first £10per week included October-March, remainder by meter reading). Bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Stereo/CD. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Enclosed courtyard and furniture. Parking (2 cars).

WAS
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£545-£545
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0

This beautifully light, comfortable garden apartment, just 30 minutes by bus from Edinburgh’s Princes Street, is an ideal holiday destination to make the most of this vibrant capital city and also to enjoy walking from the doorstep to the Pentland Hills, or along the Water of Leith. Visit the lovely border countryside or over the Forth Road Bridge to the fishing villages of Fife. Also readily accessible are galleries, museums, great shops and restaurants, ancient castles and palaces. Shop, pub and restaurants 220 yards.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room with patio doors. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double with patio doors, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Separate toilet.

Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. iPod dock. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Small enclosed garden with patio and furniture. On road parking. Cycle store. No smoking.

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£237-£1021
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