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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
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0

This 18th century former gardeners cottage is quietly situated on the edge of the ruined William Adam designed Mavisbank Estate. It forms a wing of the owners house, their large attractive walled garden can be gained by a French door in the spacious bedroom. The surrounding area attracts an abundance of wild and birdlife. Tastefully furnished and decorated, it makes an excellent holiday base for touring with easy access to Roslyn Chapel (where ’The Da Vinci Code’ was filmed), the Borders, East Lothian, and Fife. Edinburgh centre, 7 miles. Fishing, riding, golf, dry ski slope nearby. Shops and pubs 1½ miles.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

Oil central heating included (£25per week October-April). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Video and small library. CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Shared use of large garden with ruined Palladian gazebo and furniture. Barbecue. Parking. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: There is a pond in the garden.

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£238-£617
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0
Filters Cottage Ref: 27228

This charming, semi-detached holiday cottage, attached to the owner’s home, is in a rural setting, above historic town of Linlithgow, with views to the Forth Bridge from the garden - an ideal location. Centrally placed to explore Edinburgh or Glasgow, 20 and 30 minutes by train, the Borders, Perthshire and Fife. An ideal rural base from which to enjoy Edinburgh Festival. Explore Beecraigs Country Park, the Pentland Hills, Linlithgow Palace, Hopetoun House or House of the Binns. Golf, 2 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

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.

2 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. 1 double (5ft zip and link) with en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Central heating by ground source heat pump, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Laundry service. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Front garden. Small enclosed sitting-out area and furniture. Ample parking. Cycle store. No smoking. Friday to Friday. No children except babes in arms.

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£357-£675
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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
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2
Sailor’s Cottage Ref: 30229


Set in an enviable position, looking out to the river front harbour and scattered islands in the Firth of Forth in historic Cramond village. This delightful holiday cottage is part of a B listed, 1605 grain store with river views from the open-plan kitchen and two of the bedrooms, and offers contemporary comfort and style in abundance. It has main door access from a flight of steps linking the harbour to the street above and has a gallery bistro below – perfect for a leisurely breakfast by the riverside. Easy access into Edinburgh city centre, approximately 20 minutes by bus for fantastic range of galleries, theatres and restaurants. Go over the Forth Bridge to explore Fife and Perthshire, or south into the Scottish Borders. Enjoy strolling along the beach, across the tidal causeway to Cramond Island or along to the waterfalls on the River Almond. Golfing enthusiasts will enjoy a trip to Royal Burgess Golfing Society, located nearby. Beach 180 yards. Shop 1 mile, pub serving food 180 yards.

First floor: Dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 single with additional pull-out single. Shower room with toilet. Narrow, open tread stairs to second floor: Living room with sloping ceiling. 1 double (5ft) bedroom with sloping ceiling and en-suite shower room with toilet.

Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. Satellite TV. Gas range. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. On road parking. Pets free of charge. NB: River 33 yards.

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£365-£1144
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Manse Cottage 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.

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.

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. Friday to Friday.

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£234-£958
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0
Bankhead Cottage Ref: W40495

Wonderful views / Jacuzzi bath

Wonderful views

On a working farm in beautiful open countryside with views overlooking the magnificence of the Forth Bridges to Edinburgh beyond, this delightful cottage offers excellent holiday accommodation. It is situated only 3 miles from the silver sands of the beach of the picturesque village of Aberdour, with its fine castle and interesting little shops and tearooms. There is easy access by train from the village to Edinburgh, only 20 minutes away, perfect for sightseeing without the parking stress. Or drive through the lovely fishing villages of the East Neuk to St Andrews. Deep Sea World 5 miles. Golf 2 miles and excellent walking and cycling on the Fife Coastal Path. Shop, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

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.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet. Open-tread stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with Jacuzzi bath, bidet and toilet.

Oil central heating and electricity included (£20per week October-April). Bed linen and towels included. Cot. Travel cot. High chair. Video. DVD and small library. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Enclosed lawned garden and furniture. Children’s play area. Ample parking. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£458-£1189
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Rowan Cottage 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. Friday to Friday.

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£269-£931
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
The Small Cottage 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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£275-£510
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
3
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
Cobble Cottage Ref: 28388

This ground floor holiday apartment is situated in an historic building looking out to the ancient harbour on the River Almond and the tiny islands in the River Forth. With easy access into Edinburgh city centre and over the Forth Bridge to Fife and Perthshire. Discover many walks from the doorstep; across a tidal causeway to Cramond Island, along the river past tumbling falls or along the long sandy beach, this is the ideal spot for a relaxing break. The neighbouring gallery and bistro offers special breakfast rates and there are many good pubs and restaurants nearby. Shop ⅓ mile, pub 50 yards and restaurant adjacent to property.

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/dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single (no window). Shower room with toilet.

Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. Partial Economy 7, electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Electric hob. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Washing machine. On road parking. Welcome pack. Pets free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Unfenced river 20 yards.

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£232-£800
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
3
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0

Only 20 minutes’ drive from Edinburgh, this charming and well-equipped holiday cottage looks out over the owner’s plantsman’s garden, featured in Rosemary Verey’s Secret Gardens and numerous magazines. Very privately set with its own entrance and small garden, and adjoining the owner’s home, the cottage is in the heart of Inveresk, an 18th-century village with many fine period houses and the NT garden at 17th-century Inveresk Lodge. The delights of the city or the coast are in easy reach with good local shopping and the racecourse in Musselburgh, 1 mile. A vast diversity of entertainment and eating places in Edinburgh, which is equally accessible by train from Musselburgh. Six superb golf courses, including the Open Championship course at Muirfield, within a ½-hour drive. Shops 1 mile.

Traditionally furnished sitting-room with dining area and patio door overlooking garden. Steep stairs to gallery single bedroom (for +1). Modern, well-equipped kitchen. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Large double bedroom (two singles zipped together).

  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Electricity blankets
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • TV
  • Stereo/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Telephone at cost
  • Small front garden
  • No smoking
  • Ground floor facilities
  • Friday to Friday

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£259-£882
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
3
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Garden Cottage Ref: SYS

This attractive town cottage has been converted from a former stable and has its own south-facing terrace and walled garden – within walking distance of all the amenities of historic Linlithgow, with fine views over the Royal Palace, its parkland and loch. Delightfully set in the grounds of the owner’s home, it is furnished with antique pine and has great charm and character. Shops, restaurants, bars, leisure centre, canal and a railway station with regular 20-minute links to Edinburgh can all be found within a few hundred yards. Many places of interest in the Forth area, including famous golf courses, outlet shopping, Falkirk Wheel, country parks and Stirling Castle (20 minutes by car). Convenient for Edinburgh, Glasgow and southern Scotland. Cosily heated, this property is ideal for holidays at any time of the year. Shops 100 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.

Ground floor: Double bedroom. Single bedroom. Shower room and toilet. First floor: Open-plan sitting/dining room with kitchen area.

  • Electricity, full NSH, bed linen and towels included
  • Freeview TV
  • Stereo/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Wi-fi
  • Private walled garden with furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Parking for 1 car only (access from gravel parking area via steps to cottage)

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£247-£804
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
1
Thatched Cottage Ref: CC531120
The Thatched Cottage is truly a fairytale setting for a hideaway self catering holiday for two, yet only a few miles from Scotland’s Capital City Edinburgh. The location for this charming self catering accommodation could not be more picturesque; a pretty detached stone cottage with authentic thatched roof in a sunny glade surrounded by Hopetoun woodland in the heart of central Scotland.  This newly refurbished cottage has a beautiful, spacious sitting room with log fire, bedroom with lovely views and a well appointed bathroom with Jacuzzi bath. The kitchen is adjacent to the sitting room with 3 steps leading down to it and has every facility you might require. Every room is furnished with care and style, in tune with the original character of the cottage and the heritage of Hopetoun. you might be tempted never to leave the Thatched Cottage, but immediately out of doors are lovely woodland walks, cycle paths and the splendid Hopetoun House Stately Home all waiting to be explored (all guests receive a complimentary visit to Hopetoun House and free access to the House grounds during opening hours).  While you are staying in this luxury cottage you can also have access to a wide range of pre-bookable activities within the estate, including clay shooting, simulated game shooting and arrangements can also be made for archery and quad biking.


Events at Hopetoun House in 2014-2015


Saturday 1st November 2014 – Our annual Fireworks display. Guests receive free tickets for this event. (Thatched Cottage shouldn’t be too affected unless the traffic management is particularly busy.)

17th May 2015– Race for Life. Run in aid of cancer research goes through the estate, may have some traffic restrictions.

29th May 2015 – 31st May 2015. Carriage Driving.

Thursday 25th June- Sunday 28th June - A large event, Horse Trials. This a particularly busy time on the estate as there are hundreds of horses, horse boxes and caravans staying and camped out in the deer park.

Thursday 17th July – Sunday 20th July – Grass roots event (mini horse trials). Similar to the large Horse trials event, but smaller scale in that there is no fair to accompany it.

For these events listed the guests will receive free admission. However, for the events at the house- such as: Wedding fairs, Christmas fair, shows etc, they will not receive free entry into these.

Ground Floor: The accommodation is all on ground floor level has gas central heating and comprises:
Lounge/diner: with open fire, TV, DVD, radio/CD player, large corner sofa and dining table and chairs.
3 steps down to…
Kitchen: with electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washer/dryer, dining table and chairs
Bedroom: with king-size bed and i-Pod docking station
Bathroom: with shower over Jacuzzi bath, WC and wash basin.

All fuel and power included. Bed linen and towels supplied. Travel cot and highchair available by request. Fireguard provided.Dogs welcome (must be keep on a lead at all times - livestock in surrounding area). All guests receive a complimentary visit to Hopetoun House and free access to the house grounds during opening hours (Hopetoun House is open from Good Friday to the last weekend in September). Visitors also have easy access to many pre-bookable activities which take place at Hopetoun including clay shooting, simulated game shooting and arrangements can also be made for archery and quad biking on the estate and there is a golf course nearby. Off road parking for 2 cars.

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£285-£555
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