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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 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
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Dairy Cottage Ref: 28369

Just over 100 yards from Rosslyn Chapel and with a ley line running through, this delightful, semi-detached holiday cottage was created from the original dairy which supplied milk locally in days gone by. Attached to the owner’s home, it has a secluded private entrance and sunny rear courtyard garden designed to give maximum privacy. The lovely, bright living area, which opens directly out to the garden in summer, is a perfect place to relax whatever the time of year. There are lovely walks in Roslin Glen and very easy access into Edinburgh with a good bus service, or park and ride nearby. Shops and pub ⅓ mile.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 2 twin bedrooms. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Oil central heating (underfloor in bathroom, and controlled by owner), electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Enclosed courtyard garden with furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£709-£709
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Clayron Cottage Ref: 29526


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 of Flight to see Concorde, or the Seabird Centre to watch puffins nesting on the Bass Rock. Musselburgh Racecourse makes a fun day out, while riding, tennis, cycle hire and indoor swimming are all available in and around Dunbar, 1 mile. The town also offers a range of shops, galleries, pubs and restaurants and the station for the 20-minute rail journey into Edinburgh city centre. Beach 2 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. Utility area. Sun room. Wet room with toilet. Narrow stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (zip and link, can be twin), 1 single with additional pull-out single.

Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking. Cycle store. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£196-£495
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1
Mid Lodge Ref: CC531119
Mid Lodge is a classic detached stone cottage situated in an exclusive and secluded location in the very heart of the idyllic Hopetoun Fallow Deer Park, yet only half an hour’s drive from Scotland’s Capital City Edinburgh. This luxury self catering cottage offers roomy, beautifully appointed accommodation for up to six people. The location is outstanding, providing peace, tranquility and fantastic views. On the edge of idyllic wooded parkland, the cottage is totally private.  Mid Lodge is newly refurbished to a standard and quality befitting stunning Hopetoun. The accommodation is very spacious, yet comfortable and convenient with sitting room, dining-kitchen and three twin bedrooms.  You might be tempted never to leave the Mid Lodge, 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. The cottage will receive free tickets for this event. Mid Lodge may be affected due to the Deer park being used as a car park on the Saturday, from 4pm – 8/9pm.

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

29th May 2015 – 31st May 2015. Carriage Driving. Quite a big event and obtrusive to Mid Lodge guests as there are lots of horses and carriages all dressed up in the Deep park for a few days.

Thursday 17th July – Sunday 20th July – Grass roots event (mini horse trials). Small horse trials event. It may be intrusive for Mid Lodge guests.

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 oil central heating and comprises:
Lounge:  with open fire, TV, DVD and views across the deer park
Kitchen / diner:  with electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge / freezer (with ice dispenser), dishwasher, washer / dryer, dining table and chairs, sofa and wall-mounted TV.  Day bed (for +1 by arrangement) in hallway leading from kitchen.
Bedroom 1:  with two single beds, ipod docking station
Bedroom 2:  with two single beds, ipod docking station
Bedroom 3:  with two single beds, ipod docking station
Shower room:  with shower cubicle, WC and wash basin
Bathroom:  with bath, shower cubicle, WC and wash basin

All fuel and power included.  Bed linen and towels supplied. Travel cot & highchair available by request. Fire guard provided.Enclosed garden with furniture, BBQ (coals not included). 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 4 cars.

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£435-£1025
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Eliza Cottage Ref: 28897

With views of Traprain Law, this traditional, detached holiday cottage on a family farm is just 1.5 miles from Haddington and within easy reach of 19 golf courses and the lovely beaches of East Lothian. Spacious and comfortable, this is a peaceful spot from which to explore, with quiet side roads ideal for cycling, the Lammermuir Hills for great walks, and historic houses and castles to visit. Edinburgh is an easy day out, just 14 minutes by train from Drem, a relaxing way to make the most of this vibrant city at any time of year. Haddington has a good range of local shops, pubs and restaurants, 1.5 miles.

All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/1 step to kitchen. 4 steps to 3 bedrooms: 2 double (one 5ft), 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Gas coal-effect fire in living room included. Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot, travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Large garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£281-£805
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
The Wheelhouse Ref: S4481

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 an 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. Historic Linlithgow’s many amenities are 4 miles; Edinburgh is a 25 mile drive, or by train (every 15 minutes) from Linlithgow.

Ground floor: Living room/kitchen. Dining room. Utility room. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. First floor: 2 double bedrooms. Shower room with toilet.

Oil CH, elec, bed linen and towels inc. Freesat TV. DVD. M/wave. W/machine. T/dryer. Payphone. Garden and furniture. Two verandahs. Parking. Hot tub. Fishing foc. No smoking. No children under 18 years. NB: Unfenced river in garden.

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£465-£950
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
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
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
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)

WAS
NOW
£321-£1139
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1
Garden Lodge Ref: SQQW

In a very secluded setting, within the grounds of a working estate, and accessed by a farm track, lies this charming, detached, holiday cottage which is an original Adam design with Victorian additions. Furnished and decorated to retain character and provide contemporary comfort, it is the perfect spot from which to enjoy the renowned golf courses and beaches of East Lothian. Try hill walking in the Lammermuirs, cycling along quiet roads or visit historic Lennoxlove. Shop and pub 3 miles.

Living room with open fire. Well equipped kitchen/dining room. Dining hall. Double bedroom with 5ft bed and feature fireplace. Double bedroom. Two bathrooms, each with over bath shower and toilet. Steep, narrow stairs to first floor: Twin bedroom with sloping ceilings.

  • Open fire - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Electricity, renewable wood energy central heating (supplied from the estate), bed linen and towels included
  • Freesat TV
  • DVD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Large, grassed area with furniture
  • Parking (for 3 cars)
  • Natural water supply from spring
  • No smoking
  • Ground floor facilities
  • Friday to Friday

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£303-£1005
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