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Find cottages in Edinburgh and the LothiansVisit 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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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0
The Promenade Ref: 27017

This superbly located, terraced holiday cottage has direct access onto the sandy beach in Portobello and is only 15 minutes drive or bus ride from Edinburgh city centre. Perfect for a family holiday combining the sights and sounds of this historic city and the relaxation of a beach holiday. Beautifully furnished and decorated in contemporary style and with a pretty enclosed garden opening directly onto the promenade and beach where there are a number of eating places, and a play park. There are a huge variety of attractions within Edinburgh or head out to the Seabird Centre in North Berwick for a boat trip to the Bass Rock, or to try the many renowned golf courses nearby. Shops and pub 250 yards, restaurant 300 yards.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Utility room. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (6ft) with en-suite shower room, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 2 double bedrooms with sloping ceilings. Shower room with toilet.

Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Sky TV. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden with furniture. On road parking. No smoking. NB: 6 steps in garden.

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£628-£3003
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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
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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
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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
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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
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
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0

Situated on a working farm, 3 miles from the coast, this detached holiday cottage has all the ingredients for a truly relaxing holiday. Designed with comfort in mind for both families and wheelchair users, there is a roomy kitchen/dining room and an adapted wet room. Edinburgh is 20 minutes by train from Dunbar, or visit the Scottish Seabird Centre in North Berwick. Ideal for golf, walking and cycling. Shop, pub and restaurant 4 miles.

All on ground floor: Living room with French doors. Dining room/kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 twin (zip and link, can be 6ft double). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Wet room with toilet. Shower room with toilet.

Woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating (underfloor in kitchen and wet room), electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Large garden and furniture. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. Natural water supply from spring. Welcome pack. No smoking. Wheelchair access. Friday to Friday.

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£301-£866
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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
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
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
1

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
  • Friday to Friday

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£305-£648
Shortlist
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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