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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
2
Pets
2
Bank Park Lodge Ref: SGGU

In a superb location making the most of the magnificent golf courses and beaches of East Lothian and only 10 miles on the A1 to Edinburgh City centre, this stylishly decorated and furnished, detached holiday cottage is privately set in very extensive gated walled garden grounds. On the edge of Tranent, close to the Firth of Forth, there is a good variety of activities nearby, such as horse racing at Musselburgh, go karting at Longniddry, the seabird centre at North Berwick, historic houses at Lenoxlove, Dirlton and the memorable ruins of Tantallon, Museum of Flight at East Fortune, NT gardens in Inveresk, along with hill walking in the Lammermuirs or The Saltire Trail, fishing and cycling. Shops and pub 500 yards.

Living room with gas ‘pebble-effect’ fire. Kitchen/dining room with door to garden. Two double bedrooms with 5ft bed. Shower room with toilet.

  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Z-bed (for +1 child)
  • TV
  • DVD
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Wi-fi
  • Broadband connection
  • Own garden area with summer house and furniture
  • Shared access to large, extensive walled garden grounds
  • Grazing and stabling available for one pony
  • Parking (for 4 cars)
  • Wheelchair access (ramp available)
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday

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£350-£1060
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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 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
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
0
Pets
2

This riverside, mid-terraced holiday cottage, built around 1690 is now a lovely bright and comfortable studio with the charm and convenience of a historic village setting and the bonus of easy access into Edinburgh. With views of the River Almond, there are herons to watch from the riverside terrace and peaceful walks through the woods to the shore. Shop 1/3 mile, pub and restaurant 500 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 with double bed and additional chair bed (for alternative sleeping)/dining area/3 steps to kitchen. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Towel hire. Cot. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Fridge/freezer. Sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Close to river (mostly unfenced).

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£240-£603
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 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
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
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
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

WAS
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£303-£1005
Shortlist
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

WAS
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£336-£790
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.

WAS
NOW
£365-£1144
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
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