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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
6
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Golden Oak Chalet Ref: CC531118
Located within 400 acres of working farmland nestles Golden Oak; a detached timber chalet offering self catering holiday accommodation. Situated only 2.5 miles from Dunbar in East Lothian, Golden Oak enjoys open views towards the coastline, Bass Rock and the Firth of Forth.

Ground Floor: 3 Steps to entrance then accommodation is all one level has LPG heating and comprises;
Open plan lounge/dining/kitchen
Lounge Area: With TV, DVD and sofa bed (for + 2)
Kitchen Area: With electric oven and gas hob, microwave and fridge/freezer
Bedroom 1: With double bed
Bedroom 2: With bunk beds
Shower Room: With shower cubicle, WC and wash basin.

All fuel, power, bed linen and towels includedDecked balcony with furniture and open garden area. Horse stabling and dog kennels available on the farm. Off road parking for 3 cars.

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£250-£410
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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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£270-£510
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Dunsapie Ref: 27910

In a peaceful area near Holyrood Park and Arthurs’ Seat, this detached holiday property has easy access into the city centre and to the A1. The living room is spacious and the dining room is bright and overlooks the garden. A 20-minute walk to Holyrood Palace, the Parliament and the Royal Mile. Visit the museums and galleries (free). Savour the buzz during the festivals and at New Year. Golf at Duddingston. Shop ¼ mile, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining/garden room. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Wet room with toilet. Separate toilet. First floor: Landing with double sofa bed (for alternative sleeping). 1 double (5ft) bedroom with Velux and sloping ceilings. Shower room with toilet. Utility room in external garage.

Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine in utility room. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with decked area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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£360-£1090
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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
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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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 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 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 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
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
Redshill Cottage Ref: 28890

Set in its own grounds on a family run farm at the foot of the Lammermuir Hills, 1 mile from the beautiful conservation village of Gifford and 6 miles from the market town of Haddington, this traditional, semi-detached holiday cottage has a galley kitchen and makes a peaceful retreat. With a 9-hole golf course at the end of the farm road, and many others nearby, this is golfing heaven. Great walking and cycling locally. The beach at Gullane, 11 miles, and the Scottish Seabird Centre in North Berwick make a great day out. Edinburgh is a 30-minute drive. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

5 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with patio to front, decked sitting-out area and furniture to rear. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store (at farm, 100 yards). Welcome pack. Pets free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£449-£449
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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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