Destination guide

Enchantments abound in Edinburgh

It's hard to discern where the rolling Scottish lowlands end and the city of Edinburgh begins. That's how well this ancient city fuses with its surroundings, emerging from the hills like an ancient settlement, untouched, undiscovered. Even the mighty walls of Edinburgh Castle – the city's crowning glory – look almost organic, dressed in lichen-spotted stone and rising from the rock. Down below is a UNESCO-tagged medley of Georgian townhouses and cobbled lanes, home to the wild and wacky antics of the Fringe Festival in summer and more bagpipe-pumping pubs than you can shake a wee dram of whiskey at. Edinburgh holiday rentals await …

Things to do

Scotland's past unfolds in Edinburgh

It's impossible to miss the great halls and towers of Edinburgh Castle – they stand watch above the Old Town just as they have since the 12th century. Make the climb to the top to delve into the National War Museum, which chronicles more than 400 years of an embattled Scotland. The exhibits get more eclectic in the Museum of Scotland below. There, a menagerie of meteorites and fossils, medieval murals and roaring T-rex skeletons is sure to leave the whole family wide-eyed with wonder.

Activities

Edinburgh – forever young at heart

Edinburgh might look old, but it's got the heart of a youngster. Anyone who's spent time knocking back whiskeys in the tasting rooms or glugging beers in the student-centred alehouses can testify to that. Throw in the acclaimed performances of the Edinburgh Playhouse and all the Highlander folk bars that rumble in the centre and you've got yourself one seriously wild capital. The whole hedonistic lot comes to a head in August, when the Fringe Festival hits town. Street acts, stand-up comics and performers of all sorts pound the stages then, making for a side-splitting bout of summertime entertainment.

Weather

Rains, rays and everything in between in Edinburgh

Scotland's capital is hardly a place to crack out the swimming shorts and sunnies, unless, of course, you're lucky enough to have bagged an Edinburgh holiday rental in Portobello and have lucked out with the summer sun and warmth – visits between June and August are best if that's what you're after. The autumn – in September and October – could just be perfect for sightseeing, after the Fringe crowds have gone home. The winter, from November to March, sees snow dusting the surrounding lowlands and the hearty taverns really come into their own.

Natural features

Majestic Scottish landscapes surround Edinburgh

Edinburgh's got an enviable position in the folds between the Scottish Highlands and lowlands. Heading for the countryside means bedding down in cosy Edinburgh holiday rentals with crackling fires and views over rolling hills, heathland and meadows packed with thistles and blooming daffodils in the spring – a walker's delight. Holyrood Park offers just a taste of that in the city centre, while the beaches of Portobello and the seaside walks of Leith are the place to go for days on the edge of the icy North Sea.

How to get there

Transport options to and around Edinburgh

Fly into Edinburgh (EDI), the closest airport, located 6.5 mi (10.5 km) from the city centre.

If you're travelling by train, Edinburgh Waverley Station, Edinburgh Haymarket Station and Slateford Station are the main stations that serve the city.

Where to stay around Edinburgh?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 2,018 holiday lettings near Edinburgh. From 1,693 Flats to 227 Houses, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Edinburgh is on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when travelling to Edinburgh?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of holiday accommodations for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Edinburgh:

  • Leith: 565 holiday homes
  • New Town: 1,057 holiday homes
  • Old Town: 1,027 holiday homes
  • West End: 792 holiday homes
  • Haymarket: 1,357 holiday homes

For other neighbourhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Edinburgh?

HomeAway offers a large selection of holiday accommodations near great places in Edinburgh. From HomeAway travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Edinburgh Castle: 2,033 holiday lettings
  • Portobello Beach: 2,154 holiday lettings
  • Murrayfield Stadium: 2,087 holiday lettings
  • Edinburgh Zoo: 2,085 holiday lettings
  • The Meadows: 2,099 holiday lettings

But there are many other points of interest around Edinburgh listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Flats in Edinburgh?

Yes, of course. HomeAway offers 1,693 Flats in Edinburgh. Our other popular types of Edinburgh holiday rentals include:

  • Houses: 227 self catering accommodations
  • Cottages: 69 self catering accommodations
  • Cabins: 69 self catering accommodations

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Edinburgh?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 34 holiday homes with pool available in Edinburgh. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.