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Destination guide

Experience Old Town in holiday lettings

Edinburgh is one of the oldest cities in the UK and serves as Scotland’s capital. Much of its historical value has been well-preserved, but the best place to see its rich history is in the Old Town neighbourhood. This area of town is filled with reformation-era buildings with most still on the medieval street plan. It’s even considered to be a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore Old Town for yourself in holiday lettings, and discover everything this historical destination has to offer.

History

Historical sites near your Old Town holiday rental

As the oldest part of Edinburgh, Old Town is packed full of historical sites, so you’ll never be too far from one in your holiday rental. The most prominent landmark in Old Town and in all of Edinburgh is Edinburgh Castle. While the castle itself dates back to the 12th century, humans have been occupying the area for nearly a thousand years. You can explore the interior of this castle to gain insight into what medieval life was like for those fortunate enough to live inside. Numerous historical artefacts are also preserved within its walls. St. Giles Cathedral is also located in Old Town. This 14th-century medieval church features an intricately designed ceiling as well as colourful and masterful stained glass windows.

Activities

Activities and attractions in and around Old Town

Are you hoping to discover attractions to see while you're in town? Although it can be tempting to stay in your comfortable holiday rental, you'll want to experience everything that Old Town has to offer. Here are some of the major attractions to see, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Our Dynamic Earth (0.4 mi / 0.7 km)
  • Royal Commonwealth Pool (0.8 mi / 1.3 km)
  • Edinburgh Zoo (3.2 mi / 5.2 km)
  • Muirfield Golf Course (15.5 mi / 25 km)
  • Omni Centre Edinburgh (0.6 mi / 0.9 km)
  • Braid Hills Golf Course (2.3 mi / 3.8 km)
Natural features

Exploring the natural features in Old Town

Whether you're an active traveller or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, you'll be sure to find the perfect setting for your holiday in Old Town. These are a few of the area's noteworthy sights, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Princes Street Gardens (0.4 mi / 0.7 km)
  • Arthur's Seat (0.7 mi / 1.1 km)
  • Calton Hill (0.5 mi / 0.8 km)
  • Holyrood Park (1.3 mi / 2 km)
  • Royal Botanic Garden (1.5 mi / 2.4 km)
  • The Meadows (0.5 mi / 0.8 km)
How to get there

How to get to and around Old Town

The nearest airport is in Edinburgh (EDI), located 6.9 mi (11.1 km) from the city centre.

If you'd prefer to travel by train, the main station serving the city is Edinburgh Waverley Station.

How to get around

Transport to Old Town holiday homes

Getting to Old Town area holiday homes is easy no matter where you’re coming from. Edinburgh Airport is international, and public transportation is incredibly advanced in town. There are city bus services that travel all throughout Old Town and beyond with routes running at night. You can also take the tram system around the city, but Old Town is small enough to be traversed on foot. Some of the medieval streets don’t give you much choice. While you can squeeze a vehicle through some of them, simply walking is much easier and it lets you enjoy the picturesque surroundings even more. Just be wary of the cobblestone if you plan on taking a bicycle through Old Town.

Restaurants and bars

Restaurants near Old Town holiday cottages

Old Town may be the oldest area of Edinburgh, but the restaurant scene has all of the modern amenities you’d expect during your stay in one of the local holiday cottages. Just keep in mind that Old Town is very much aware of how many travellers visit it. Because of that, there is a high percentage of chain restaurants and fast food among its medieval buildings. Fortunately, there are higher quality options including several authentic Scottish restaurants serving favourites like haggis, Oban oysters, and smoked salmon. There are also some more exotic eateries around town such as Indian and Middle Eastern restaurants. You’ll even find a witch-themed Scottish restaurant with Gothic designs and a menu full of local delicacies.

How many holiday rentals are available around Old Town?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 976 holiday lettings around Old Town. From 923 flats & apartments to 27 houses, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

What is the best area to stay when travelling to Old Town?

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 Old Town:

  • New Town: 1,088 holiday homes
  • Leith: 532 holiday homes
  • West End: 797 holiday homes
  • Newington: 611 holiday homes
  • Craigleith: 326 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 Old Town?

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

  • Edinburgh Castle: 2,100 holiday lettings
  • Edinburgh Dungeon: 2,116 holiday lettings
  • Edinburgh Waverley Station: 2,120 holiday lettings
  • Edinburgh (ZXE-Edinburgh Waverly Train Station): 2,122 holiday lettings
  • City Art Centre: 2,118 holiday lettings

But there are many other points of interest around Old Town listed on HomeAway.co.uk 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 Old Town?

Yes, of course. HomeAway.co.uk offers 923 Flats in Old Town. Our other popular types of Old Town holiday rentals include:

  • Houses: 27 self catering accommodations
  • Cottages: 17 self catering accommodations
  • Cabins: 17 self catering accommodations

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

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Old Town?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 9 holiday homes with pool available in Old Town. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

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