Edinburgh is divided into two distinct areas – the historic Old Town and the New Town with its shops, offices and banks. Princes Street separates the 2, although they are within easy walking distance of each other. The Old Town area is characterised by buildings of significant grandeur, including beautiful townhouses, some of which incorporate spacious holiday apartments and flats for rent. Tenement buildings are available throughout the city and provide the perfect self-catering stay for families and couples. Generally very spacious and light, tenement apartments and flats would be ideal for a 1-week or 2-week stay during the summer or winter months. Edinburgh’s shopping and cultural attractions bring tourists all year round, with August and Christmas being particularly busy periods.
A popular area for families visiting Edinburgh is Holyrood. At the eastern end of the Old Town, the area includes Holyrood Park, Arthur’s Seat, the Royal Palace and Dynamic Earth, an interactive visitor attraction with displays and films projected onto a 360° dome.
Families are never far from open green spaces and historical sights wherever they stay in the city, however, and good transport links ensure that staying slightly out of town will not hinder activities. South-west of the city centre is popular with families due to the proximity of Edinburgh Zoo. Self-catering accommodation in this area includes family apartments, cottages and historic townhouses, some with private outdoor space. If you’re visiting as a large group, renting a large townhouse can work out cheaper than staying in a hotel, as well as affording you space and privacy to socialise together.
On a budget
There is a great choice of budget holiday rentals in Edinburgh. The Haymarket area offers a good range of Victorian terraced houses, some of which are available to rent in their entirety, with others having been converted into separate holiday flats for cheaper short term rental.
Plenty of quality eating places and bars make Haymarket a good area to base yourself if you’re on a budget. Additionally, the city’s second-largest railway station affords easy access back into the city centre, as well as to destinations further afield.
There is no shortage of luxury self-catering accommodation in Edinburgh, in all areas of the city. The Royal Mile is a great place to look for top-quality apartments with all the main historic sights right on the doorstep. From luxury 1-bedroom apartments up to those with space for a large group, the Royal Mile, Old Town and Grassmarket areas all offer a wide choice of holiday accommodation.
New Town is a good place to find sleek, chic boutique-style apartments with rooftop terraces and distinctive contemporary interiors. Being close to so many modern shops and eating places also provides a nice contrast to the historical beauty of Old Town.
Edinburgh New Town is the business district and offers plenty of choices if you’re staying in the city on business, whether it’s overnight or for a stay or 1 week or more. Comfortable apartments can be found in this area of the city, some with parking facilities. Many business people arrive in Edinburgh by train, and the close proximity of Waverley and Haymarket railway stations also makes this a great area to stay.
The beauty of staying in Edinburgh on business is the wide availability of meeting rooms and business facilities that can be booked by the hour or day, as needed. This allows you to benefit from the independence that self-catering provides, without having to compromise on the quality of facilities.