Short Term Rentals in Edinburgh

Edinburgh is divided into two distinct areas – the historical Old Town and the New Town with its shops, offices and banks. Princes Street separates the two, 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 one week or two 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.

  1. Short Term Rentals for Families

    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 the space and privacy to socialise together.

  2. Short Term Rentals 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.

  3. Luxury Short Term Rentals

    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 one 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.

  4. Short Term Rentals for Business

    Edinburgh New Town is the business district, and offers plenty of choice if you’re staying in the city on business, whether it’s overnight or for a stay or one 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.

  5. Alternative Short Term Rentals

    If you’re a member of the National Trust for Scotland you may be interested to know that their Edinburgh property, Gladsone’s Land, has a flat which visitors can rent for short stays. The Harrison Flat, sleeps up to two people, has a sitting room, a kitchen and a bathroom, and is on the third floor of the building, well away from the area accessible by tourists.


    Another alternative is The Castle Snug; a perfect Edinburgh holiday retreat for history buffs, being the former home of James Boswell which was visited by Dr Samuel Johnson in 1773.

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