You will enjoy exclusive use of this top floor apartment with its two double bedrooms that luxuriously accommodate two couples (two double beds on special request) or one double plus two singles and the use of sofa for a child (please bring a sleeping bag).
What do our Guests really appreciate? The central Old Town location, meaning you can walk everywhere, the amenities within the apartment, its spacious feel and Edinburgh’s huge range of interesting things to do many on the doorstep.
One bedroom has a double bed, and the other has two singles capable of being set up as a luxurious double bed on advance request for which we are charged extra to make up and dismantle - please request two doubles before you make your reservation.
There is a bright, sunny, open plan living room with fascinating views over The Writers Museum and pedestrian square, active with its daily walking tours, and towards The Castle. Three-seater and 2-seater leather sofas in the living room, a dining suite and spacious facilities provide lots of room for our guests.
The apartment has a fully fitted and equipped kitchen with dishwasher, fridge, microwave, full cooker/hob, toaster facilities and modest storage space for food etc.; a modern bathroom with bath and electric shower and a washing machine in the utility space. Full spec internet and fast wifi connection (which you can use free of charge anywhere in the UK using BT WiFi). Flat screen TV. Hair dryer.
Check in: from 2pm (sometimes earlier)
Check out: 10:15am (luggage storage facilities available nearby at Edinburgh Rail Station.)
What do our Guests not like so much? The 57 steps from ground level to the front door with no lift and the out door bins - both of which are the consequence of the very central location and about which we receive little negative feedback! Being city center, weekend nights are vibrant but again we have few complaints about noise as the apartment is on a square that is traffic-free and pedestrian only.
During your stay you will have quick and easy access to Princes Street shopping and the enormous choice of central Edinburgh attractions, some literally on your doorstep and most within a 15 minutes walk.
This 4th floor apartment is situated in the heart of Edinburgh's Auld (Old) Town and in the local area you will find everything you need for a great stay; there are food shops, 100s of cafes and restaurants, takeaways, bars and clubs - all within a short walk of your front door. It is also just a short 5-10 min walk to Edinburgh train and bus stations, so you can easily explore more of Scotland and North of England! Travelling by car? Don't, there's no need, but more information about travel, how to get to the apartment and car parking below.
Edinburgh is packed with things to see and do. As well as the great restaurants and shopping there are many cultural sights to visit.
The city's skyline is dominated by the beautiful Edinburgh Castle, built in 1617, the Castle is one of Scotland's most iconic visitor attractions, and sits on its own volcanic rock at the top of the Royal Mile. The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is also set against the Castle's backdrop every August, and showcases the best military bands, pipers and drummers, dancers and display teams from across the world.
Great suggestions of things to do and see also within walking distance include:
- National Museum of Scotland: explore the diversity of the natural world, world cultures, art and design, science and technology and Scottish history, all under one roof and thoroughly well worth a visit to this newly modernised Museum.
- The Scotch Whisky Experience: All Whisky tours start with a swirling, bubbling barrel ride ...
- The Real Mary King's Close: the #1 thing to do in Edinburgh according to the Lonely Planet and well worth a visit if you want to discover Edinburgh's unattractive past (and if you're not claustrophobic!);
- Our Dynamic Earth: The Mother Earth of all adventures and a science centre with interactive exhibits about planet earth.
Edinburgh's Camera Obscura and World of Illusions: provides unrivalled views over Edinburgh's skyline & fun attractions;
- Surgeons' Hall Museums: think gruesome and possibly Burke and Hare. Although initially established as a medical teaching resource, access by all is a priority. Visitors can explore The Pathology Museum, The History of Surgery Museum and the Dental Museum. The kids will love it!
- Walking and ghost tours too numerous to list; open the apartment window and you will hear many of the actor/guides entertain their groups with dark tales, throughout the day and into the early evening!
Edinburgh is the world's Festival City. It’s where people come together from across the globe to share their passion for arts, culture and ideas. There are 12 Festivals throughout the year ranging from the famous Fringe during August with 1000s of events packed into a free 400-page Guide, to the Literary, International Science (in the spring) and International Magic Festivals.
Check out the Edinburgh Festivals online:
Edinburgh International Film Festival - June
Edinburgh International Jazz and Blues Festival - July
Edinburgh Art Festival - August
Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo - August
Edinburgh Festival Fringe - August
Edinburgh International Book Festival - August
Edinburgh Mela - August
Edinburgh International Science Festival - April
Imaginate Festival; Scotland's International Children's Theatre Festival - May
And not forgetting the BIGGEST OF ALL - Edinburgh's Hogmany: The largest New Year event in the world with five days of celebrations culminating with a massive New Year's Eve street party. The Apartment is close to the Special Party Zone. A three day festival to welcome in the New Year, including a torchlight procession, dancing to A-list musicians, and an incredible fireworks display over the Castle while the entire city sings Auld Lang Syne.
Getting there by Train, from the Airport and Parking
By Train: From Edinburgh's main Waverley Station it's then a slow 5-10 min walk to the apartment.
From Edinburgh Airport (involving a short 5-10 minute walk):
The Tram (10+ mins walk with luggage)
Frequent and reliable service linking the airport and the city centre.
• Frequency: approximately every 8-12 minutes
• Journey time: average journey time 35 minutes
• Fare: Adult single £5, adult return £8 (reductions for children)
• Tickets can be purchased from the ticket machines at the tram halt.
Airlink Express Bus 100 (Stance 19) (-10 mins walk with luggage)
24 hour express bus service runs from the airport to Waverley Bridge (near Princes Street and the main rail and bus stations). Buy tickets at the Airlink Kiosk outside Domestic Arrivals in advance at the Lothian Buses website.
• Frequency: Every 10 minutes.
• Journey time: 30 minutes approximately (Waverley Bridge).
• Fare: Single £4, return £7 (reductions for children). The final destination is on Waverley Bridge opposite Edinburgh's main, central station (called Waverley Station).
No Car Parking: There is a multi story car park 5 mins walk from the flat on King Stables Road (4 hr max and £2 ph between 8:30 am and 6:30pm) and metered parking nearer on Johnstone Terrace (£3ph same hours). Try the web site parkopedia for other car parks for £15 and £19 per 24 hrs, 10-12 mins walk away and there is sometimes a private drive available for £5.50 per day quite close. Edinburgh City Council out of town Park and Ride car parks are mostly free and many include overnight parking.
You will have exclusive access to the whole apartment and everything in it which means a fully equipped apartment with all the facilities you will need for your short stay.
Interaction with Guests
By email and text with John, the owner, who lives distant from the apartment and welcomes regular communication from guests on line. We have a professional agent/concierge who makes sure the apartment is presented in tip top clean condition. She is available to guests for emergencies. Key access is from a Lockbox/Keysafe outside the apartment.
Other Things to Note
Note there are 4 flights of stairs and no lift so it's not suitable for disabled people or the seriously unfit! Having said that the location makes up for the climb.