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Where to stay in Edinburgh

VacationRenter offers 2,819 holiday lettings in Edinburgh, and we’re confident that you’ll find a place that fits your budget. Our website offers a wide selection of properties from leading travel sites such as Airbnb, Vrbo, HomeAway, Booking.com, and many more. If you’re in search of an affordable flat to let in Edinburgh, you’ll be happy to find that 20% of properties cost less than $64 a night. Staying in Edinburgh will give you close access to The Queen's Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse and Scottish National Portrait Gallery, making it easy to explore with your favourite travel mates. Can’t quite find the right holiday home in Edinburgh? We can also provide search results for nearby cities like Edinburgh and Edinburgh. Allow us to help you plan the holiday you’ve been itching to go on.

Where Is Edinburgh Located?

Standing on seven hills of history, the marvelous city of Edinburgh is situated in Scotland’s Central Belt. Located on the southern shore of the Firth of Forth, Edinburgh proudly lies 26 miles inland from the east coast of this picturesque country, away from the cold breeze of the North Sea. Edinburgh is a marriage of the wonderful combination of both city and coastline, where visitors can marvel at the historic city sights and gorgeous beaches. However, if you wish to taste the more rural and rustic Scotland, Edinburgh is also located near the towns of Falkirk and Stirling, in addition to having several rail services to Glasgow and St Andrews.

What Is Edinburgh Known For?

Mainly remembered as Scotland’s capital, the magnificent city of Edinburgh is a lot more than meets the eye. Widely known as Scotland’s London, Edinburgh is a center for education, arts, and culture in addition to being the nation’s second biggest financial center. As the second most popular tourist destination in the UK, attracting almost two million visits from overseas tourists in 2016, Edinburgh is also known for its historic and cultural attractions. Sights steeped in history include Edinburgh Castle as well as the Old and New Towns. The city is also widely known for the Edinburgh International Festival and the largest annual international arts festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Popular Attractions in Edinburgh

  • Edinburgh Castle: If you’re a budding historian with a particular penchant for British royal history, a trip to Edinburgh Castle is not to be missed. A spectacular old fortress with equally spectacular views, the castle dominates the city skyline, plays a commanding part in the country’s cultural and national heritage and represents Scotland and Edinburgh on a global platform. The 1,100 year-old castle, known as the one of the most attacked places in the world, has been the setting of many historical and royal events, including 26 separate sieges and the birth of James IV. Built on Castle Hill, the castle also provides exemplary panoramic views that overlooks the city. Book a visit to Edinburgh Castle and feel like the king or queen of the world, in more than just one way.
  • Arthur’s Seat: Climb the magnificent Arthur’s Seat for a workout with a rewarding view. This picturesque peak attracts fitness aficionados and sightseers in their hordes who wish to view the city in all its enigmatic glory. Described as a “hill for magnitude, a mountain in virtue of its bold design,” Arthur’s Seat provides an easy climb of a playground hill with views that are similar to scenes from the peak of Everest. Grab your hillwalking boots and get ready for the climb of your life!
  • Mary King’s Close: Learn about the hidden history of Edinburgh with the entertainingly informative and interactive tours around Mary King’s Close. Located deep within the historic cloves of Edinburgh’s Old Town, the close lies under buildings on the Royal Mile. Since the 17th century, the close has been shrouded in myths and legends, with tales of hauntings and murders permeating throughout the small alleyways for centuries. In 2003, Mary King’s Close was opened to the public as a historic tourist attraction, that offers guided tours telling the untold stories of the real Mary King’s Close.

Popular Destinations Near Edinburgh

  • Loch Ness: While it may be unlikely to spy the famous sea serpent, Nessie, you are still guaranteed to be greeted with sights to marvel at when you visit the famous Loch Ness. Arguably the most well-known of Scotland’s fabled lochs, Loch Ness has routinely been voted as one of the loveliest places to visit in all of Scotland, with scenes of lush greenery, rich blue waves of the lake, and magnificent views of the Scottish Highlands. If you wish to get away from the bustle of the city to feel the quiet and calming touch of nature, a day trip to Loch Ness is the perfect way to go.
  • St. Andrews: Although the name of St. Andrews is practically holy to golf aficionados, you don’t need to be a keen golfer to appreciate the beauty of this quaint Scottish university town. Famous for being the place where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met for the very first time, St. Andrews is equally well known for the picturesque St. Andrews Castle overlooking the North Sea, and the apparently haunted ruins of a 12th century cathedral. With scenes of beauty, a rich history, and allegedly spooky tales, there’s something for everyone when you visit the charming town of St. Andrews.

Best Neighborhoods in Edinburgh

  • Old Town: Step back in history and walk on the cobbled and craggy streets of Edinburgh’s Old Town. Retaining much of its old-world architecture, the Old Town combines the modernity of everyday Scottish life with the historic charm of centuries bygone. There, you’ll find several shops, eateries, guided tours, and spectacular buildings including the Old College of the University of Edinburgh, the National Museum of Scotland, and the Scottish Parliament Building. This district effortlessly combines both the young and the old. Even though there is much to see, it is the little details of this quaint city district that provides the magic of feeling like you’ve been transported to the past.
  • New Town: Despite its name, New Town is not as new as one might think. Built in the 17th century, the area is an architectural marvel that retains much of its period architecture including neoclassical and Georgian style buildings. Along with its antique counterpart, the area is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, widely attracting tourists and locals alike. New Town is always the place to go for all your shopping and leisure needs — the main shopping street, Prince’s Street, is known for its many high street brands, while George Street houses several modern bars to catch a quick breather, and Multrees Walk is home of the famous British department store, Harvey Nichols, in addition to several other designer shops.

Home-types in Edinburgh

Edinburgh has a variety of property types for you to consider when booking a trip. Here are the most popular property types in Edinburgh:

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