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Selection of Edinburgh holiday apartments and city lets

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Book an apartment in Edinburgh and stay in the Scottish capital that is considered by many to be the ‘Athens of the North’, and is awash with history. Rent a serviced apartment in Edinburgh Old Town, or find the perfect Royal Mile apartment, so that you can enjoy Edinburgh Hogmanay or the world-famous Edinburgh Fringe Festival for a month’s worth of live comedy, theatre and performances that annually take over the city’s streets. Hike up to Edinburgh Castle or Arthur’s Seat to gaze over the old rooftops of the city, or get lost in the winding streets. Here at Hundredrooms, we highly recommend booking a short term let in the capital of Scotland. If you’re looking to stay in an Edinburgh city apartment, we have availability in New Town, in Grassmarket and much more. For keen explorers, it is the perfect size for exploring by foot, but only a small distance away can you find rolling hills and coastal views, thanks to its fantastic seaside location that are perfect to explore from a holiday cottage in Leith. We have some fantastic holiday lets right in the city centre that are perfect for your trip. Don’t wait any longer - find your ideal flat to rent in Edinburgh from our partners Airbnb Edinburgh, Edinburgh, HomeAway Edinburgh among many others and enjoy your weekend break. While the weather can get rather cold, this city is great to visit all year round; the Christmas markets in Edinburgh are some of the best in the world, and you can see the Military Tattoo during the Festival Fringe in the summer months. The Scottish capital is ideal for a city break in Europe, and Scotland is the perfect size to hire a car and drive across to Glasgow, another landmark centre of Scottish culture. Walk through its medieval streets declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, visit the many sights and get lost in the spectacular natural landscapes that Scotland offers just a couple of miles over the Forth Bridge. Pack your bags and book your holiday apartment in Edinburgh!

Places to stay in the Scottish capital

Your perfect self-catering apartment is waiting for you - here at Hundredrooms we don’t believe you have to spent a fortune to properly experience this lively Scottish city from your Edinburgh city apartment. Not sure about where to stay? Once nicknamed ‘Auld Reekie’ (Old Smelly!) you can relive the past in the Old Town and get lost on the cobbled streets that transport you straight back in time, or alternatively stay in Edinburgh New Town, which is swanky and sophisticated with beautiful Georgian buildings which might house your dream Edinburgh private let. Or what about a gorgeous Haymarket apartment? Grab your Edinburgh map, book your flight, and don’t worry about anything else - all you have to do is have a great time! Wherever you go, with Hundredrooms you can compare the best apartments to find the cheap accommodation in the city centre.

  • The Grassmarket: A lively and vivacious area that is full of independent shops and artisan shops that are the best for shopping. If you are looking for great places to eat, here you will find some of the best restaurants in Edinburgh and a range of great bars. We recommend visiting here to see the beautiful colourful houses of Victoria Street.
  • New Town: Home to the business district of Edinburgh, there are many boutiques for shopping alongside some of the best places to eat in Edinburgh and many high-end clubs. It is perfect for wandering around from your Edinburgh holiday let, and with its numerous Georgian townhouses, you won’t fail to be amazed at the gorgeously chic architecture. There are many great places to eat in Hanover Street, and Rose Street is a dark back alley that is full of great pubs and small shops.
  • Old Town: Full of dark alleys and lurching streets, this is the underbelly of Edinburgh, and gives a real feel of a city once been. Here you can explore the Royal Mile from your city let, or alternatively if you want to experience Edinburgh’s nightlife, you can explore Cowgate which is pedestrianised for all club-goers.
  • Broughton and Calton Hill: For one of the most enviable viewpoints across the city, this could be the place for your Edinburgh accommodation. It is full of typical Georgian and Victorian architecture which gives Edinburgh its stunningly regal feel. Calton Hill is beyond the East End of Princes Street and forms part of the city’s UNESCO heritage. It is also the headquarters of the Scottish government, and is home to many beautiful monuments.
  • Princes Street and Gardens: Probably one of the most visually impressive areas of the city, from the beautiful Princes Street Gardens hosts some of Edinburgh’s most iconic events. There is a fantastic view looking up to Edinburgh Castle over the basalt cliffs, and during the winter you will find the Christmas Markets and of course the fireworks for Hogmanay, the biggest New Year’s party in the UK by far. You will be perfectly situated to catch a train from Edinburgh Waverley or one of one the Edinburgh trams.
  • Southside and Holyrood: If you’re looking for an apartment for the Fringe Festival, this area is perfectly geared up for exactly that and for easy access to Holyrood Park where you can climb Arthur’s Seat. In this young area with plenty of second hand shops and eateries, you can explore the Meadows which is a beautiful park ideal for playing sports.
  • Stockbridge and Dean Village: These villages have been enveloped into the main city centre, and are perfect if you’re looking for something a little quieter that maintains all of the cobbled streets, high-end shops, boutiques and bars that the city has to offer. It is decorated with beautiful timber houses and is only 15 minutes walk from the centre.
  • Edinburgh West End: Another great area that is perfect for access to Edinburgh’s largest arts venues, such as the Usher Hall, the Filmhouse, the Traverse Theatre and the Lyceum Theatre. Here you will find many boutique shops, restaurants and beautiful architecture.
  • Royal Mile: The centrepoint of many of Edinburgh’s most important streets such as Castlehill, the Lawnmarket, Canongate and Abbey Strand. Here you will find many shops and it is an important part of the flyering process during the Edinburgh Fringe! It runs between Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace.
  • Leith: In the north of Edinburgh is this previous centre of industry located next to the sea on the Firth of Forth. Here you can visit the Royal Yacht Britannia, and it is a great place to stay in an up and coming area that is industrial and is very much the inspiration for Irvine Welsh’s novels. In fact, it was voted the UK's second most hippest place to stay just after Ancoats in Manchester.

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Things to do from your Edinburgh holiday apartment

From the comfort of your large Edinburgh apartment you can visit to the Royal Yacht Britannia, or try some of the Scottish national drink at the Scotch Whisky Experience, or alternatively try the local gin which is growing in popularity. Why wait any longer to book your Edinburgh apartment? You have so many things to see. It is a city with a very special charm, which is differentiated between the New Town and the Old Town. What is great about this city is that you are also the perfect distance to take a number of trips from Edinburgh to the wonderful landscapes of the Highlands, to the county of Fife or the mythical Loch Ness. The busiest time of year for this city has got to be during the world-famous Edinburgh Festival Fringe during the month of August. In terms of art and culture, this is one of the biggest in the world - visit for a few days or the entire month for an endless supply of dance, musical and theatrical productions which come together to electrify the city year after year. If you are lucky enough to visit when the festival is in full swing, keep in mind that hotels in Edinburgh will be extremely expensive and so may not be the best option. Instead, we recommend booking an apartment in Edinburgh for a few days with friends and family so that you can enjoy the Fringe as you see fit, and perhaps a holiday apartment on Edinburgh's Royal Mile. If you want to go sightseeing, we recommend a free tour. Take a look at the Sandemans tours - they have guides that will tell you all the history of the city to make it an unforgettable trip.

  • Edinburgh Castle: This fantastic construction occupies Castle Rock and houses the Crown Jewels and the National War Museum of Scotland. It illustrates the historicity of Edinburgh, dating back to the 11th century with its barracks still intact.
  • Camera Obscura, Edinburgh: For something slightly out of the ordinary, you must visit this place. Undoubtedly the most curious place in the whole city, you are sure to feel as though you’ve been transported to another world of shapes and colours. With 3D images and holograms, this is not to be missed if you are bringing the kids - and all of this is in the heart of Edinburgh.
  • Museum of Scotland: Explore the industrial history of Scotland in this modern and bright building.
  • Arthur’s Seat: The most notable of hills in Holyrood Park, situated just on the periphery of the city. Hike up to see the best views of the city and the Scottish Highland landscape beyond.
  • Scotch Whisky Experience: Warm your cockles with a visit to this museum, which perfectly demonstrates the jewel in the Scottish crown, Scotch whisky. Learn about the national drink with some excellent exhibitions and a barrel ride. The building in which it is located was the old Castlehill School, which closed its doors to be transformed into the award-winning tourist attraction. You will learn lots about the world of whiskey, its manufacture and traditional marketing in Scotland. It also houses on of the most complete collection of whiskey bottles in the world!
  • Mary King’s Close: If you’re looking for the hidden and haunted side to Edinburgh, these streets are a must see. Book on to one of the Edinburgh ghost tours and find out about the ghoulish tales dating back to the 1600s as you venture into the underbelly of the city from the Royal Mile. Accompanied by guides in Scottish dress, this is great fun for all the family.
  • HMY Britannia: A former royal liner used by the British royal family for over four decades.
  • Scott Monument: This Victorian memorial was erected in honour of the writer Sir Walter Scott, and takes approximately 287 steps to the top.
  • Castle Rock: The fantastic vantage point on which Edinburgh Castle sits. This is certainly worth a visit during New Year’s Eve in Edinburgh to see the fireworks that emerge from the castle, or during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival as the rock features as an art installation with works projected on to it.
  • Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art: Edinburgh’s very own collection of modern art, with notable artists including Hockney and Miro. It is situated in some beautiful grounds with a sculpture park to explore.
  • Scottish National Gallery: Here you will find a collection of fine art from Scottish and international artists dating back from the Renaissance to the beginning of the 20th century.

When to visit the capital of Scotland

Of all British cities, this one receives the most besides London, so for some it is naturally important to prioritise when is best to visit. Depending on what you're after, there is a prime time for you to start searching for your holiday rental. With over 4 million visitors a year, it is a renowned tourist hot spot but particularly in August as it hosts the world's biggest arts festival. On the city's largest shopping thoroughfare of Prince Street, it was monitored that over 1 million people were on its streets in August and also in December. December is a particularly special time for the city because it hosts the Scottish Hogmanay celebrations. If that is the purpose of your trip, then you will certainly see the city at its most spectacular; but we recommend that you book well in advance to find the best cheap apartments, as prices do tend to peak significantly during these periods. The quietest time of year has got to be January or February and you will easily find some of the best luxury apartments at a low price. Similarly, the Edinburgh International Festival attracts visitors from all over the world, and the only time that ticket sales are exceeded for its festivals is for the Olympics and World Cup. Then again, the cultural events in this city are second to none, and we highly recommend that you make the trip.

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Transport for Edinburgh

Travelling to and from the city to reach your holiday apartment in Edinburgh is very easy - there are many regular links from London to Edinburgh with a train just over 4 hours in duration, and cheap flights to Edinburgh Airport are also very readily available from UK and European destinations. The main train station is Edinburgh Waverley, and there are many regular trains from destinations such as Newcastle and Manchester to Edinburgh. Buses are very frequent and an easy way to move in and out of the city, although we highly recommend going by foot, as it is the best way to explore the winding alleyways. There is also the trams network which also has an easy link to Edinburgh Airport; you can see a tram map here. The Scottish landscape is intensely green and luscious with some of the wildest nature in the country. We recommend renting a car to explore these parts of Scotland, or even better, find a quaint holiday cottage near Edinburgh.