Destination guide

Once upon a time… a land of medieval castles

Nestled along the shores of the Firth of Forth, an Edinburgh vacation rental places you in a land reminiscent of a fairy tale kingdom. Explore a city where narrow cobblestone streets and dramatic green hillsides give way to a medieval castle perched high atop a rocky crag. The only thing more prevalent than Edinburgh's picturesque setting is its history, as the city is rich with centuries-old cathedrals and palaces. Culture vultures will eat up the legendary arts scene as they explore world-famous festivals and a menagerie of museums, or sneak away for peaceful strolls through idyllic gardens.

Things to do

Cobblestone streets lead to a castle in the sky

Don't leave your Edinburgh vacation rental without your camera—Edinburgh Castle, the picturesque 12th-century fortress perched high above the city, offers the best photo ops in town. When you're not snapping pictures, spend your time exploring every crevice of the historic complex, from its chapels and royal palaces, to the National War Museum of Scotland. Still haven't gotten your fill of history? Roam the winding, medieval streets of Old Town, pausing for a visit to the National Museum of Scotland. Power players will love the Scottish Parliament Building and Holyrood Palace, the official residence of the Queen, when she's in Scotland.

Activities

Let's get moving—garden walks and hillside hikes

Stretch your legs with a walk down Princes Street, Edinburgh's mile-long thoroughfare dotted with shops, restaurants, and pubs. Keep moving with a stroll through the Princes Street Gardens, a public park nestled at the foot of Edinburgh Castle with immaculate gardens and floral displays. If you're looking for a workout at dusk, climb to the top of Calton Hill, a popular spot to watch the sunset. Prefer to exercise your mind? Book an Edinburgh vacation rental during the 3-week Edinburgh International Festival in August, a renowned festival that features international musicians, theatrical events, and dance performances.

Weather

Raindrops keep falling on my head—prepare for damp days

Edinburgh may be far north, but it offers surprisingly mild weather for its location. For instance, daytime temperatures in the winter rarely fall below freezing and the occasional light dusting of snow only adds to the region's beauty. Spring and fall bring slightly warmer conditions with daytime highs climbing into the mid-50s. Summer temperatures are also tepid, with highs rarely exceeding 72 degrees. Cloudy and overcast skies are commonplace, which means it's a good idea to keep your umbrella handy. While you probably won't get drenched, the city gets about 2 inches of the wet stuff each month.

Natural features

A bustling big city with… a volcano at its center?

While a modern metropolis sits at its core, Edinburgh seamlessly intertwines natural beauty throughout its landscape. For instance, Edinburgh Castle is perched atop the remnants of an extinct volcano, while Old Town's main thoroughfare, dubbed the Royal Mile, follows a natural path down the crest of the volcano's ridge. Seven lush green hills and glistening blue waterways add a pop of color to the city setting. Edinburgh is nestled along the Firth of Forth's southern shore, while the Water of Leith, a sleepy river, flows through the heart of the city.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Edinburgh

Fly into Edinburgh (EDI), the closest airport, located 6.5 mi (10.5 km) from the city center.

If you're traveling by train, Edinburgh Waverley Station, Edinburgh Haymarket Station and Slateford Station are the main stations that serve the city.

Where to stay around Edinburgh?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 2,095 vacation rentals near Edinburgh. From 1,778 Condos/Apartments to 215 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Edinburgh for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Edinburgh?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Edinburgh. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Old Town: 1,058 vacation rentals
  • New Town: 1,117 vacation rentals
  • Edinburgh Castle: 2,185 vacation rentals
  • Leith: 597 vacation rentals
  • West End: 841 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Edinburgh! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Edinburgh?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Edinburgh:

  • St Andrews: 586 rentals
  • Perth: 488 rentals
  • North Berwick: 259 rentals
  • Anstruther: 481 rentals
  • Falkirk: 269 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Edinburgh?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Edinburgh. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Edinburgh Castle: 2,185 rentals
  • Edinburgh Waverley Station: 2,231 rentals
  • Edinburgh (ZXE-Edinburgh Waverly Train Station): 2,211 rentals
  • Portobello Beach: 2,245 rentals
  • Craigmillar Castle: 2,239 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Edinburgh listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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