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Lovely Grassmarket apt. 5min Walk From Royal Mile & Castle.

Bedrooms 1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


About the property

Apt in Grassmarket, Old Town area of Central Edinburgh, Lothians, Scotland - Central Location. In The Heart Of The Famous Grassmarket, Ideal For Royal Mile & Princes Street

Fantastic central Edinburgh Old Town location. You are in the very heart of The Old Town on the historic Grassmarket itself. Perfect flat as a base for sightseeing, with many attractions within a few minutes walk. It's also great if you're working in Edinburgh as it's very well equipped with great WIFI. The Grassmarket is a lively, bustly area, and the 3 large windows in the lounge look down onto the Grassmarket itself. The quiet bedroom at the rear of the flat has a Kingsize bed with crisp bed linen and has unique views to the Castle, overlooking lovely gardens and greenery. The flat is cosy and feels light and airy, with modern well - equipped kitchen with granite worktops. Lovely fully tiled 4 piece bathroom. Stylishly decorated throughout. The sofa in the living area folds out to a double bed for additional guests. Check-in is from 4pm on the day of arrival and check-out by 10:30am on the morning of departure. We will be in touch once you've booked and will make sure you find us easily and have a great start to your stay.

In the Grassmarket/Old Town area you'll see street performers, artists and a wonderful Saturday market on the doorstep, with a mixture of food, crafts and vintage stalls. Perfect Festival and Castle location to live like a local!

Free High Speed WIFI. Good 4G in area also.

The flat is on the third floor in a traditional Old Town tenement building. 42 steps.

More Details

Kate Laing
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
February 24, 2018

About Kate Laing

Kate & Alan also own a guest house in Fife and love hosting guests from all over the world. We are friendly folk, and love to share places we find around the city with our guests.

Kate Laing purchased this apartment in 2014

Why Kate Laing chose Old Town

Location, location, location!

It's just the perfect spot to experience true city living, whilst being close to Edinburghs attractions. The flat is decorated to a very high spec and is a mix of modern and retro pieces - it's full of character.

The Grassmarket is still very well conserved with many historic buildings, and an open, cobbled market square, which allows pubs and restaurants to spill out onto the pavement. There are also a number of small retailers in the area.

Did you know of Edinburgh's tallest buildings are in the Grassmarket, with some having eight or nine stories, each story of around 9 or 10 feet.

The Grassmarket was the location of public hangings in days gone by. Maggie Dickson being the last lady hung - you'll find the pub in her name just 2 doors along, beside The Last Drop pub!

What makes this apartment unique

Location and the views over The Grassmarket - perfect for people watching!

Modern, fresh, light and airy accommodation. Large windows, unusual for The Old Town.


Lovely restaurants on doorstep

View of the Castle from the window and also a cleverly placed mirror means you can see the Castle from your bed!

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a great welcome from the hosts, who showed us around the apartment and gave us some handy advice on nearby restaurants and sights. The apartment was great. Very well decorated and incredibly cosy without feeling small. My partner and I were sad when we had to leave it! The location is ideal for tourist sights around the old city of Edinburgh (including the castle, Holyrood, the national museum etc.) Highly recommended as a place to stay in Edinburgh.

January 2015

What a little gem! In the crazy Hogmanay in edinbugh finding this little spot was marvelous. Super well located to explore the city Kate and Alan were super nice to start with, even leaving us with milk, tea and biscuits to recover after the long drive. The place was spotless, with modern kitchen and bathroom but with a very homey feeling overall. The living room looks down to the Grassmarket, making it a perfect spot for people watching (or going down for a pint!) and you wake up with a view to the castle from the main bedroom. The only thing to know is that it requires a few floors staircase but that was absolutely no problem. Thanks again to Kate and Alan. Can't wait to get back! P.s. They gave also amazing recon on bars/restaurants which was a perfect touch!!!

Dec 2014

I really enjoyed the weekend at Kate's flat. Everything was as she said. She was very friendly and helpful explaining a lot of curiosities about the city. There was even a birthday card. The flat was just perfect! Cleaned, fully equipped, and well situated. I'll come back to Edinburgh and I'll be in the same flat for sure! I would highly recommend it!

Dec 2014
Jan 2015
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Old Town Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 3
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Town
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet
  • Hotel styled, fully tiled bathroom with great shower over full size bath. Bidet. Towels and toiletries supplied.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Rear facing quiet bedroom with Kingsize bed with outlook to Castle and green areas below. TV, bedside cabinets and plenty of storage.
  • Books ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Golf ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • outlet shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: Rates quoted are based on 2 people occupying. Additional guest to a max of 4 people in the property are charged at £25pppn. No Hen or Stag parties. No children under the age of 10.


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Lovely Grassmarket apt. 5min Walk From Royal Mile & Castle.
average rating of 4.9 based on 11 reviews

Perfect location to explore the Old Town. Great accommodation.

  • 5 of 5

Well maintained, clean and comfortable appartment, right in the heart of the Old Town. Loved it. Would definitely recommend it.

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your lovely review, so glad you enjoyed your trip to Edinburgh and our apt. Thanks
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As advertised

  • 4 of 5

Loved the location, the apartment is modern, clean and pleasant. I knew that it was a 3rd floor walkup but had forgotten that in Europe the 3rd floor is really the 4th floor in the U.S. It was quite a schlep with our suitcases but once up there the up and down was great exercise and easy! Easy access to pubs, buses, and tour buses. Kate left a binder with information about the area that we found helpful.

  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very convenient

  • 5 of 5

We loved this Grassmarket apartment. It was central to everything, modern, and homey. We could walk to almost everything we wanted to see, and great restaurants, pubs, and cafes were right in the neighborhood. After walking around Edinburgh all day, we enjoyed coming back and relaxing in the apartment.

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Tallahassee, Florida

Loved everything about this flat!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I recently (August 2017) stayed at this flat for a week. The location is excellent. Walking distance to just about every attraction. Many restaurants/pubs to choose from in the area. The flat itself is clean, bed is comfortable, bedroom location makes for a peaceful night's sleep, equipped kitchen with nice appliances and nice modern bathroom. Kate was easy to communicate with and check-in/check-out was simple. My husband and I plan to return to Edinburgh and we will, without hesitation, try to book this flat again. Highly recommended!!

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent location, very comfortable stay

  • 5 of 5

We were very pleased with this apartment. Little did we realize the perfect location until we were actually in Edinburgh. This apartment is very close to the Royal Mile and just down the hill from the Edinburgh Castle. I recommend taking the Airport Express bus to Waverly station and then taking a taxi to the unit. We found wonderful restaurants and bakeries and a convenience store that made our stay so enjoyable. Be sure to plan your trip so that you can enjoy the Saturday Grassmarket outdoor market. The description of the unit is accurate and the owners were so helpful and responsive to my questions. Thanks for a lovely visit!

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Petaluma, CA

Beautiful apartment in the perfect location

  • 5 of 5

We spent 4 nights in this wonderful Edinburgh flat and it was the perfect location from which to enjoy all the City has to offer. We walked everywhere (Castle, Prince Gardens, National Museum, Arthur's Seat, folk music pubs and more) and had dozens of great restaurant options right outside the door. We will absolutely stay here again. The owners are lovely and very helpful.

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Nearest Barpub
on the doorstep!
Nearest Ferry
12 Miles
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Nearest Train
1 Miles
Waverley Station
Nearest Restaurant
on the doorstep!
Nearest Beach
4 Miles
Car: not necessary

Special interest holidays:

Combine a stay in this flat with a stay in our Fife guesthouse Redlands, handy for St Andrews. If you're travelling up to the Highlands, Fife is a perfect stop over.


Portobello Beach is approx 20 mins drive.


Nearest AIRPORT - Edinburgh Airport: 8 Miles

Nearest AIRPORT: Edinburgh, use the Tram system for quickest way into the City Centre

Nearest TRAIN - Edinburgh Waverley - 1 mile

Nearest MOTORWAY - M8: 4.7 Miles

Nearest BEACH - Portobello Beach: 4.4 Miles

Nearest BARPUB - Last Drop: 100 Metres

Nearest GOLF - Prestonfield Golf Course: 2 Miles

Nearest RESTAURANT - Le Maison Bleu: 100 Metres


Edinburgh Castle, Royal Mile, Greyfriars Bobby, National Museum of Scotland all with 5-10 min walk.

Princes Street about 10 min walk max.

Further Details:

You won't need a car!

Tea, coffee, milk and biscuits provided for your arrival.

Towels and hairdryer provided.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Check in 5pm (may be flexible, depending on individual request) Check in prior to 2pm or after 7pm will be charged additional £25
Check out 10.30am. Late check out may be available up to 1pm, for an additional charge of £25.
Non-refundable 50% deposit required at time of booking
Balance payable 4 week prior to arrival.

Changeover Day: Flexible changeover days wherever possible.

Notes on prices: Please enquire if you require alternative min stays and we'll see what we can do! Sorry, no 1 night stays, no pets.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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