Self-catering cottage holidays in Edinburgh Guide

Let us guide you on what Edinburgh in Scotland has to offer for self-catering cottage holidays.  Edinburgh is a fantastic location for a self catering city break.  Edinburgh has lots to offer.  Edinburgh is a city with a wealth of history and stunning architecture.  You will find a number of Edinburgh's attractions in the Old Town area.  This is the part of Edinburgh surrounding the castle and is an area officially recognised by UNESCO in terms of its heritage and historical significance.  Here you will find high on a hill, on castle rock, Edinburgh castle, surrounded by windy lanes and streets.  Edinburgh castle can be visited and is home to the Scottish crown jewels and many fascinating tales about Scottish history.  Guided tours are sometimes available and audio tours can be purchased.  The Crown Room tends to be the most popular part of the castle and there can be delays in entering this room.  Many want to catch a glimpse of the special crown and sword which date back to the 1400s and 1500s.  According to tradition, a gun is fired at 1pm except on Sundays and public holidays.

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Edinburgh for self catering holidays
View of Edinburgh castle from near Princes Street

Views from Edinburgh castle
Nearby Edinburgh castle are medieval buildings and streets including a number of interesting side alleys that network through the different levels of the city.  

Fascinating underground tours of this part of Edinburgh operate, to terrify and delight visitors who learn about the city's underground tunnel network.

You can enjoy visiting the Old Town near the castle which is UNESCO recognised.  Many of the buildings in the Old town date back to medieval times.  Kids and adults alike should love the Camera Obscura near Edinburgh castle.  Experience some of the magic that Edinburgh has to offer.

Edinburgh's old town
Not too far from the old town is the Palace of Holyroodhouse which is the official residence of the queen in Scotland.  This palace is situated at the end of the Royal Mile in Edinburgh and is used for official state events.  The Palace has a rich history and famously belonged to Mary Queen of Scots.

The other UNESCO recognised area of Edinburgh is the Georgian new town area.  This area is very elegant and was originally built as an oasis for the rich in Edinburgh to escape the overcrowded Old town district of Edinburgh.  There is an interesting National Trust for Scotland Georgian House in this part of the city which can be visited.

Grassmarket is a particular area in Edinburgh, again not too far from the old town which is recommended for eateries and boutique shopping.  

As with many cities nowadays, there is a hop on, hop off bus tour that sightseers in Edinburgh can take but really there isn't that much need unless you have mobility difficulties.  Edinburgh's city centre is relatively easy to get around and most people can happily walk around although it can be helpful at times to hop on a bus when your legs get tired.  There are plenty cafes, bars and green spaces in Edinburgh where you can take a break before doing some more exploring. Edinburgh isn't really a city where you want to take the car.  It's best to leave the car at home if staying in Edinburgh and instead use public transport.   

Edinburgh is very popular for bookings at New Year as many like to experience Hogmanay in Scotland where the Scots really like to party.  

Expect fireworks in Edinburgh on new years eve.  Edinburgh is a great destination for a self catering break though all year round.

There are a great number of shops in Edinburgh ranging from boutique shopping around Edinburgh's new town and high street shopping along Edinburgh's Princes street.  There is a large shopping centre out at Leith which is by the seaside but it is quite a trek to get there - you would either have to grab a cab or take a bus and although there are a number of shops, the area is not at all picturesque.  The city also boasts a number of excellent restaurants and a number of bars.  

Various festivals and events take place in Edinburgh throughout the year including the Edinburgh Military tattoo which takes place in August and is a spectacular show usually held at Edinburgh castle.  The Edinburgh Fringe Festival also takes place in August.  This means that accommodation in Edinburgh is very much in demand during August and it makes sense to book ahead to avoid disappointment.

Please view this holiday cottage near Edinburgh for bookings and more information about a self-catering accommodation for the Edinburgh Tattoo.

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