Top 5 holiday homes near Edinburgh Castle, Scotland

Searching for the perfect accommodation? Take a look at these gems and book your dream stay


View of Edinburgh Castle from the Grassmarket

When visiting Scotland, Edinburgh Castle has to be high on your list of things to see. It's renowned for a reason, so be sure to go and see what all the fuss is about. It isn't every day you find yourself so close to something so special.

Where to stay near Edinburgh Castle, Scotland

Here is our pick of the top 5 holiday homes. Make your choice and treat yourself to a luxury stay.

New Town Fling

New Town Fling, Plum Guide home in New Town Edinburgh

New Town Fling, Plum Guide home in New Town Edinburgh

Click to book New Town Fling now: from £120 per night Right across the street from Edinburgh’s beautiful Queen Street Gardens, this chic apartment has everything you need for a relaxing stay in the city. With its tall ceilings, soft grey walls, dark wood floors and modern furnishings, there’s an elegant simplicity in the decor that makes you feel instantly at home. We love how the home has been carefully designed with space in mind, like the bespoke kitchenette, cleverly hidden within a cabinet, and the stairs up to the mezzanine bedroom creating a visual feature piece in their own right. After mornings enjoying breakfast at the window-side table and luxuriating under the rainfall shower, go out and explore your surroundings. You’ve got plenty of Edinburgh’s most iconic sights within easy walking distance, including Princes Street for great shopping (six minutes away), Edinburgh Castle for an afternoon of history (twelve minutes away) and Calton Hill for stunning sunset views over the city (fourteen minutes away). Factor in the countless bars and restaurants in your New Town neighbourhood and you’ve got ample entertainment to keep you going. Sleeps up to 2 | 1 Bedroom | 1 Bathroom


Carriages, Plum Guide home in New Town Edinburgh

Carriages, Plum Guide home in New Town Edinburgh

Click to book Carriages now: from £300 per night If you love culture, you'll adore this modern mews apartment in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of New Town. It's only a seven-minute walk from the Edinburgh Playhouse, while it's around a twenty-minute stroll to the National Galleries and Princes Street for a wide array of shops. Edinburgh Castle and the Scottish Parliament Building are both just over a twenty-five-minute saunter or a ten-minute ride. There's so much on your doorstep in this fabulous location – we doubt you'll be spending much time in this lovely home. When you do, though – plan your itinerary from the comfy chaise sofa or gather around the log burner on chillier nights with a glass of whiskey. We love the library wallpaper in the bedroom, as well as the selection of art books. This place is perfect for both business trips and family holidays – there's even free on-site parking. Sleeps up to 8 | 3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms

The House On The Hill

The House On The Hill, Plum Guide home in Edinburgh, UK

The House On The Hill, Plum Guide home in Edinburgh, UK

Click to book The House On The Hill now: from £150 per night This spectacular house is one of Edinburgh's oldest and most prestigious, one-time home to famous Scottish photographers David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson. Built in 1756, it's located on Calton Hill, one of the city's best known sites (and best spots for panoramic views), and the views of the monument are one-of-a-kind. The home's history is honoured in the most stylish of ways; log fires, original windows, William Morris wallpaper and colourful painted walls are at once playful and deeply chic. The best part? It feels wonderfully secluded despite its central location, more country cottage than town house, despite the fact that the Royal Mile, Princes Street and Edinburgh's historic Old Town all a short walk away. We couldn't dream up a more idyllic, transportive home for an Edinburgh stay if we tried. Sleeps up to 8 | 4 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms

Stone Thistle

Stone Thistle, Plum Guide home in Old Town Edinburgh

Stone Thistle, Plum Guide home in Old Town Edinburgh

Click to book Stone Thistle now: from £90 per night A vast parkland, an extinct volcano, and a whole mile of restaurants, cafés, and shops housed in original stone buildings – these are just some of the local sights of Edinburgh’s Old Town. Just six minutes from Holyrood Park, let your stay begin in style with a private airport transfer right to your front door. In this delightful, warehouse-like space with city views, studio living never felt so luxurious. We love the subtle matching furnishings – from the wire coffee table, to the open wardrobe, dining table, chairs, and the feature lighting, there’s a harmony of black metal throughout. This contrasts beautifully with the cushy velvet sofa and chunky knitted throw on the bed. Just like this flat, the city itself has fantastic contrasts between old and new. Take a five-minute walk down your road to Holyrood Palace and its 12th-century abbey. Or two minutes in the same direction to the Scottish Parliament – a 21st-century modern architectural marvel based on an upturned boat. And for one of the most iconic sights, take a thirteen-minute walk uphill to Edinburgh Castle to immerse yourself in over 900 years of history. Sleeps up to 2 | 1 Bedroom | 1 Bathroom

A Wee Dram

A Wee Dram, Plum Guide home in Old Town Edinburgh

A Wee Dram, Plum Guide home in Old Town Edinburgh

Click to book A Wee Dram now: from £120 per night At the foot of the Royal Mile, just a five-minute stroll away from Holyrood Palace, you'll find this slick apartment that's perfectly set up for city living. It's a modern space – contrasting with the winding, historic streets outside – where you can settle down on the buttery soft leather sofa and enjoy a nip of whisky between your adventures. The smart grey sideboard opens up to reveal a small kitchen, ideal for preparing a quick bowl of porridge before heading out, and your hosts are on hand to provide hotel-level services during your stay. A wander up the Royal Mile will lead you to imposing Edinburgh Castle in just over ten minutes, where you can walk in the footsteps of Scotland's ancient kings and queens. Or, take a hike up nearby Arthur's Seat for the very best views over the city – you won't be disappointed. Sleeps up to 4 | 2 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms

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