Destination guide

Historic Edinburgh will entice you

Take a vacation to Edinburgh and enjoy the area's history, museums and festivals. Well known for its local tours, shopping and art, this welcoming city won't disappoint. Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre and Royal Yacht Britannia are a few of the top cultural sights. Many rental homes come with outdoor spaces, separate dining areas and full kitchens, perfect if you want to enjoy some home-cooked meals.


Activities and attractions in Edinburgh

Are you looking for things to do in the area? Venture out of your cozy vacation rental and check out everything that Edinburgh has to offer. These are some of the major attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Our Dynamic Earth (0.8 mi / 1.3 km)
  • Royal Commonwealth Pool (1.2 mi / 1.9 km)
  • Edinburgh Zoo (2.9 mi / 4.7 km)
  • Muirfield Golf Course (15.8 mi / 25.4 km)
  • Omni Centre Edinburgh (0.5 mi / 0.9 km)
  • Braid Hills Golf Course (2.5 mi / 4 km)
Natural highlights

Exploring the natural landscape of Edinburgh

Whether you're looking for adventure or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, Edinburgh is a great place to get out in nature. Here are some of the area’s most enchanting features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Princes Street Gardens (0.1 mi / 0.1 km)
  • Arthur's Seat (1 mi / 1.6 km)
  • Calton Hill (0.6 mi / 1 km)
  • Royal Botanic Garden (1.1 mi / 1.8 km)
  • Holyrood Park (1.7 mi / 2.7 km)
  • The Meadows (0.7 mi / 1.2 km)

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 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 1,936 holiday lettings near Edinburgh. From 1,659 Condos/Apartments to 176 Houses, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Edinburgh is on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Edinburgh?

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

  • Haymarket: 1,398 holiday homes
  • Writers' Museum: 2,161 holiday homes
  • Edinburgh Castle: 2,069 holiday homes
  • Morningside: 190 holiday homes
  • Newington: 625 holiday homes

HomeAway offers you the possibility to discover many other popular destinations in Edinburgh! Please use our search bar to access the selection of self catering accommodations available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Edinburgh?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the cities in Edinburgh with the largest selection of holiday lettings for a perfect city break:

  • Perth: 478 holiday lettings
  • Peebles: 129 holiday lettings
  • Falkirk: 263 holiday lettings
  • Auchterarder: 344 holiday lettings
  • Anstruther: 477 holiday lettings

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

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near in Edinburgh?

HomeAway offers a large selection of holiday lettings near great places to visit in Edinburgh. From HomeAway travellers, the top popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Writers' Museum: 2,161 holiday rentals
  • Edinburgh Castle: 2,069 holiday rentals
  • Princes Street Gardens: 2,155 holiday rentals
  • Inverleith House: 2,139 holiday rentals
  • The Meadows: 2,042 holiday 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 of holiday accommodations.