Ground-floor apartment on the Royal Mile with garden

A bright, centrally located one-bedroom apartment (sleeps 1–4) on the Royal Mile, with a shared garden and within easy walking distance of the major tourist attractions, festival venues, shops, nightlife and transport connections.

Key Features

  • 3 star rating3 Star
  • Sleeps up to 4Sleeps up to 4
  • Free Wi-fiFree Wi-fi
  • Ground floorGround floor
  • Gas central heatingGas central heating
  • TV and DVD playerTV and DVD player
  • HairdryerHairdryer
  • IronIron
  • Public parking nearbyPublic parking nearby
  • Shops within 50 metresShops within 50 metres
  • Linen/towels providedLinen/towels provided
  • Non-smokingNon-smoking
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Cot/Highchair on requestCot/Highchair on request
  • No pets allowedNo pets allowed
  • Shared gardenShared garden
  • Tumble dryerTumble dryer
  • Washing machineWashing machine

More features

  • FridgeFridge
  • King bedKing bed
  • RadioRadio
  • ShowerShower
  • MicrowaveMicrowave

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Living-room (with double sofabed)

Living-room (with double sofabed)


  • sleeps one to four: one bedroom with king-size bed; double sofabed in living room
  • living room with dining area, separate kitchen, double bedroom, bathroom with bathtub and shower over
  • sunny shared south-facing garden

This holiday home is a bright one-bedroom apartment on the ground floor of a traditional building on the historic Royal Mile in the centre of Edinburgh. The apartment is within easy walking distance of the major tourist attractions, festival venues, shops, nightlife and transport connections. The apartment is light and airy and has partial views of Salisbury Crags from the back. The building has a south-facing shared garden, which gets the sun for most of the day.

With double windows, the living room is light and looks out on the historic Canongate. The varnished wooden floors are set off by stylish rugs. There is a comfortable dining area. The large sofa converts in to a double sofabed, and there is a comfortable armchair. A TV with freeview, a selection of books, DVDs and games complete the home comforts.

The modern kitchen is well provided with crockery, cutlery, glasses and kitchenware, as well as a washing machine with tumble dryer, fridge, cooker and microwave. This room has a pleasant outlook over the garden and beyond to Salisbury Crags.

The double bedroom is attractively furnished. It has an alarm clock/ radio/ipod dock. The bathroom is tiled and has a wash-hand basin and bathtub with shower over one end of the bath.

The apartment has gas central heating. The price of gas, electricity and local taxes is included. For the comfort of future guests, the apartment is non-smoking and pets are not allowed.

Looking up the Royal Mile from Bull's Close

Looking up the Royal Mile from Bull's Close

This apartment is situated on the Canongate, on the Royal Mile, in the heart of Edinburgh's historic Old Town. The Royal Mile, the backbone of medieval Edinburgh, connects Edinburgh Castle at one end with the Palace of Holyroodhouse and the Parliament at the other. Edinburgh's main visitor attractions are on your doorstep and the neighbourhood is full of attractive independent shops and restaurants, bars and cafés to suit all budgets, from cheap and cheerful pizzerias to fine dining establishments. The Hub (the official centre for the Edinburgh International Festival) and the Festival Fringe office are on the Royal Mile, and you can easily walk to many of the Festival venues. You are also ideally placed to enjoy the Christmas and Hogmanay/New Year festivities.

Bull's Close is named after Robert Bull, a writer and burgess who owned property here in the eighteenth century. The Canongate was a separate burgh from Edinburgh for over 700 years, taking its name from the canons (priests) of Holyrood Abbey. As it was near the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the area developed as the court quarter and many fine residences for aristocratic families were built there. One of these, Queensberry House, now forms part of the Scottish Parliament building. Queensberry House was bought in 1686 by the father of the 2nd Duke of Queensberry, whose eldest son, the mad Lord James Douglas, escaped from confinement one night in 1701 and murdered a kitchen-boy – the very night that his father was signing the Act of Union that dissolved the Scots Parliament and put Scotland under English rule. You can find out more about Edinburgh's grisly past on the guided tours that leave from the Royal Mile. See for example Mercat Tours, Witchery Tours and Mary King's Close.

The property has a shared garden, but if that isn't enough for you, just across the road on the other side of the Royal Mile is Dunbar's Close garden, an oasis in the city centre.

Getting there

The apartment is approximately 10-15 minutes' walk from both the Airport Express Bus Terminus and the main railway station: Edinburgh Waverley Station. There is also a tram service from Edinburgh Airport to the city centre. Bus number 35 runs directly from the Royal Mile from/to the airport; it takes longer than the express bus, but can be convenient as a door-to-door service. Taxis can be hailed throughout the city centre. We will send you detailed directions before your arrival.

For those arriving by car, there is metered parking on Holyrood Road (at the back of the apartment), though the maximum parking period is 2 hours. Parking on meters and single-yellow lines is free from 6.30pm to 7.30am; please check on-street signage for exact times of parking restrictions; parking is forbidden at all times on double-yellow lines. St John's Hill Car Park is on the next corner at Holyrood Road. Click on this website  and you can search for “Edinburgh St Johns Hill”.

All tenement apartments in Edinburgh are accessed by shared stairways, which tend to be functional more than luxurious. The apartment is on the ground floor.

Edinburgh has an efficient public transport system run by Transport for Edinburgh. Trams and buses run throughout the city from early morning till midnight, after which there is a reduced night service. Lothian Regional Transport's information office is on Waverley Bridge.


Trip advisor icon Rated by TripAdvisor

  • “Excellent location. Comfortable Apartment. The location was perfect and close to all major attractions. The apartment pictures are accurate. We were met by our host who showed us through the place. We would stay again.”
    WL, Ontario, Canada Canadian flag
  • “Great Central Location: Very comfortable apartment, as good as pictures. Well stocked kitchen. Street traffic was not a problem. It is so well located to train and airport bus; and we walked to everywhere else in town. Good host too. Thanks.”
    MJ & co, Freeland, WA, USA American flag
  • “Great Location: The apartment was more than what we expected. A spacious apartment with everything including a full kitchen, living area, spacious bedroom, full bath and [washing machine]. The location is amazing right on the Royal Mile. I couldn't have dreamt a better place to stay. I just wish we were staying there for more nights.”
    EK & co, London, Ontario, Canada Canadian flag
  • “Hübsch, sauber, tolle Lage: Die Wohnung war sehr hübsch, gut eingerichtet und hat eine tolle Lage am Ende der Royal Mile. Ein sehr guter Ort, um von dort die Aktivitäten des Tages zu starten. Die Einkaufsmöglichkeiten liegen auch sehr nahe, man kann sich sehr gut selbst versorgen. Der Vermieter ist auch sehr flexibel. Wenn man den Flugverpasst und einen Tag später kommt, wird spontan umorganisiert damit der Gast auch den Schlüssel bekommt. Sehr zu empfehlen.”
    Anette, Neustadt an der Weinstr, Germany German flag
  • “We would recommend others to stay here and we would stay again. The owner was helpful with directions and met us at the apt which was helpful. The unit was clean and had everything we needed. The location was great, we actually didn't spend much time at the apt as there is so much to see and do in the neighborhood...well after we recovered from jet-lag, thank goodness the bed was comfy!”
    Heather, New York, USA American flag
  • “Everything about the apartment was great. Clean, tidy, well-equiped and in a fantastic location. And, most importantly, the hosts were extremelly helpful! If I went back to Edinburgh, I'd definitely stay here again. Thank you!”
    James, UK UK flag
  • “A lovely apartment in a great location on one of the quieter parts of the Royal Mile, away from the tourist bustle. We intend to stay there again on future visits.”
    Dave, England English flag
  • “The flat was large and very nicely furnished. Communication was perfect! Thank you very much!”
    Laura, Germany German flag
  • “The flat is clean and spacious, located on the end of Royal Mile and with walking distance to attractions like Castle and Prince Street. The owener has been very nice and helpful, explaining everything to us. We had a great stay here.”
    Lijun, Hangzhou, China Chinese flag
  • “Great location! you can walk everywhere :) The apartment has everything you need, very clean and spacious.”
    Cristina, Spain Spanish flag
  • “Everything was perfect. Very nice appartment and no problems with checkin/checkout. Would come back at any time.”
    Björn, Germany German flag
  • “Very pleasant accommodation, recent decoration and furnishings in a great location on the Royal Mile, not the really busy part but still within easy walking distance. Good communication, easy and straightforward hand-overs. Kitchen is well appointed and although we didn't cook everything seems to be there if you need it.”
    Michael, UK UK flag
  • “Having previously stayed in other flats in Cannongate, we rate 1A Bulls Close as the best ... The flat is in a great location and was perfect for our needs. As 2 single travellers we used the bed as well as the fold out Sofa Bed which was absolutely comfortable. I had read some reviews regarding noise levels from the street. To be honest we did notice it but we were not disturbed in any way. thoroughly enjoyed staying here and we will be back.”
    DR & TG, Phnom Penh, Cambodia Cambodian flag
  • “Great, well-kitted-out apartment. We enjoyed our stay at the Royal Mile for the Fringe festivals.”
    SJ, MJ & MJ, Isle of Man Manx flag
  • “El piso está muy bien localizado en la zona más tranquila de la Royal Mile. Nos hemos sentido como en nuestra propia casa, muy acogedor. We'll come back again!”
    F&A, Seville, Spain Spanish flag
  • “Great apartment. Well situated between Fringe and Festival events and the peaceful Carlton Hill and Arthur's Seat.”
    MG & JG, Denmark Danish flag
  • “This is a great place to explore the city. Thanks for the warm welcome.”
    H & A, Düsseldorf, Germany German flag
  • “Had a great stay here with my family.”
    SN, Port Harcourt, Nigeria Nigerian flag
  • “Had a great week here for the World Karate and Kickboxing Association Championships.”
    Team WKA, J & A & P, Montreal, Canada Canadian flag
  • “We had a great week. Apartment very comfortable. Great location!”
    CA, São Paulo, Brazil Brazilian flag
  • “Wonderful city, beautiful country and a great apartment for this stay.”
    UF, PF, AF & RF, Heidenheim, Germany German flag

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