Stylish two-bedroom apartment on the Royal Mile with spectacular views and a private balcony

A bright, centrally located two-bedroom apartment (sleeps 1–4) on the Royal Mile, with spectacular views and a private balcony 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
  • Third floor (no lift)Third floor (no lift)
  • Gas central heatingGas central heating
  • FreeviewFreeview
  • HairdryerHairdryer
  • IronIron
  • 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
  • BalconyBalcony
  • Washing machineWashing machine
  • Electric cookerElectric cooker

More features

  • FridgeFridge
  • ShowerShower
  • MicrowaveMicrowave

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The dining area opens out to the private balcony with spectacular views of some of Edinburgh's most famous landmarks on Calton Hill

The dining area opens out to the private balcony with spectacular views of some of Edinburgh's most famous landmarks on Calton Hill


  • sleeps one to four: one bedroom with king-size bed; one bedroom with two single beds
  • private balcony with views to Calton Hill
  • living room with dining area, separate kitchen
  • two bedrooms
  • bathroom with bathtub and shower over

This holiday home is a bright two-bedroom apartment on the third floor (no lift) in a central location and with spectacular views of some of Edinburgh's most famous landmarks on Calton Hill. It is situated in the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town on the Canongate, a historic street forming part of the Royal Mile – the backbone of the city's medieval core, dominated by Edinburgh Castle at one end and the Palace of Holyroodhouse at the other. 

The living room has a sofa and easy chair and the window looks across the Royal Mile towards Salisbury Crags and Holyrood Park. There's a dining area leading out to a private balcony, which has extensive views of the classical landscape of Calton Hill. The modern kitchen is well provided with crockery, cutlery, glasses and kitchenware, as well as a washing machine, cooker and microwave.

The main bedroom has a king-size double bed, and the second bedroom has two single beds. The bathroom has a wash-hand basin and bathtub with shower over. 

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

The modernist 1960s apartment block was designed by Sir Basil Spence, arguably the most famous British architect of his generation (Coventry Cathedral is his best known work). Unusually for a property in the Old Town, the apartment has a private balcony with uninterrupted views of the classical landscape of Calton Hill, which gives Edinburgh its soubriquet of 'Athens of the North'. From the front of the property there are similarly dramatic views of the cliffs of Salisbury Crags in Holyrood Park.

The apartment is ideally located for many of Edinburgh's most popular attractions and amenities. Princes Street and George Street, the city's principal shopping thoroughfares, are just beyond the train station, and just beyond that is the New Town - the world's greatest showpiece of Georgian architecture. There are excellent shopping and dining facilities within a few minutes’ walk, with a Tesco Express supermarket about two minutes walk away, and Meadowbank shopping park about 10-15 minutes by foot past Holyrood Palace (Sainsbury, Marks & Spencer, TK Maxx, Poundland etc.). The Museum of Edinburgh is within 100 metres of the front door, and the Royal Mile's oldest building – John Knox House – just a little further. The balcony directly overlooks Panmure House, the 18th century home of Adam Smith, the founder of modern economics and the author of The Wealth of Nations.

The historic Canongate Church, which is along the road from the apartment

The historic Canongate Church, which is along the road from the apartment

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.

Winding closes, cobbled alleyways, and ancient buildings along the Royal Mile create an atmosphere quite unlike any other city in Europe; much of the Royal Mile dates back to the Dark Ages, and it is an area of intense and brooding character. The Canongate is the lower end of the Royal Mile, and the apartment is within 400 metres of the Palace (HM the Queen's official residence in Scotland) and the Scottish Parliament.

The Canongate was a separate burgh from Edinburgh for over 700 years, taking its name from the canons (priests) of Holyrood Abbey. Because 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. Just along the road from the apartment 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 third 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.

  • “The flat was perfect for the 3 of us! We arrived Christmas Day. The flat was easy to get to by taxi. It was close to everything we wanted to see! The torch procession on the 30th went right in front of the building! Holyrood Park was easy to get to to finish out the celebration! Also, we had a prime view of the fireworks show that night from the flat’s balcony! Our stay was wonderful!”
    LH & co, Odessa, TX, USA American flag
  • “Great location on the Royal Mile: Located in quieter section of Royal Mile but close to shops and restaurants. The apartment was clean and spacious.”
    JL, Hillsborough, NJ, USA American flag
  • “Location perfect: As a family of 4 we found the location to be perfect for walking to everything we wanted to see. In addition being on opposite end of Royal Mile it was not so busy. Loved having a glass of wine on balcony after a day of sightseeing.”
    PT & family, Regina, SK, Canada Canadian flag
  • “Comfy and Convenient: Very pleasant experience! We arrived early and were allowed to drop our bags while the place was being cleaned. Loved the view and all of the windows. Super easy to hop on the tour buses just right down the road. I would recommend this place to everyone!”
    LP & co, Indiana, IN, USA American flag
  • “Great location and very comfortable: Right in the heart of the Old Town, convenient to rail and air services. Lots of shops and restaurants about nearby. Warm, well equipped.”
    DM, Pilot, VA, USA American flag
  • “Schöne Wohnung in super Lage: geschmackvolle Wohnung mitten in der Altstadt, gute Raumaufteilung mit allem was man braucht. Sehr zuverlässiger und freundlicher Kontakt mit dem Vermieter.”
    AF & co, Giessen, Germany German flag
  • “The views!!! Very walkable to Arthur’s Seat and the Castle! Five star review.”
    SF & co, Nicholasville, KY, USA American flag
  • “I have just stayed here for a weekend break, it was very comfortable, lovely and warm, had everything I needed. The location was perfect, easy to get to all the attractions, shops and restaurants, all within walking distance. Had excellent communication with the rental company.”
    JC, Exeter, Devon, England English flag
  • “I stayed here with my husband and 13-year-old son for two and a half weeks. The flat is ideally located on the Royal Mile. It's nicely furnished and comfortable. We loved Edinburgh and all the restaurants, bars, and tourist destinations that are an easy walk from this flat.”
    CC & family, Cleveland, OH, USA American flag
  • “Perfect apartment: The apartment is in a brilliant location; we had easy access to the Royal mile, Arthur's seat and more. It is well furnished and stocked with everything you could need. I loved the modern style and the views from the windows are wonderful. Would definitely come back next time.”
    KS, Basingstoke, England English flag
  • “Has everything you need: Location can't be beaten ... the flat has everything you could need and it is close to everything touristy. You would not be disappointed staying there. My family liked it so much we have booked another stay there for when we come back to Edinburgh in another week.”
    SD & family, Bath, ON, Canada Canadian flag
  • “Terrific: Great location well kept flat. All was as advertised. Extremely easy to book and keep in touch with the owner.”
    KH & co, New Rochelle, NY, USA American flag
  • “Appartement très agréable et bien situé ! Très bien équipé. Je le recommande vivement à mes amis. Emplacement idéal pour une visite d'Edimbourg à pieds”
    ML, France French flag
  • “We enjoyed our stay a lot. The apartment is well equipped and has plenty of space (we were 3 persons). The apartment is in the very center of Edinburgh and perfect to explore the city.”
    LK & co, Bern, Switzerland Swiss flag
  • “Great flat, excellent location. Would definitely recommend.”
    CB, Syracuse, NY, USA American flag
  • “Really enjoyed staying in your lovely apartment. Such a wonderful location.”
    JB, Wicklow, Ireland Irish flag
  • “We loved the location and the flat was just perfect.”
    EC, Houston, TX, USA American flag
  • “Delightful, ideally located accommodation.”
    K family, Strasbourg, France French flag
  • “Had a wonderful time. This was our honeymoon and it was perfect! The flat is wonderful with beautiful views.”
    J & KM, Virginia, USA American flag
  • “Fantastic apartment with fabulous decorative taste which is ideally situated.”
    R, PC & D, Wales Welsh flag
  • “Had a great week in Edinburgh. The flat is lovely.”
    HH, Denmark Danish flag
  • “Flats R Us from now on! Much better than hotel rooms. Great place to relax after a tiring day walking.”
    PMS & CP, Cheshire, England English flag
  • “Beautiful flat, and beautiful city. Thank you!!!”
    R & LM, El Salvador
  • “Light, airy apartment that contrasts with ‘Olde Edinburgh’. We loved the views!”
    KM & family, Los Angeles, CA, USA American flag

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