Quiet city-centre retreat near University and Greyfriars Kirk

A bright, centrally located one-bedroom apartment (sleeps 1–4) on the first floor of an architecturally significant building (B-listed) on Forrest Hill, a quiet lane off Forrest Road and George IV Bridge, close to the historic Royal Mile 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
  • First floor (no lift)First floor (no lift)
  • Electric heatingElectric heating
  • Freeview and DVD playerFreeview and DVD player
  • 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
  • DishwasherDishwasher
  • Tumble dryerTumble dryer
  • Washing machineWashing machine
  • Electric cookerElectric cooker

More features

  • FridgeFridge
  • FreezerFreezer
  • RadioRadio
  • ShowerShower
  • MicrowaveMicrowave

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Living area with a sofa that converts in to a double bed

Living area with a sofa that converts in to a double bed


  • sleeps one to four
  • one bedroom with standard double bed
  • sofa, which converts into a double bed
  • living room with dining area, separate kitchen
  • a quiet retreat near the University of Edinburgh

This property is a centrally located one-bedroom apartment on the first floor of an architecturally significant building (B-listed) on Forrest Hill, a quiet lane off George IV Bridge, close to the historic Royal Mile, within easy walking distance of the major tourist attractions, festival venues, shops, nightlife and transport connections. It is conveniently situated for the University. 

The homely living room has a peaceful outlook over the cobbled street and the former headquarters of the Royal Scots. There is a fireplace and a comfortable dining area. The sofa, which can be used as a single bed (and also converts into a double bed). There is a rocking chair and a cosy window seat, which looks out over the cobbled cul-de-sac. An attractive rug sets off the polished wooden floors, and a TV (with DVD player) and a selection of local-interest books and DVDs complete the home comforts.

The modern kitchen is well provided with crockery, cutlery, glasses and kitchenware, as well as a dish washer, fridge-freezer, cooker and microwave. There is also a washer/dryer in the apartment.

The bedroom has a standard double four-poster bed and the floors are polished. The bathroom has a bathtub with shower over, a wash-hand basin and a toilet.

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

Entrance to Greyfriars churchyard

Entrance to Greyfriars churchyard

The apartment is beside Greyfriars Church (built in 1620) and churchyard. There are many tales attached to Greyfriars, perhaps the most famous of which is that of Greyfriars Bobby, a faithful Skye terrier. So devoted was the dog to his master John Gray that when Gray died and was buried in Greyfriars Churchyard, Bobby kept guard over the grave for fourteen years until his own death in 1872. The dog is buried close to his master and his faithfulness is commemorated in a statue opposite the entrance to the churchyard at the junction of George IV Bridge and Candlemaker Row.

In the 18th and 19th centuries, the churchyard was a haunt of the ‘Resurrection Men’: body-snatchers who would dig up fresh corpses to sell for dissection to anatomists at the nearby medical school. You can find out more about Edinburgh’s grisly past on the guided tours that leave from the Royal Mile (see, for example, Mercat ToursWitchery Tours and Mary King’s Close). The church is an atmospheric concert venue and there are regular recitals and concerts throughout the year, including during the Edinburgh Festival.

Across the road from Greyfriars Bobby are the National Museum of Scotland, an award-winning modern building that holds the national collections, and the adjoining Royal Scottish Museum, an impressive Victorian building that houses international collections of decorative arts, science, industry, archaeology and the natural world. The Tower Restaurant on the top floor of the Museum of Scotland has terraces with spectacular views over the city.

The apartment is close to the main campus of the University of Edinburgh (established in 1582) and its landmark buildings Old College (the Faculty of Law), the Medical School and the McEwan Hall. Beyond the University lie the Meadows, a large area of open parkland. The Meadows were originally under water: the Burgh Loch, which was drained in 1740, was one of Edinburgh’s main water supplies. The area is now one of the city’s biggest green spaces, ideal for jogging. There are public tennis courts, a children’s playpark and Bruntsfield Links Golf Course, one of the oldest courses in the world, where you can have a round of pitch-and-putt.

From the apartment it is a short walk along George IV Bridge to the Royal Mile and Edinburgh Castle or down Candlemaker Row to the picturesque Grassmarket and the more earthy Cowgatecentre of the city’s nightlife. 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. Don’t miss Victoria Street, one of the most charming streets in the city, with its colourful mix of shops, restaurants, cafés and bars; it snakes down from George IV Bridge to the Grassmarket. Edinburgh’s main visitor attractions are on your doorstep and the neighbourhood is full of attractive independent shops and restaurants and bars to suit all budgets, from cheap and cheerful cafés 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.

Getting there

The apartment is about a 20-25-minute walk from the tram stop "Princes Street" (which runs directly from/to Edinburgh Airport) and a 20-minute walk from the main railway station: Edinburgh Waverley Station. Taxis can be hailed throughout the city centre. We will send you detailed directions before your arrival.

There is metered parking on Chambers Street, 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. Edinburgh Quartermile Car Park is a 2-minute walk away from the apartment. The car park is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Click on this website  and you can search for “Edinburgh Quartermile”.

All tenement apartments in Edinburgh are accessed by shared stairways, which tend to be functional more than luxurious, although the entry-phone system ensures the security of the stairway. Because the building dates from the 18th century, there is no lift and thus no wheelchair access. The apartment is on the second 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. Transport for Edinburgh's information office is on Waverley Bridge.


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  • “Great location for a stay in Edinburgh during the fringe. It was very central but also very quiet and cosy.”
    TA & family, Winterthur, Switzerland Swiss flag
  • “Highly recommended. Great location, flat is absolutely fantastic and it is so central that you can literally walk everywhere. Super host, great welcoming and superb communication from start to finish. If I’m back in Edinburgh I’ll be definitely staying here again.”
    AP, London, UK UK flag
  • “Das Appartment liegt mitten in der Altstadt Edinburghs. Attraktionen, Restaurants und Pubs der Stadt sind einfach zu Fuß erreichbar. Steve war ein sehr hilfsbereiter Gastgeber. Deshalb empfehle ich [die Ferienwohnung] auf jeden Fall weiter.””
    SP & MP, Germany German flag
  • “Great wee flat in an amazing location! Really quiet at night which is hard to find in the centre of Edinburgh. Lovely bedroom and comfy bed. So handy for the train station and the main sights.”
    CW, Glasgow, Scotland Scottish flag
  • “This property was very well located in the city centre, very close to a variety of food outlets and the shops and bars. The hosts were easily contactable and were very accommodating ... I would highly recommend this property if you are in Edinburgh and want to be near the city centre but without too much noise. It is also very close to the train station and has good bus links to the airport.”
    JW & co, Potton, UK UK flag
  • “The location is just perfect, very central, you can walk anywhere from the apartment. Very quiet at night as it's just on an alley, which was a bonus during the Fringe. The flat was spotless, and very cozy. Stephen was very responsive when we communicated to arrange check-in ... I would definitely stay here again, and I would recommend this place to anyone!”
    EV, London, UK UK flag
  • “Acogedor e inmejorable situación: El apartamento está muy bien situado, ya que puedes visitar todos los sitios andando. Forrest Road es una calle que tiene varios pub, restaurantes y heladerías donde puedes comer y tomar algo, sin necedad de desplazarte más lejos. La calle del apartamento es un callejón muy tranquilo donde no llega el ruido del tráfico ni del exterior, por lo que se puede descansar bien. El anfitrión es muy amable y nos explico bien el apartamento. Tiene lavadora, lavavajillas, horno y plancha. También está muy cerca un supermercado Sainsbury donde poder comprar comida y bebida.”
    FP, Madrid, Spain Spanish flag
  • “Very cosy flat. Its location is superb for visitors like me who love to talk around historic places.”
    KD, Tokyo, Japan Japanese flag
  • “Accurate description given, good location, easily accessible to all transport hubs. Within short walking distance of several great pubs, loads of places to eat and yet also very quiet. Good value.”
    MW, Greton, South Africa South African flag
  • “Wir haben unseren Aufenthalt in Edinburgh sehr genossen! Die Wohung hat eine unglaublich gute Lage, super zentral! Wir konnten überall zu Fuß hingehen. Auch die Kommunikation sowie der Check-in verliefen ohne Probleme. Ich kann es nur jedem weiterempfehlen!”
    VD, Hanover, Germany German flag
  • “Lovely, quaint, romantic feel to this apartment. We will miss it.”
    MT & family, Altdorf, Switzerland Swiss flag
  • “Sorry to leave. Had a great time at Flat 2. Felt like home with a Scottish twist. Sandy Bell's just along the street is a must! Thanks for everything.”
    AB & RB, Cowallis, OR, USA American flag
  • “Super location and very comfortable. Will be back!”
    RL & ML, Bloemfontein, South Africa South African flag
  • “Very well located in the city centre. Convenient to move around to explore the interesting places in the city on foot or by bus. Comfortable apartment. Vacation Rentals Scotland is helpful and understanding.”
    PL & family, Bangkok, Thailand Thai flag
  • “A lovely and comfortable apartment in a beautiful place! Unforgettable!”
    EA & EC, Ostra, Italy Italian flag
  • “Lovely apartment. Great location for the Festivals yet still lovely and quiet.”
    SC & VC, Royston, Hertforshire, UK English flag

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