8 Jeffrey St (Flat 12), Royal Mile

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Views of sea and hills, plus shared roof terrace

A bright, centrally located one-bedroom apartment (sleeps 1–4) off the Royal Mile, with spectacular views of the city and surrounding area from a rooftop terrace 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
  • TVTV
  • 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 roof terraceShared roof terrace
  • Washing machineWashing machine

More features

  • FridgeFridge
  • King bedKing bed
  • RadioRadio
  • MicrowaveMicrowave

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Living room (with double sofabed) and dining area in the window

Living room (with double sofabed) and dining area in the window


  • sleeps one to four: one bedroom with standard-size double bed; double sofabed in living room
  • living room with dining area, separate kitchen, double bedroom, shower-room
  • stunning views from rooftop terrace

This property is a bright centrally located one-bedroom apartment on the third floor of an architecturally significant building (B-listed) with stunning views, off the historic Royal Mile in the centre of Edinburgh and within easy walking distance of the major tourist attractions, festival venues, shops, nightlife and transport connections.

The apartment is light and airy and has views of Arthur's Seat, the Firth of Forth and Calton Hill. Unique to this building is the shared roof terrace, which is accessed from the top of the entrance stairway and which has spectacular panoramic views over the city, sea and hills. There are sea views from all the windows.

With outlooks to the sea and the hills, the spacious living room is bright and airy. There is a comfortable dining area. One of the two sofas converts in to a double sofabed. A TV with built-in digibox, a selection of books and wall-to-wall carpeting complete the home comforts.

The modern kitchen is well provided with crockery, cutlery, glasses and kitchenware, as well as a washing machine, fridge, freezer, hob with four gas rings, and microwave. The microwave has a combined convection oven (but there is not a conventional electric oven in the kitchen). The double bedroom is fully carpeted and attractively furnished. The shower-room is partly wood panelled and has a wash-hand basin and walk-in shower (no bathtub).

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.

The facade of 8 Jeffrey Street

The facade of 8 Jeffrey Street

This third-floor apartment is situated on Jeffrey Street, a few metres from the Old Town's main street, the Royal Mile, in the heart of Edinburgh's historic Old Town. The Scots Baronial building, built in 1891, has been deemed of sufficient architectural importance to merit a category B listing. Jeffrey Street and St Mary's Street straddle the Royal Mile, the backbone of medieval Edinburgh, which 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.

The apartment looks out towards Arthur's Seat, the Firth of Forth, and Calton Hill and its monuments: Nelson's Monument (from which a time-ball is lowered every day at 1pm as a time signal to ships out on the Firth of Forth), the Observatory and the National Monument, an unfinished replica of the Parthenon. Initiated by Sir Henry Dundas, 18th century bankroller of Edinburgh's Georgian New Town, to embody the city's reputation as the Athens of the North, the National Monument stands as a reminder of the folly of its patron. Dundas ran out of money and abandoned his ambitious plan; the unfinished building is now irreverently known as Edinburgh's Disgrace. There is also an impressive view of St Andrew’s House, one of the finest Art Deco buildings in Scotland. Built in 1939 by Thomas Tait to house the Scottish Office (the Scottish administration of the central UK government), it is now the main office of the Scottish Executive, the Westminster representation to the devolved government of Scotland.


Jeffrey Street is named after Francis Jeffrey (Lord Jeffrey, 1773–1850), lawyer, critic and co-founder of the influential but now-defunct Edinburgh Review. Royal Mile is the combined name for the street formed by Castlehill, Lawnmarket, High Street and Canongate. The High Street part ends at the junction of St Mary's Street and Jeffrey Street, where the city's eastern gate, Netherbow Port, once stood. The remaining part of the Royal Mile, the Canongate, was a separate burgh 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 apartment is approximately 5 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. We will send you detailed directions before your arrival.

For those arriving by car, there is metered parking on Jeffrey Street itself, 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, although the entry-phone system ensures the security of the stairway. Because the building dates from the 19th century, there is no lift and thus no wheelchair access. 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. Transport for Edinburgh's information office is on Waverley Bridge, 5 minutes' walk from Jeffrey Street.


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  • “This little gem of a flat is a fabulous resting place. I love the views. The roof-top terrace, where we chatted over the day's events with a beer or cool glass of wine, is great.”
    JS & family, Brussels, Belgium Belgian flag
  • “The place is awesome and it's a great location! We were only here for the long weekend and it was perfect. Had everything we could ask for. Thanks for the wine and shortbread. Did not expect that, nor the massive TV. Will definitely recommend this place to others.”
    R&K, Auckland, New Zealand New Zealand flag
  • “What a wonderful flat this is: Clean and with the comforts of home. Love the central location: The Tass pub across the road has wonderful food and live music. I will definitely consider this my "home away from home" when I visit my son at the university here.”
    MBH, Pittsburgh, PA, USA American flag
  • “What a terrific location to enjoy all the sights and sounds of such a wonderful city. To step out of your front door and find yourself in the middle of the buzzing Royal Mile during the Festivals is fantastic. Our son is living in Edinburgh this year, so this apartment meant we could share family meals in "our home". Our daughter will be living here next year, so no doubt we'll be back!”
    RT & CT, Chatswood, NSW, Australia Australian flag
  • “It's a wonderful flat: comfortable, warm and all the atmosphere of Edinburgh Old Town. To be able to walk to art galleries, shops and restaurants is great.”
    MB & SB, Grantown-on-Spey, Scotland Scottish flag
  • “We really enjoyed our stay in Edinburgh and in this apartment. It's been a lovely stay, central but quiet at night. Very well equipped. Thanks! We'll be back some day. Cheers from Greece.”
    F & V, Thessaloniki, Greece Greek flag
  • “Thank you for an amazing flat, in an amazing city! My girlfriend had been here before but, as a first timer to Edinburgh, I have fallen in love with this city. We hope to return soon... It was a first-class holiday and it made my birthday one to remember. Many thanks.”
    R & A, Dublin, Eire Irish flag
  • “The flat is very well equipped, with some nice welcoming touches included. The apartment was clean and well presented. Owner was very attentive and approachable. Lovely views. Very central, and great access to everything including proximity to the railway station.”
    SD, London, England English flag
  • “We are truly grateful to have found such great accommodation in the heart of the city. We were pleasantly surprised by the state and quality of the flat and the equipment here. Usually things don't turn out to be quite as nice in real life as in the photos, but this place exceeded our expectations. You seem to have given great thought to everything, and we have been in want for nothing. The first morning we nipped out to the corner shop for groceries and had breakfast on the rooftop terrace, with a great view over the city, and it was a magic start to a great stay. Thank you so much. We hope to come back to your lovely, enchanting city and to this flat as well.”
    AA & MA, Oslo, Norway Norwegian flag
  • “This is the best location to take in the Festivals and we really enjoyed our stay in this apartment. The flat was clean and we had all the amenities we needed. We are very happy to have discovered this gem in the city centre.”
    PJ & co, Aberdeen, Scotland Scottish flag
  • “Thanks for the use of the flat. Very cosy and well equipped. Best wishes from Ireland.”
    BO & CD, Ireland Irish flag
  • “This is a lovely nice clean flat. It is very handy for local shops for food, general shopping and sightseeing. We had a great time here.”
    MC-L & family, Taipei, Taiwan Taiwanese flag
  • “Thank you for the use of your lovely apartment for my relaxing break in Edinburgh. The location is superb and the apartment itself is very comfortable and homely. I plan to return again soon.”
    EK, Co. Armagh, Northern Ireland Northen Irish flag
  • “The location of the apartment is very good, right in the heart of the city and near the Royal Mile, which we liked very much. We enjoyed very much the view from the window of the living room, towards the sea; one evening we saw even a rainbow.”
    AI, FB & AN, Bucharest, Romania Romanian flag
  • “We've really enjoyed our visit. The city is amazing. And the flat... it's fantastic! Warm, comfortable, relaxing, well located and with som many details making it wonderful.”
    R & D, Tarragona, Spain Spanish flag
  • “A great stay in a cracking flat. I became a big fan of The Tass pub, which is directly over the road, with its all-day haggis and occasional folk sessions. Barioja is great too.”
    JB, Inverness, Scotland Scottish flag
  • “We had a wonderful familiar meeting point in Jeffrey Street. We enjoyed the roof terrace and its views, and we felt like at home.”
    ARB and family, Barcelona, Catalonia Spanish flag
  • “We have had a great time in Edinburgh and enjoyed this flat enormously. We made several trips to other cities and villages and only had a few minutes to walk before catching a train or a bus. Even the weather was fine most of the days.”
    AL & co, Utrecht, The Netherlands Dutch flag
  • “Thank you for all. Great city! Had a ball! Apartment very comfortable and in a very good location.”
    N & E, New Zealand and Azerbaijan New Zealand flag
  • “Enjoyed, and comfortable in your apartment. Also, what a fab location, and seeing the Festivals is very interesting.”
    S&S, Yorkshire, England English flag
  • “Very good! The apartment is centrally located, close to all the tourist attractions and shopping amenities so it is very convenient. The real bonus for me was that it is also close to the train station, which meant that I didn’t have to lug heavy bags for too long ...I was pleasantly surprised by how nicely furnished the apartment is and it made for a very happy stay. There is ample space in the lounge, with two sofas and a big TV. The kitchen is well-kitted with crockery and pots and pans for cooking ... I was contacted before and after my arrival by Martin ... When I needed to extend my stay, he was easily contactable and helpful. All in all, I highly recommend this apartment rental.”
    DW, London, UK UK flag
  • “Thank you for the nice Flat in Jeffrey Street. It is well locatet with a good view to the River Forth. It was clean an we missed nothing for the 10 days we were here.”
    FG & MG, Hoppegarten, Germany German flag

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