Cordiner's Land (Flat 23), Grassmarket

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Contemporary living in a historic setting

A bright, centrally located one-bedroom apartment (sleeps 1–4) in a peaceful location beside the famous Grassmarket, with partial views of Edinburgh Castle 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 3Sleeps up to 3
  • Free Wi-fiFree Wi-fi
  • Fourth floor (no lift)Fourth floor (no lift)
  • Electric heatingElectric heating
  • Cable TVCable TV
  • HairdryerHairdryer
  • IronIron
  • Public parking nearbyPublic parking nearby
  • Shops within 100 metresShops within 100 metres
  • Linen/towels providedLinen/towels provided
  • Non-smokingNon-smoking
  • Not suitable for childrenNot suitable for children
  • No pets allowedNo pets allowed
  • BalconyBalcony
  • DishwasherDishwasher
  • Washing machineWashing machine
  • Electric cookerElectric cooker

More features

  • FridgeFridge
  • FreezerFreezer
  • ShowerShower
  • MicrowaveMicrowave

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COVID-19 information: In recognition that this business has confirmed that they have followed government and industry COVID-19 guidelines, ensuring processes are in place to maintain cleanliness and aid social/physical distancing

COVID-19 information: In recognition that this business has confirmed that they have followed government and industry COVID-19 guidelines, ensuring processes are in place to maintain cleanliness and aid social/physical distancing


  • sleeps one to four; one bedroom with double bed, double-size 'Aerobed' in living room
  • living room with separate dining kitchen, bedroom, bathroom with bathtub and shower
  • situated in a listed building beside the historic Grassmarket, with partial views to Edinburgh Castle
  • not suitable for children
  • free wifi internet access

This property is a stylish centrally located one-bedroom apartment in an architecturally significant building (C-listed) in a charming location beside the famous Grassmarket and within easy walking distance of the major tourist attractions, festival venues, shops, nightlife and transport connections.

The living room is spacious, with plenty of room for the sofas and chairs as well as the temporary double Aerobed that can be used if it’s needed. There is a TV with satellite channels and a workstation from which you can log on to free wifi internet access on your laptop. From the picturesque window, you can see Edinburgh Castle through the buildings across the street.

The modern kitchen (with dining table and chairs) is well provided with crockery, cutlery, glasses and kitchenware, as well as a washing machine (a clothes horse is provided for drying clothes), dishwasher, fridge-freezer, cooker and microwave. French doors open on to a small (standing room only!) balcony, ideal for your morning cup of coffee.

The double bedroom is fully carpeted and attractively furnished, and is quietly located at the rear of the apartment. Like in the kitchen, French doors open on to a little balcony (again, standing room only!). The bathroom has a wash-hand basin and bathtub with shower over.

The apartment has full central heating; the price of electricity and local taxes is included. For the comfort of future guests, the apartment is non-smoking (including on the balconies and in the shared stairwell) and pets are not allowed.

View of Edinburgh Castle esplanade from the living-room window

View of Edinburgh Castle esplanade from the living-room window

This apartment is an ideal base from which to explore the city. The Old Town is on your doorstep: a warren of closes and side streets lead from the Grassmarket to the Royal Mile. The Edinburgh College of Art is just around the corner from the apartment.

The apartment is situated in Cordiner’s Land (‘land’ is a Scots word for a tenement building) in the West Port, a few metres from the Grassmarket, in the heart of Edinburgh's historic Old Town. There have been buildings on this site for centuries, and the current architecture dates back to 1887, though it has been modernized and renovated much more recently. This history is marked in the decorative plaques on the front of the building. Cordiners were leatherworkers, particularly shoemakers. Cordiner comes from the French cordonnier, a shoemaker, and reminds us of the ‘Auld Alliance’ between Scotland and France, forged in the 13th century to strengthen both nations against their common adversary England. As well as providing political and economic benefits, the alliance brought many French words and customs to Scotland.

It's a short walk through the Grassmarket to 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. (Royal Mile is the combined name for the street formed by Castlehill, Lawnmarket, High Street and Canongate.) 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 Festival venues; the Usher Hall, Royal Lyceum Theatre, Traverse TheatreFilmhouse and Dance Base are all only a few minutes' walk away. You are also ideally placed to enjoy the Christmas and Hogmanay/New Year festivities. Edinburgh Farmers’ Market takes place every Saturday morning only a short stroll from the apartment.

The area is dominated by Edinburgh Castle, the number one visitor attraction in Scotland. Built on an extinct volcano, the Castle's varied architecture reflects its rich history. The oldest part of the Castle, St Margaret's Chapel, dates from the 1100s, and each passing century has brought its own additions. From the living room of the house you look up to the south wall of the Castle, which is protected by the 16th-century Half Moon Battery. The Castle is still a working garrison today, and during August it provides the stage for the world-famous Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

The Grassmarket is one of the best-known areas of the city, with lots of bars, restaurants and independent shops. This used to be the working hub of the city; a bustling place of livestock, noisy workers, inns and stables. There have been markets (including horse and meat markets) since at least the 15th century; the first written record of a market is in 1477. In summer, the place comes alive with pavement cafes and street markets, and it has a lively nightlife scene.

Notoriously the Grassmarket was the site for public executions, a memory reflected in the naming of the Last Drop pub: the name refers both to drops of drink and to the drop from the gallows! The Martyrs Cross in the centre of the Grassmarket commemorates the Covenanters who were hanged here in 1681 for their part in defending Presbyterianism in Scotland. 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.

In the Vennel to the west of the Grassmarket you can see one of the few remaining sections of the Flodden Wall, a defensive structure built around Edinburgh after the disastrous Battle of Flodden (1513), in which King James IV was killed.

The pubs in the Grassmarket were haunts of Roberts Burns (a plaque at the White Horse Inn commemorates his stay during his last visit to Edinburgh in 1791), Sir Walter Scott and many other writers, and you can retrace their steps on one of the Edinburgh Literary Pub Tours, which leave from the Beehive Inn. This is ‘an entertaining, witty and dramatic romp through the life and work of Scotland's great poets and novelists from the early 18th century to the present day.

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 curves up from the Grassmarket to George IV Bridge.

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 Grassmarket and on King's Stables Road, 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. Castle Terrace Car Park is a couple of blocks 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 Castle Terrace”.

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 was a cosy flat located close to the Old Town. Everything we wanted was a short walk away. The spacious cooking facilities were appropriate to our needs. The bed was comfy and the whole place was clean. We will definitely be staying again!”
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  • “We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here. Everything we needed is here. A great base to walk to all the sights. Very warm and comfortable.”
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  • “A marvelous apartment alocated in the centre of Edimburgh which is ideally comunicated with the bus or the tram. The apartment is really comfortable and well equipes. In addition, the apartment has electric heating so for the arrive It was already warm. Martín was a fantastic host and he provided us many information regarding our stay and about the city. Just a fantastic experience that we hope we could repeat :)”
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  • “Great stay. Very Good location close to a lot of things you do not wish to miss. The apartment is even better than the pics. People in charge they are friendly and helpful.”
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  • “Nice and homely apartment equipped with lots of useful facilities. Thank you for making our check-in convenient despite late check-in timing. We enjoyed our stay here.”
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  • “This is a perfect setting for exploring Edinburgh and attending a conference at the EICC at the same time. A great place to stay.”
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  • “Stayed for the Film Festival. Excellent location. Close to all the screening venues, and that made it possible to come 'home' between events.”
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  • “Wonderful city, and a wonderful apartment as well! It had everything we needed and a very good location too. We'll certainly be back next year.”
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  • “Sitio perfecto! Apartamento amplio, cuidado, con todo lo necesario para tu estancia en Edimburgo. El propietario es un encanto y está pendiente de que estés bien todo el tiempo. Repetiría sin dudarlo.”
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  • “It is a nice, cozy, well equipped apartment, very close to the city centre. We liked the place, all amenities available, clean environment and well-lighted rooms. Also, the free use of internet, and the wine bottle were greatly appreciated.”
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  • “Long trip with the apartment as our final stop. It was really great to feel like we were at home. Fabulous location! We'd be back in a heartbeat!”
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  • “Perfectly located apartment. Enjoyed our stay very much. Thanks for the wine: was a nice touch. Highly recommended.”
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  • “A cosy, warm, modern and roomy flat in this beautiful historical building. And very close to everything! Excellent accommodation! A+... Ottima sistemazione accoqliente e vicino al centro.”
    SR, ES & CS, Pinerolo, Italy Italian flag
  • “Very much enjoyed our stay. Lovely apartment which had everything we needed. Very convenient location. Would recommend people to stay here.”
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  • “Wonderful flat near the centre. Everything was fine.”
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  • “We enjoyed staying in the flat. It is very convenient for the majority of sights. The flat is well equipped and we hope to stay here again.”
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  • “Thank you for this beautiful stay in your most beautiful city. We enjoyed it very much. The flat is gorgeous. Congratulations! Edinburgh is a wonderful place to come and your flat made this trip even better.”
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  • “The accommodation is very spacious. Good value for money and in the heart of the city centre. The facilities are wonderful and in good order. Most, importantly, we were well attended to by Martin from Vacation Rentals Scotland.”
    JE & DE, Port Harcourt, Nigeria
  • “Beautiful and sunny apartment. We felt like at home. Thank you.”
    S, P, S & Y, Seville, Spain Spanish flag
  • “We had the greatest stay here. Felt warm and cosy, like home. Very very good location as well!”
    F & L, Normandy, France French flag
  • “Amazing location! Great flat to explore Hogmanay.”
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  • “Thank you. Perfect place. Perfect location. Vacation Rentals Scotland are great people to book through: always helpful.”
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  • “Thanks again for the great accommodation. Enjoyed our stay at your lovely flat. Sunny and cheerful.”
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  • “Great apartment in fantastic location. Very central to all activities. Martin was very helpful and accommodating. Place looked exactly like pictures. Very clean and modern. Felt extremely safe in the neighborhood. Will definitely stay here again!”
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  • “El alojamiento es como se ve en las fotos: amplio, limpio y claro. La cocina es grandísima y no falta detalle de electrodomésticos. Martín un gran anfitrión ... La localización de la casa es inmejorable. Rodeada de café, pubs, super.”
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