Situated beside Grassmarket, with views to the Castle

A bright, centrally located one-bedroom mews house (sleeps 1–4) in a peaceful location beside the famous Grassmarket, with spectacular 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 4Sleeps up to 4
  • Free Wi-fiFree Wi-fi
  • Ground floorGround floor
  • Electric heatingElectric 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 courtyardShared courtyard
  • Washing machineWashing machine
  • Electric cookerElectric cooker

More features

  • Shaver pointShaver point
  • FridgeFridge
  • King bedKing bed
  • RadioRadio
  • ShowerShower
  • MicrowaveMicrowave

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Living room (with double sofabed) and dining area

Living room (with double sofabed) and dining area


  • sleeps one to four; one bedroom with king-size double bed, double sofabed in living room
  • living room with dining area, separate kitchen, double bedroom, shower-room
  • views to Edinburgh Castle

This property is a bright one-bedroom mews house on two floors in a peaceful central location beside the famous Grassmarket, and within easy walking distance of the major tourist attractions, festival venues, shops, nightlife and transport connections.

With windows to the front and back, the spacious living room is full of light and has a stunning view of Edinburgh Castle. There is a comfortable dining area. The three-seater sofa converts in to a double sofabed, and a comfortable armchair, attractive rugs, a TV/DVD and a selection of books and DVDs complete the home comforts. The front door opens on to a sunny shared courtyard. There are about two dozen steps in several small flights from the gated entrance at West Port to reach the front door of the King's Stables house.

A spiral staircase from the dining area leads down to the bedroom and shower-room. The double bedroom is fully carpeted and attractively furnished. The shower-room has a  standard-size power shower (no bathtub), wash-hand basin and toilet.

The modern kitchen is well provided with crockery, cutlery, glasses and kitchenware, as well as a washing machine (there is a clothes horse for drying clothes), fridge-freezer, cooker and microwave.

The house has full central heating; the price of electricity and local taxes is included.

Edinburgh Castle from the Grassmarket

Edinburgh Castle from the Grassmarket

This apartment is an ideal base from which to explore Edinburgh. The Old Town is at your feet: a warren of closes and side streets lead from the Grassmarket to the Royal Mile; while an entrance to Princes Street Gardens from King's Stables Road makes Princes Street and the New Town easily accessible by foot.

The house is situated on King's Stables Lane, a few metres from the Grassmarket, in the heart of Edinburgh's historic Old Town. (The name of the street recalls that this is where the royal stables attached to the castle were situated.)

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. We will send you detailed directions before your arrival.

For those arriving by car, 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. There is car and pedestrian access from both Castle Terrace and King's Stables Road. 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.


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  • “What a great oasis from the bustle of Grassmarket: We were very comfortable in this delightful flat. The dining table was great to spread out on and plan our next adventure. The location was perfect for heading to the University, The Royal Mile, and everything in between. Even the YumYum take away across the street served us well. We enjoyed two concerts happening at the castle, hearing the music waft down to us. The courtyard allowed my husband to step out and assess the weather easily. We took advantage of the washer, even the fold out for one night to relax to a movie. We enjoyed the privacy and we felt safe there. Great space, thank you for a marvelous stay!”
    LV & co, USA American flag
  • “Airbnb bien placé en ville, à 2min de Grassmarket, superb appartement avec super point de vue sur le château.”
    CL & co, Bordeaux, France French flag
  • “A beautiful apartment. It felt like home. Fantastic views and gorgeous surroundings. Thanks for everything. We'll definitely be back!”
    JM & BD, Galway City, Co Galway, Ireland Irish flag
  • “We all had a great time in this excellent apartment. Will definitely recommend it to friends and family.”
    L, K & J, Reykjavik, Iceland Icelandic flag
  • “Excellent flat! Beautiful view of castle. Highly recommended, and certainly worthy of 5 stars.”
    JD & PR, Birmingham, West Midlands, Engl English flag
  • “We’ve been traveling regularly to Edinburgh for well over a decade and I wish we had discovered your apartments a long time ago ... It's excellent!”
    BA & family, Tucson, AZ, USA American flag
  • “Si queréis un sitio en pleno centro, con buenas vistas y acogedor, elegir este apartamento. De verdad y va para los españoles, la ubicación es perfecta, tenéis a 2 minutos el centro histórico, hay bares cafeterías y un supermercado. Y levantarte por la mañana viendo el castillo es insuperable.”
    JD & co, Santander, Spain Spanish flag
  • “The apartment was convenient to restaurants and we could walk everywhere. We were extremely happy with the price and felt it was more comfortable than a hotel room. The agents were very responsive to a slight problem and were extremely helpful through email prior to the visit. The extra touches provided by the agents were thoughtful and a nice surprise at the end of a long journey.”
    DB & co, Charlottesville, VA, USA
  • “We spent 11 memorable days in Edinburgh, and every day we enjoyed our stay at King's Stables apartment. Cosy, comfortable, clean, quiet, splendid view of the Castle. We'll recommend this wonderful place to our friends.”
    LS & MR, Moscow, Russia Russian flag
  • “Very comfortable apartment. Great location. View of the Castle is breath-taking. Sad to leave.”
    BW & RW, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia Australian flag
  • “My brother recently turned 40 and I'll turn 30 soon. To celebrate, we decided to leave everything behind and go on a trip together. Just the two of us. Edinburgh was quite an evidence. I had been browsing through numerous pages of accommodations and was starting to lose hope when I found this apartment, and I'm so glad I did! It's a pure gem! In the heart of a wonderful city, pretty, well equipped, comfortable and with an incredible view of Edinburgh Castle, and owners who really care about their renters. Thank you so much for the great communication and all the attentions... the thought, shortbread, tea, books, DVDs, documentation... We really enjoyed our say here and our only regret is that we can't stay much longer. Thanks for everything!”
    FM & MB, Rennes & Hellemmes-Lille,France French flag
  • “A lovely place for visiting the castle and the city. We had a view of the Tattoo from below. We appreciated the personal touches before and during our stay.”
    TW, IW & TW, Bergen, Norway Norwegian flag
  • “Had a great time. Apartment is lovely, and what a view! We'll be back soon.”
    KH & co, Lusaka, Zambia Zambian flag
  • “Lovely, quiet, comfortable flat, full of nice thoughts for guests (like books and DVDs).”
    HD & JS, Southampton, Hampshire, England English flag
  • “We had a great time in Edinburgh – the apartment was perfect for our needs. We appreciated the finishing touches like DVDs. Our favourites were ‘Comfort and Joy’, ‘The Crow Road’ and ‘The 39 Steps’. Will recommend this apartment. Thank you.”
    M&K, Kent, England English flag
  • “We enjoyed our week of luxury central accommodation with the best Castle view in Edinburgh. Thanks for everything. Slán abhaile.”
    SM & co, Cork, Ireland Irish flag
  • “Excellent facilities. Clean and well cared for.”
    IC & co, Amsterdam, The Netherlands Dutch flag
  • “We had a wonderful time in your comfortable and cosy apartment. We enjoyed the time in the exciting city and loved to walk around in the beautiful landscape (Water of Leith, Pentland Hills, Cramond and South Queensferry) by warm and sunny weather. Thanks a lot.”
    K&K, Lübeck, Germany German flag
  • “Great flat: we were very comfortable. The liaison throughout the booking and stay was fantastic. Had a great time and when we come back will definitely book your apartments again.”
    BB & co, Shoreham, England English flag
  • “Your apartment provided a warm, attractive and comfortable haven for me in the weeks while I grappled with the logistics of renovating our new Edinburgh flat across the road. I loved to see the cottage nestling at the foot of the Castle and rock every time that I returned here.”
    FK, Durban, South Africa South African flag
  • “We had a lovely stay. The accommodation was clean and well presented. Ewan and Martin made organizing our trip very easy and even texted to check that everything was OK during our stay. Loved the wine and shortbread: a lovely touch.”
    H, R, S & F, Norway and Cornwall English flag
  • “Lovely apartment. We immediately felt at home on arrival. Thanks for all the little touches, i.e. the furnishings and books and Scottish DVDs.”
    DK, MG & PGK, Sydney, Australia Australian flag
  • “Wir hatten eine super Zeit in Edinburg. Nettes Appartment! Vielen Dank und viel Spaß an alle, die hier wohnen werden.”
    HF, RF & LF, Munich, Germany German flag
  • “Appartement très sympathique. Bien situé en centre ville. Avec une très belle vue sur le château!”
    VB, Basel, Switzerland Swiss flag
  • “Genealogy Research in Edinburgh: Kings' Stables was a great location to explore Edinburgh and walk to the General Register Office on Princes Street. It's a twenty minute walk from Waverley Station or the airport tram. The space was outfitted with a descent dining room table and chairs suitable for using laptops and spreading out paperwork. It had all the amenities we needed.”
    RD, Trenton, Canada Canadian flag
  • “Great spot with the castle looming over when you look out the windows. Very quiet and yet handy to most attractions.”
    S&JB, Sydney, Australia Australian flag
  • “Fantastic flat. Great location and views amazing: We watched the Edinburgh Tattoo fireworks over the castle from our bed!”
    DC & EC, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshi English flag
  • “We loved the view of the Castle! Great service, comfortable apartment. Perfect.”
    R & J, Jerusalem, Israel Israeli flag
  • “A lovely oasis in the centre of the city! The apartment is wonderfully located and perfectly equipped. Your personal touches were especially appreciated. We certainly recommend this apartment.”
    AH & JH, Brantford, Ontario, Canada Canadian flag
  • “Lovely apartment in a fabulous location with fantastic views and surroundings. Hasta pronto!”
    C & F & E, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain Spanish flag
  • “We had a very comfy stay at King's Stables. Great position with a view of the Castle and central to wonderful restaurants and pubs. Thanks for the lovely touches of hospitality.”
    PB & RB, Steinen, Switzerland Swiss flag
  • “Great flat. Well equipped and in a fabulous location. Loved Edinburgh: We'll be back. A great time had by all.”
    CT, TT & RT, Ely, Cambridgeshire, Englan English flag
  • “Top Lage mitten in der Altstadt. Wir haben uns sehr wohl gefühlt im Appartement. Es ist an alles gedacht, sogar Kaffee, Tee und Kekse haben wir zur Begrüßung vorgefunden. Alles andere bekommt man im Supermarkt, der nur wenige Schritte von der Wohnung entfernt ist. Für einen Kneipen Bummel in der Altstadt ist die Lage perfekt, wir konnten alles gut zu Fuß erreichen. Auch die Betreuung durch Martin war klasse, er hat uns umfassende Infos zu Wohnung und Anreise per SMS bzw Mail zukommen lassen, so dass wir problemlos den Weg gefunden haben. Vielen Dank für alles!”
    SH & co, Mittelbiberach, Germany German flag
  • “Such a great, cosy place to stay for Hogmanay. The location was excellent for sightseeing and also close to plenty of shops and restaurants. The cottage had everything you would need for a comfortable stay and Martin was great to deal with!”
    MC & co, Southbank, Victoria, Australia Australian flag

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