Penthouse apartment on The Shore, Leith

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Penthouse apartment with two bedrooms on the Shore overlooking the Water of Leith. Private parking

Penthouse apartment with stunning views of the Shore and Water of Leith. 2 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, large lounge/kitchen with panoramic windows. A few minutes' walk to Michelin-starred restaurants and Royal Yacht Britannia. Short bus ride to Edinburgh city centre.

Key Features

  • 4 star rating4 Star
  • Sleeps up to 4Sleeps up to 4
  • Free Wi-fiFree Wi-fi
  • Fifth floor or higher (lift available)Fifth floor or higher (lift available)
  • Gas central heatingGas central heating
  • Cable TV and DVD playerCable TV and DVD player
  • HairdryerHairdryer
  • IronIron
  • Private parkingPrivate parking
  • 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

More features

  • Shaver pointShaver point
  • FridgeFridge
  • FreezerFreezer
  • ShowerShower
  • MicrowaveMicrowave

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The living room with dining area

The living room with dining area


  • sleeps one to four: two bedrooms (each with a standard-size double bed)
  • penthouse apartment with stunning views of The Shore and Water of Leith
  • two bathrooms
  • large living-room/kitchen with panoramic windows
  • Michelin-starred restaurants a few minutes away
  • Royal Yacht Britannia a few minutes away
  • short bus ride to Edinburgh city centre
  • free car parking

On the banks of the Water of Leith, this apartment is well served by transport and is close to Leith's vibrant nightlife. The apartment has a spacious open-plan living/dining/kitchen area, two double bedrooms and two bathrooms. The apartment is on the fifth floor and the building has an elevator. 

A view of the Water of Leith with the apartment in the top right of the photo

A view of the Water of Leith with the apartment in the top right of the photo

Located on Edinburgh’s eastern shore, the old port of Leith is only a 15 to 20 minute bus journey from the city centre. In recent years, Leith has become one Edinburgh’s most vibrant areas, but has retained its traditional character as a working port. Like many waterfront developments, Leith has become a desirable place to live, and the influx of young people has created a trendy shopping and nightlife scene. There are dozens of cafes, pubs and restaurants within a few minutes' walk of the apartment, which come in to their own in the summer, when they spill out in to the streets; you can even eat and drink al fresco. Ocean Terminal shopping centre, a 5-minute walk away, is home to many fashionable shops and eating places and has a multiscreen cinema, Vue; moored alongside is the Royal Yacht Britannia. Nearby Bernard Street and The Shore have several useful shops, including a small supermarket, a wholefood shop and gift shops. Leith is renowned for its fish and seafood restaurants and also has a tantalizing choice of Italian, French, Scottish, Indian, Chinese, and Turkish restaurants, as well as Michelin-starred establishments (The Kitchin and Martin Wishart). You can walk to Edinburgh city centre in about 25 minutes or just hop on one of the buses that stop opposite the apartment (buses run 24 hours a day). Leith is ideal for a night out after a busy day sight-seeing in Edinburgh.

Leith is the port of Edinburgh and was once a separate town until in 1920 a hastily organized local referendum (the so-called 'Arranged Marriage', with Leith the reluctant bride) brought Leith under the administrative rule of its neighbourColourful Leith Walk is the long avenue that links Edinburgh and LeithLeith Walk is the umbrella name for a series of differently named streets and terraces. Foodie delicatessens rub shoulders with greasy-spoon cafés, and you can go from Italy to China in the space of a few blocks. On Elm Row at the top of Leith Walk is Valvona & Crolla, one of Britain's top Italian foodshops. The shopfront boasts 'Founded in 1934, Origins in 1860s', and those years of tradition are evident the minute you step inside: hams hang from the ceiling, floor-to-ceiling shelves strain with Mediterranean delicacies and you can often hear Italian being spoken. The shop is still owned and run by descendants of the Crollas and Valvonas who set it up in the 1930s. The shop also has a café, where you can sample the cuisine of Mary Contini, one of Britain's premiere food writers and chefs. The shop plays a role in the Edinburgh Festival each August, when it becomes a venue for Italian music and drama. 

The Water of Leith is Edinburgh’s hidden natural asset. Flowing for 24 miles from its source in the Pentland Hills, the river winds its way through the heart of the city to its outflow into the Firth of Forth, meters from the apartment. The river can be explored on foot or bike along the Water of Leith Walkway. On the southern side of Leith is leafy Leith Links, an area of open parkland that is one of the places where golf was first played. Leith Victoria Swim Centre on Great Junction Street has a swimming pool and gym.

Getting there

The apartment is about a 10-minute bus ride from the tram stop "York Place" (which runs directly from/to Edinburgh Airport) and 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.

For those arriving by car, there is parking available for one car (on request).

Edinburgh has an efficient public transport system run by Transport for Edinburgh. Buses and trams 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.

  • “This was an amazing place to stay. I traveled with my girlfriend's dad all the way from the United States. This place is close to many bars, restaurants, and fun activities. Very clean and nice and worked perfect for us as it will for u as well!”
    DK & co, Oakland, MI, USA American flag
  • “Large flat in a quiet area, yet with easy access to supermarkets and some restaurants (there is a Sainsbury's local 3 mins walking and some restaurants in less than 2mins). City center is about 15 min by bus (bus 16 is virtually just downstairs and will take you to Waverley station with reasonable frequency ~10 min). The flat is large to accommodate a couple (our case) but also two independent adults as there are two good-sized bedrooms and two bathrooms. Martin's instructions for arrival were precise and check in smooth. Great stay!”
    FE, Mexico City, Mexico Mexican flag
  • “Nice place by the river.”
    DH, London, UK UK flag
  • “This unit is very spacious with a great view and in an excellent location. The owners were very helpful and easy to communicate with. I would highly recommend this apartment.”
    PW, Ottawa, Canada Canadian flag
  • “Great apartment if you’re looking for something close to city center but in a quiet area. Several great restaurants nearby and also close to a bus line that goes right into the city center. Excellent apartment for the price!”
    LP, Connecticut, USA American flag
  • “Beautiful views and quiet location easy access to Edinburgh: This Penthouse apartment was perfect for our trip to Edinburgh. The views from the windows were so beautiful we didn't even use the TV! We watched the sunrise and the sunset. The apartment was lovely and quiet and we had a weeks worth of good nights sleep. The lounge dining room was comfy with a big sofa and extra chairs if you needed them. The kitchen had everything you need from a toaster, oven, microwave and kettle. The bedrooms are a good size and the bathroom and en suite were very nice. The location is just off the road so you don't get much vehicle noise and there are plenty of great places to eat in Leith. The bus stop is just across the road and the buses are regular. We are planning to return next year. The owners are really helpful and the instructions to access were easy to follow.”
    AT, Saltash, Cornwall, UK UK flag
  • “Great panoramic view”
    HJ, London, UK UK flag
  • “Communication was prompt and accurate. The apartment was as described, warm and clean. It is in a central Leith location and about a 30 minute walk into the city centre [or about 15 minutes by bus].”
    SM, Kingscliff, Australia Australian flag
  • “We really loved staying here and felt like home. Very nice and clean place. Would stay here again. Leith is a very nice area and you can reach everything quick and easy. The apartment is very nice and you have lot of space. We had here everything we need and enjoyed the great view.”
    RK, Weil der Stadt, Germany German flag
  • “Nice and comfortable: The apartment at the fifth floor was amazing: comfortable, clean and close to Edinburgh. The living room is very spacious and with huge windows which offers a very nice view on the river. There is also a personal parking area, which was very handy as we travelled there by car. Martin was very supportive and available having booked [at short notice]. Recommend to anyone.”
    AS, Rome, Italy Italian flag
  • “We were two couples travelling and this was the perfect set up. We were able to "assign" each couple their own bedroom and bathroom, and then share the living room/kitchen area that was wall to wall windows, overlooking the river. The location was great as it was a quick and inexpensive bus ride to Edinburgh but we still had the option of enjoying some more laid back time in beautiful Leith. I would highly recommend this rental.”
    KH & friends, LaSalle, Ontario, Canada Canadian flag
  • “Nice and comfortable: The apartment on the fifth floor [with lift] was amazing: comfortable, clean and close to Edinburgh. The living room is very spacious and with huge windows which offers a very nice view on the river. There is also a personal parking area, which was very handy as we travelled there by car. Martin was very supportive and available having booked only one day before the arrival. Recommend to anyone.”
    AS & co, Manchester, England English flag
  • “Nice and comfortable: The apartment on the fifth floor [with lift] was amazing: comfortable, clean and close to Edinburgh. The living room is very spacious and with huge windows which offers a very nice view on the river. There is also a personal parking area, which was very handy as we travelled there by car. Martin was very supportive and available having booked only one day before the arrival. Recommend to anyone.”
    AS & co, Manchester, England English flag
  • “Die Wohnung ist für Trips in die Stadt super gelegen. Viele Busstationen in der Nähe in alle Richtungen. Sehr gute und schnelle Komunikation mit Martin. Einfaches Check-In und Out.”
    CM, Wünnewil-Flamatt, Switzerland Swiss flag
  • “A great apartment in a fantastic location, a short bus ride away from the hustle and bustle of central Edinburgh. We used the riverside path to walk into Edinburgh on a couple of occasions and it only took about thirty minutes. The apartment was very comfortable and was equipped with everything we needed for a relaxing break, and there were lots of decent eateries within a short walk. Would recommend.”
    LT & co, Keyworth, Notts, England English flag
  • “Ottimo appartamento per posizione e tranquillità. Bella vista. Comodo per 4 persone, ognuno riesce ad avere i suoi spazi. Vicino a tanti ristoranti, supermercati, bar e al mare. 15-20 min di bus per arrivare in centro, fermata bus sotto l'appartamento. Consigliato.”
    AS, Borgaro Torinese, Italy Italian flag
  • “Amazing huge wall of windows with a fantastic view. Large, spacious and comfortable ... An excellent place to stay.”
    AS & co, London, UK UK flag
  • “The flat is wonderful, in a very good location. We had an excellent week there! Highly recommended!”
    FT & family, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Brazilian flag
  • “Très bel emplacement pour visiter le centre ville, beaucoup des restaurants et cafés au tour du quartier. L’appartement est calme, facile à accéder. À recommander à tous.”
    MH, Mulhouse, France French flag
  • “The place was exactly what we were after and was a great base from which to enjoy the Hogmanay celebrations. A very nice apartment in the quieter area of The Shore which has a few very nice restaurants and bars but is just a 30m in walk or short drive into the busy city centre. A great base for enjoying all aspects of Edinburgh.”
    MP & co, Rubery, UK UK flag
  • “Appartamento confortevole e molto luminoso, con vista panoramica sul fiume, ben corredato di servizi e ottima location, ben servito dalla mobilità pubblica (sia col centro città (bus 22), sia col aeroporto (bus 35)).”
    SF & family, Bari, Italy Italian flag
  • “Lovely stay in Fraser's apartment, our second visit in as many months. Excellent location in Leith, free parking on site and a bus stop right outside to take you into the city in 10 minutes. Spacious apartment with everything you need for a short stay.”
    JW & family, Dumfries, Scotland Scottish flag
  • “This 2 bedroom 2 bathroom apartment was a great place to stay in Edinburgh. There are several buses very close by that take you into town in about 20 minutes. The apartment was well appointed ,clean and quiet. Martin's instructions were accurate and we gained access easily ... There is a supermarket and a number of cafes nearby. We would recommend this apartment for a short stay in Edinburgh.”
    BW & co, London, UK UK flag
  • “It was a wonderful experience. An exceptional apartment offers visitors everything needed to have a comfortable stay. The big advantage is the incredible views. You feel like home. I really adored this flat.”
    HP & family, Greece Greek flag
  • “Excellent apartment, well situated and exactly as advertised. Very prompt replies to any questions. Would definitely love to stay again.”
    MW & co, Ruthwell, Dumfries Scottish flag
  • “The location of the apartment was fantastic; Leith is a great part of Edinburgh in its own right. The apartment is based adjacent to a number of bus stops, therefore making transport into the city easy and accessible. The apartment itself was lovely. Well decorated, and had a homely feel to it. We will definitely be recommending this rental and hope to return in the near future.”
    AB, Leominster, Herefordshire, England English flag
  • “The location is fantastic with lots of restaurants and a small market within walking distance. Easy to take the bus to the center of Edinburgh. Wouldn't hesitate to stay again in the this lovely property.”
    JB, Carmel, CA, USA American flag
  • “I had a wonderful stay in this apartment. Views of Leith were amazing, looking up and down the Water of Leith, I saw some beautiful sunsets! The apartment itself was clean, tidy and very well presented with the most comfortable beds ... The apartment is very convenient to bus stops, shops an incredible range of restaurants, Mimis tea rooms across the road and walks along the river. I would certainly recommend this apartment for a stay in Edinburgh and will be returning here when I'm in next in Leith.”
    CB, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia Australian flag
  • “The flat was just perfect. It was in a great location close enough to the City center but far enough out that the traffic was still very good. There are lots of amazing restaurants close by, and the flat was perfect for our stay. I would highly recommend staying here if you are considering a flat around Edinburgh. It was amazing.”
    JH, Herriman, VT, USA American flag
  • “We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this apartment. It was clean, tidy and welcoming ... The beds were very comfortable and the showers were fantastic. We are very keen to come back during the summer to explore the beautiful city of Edinburgh further and would definitely stay here again.”
    LM & co, Spalding,Lincolnshire, England English flag

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