Discover a selection of 1,500 vacation rentals in Edinburgh, GB that are perfect for your trip. Whether you’re traveling with friends, family, or even pets, Vrbo vacation homes have the best amenities for hanging out with the people that matter most, including WiFi and parking. Prices start at $102 per night, and houses and condos are popular options for a stay in Edinburgh. Either way, you'll find a rental for everyone's needs.
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Destination guide

Once upon a time… a land of medieval castles

Nestled along the shores of the Firth of Forth, an Edinburgh vacation rental places you in a land reminiscent of a fairy tale kingdom. Explore a city where narrow cobblestone streets and dramatic green hillsides give way to a medieval castle perched high atop a rocky crag. The only thing more prevalent than Edinburgh's picturesque setting is its history, as the city is rich with centuries-old cathedrals and palaces. Culture vultures will eat up the legendary arts scene as they explore world-famous festivals and a menagerie of museums, or sneak away for peaceful strolls through idyllic gardens.

Things to do

Cobblestone streets lead to a castle in the sky

Don't leave your Edinburgh vacation rental without your camera—Edinburgh Castle, the picturesque 12th-century fortress perched high above the city, offers the best photo ops in town. When you're not snapping pictures, spend your time exploring every crevice of the historic complex, from its chapels and royal palaces, to the National War Museum of Scotland. Still haven't gotten your fill of history? Roam the winding, medieval streets of Old Town, pausing for a visit to the National Museum of Scotland. Power players will love the Scottish Parliament Building and Holyrood Palace, the official residence of the Queen, when she's in Scotland.

Activities

Let's get moving—garden walks and hillside hikes

Stretch your legs with a walk down Princes Street, Edinburgh's mile-long thoroughfare dotted with shops, restaurants, and pubs. Keep moving with a stroll through the Princes Street Gardens, a public park nestled at the foot of Edinburgh Castle with immaculate gardens and floral displays. If you're looking for a workout at dusk, climb to the top of Calton Hill, a popular spot to watch the sunset. Prefer to exercise your mind? Book an Edinburgh vacation rental during the 3-week Edinburgh International Festival in August, a renowned festival that features international musicians, theatrical events, and dance performances.

Weather

Raindrops keep falling on my head—prepare for damp days

Edinburgh may be far north, but it offers surprisingly mild weather for its location. For instance, daytime temperatures in the winter rarely fall below freezing and the occasional light dusting of snow only adds to the region's beauty. Spring and fall bring slightly warmer conditions with daytime highs climbing into the mid-50s. Summer temperatures are also tepid, with highs rarely exceeding 72 degrees. Cloudy and overcast skies are commonplace, which means it's a good idea to keep your umbrella handy. While you probably won't get drenched, the city gets about 2 inches of the wet stuff each month.

Natural features

A bustling big city with… a volcano at its center?

While a modern metropolis sits at its core, Edinburgh seamlessly intertwines natural beauty throughout its landscape. For instance, Edinburgh Castle is perched atop the remnants of an extinct volcano, while Old Town's main thoroughfare, dubbed the Royal Mile, follows a natural path down the crest of the volcano's ridge. Seven lush green hills and glistening blue waterways add a pop of color to the city setting. Edinburgh is nestled along the Firth of Forth's southern shore, while the Water of Leith, a sleepy river, flows through the heart of the city.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Edinburgh

Fly into Edinburgh Airport (EDI), the closest airport, located 6.8 mi (11 km) from the city center.

If you're traveling by train, Edinburgh (ZXE-Edinburgh Waverly Train Station), Edinburgh Waverley Station and Edinburgh Haymarket Station are the main stations that serve the city. You might consider catching a ride on the metro at Edinburgh Airport Tram Stop for ease of access to the rest of the city.

What are the top vacation rentals in or near Edinburgh?

Whether you're seeking an intimate retreat for you and your sweetie or someplace roomy to fit the family, you'll find some top vacation rentals in and around Edinburgh. Here are a couple to get you thinking:

  • Make use of conveniences like beach sun loungers and wheelchair accessibility at "Award - Winning 5 Star Luxury Retreat". Situated around 35 miles from Edinburgh, this quality property has 2 bedrooms and good guest reviews.
  • "Delightful City - Centre Maindoor Flat" also promises a memorable getaway, offering 1 bedroom, free WiFi, a dishwasher and more. It's around 1 mile from Edinburgh.

For even more great options, use the search bar at the top of the page to find the perfect Edinburgh vacation rental for you.

What are the best tiny house vacation rentals in or near Edinburgh?

Punching above its weight when it comes to character and ingenuity, a tiny house vacation rental in Edinburgh puts you on the doorstep of big adventure. Unplug your tech and switch your focus to outdoor fun at one of these compact stays:

  • Experience a simpler way of living at "Cabin - Unique Tiny House With Wood - Fired Roll". Amenities at this hideaway in Ballater include off-street parking options, towels and more.
  • "Cabin - +++tiny House With Beautiful Mountain Views" offers convenient extras like WiFi and a hair dryer. Located in Beauly, you'll be able to live big in this small but well-designed property.

Can I find log cabins to rent in or near Edinburgh?

Whether you want to spend your trip chasing adventure outdoors or connecting with your favorite people, Vrbo has attractive log cabins where you can do both. Have a peek at these favorites in and around Edinburgh:

  • "Cosy Log Cabin, Fife Near St. Andrews": This is an ideal base to enjoy the awesome outdoor activities this area has to offer, including mountain biking and hiking and biking.
  • "Weeone At Redlands Country Lodge. Log Cabin Apt With Private Hot Tub": After a huge day of trying out some popular local pastimes, such as horse riding and hiking and biking, recharge your batteries at this cozy property.

What are the top-rated vacation rentals for weekend getaways in or near Edinburgh?

Get away from the daily grind at one of our weekend getaways in or near Edinburgh. Whether you'd like to catch up with pals or spend quality time with the fam, we'll have something to suit your style. Try these top-rated properties on for size:

  • Find some peace at "Stylish Apartment In Edinburgh City Centre". About 1 mile to the northeast of Edinburgh, this delightful retreat has all you need for a chilled out stay, including a microwave oven and WiFi.
  • Alternatively, fling a few clothes in your bag and enjoy a mini break at "Luxury Stone Cottage At The Brake". This top getaway is around 30 miles northeast of Edinburgh and comes with a washing machine and free toiletries.

Can I find studio apartments for rent in and around Edinburgh?

Usually small in size, less expensive and conveniently located, it's difficult not to fall for the appeal of a studio apartment. Get cozy in one of these vacation rentals and experience the culture of Edinburgh up close:

  • Make "Delightful City - Centre Maindoor Flat" your home for a couple of days or more. This fantastic vacation rental comes with amenities including a washing machine and coffee and tea making facilities.
  • Alternatively, slip into vacation mode at "Luxury Stone Cottage At The Brake", which comes with conveniences such as golf and a TV.

When it's time to step out of your studio apartment and discover the highlights, there's plenty to keep you on the go around Edinburgh. Enjoy cultural attractions? Pencil in a visit to Temple Gallery and Pitlochry Festival Theatre.

Can I find short term rentals in or near Edinburgh?

Short-term rentals are easy to come by in and around Edinburgh. Chill out for a few days in an upmarket bed & breakfast, a budget studio apartment or a large home. No matter what type of property you're looking for, you'll have plenty to select from with Vrbo. These are some of our favorite options:

  • "Luxury Stone Cottage At The Brake" is near the heart of Edinburgh, so you'll have plenty of things to keep you busy. Find your way to unique sights like Loch Tay and Falls of Dochart when you're not hanging out in your cozy property.
  • Leap out of bed, whip up some breakfast and then begin planning what to explore around "In The Heart Of The East Neuk, With Fabulous Sea View And Close To Great Golf". Ben Lawers and Killin Golf Club should be on your list if you choose to stay at this rental.

What are the best romantic weekend getaways in or near Edinburgh?

Forget about roses and chocolates. Sometimes all you need is to take off for the weekend, just you and your honey. At Vrbo, we've got romantic getaways in and around Edinburgh that would make even Cupid envious. Here are some we think you'll fall in love with:

  • Put on some relaxing music and chill together at "Delightful City - Centre Maindoor Flat". Around 1 mile from Edinburgh, this property has everything you could want for a romantic weekend getaway, including a restaurant dining guide and outdoor furniture.
  • "Beautiful Old Merchant's House In Historic Central Edinburgh" is another top option that's bound to impress. It's approximately 1 mile from Edinburgh and comes with a fireplace and beauty services.

What are the best large group vacation rentals in or near Edinburgh?

Share your vacation and have twice as much fun. Whether you're planning an epic getaway with buddies or an overdue family reunion, you'll have your pick of large group vacation rentals in and near Edinburgh:

  • There's plenty of space to spread out at "Very Popular With Our Visitors As". Around 1 mile north of Edinburgh, this impressive property has 5 bedrooms sleeping up to 14 guests. It comes with a host of amenities, including a kitchen and a fireplace.
  • "A Luxury, Spacious Self - Catering Edinburgh Townhouse With On" is another fantastic option. It's around 1 mile to the southeast of Edinburgh, has 6 bedrooms and accommodates up to 12 guests. Mountain views and a garden are just a couple of things designed to make your group getaway even more comfortable.

What are the best houses for rent with a pool in or near Edinburgh?

Nothing spells fun like a pool. Dust off your inflatable unicorn and browse these rental houses in or near Edinburgh that come with this vacation must-have:

  • Get comfortable at "Beautiful Old Merchant's House In Historic Central Edinburgh", where your top priority will be relaxing by the pool. Amenities including a microwave oven and a fridge help make this getaway a favorite with guests.
  • Otherwise, unpack your bags at "Modern Town House Minutes From City Attractions Yet In A Quiet Location". Along with a refreshing pool, make use of on-site watersports and nearby birdwatching activities.

Edinburgh has an oceanic climate, with average summertime temperatures fluctuating between 50 ºF and 65 ºF. But you don't have to wait until summertime to visit. Check out the search bar at the top of the page and adjust the filters to find the ideal Edinburgh vacation rental and plan your escape for whatever season you like.

What are the best large family vacation rentals in or near Edinburgh?

Every family get-together should be memorable. Whether you're organizing some time away with the kids or that long-overdue family reunion, Vrbo's large family vacation rentals in or near Edinburgh offer a home away from home with enough space for everyone:

  • Invite your nearest and dearest to "In The Heart Of The East Neuk, With Fabulous Sea View And Close To Great Golf", which has 3 bedrooms that sleep up to 7 guests. This getaway is around 25 miles to the northeast of Edinburgh and comes with amenities such as a toaster and coffee and tea making facilities.
  • Another great choice is "Modern Town House Minutes From City Attractions Yet In A Quiet Location". This property is 1 mile east of Edinburgh and comes with childrens activities, coffee and tea making facilities and more. With 4 bedrooms accommodating up to 8 people, don't worry about leaving anyone off your guest list.

If you're in the mood to do some sightseeing, there are lots of family-friendly attractions close by to stick on your itinerary. Blair Drummond Safari Park, Falls of Dochart and Bracklinn Falls Bridge and Callander Crags are fine places to start.

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