Destination guide

Historic Edinburgh will entice you

Take a vacation to Edinburgh and enjoy the area's history, museums and festivals. Well known for its local tours, shopping and art, this welcoming city won't disappoint. Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre and Royal Yacht Britannia are a few of the top cultural sights. Many rental homes come with outdoor spaces, separate dining areas and full kitchens, perfect if you want to enjoy some home-cooked meals.

Activities

Activities and attractions in Edinburgh

Are you looking for things to do in the area? Venture out of your cozy vacation rental and check out everything that Edinburgh has to offer. These are some of the major attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Our Dynamic Earth (0.8 mi / 1.3 km)
  • Royal Commonwealth Pool (1.2 mi / 1.9 km)
  • Edinburgh Zoo (2.9 mi / 4.7 km)
  • Muirfield Golf Course (15.8 mi / 25.4 km)
  • Omni Centre Edinburgh (0.5 mi / 0.9 km)
  • Braid Hills Golf Course (2.5 mi / 4 km)
Natural features

Exploring the natural landscape of Edinburgh

Whether you're looking for adventure or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, Edinburgh is a great place to get out in nature. Here are some of the area’s most enchanting features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Princes Street Gardens (0.1 mi / 0.1 km)
  • Arthur's Seat (1 mi / 1.6 km)
  • Calton Hill (0.6 mi / 1 km)
  • Royal Botanic Garden (1.1 mi / 1.8 km)
  • Holyrood Park (1.7 mi / 2.7 km)
  • The Meadows (0.7 mi / 1.2 km)
How to get there

Transportation options to and around Edinburgh

Fly into Edinburgh (EDI), the closest airport, located 6.5 mi (10.5 km) from the city center.

If you're traveling by train, Edinburgh Waverley Station, Edinburgh Haymarket Station and Slateford Station are the main stations that serve the city.

Where to stay near Edinburgh?

Our 2019 vacation rental listings offer a large selection of 2,054 house rentals near Edinburgh. From 1,718 Condos/Apartments to 233 Houses, find unique vacation rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Edinburgh is on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Edinburgh?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Edinburgh. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Old Town: 1,006 vacation rentals
  • Haymarket: 1,349 vacation rentals
  • New Town: 1,039 vacation rentals
  • Edinburgh Castle: 2,069 vacation rentals
  • West End: 785 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Edinburgh! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Edinburgh?

Whether you're travelling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Edinburgh:

  • Saint Andrews: 548 rentals
  • Perth: 431 rentals
  • Falkirk: 264 rentals
  • Peebles: 129 rentals
  • Kirkcaldy: 1,727 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holiday in Edinburgh?

HomeAway offers a large selection of lodging choices near lovely places in Edinburgh. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Edinburgh Castle: 2,069 vacation homes
  • St. Mary's Episcopal Cathederal: 2,068 vacation homes
  • Princes Street Gardens: 2,055 vacation homes
  • The Meadows: 2,068 vacation homes
  • City Art Centre: 2,088 vacation homes

But there are many other points of interest around Edinburgh listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.