The 11 Best Airbnbs in Edinburgh

Walk through East Princes Street Gardens on your trip to Edinburgh
Walk through East Princes Street Gardens on your trip to Edinburgh | © John Peter Photography / Alamy Stock Photo
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27 July 2020

Whether you want to be right in the action on the historic Royal Mile, devouring first-class food and drink on the Shore or sleeping soundly in a leafy suburb, there’s an Airbnb in Edinburgh with your name on it. It might even come with a welcoming dram of whisky if you’re lucky.

Classical apartment on the Royal Mile

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You’ll find this regal one-bedroom apartment steps away from Edinburgh Castle. Reflecting its location at the heart of the ramshackle Old Town, it’s filled with secret nooks and crannies, including a box bed hidden behind a wall of books. Oil paintings of lords and ladies and oak panelling give the place a classic 18th-century feel, ideal for any history-packed trip to Scotland’s capital.

See the sea from Leith

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Two-bedroom central flat
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Any search for budget Airbnbs should start in Leith. Down on the trendy Shore, this snug two-bedroom apartment is perfectly positioned to get a flavour of the area. The elegant interior and sea views prove that budget accommodation doesn’t have to be shabby. Nearby seafood restaurants, Michelin-star establishments, hipster bars and weekend farmer’s markets show off the full breadth of Edinburgh’s food and drink scene.

Cosy studio on the Royal Mile

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Chic apartment on the Royal Mile
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For couples with a mid-range budget who don’t want to compromise on location or comfort, this little nook is perfect. It’s an apartment housed in a traditional tenement on the Royal Mile, and the walls have seen centuries of history, with Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace within equal walking distance. The stylish furnishings are a mix of contemporary chic and upcycled vintage pieces, adding a bit of quirkiness to a historic abode.

Artistic mews house near Stockbridge

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Mews house near Princes Street
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Once home to horses and grooms, this converted 19th-century coach house has been redesigned in a minimalist, Scandi-chic style and sleeps two. The sleek white walls with precision spots of colour make it feel as if you’re stepping into a work of modern art. Secreted down a cobbled mews lane, it’s just a short walk to the artisan shops and bohemian cafés of Stockbridge. The Unesco-protected Dean Village is also a stone’s throw away, so you can fully experience Edinburgh’s finest architecture.

West End industrial chic

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West End industrial chic
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Walls stripped back to exposed brick, a leather sofa and industrial light fixtures bring a touch of New York loft living to Scotland. This one-bedroom apartment is the epitome of cool and is conveniently located at the heart of the West End, close to Haymarket station. The chic bars of the city’s New Town are in the area, and it’s an easy, picturesque walk to the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.

16th-century dovecote

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Enchanting 16th-century dovecote cottage
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Set in the grounds of a Morningside garden, this 16th-century dovecote cottage has been converted into an enchanting Airbnb that can sleep up to four. Rose-hued stone walls and wooden furniture give it a fairytale feel. The wood-burning stove keeps away the winter chill, while the private garden is the ideal place to enjoy the summer sun. The cottage is located in one of Edinburgh’s upmarket suburbs, and there are plenty of buses into the centre should you fancy a change of pace from woodland fairy fantasy.

Rustic-urban apartment in Leith

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Exposed stone masonry walls, lashings of contemporary art and rustic wood furnishings make this one-bed apartment a design lover’s dream. The open-plan living room-lounge is full of unusual architectural details, vintage decorative touches and plenty of plants, while the light-filled bedroom has a comfy king-size bed piled with colourful throws and pillows. Though compact, the apartment has plenty of conveniences, including a washing machine, smart TV and coffee maker, plus on-site parking makes it easy for you to venture into the hip port neighbourhood of Leith.

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  • Incredible skyline views from the Old Town

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    This atmospheric apartment must have the best vantage point in Edinburgh, and its sun-bathed window seat is the perfect place to settle in and admire views over Princes Street Gardens and the Scott Monument. The rest of the two-bed flat is equally impressive with granite countertops in the kitchen and luxurious bathrooms with a walk-in shower and deep-soaking tub. It’s just a five-minute walk from the train station and comes equipped with children’s toys and books, making it a great option for a family getaway.

    Riverside haven in Dean Village

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    Fancy a city break with a village atmosphere? Look no further than this one-bedroom apartment with a balcony overlooking the babbling Water of Leith, nestled in the tranquillity of Dean Village. Converted 19th-century mills and winding cobbled lanes make this one of the most photogenic parts of Edinburgh (and it’s just a five-minute walk to Princes Street). The nearby independent shops and cafés of Stockbridge and the impressive Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art are bonuses.

    Vintage apartment in New Town

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    Vintage apartment in New Town
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    Big Georgian windows let in plenty of light so that you can admire the vintage touches of this quirky apartment, which include kitsch blankets, a rotary telephone and an old typewriter. This one-bedroom basement flat also has a beautiful private walled garden, twinkling with fairy lights at night. If that’s not enough, the Royal Botanic Garden is just around the corner.

    Grand Georgian home in New Town

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    Chesterfield sofas, soaring sash windows and period features such as a fireplace all add to the atmosphere of this historic one-bed home. Set along a quiet and picturesque residential street in village-like Stockbridge, the grand Georgian architecture is reason enough to stay, and the grassy square in the centre of the crescent is perfect for a summer picnic. There are plenty of independent cafés and restaurants to explore nearby, but you’ll also be within walking distance of the action along Princes Street.

    This is an updated version of a story written by Tori Chalmers.

    These recommendations were updated on July 27, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.