Old Observatory House

Self Catering

40 Calton Hill, Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH7 5AA

    Welcome to Old Observatory House, the Vivat Trust's iconic building in the heart of Edinburgh, at the top of Calton Hill. The house accommodates 8 on a self-catering basis and is available for lholidays year round. Minimum stay is 3 nights,

    Before the light-pollution of an expanding city made it impractical, Edinburgh's Calton Hill was a perfect vantage point from which to gaze at the night sky. Fanned by the intellectual flames of the Enlightenment, the city granted permission to Thomas Short, an Edinburgh-born optician, to found an observatory on top of the volcanic hill in 1776.

    The accommodation sleeps 8 and ranges over three floors, consisting of a sitting room, circular dining room and fully equipped kitchen on the ground floor. Stairs lead down to the garden level where there is a twin bedroom, a circular double bedroom, a shower room and a utility area. On the top floor there is a further double bedroom, a twin bedroom, a bathroom and a stylish drawing room in the circular domed observatory. All the rooms command panoramic views across Edinburgh, Fife and the Lothians.

    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    Opening Times
    1 Jan 2014 - 31 Dec 2015

    Room Information

    Number of Rooms / Units
    Room / Unit Type
    Room / Unit Tariff*
    Old Observatory House
    £1500.00 per unit per week

    Old Observatory House sleeps 8 in 2 double and 2 twin bedrooms.

    Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.

    Accommodation Type

    • Self Catering Holiday


    • Dishwasher
    • Electric Cooker
    • Freezer
    • Fridge
    • Hairdryer Available
    • Heating Throughout Property
    • Iron Available
    • Kitchen
    • Linen Provided
    • Shower
    • Towels Provided
    • Tumble Dryer
    • Washing Machine

    Leisure Facilities

    • CD Player
    • DVD Player
    • Radio
    • Television

    Payment Methods

    • Cheque
    • Debit Card
    • Maestro Card
    • Mastercard
    • VISA Card


    • Private Car Space
    • Public Parking Nearby


    • Cot Available
    • Highchair Available


    • No Smoking Permitted


    • City Centre

    Special Requirements

    • Pets Allowed

    Road Directions

    Access by road to the house is available for unloading of luggage/passengers, with secure parking for one vehicle provided at the bottom of the hill. Additional vehicles will need to use public parking on Calton Hill or nearby NCP car park. (fees apply).

    Public Transport Directions

    Closest station - Edinburgh Waverley

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