A bright, centrally located two-bedroom apartment (sleeps 1–4) just beside the Royal Mile, with a Juliet balcony and a view across to Nelson's Column on Calton Hill. It is within easy walking distance of the major tourist attractions, festival venues, shops, nightlife and transport connections.
This holiday home is a bright two-bedroom apartment on the third floor (no lift) in a central location and with a view across to Nelson's Column on Calton Hill. It is situated in the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town, beside the Royal Mile, a historic street forming the backbone of the city's medieval core, dominated by Edinburgh Castle at one end and the Palace of Holyroodhouse at the other.
The apartment is ideally located for many of Edinburgh's most popular attractions and amenities. Princes Street and George Street, the city's principal shopping thoroughfares, are just beyond the train station, and just beyond that is the New Town - the world's greatest showpiece of Georgian architecture.
The living room has a sofa and easy chair, and there's a Juliet balcony looking across the rooftops of the Old Town. There's a dining area and the modern kitchen is a separate room. It is well provided with crockery, cutlery, glasses and kitchenware, as well as a washing machine, cooker and microwave.
The main bedroom has a standard-size double bed, and the second bedroom has two single beds. The bathroom has a wash-hand basin and bathtub with shower over.
The apartment has gas central heating and double glazing. The cost of gas, electricity and local taxes is included. For the comfort of future guests, the apartment is non-smoking and pets are not allowed.
There are excellent shopping and dining facilities within a few minutes’ walk, with a Tesco Express supermarket about five minutes walk away, and Meadowbank shopping park about 15-20 minutes by foot past Holyrood Palace (Sainsbury, Marks & Spencer, TK Maxx, Poundland etc.). The Royal Mile's oldest building – John Knox House – is a couple of minutes away, and the Museum of Edinburgh just a little further.
This apartment is situated just off the Canongate, on the Royal Mile, in the heart of Edinburgh's historic Old Town. It is opposite Sibbalds Walk, a new public space with delicious street food and flea market, and just around the corner from the newly renovated Waverley arches on East Market Street, which now house restaurants, shops and beauty parlours. The Royal Mile, the backbone of medieval Edinburgh, connects Edinburgh Castle at one end with the Palace of Holyroodhouse and the Parliament at the other. Edinburgh's main visitor attractions are on your doorstep and the neighbourhood is full of attractive independent shops and restaurants, bars and cafés to suit all budgets, from cheap and cheerful pizzerias to fine dining establishments. The Hub (the official centre for the Edinburgh International Festival) and the Festival Fringe office are on the Royal Mile, and you can easily walk to many of the Festival venues. You are also ideally placed to enjoy the Christmas and Hogmanay/New Year festivities.
Winding closes, cobbled alleyways, and ancient buildings along the Royal Mile create an atmosphere quite unlike any other city in Europe; much of the Royal Mile dates back to the Dark Ages, and it is an area of intense and brooding character. The Canongate is the lower end of the Royal Mile, and the apartment is within 400 metres of the Palace (HM The Queen's official residence in Scotland) and the Scottish Parliament. The Canongate was a separate burgh from Edinburgh for over 700 years, taking its name from the canons (priests) of Holyrood Abbey. Because it was near the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the area developed as the court quarter and many fine residences for aristocratic families were built there. One of these, Queensberry House, now forms part of the Scottish Parliament building. Queensberry House was bought in 1686 by the father of the 2nd Duke of Queensberry, whose eldest son, the mad Lord James Douglas, escaped from confinement one night in 1701 and murdered a kitchen-boy – the very night that his father was signing the Act of Union that dissolved the Scots Parliament and put Scotland under English rule. You can find out more about Edinburgh's grisly past on the guided tours that leave from the Royal Mile. See for example Mercat Tours, Witchery Tours and Mary King's Close. Just up the road from the apartment is Dunbar's Close garden, an oasis in the city centre.