Scotland’s historic capital attracts thousands of travelers each year – and for good reason. After all, who hasn’t dreamt of wandering down the city’s cobbled streets or exploring the incredible Scottish countryside?

Well, the good news is that whether it’s an urban retreat or a simple romantic getaway surrounded by lush greenery, the city’s certainly got you covered in terms of accommodation.

However, if you want a truly authentic Scottish experience, I highly recommend staying in a cottage in Edinburgh. Cottages are a little piece of history, and Scotland is packed full of them. Why stay in a standard hotel room when you can stay somewhere that’s been part of Scotlands history for centuries?

Staying in a cottage in the Scottish capital is also relatively affordable (certainly more budget-friendly than London!), but thanks to the sheer number of options, you’ll no doubt be able to find a place that perfectly matches both your budget and expectations.

So, if this all sounds great to you, let’s take a look at the best cottages in Edinburgh.

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Rural one-bedroom cottage for 2

Located in rural Edinburgh, this charming cottage comfortably accommodates two people with an additional sleeping space for one extra guest. With a fireplace in the living room, the cottage lies just a quick drive from the city center.

NEARBY ATTRACTIONS:
  • Palace of Holyroodhouse
  • Edinburgh Castle
  • Drum Castle – Garden & Estate

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Staying in a Cottage in Edinburgh

In the capital, the types of cottages available range from hotels to apartments or even detached and semi-detached houses. But there’s no denying that there’s something gloriously authentic about dropping anchor in one of those typically Scottish abodes.

Not only are they infused with plenty of character, but several of them have actually been converted from ancient farmhouses, stables, or other historic establishments.

And no, contrary to popular belief, you won’t need to go draw water from a well or painstakingly chop wood for the fireplace: cottages in Edinburgh may look rustic on the outside but most, if not all, of them have modern fixtures and fittings.

What to Look For in a Cottage in Edinburgh

The first thing that you should consider is where to stay in Edinburgh: Edinburgh is a sprawling capital that offers both ultra-urban and more laid-back retreats in the middle of nowhere. Some travelers tend to opt for accommodation on the outskirts of the city that allows them to unwind in the rustic countryside, while others would rather be in the thick of the action. Wherever you choose to be, however, you’ll be glad to learn that cottages are readily available throughout the capital.

It also pays to properly go through the guest reviews: as tempted as you are to skip this step and choose a place-based merely on the pictures, the unfortunate truth is that not every space matches the description. Guest reviews will give you a firsthand account of how things really are. Believe me when I say nothing ruins a holiday quicker than the hassle of being catfished by your dream accommodation!

Most cottages are entire rental units, but if you want to save money while backpacking Edinburgh, you can opt for a private room in a shared house. You should also check the amenities on offer. If you are renting an entire unit, most likely it will have a fully equipped kitchen, but if you’re going for a private room you will need to check if the host will allow you to cook.

As I said earlier, most cottages have modern fixtures and fittings, so you can expect you’re homely comforts such as WiFi and hot showers. If you’re staying somewhere more rural, you should check what guests say about the WiFi connection.

With all that in mind, let’s check out the ultimate best cottages in Edinburgh.

Overall Best Value Cottage in Edinburgh
Rural one bedroom cottage for 2, Edinburgh
Overall Best Value Cottage in Edinburgh

Rural 1BR Cottage

  • > $
  • > 2 Guests
  • > Indoor fireplace
  • > Overlooking Drum Estate
Best Budget-Friendly Cottage
Idyllic waterfront Studio for Two, Edinburgh
Best Budget-Friendly Cottage

Idyllic waterfront Studio

  • > $
  • > 2 Guests
  • > Open plan layout with fireplace
  • > Across from scenic River Almond
Amazing Luxury Cottage in Edinburgh
Sprawling Estate Near the Airport, Edinburgh
Amazing Luxury Cottage in Edinburgh

Sprawling Estate

  • > $$$
  • > 6 Guests
  • > Breakfast included
  • > 9 miles from the city center
Romantic Cottage in Edinburgh
Cozy and Luxurious Boutique Style, Edinburgh
Romantic Cottage in Edinburgh

Cozy Boutique Home

  • > $$$
  • > 4 Guests
  • > Cozy woodburning fireplace
  • > At the foot of Eildon Hills
Best Cottage for Families in Edinburgh
Cozy with Plenty of Character, Edinburgh
Best Cottage for Families in Edinburgh

Cozy & Characterful

  • > $$
  • > 4 Guests
  • > Well-equipped kitchen
  • > Close to Haymarket train station
Most Unique Cottage
Period cottage in a Converted Farm, Edinburgh
Most Unique Cottage

Period Cottage in a Converted Farm

  • > $$
  • > 4 Guests
  • > Shared courtyard with patio
  • > Countryside location
Best Cottage for a Weekend
Best Cottage for a Weekend in Edinburgh, Edinburgh
Best Cottage for a Weekend

Charming Cottage w/ Park Views

  • > $$
  • > 4 Guests
  • > Fully outfitted kitchen
  • > Gorgeous park views

Looking for other types of accommodation? Check out our guide to Where to Stay in Edinburgh!

The Top 10 Cottages in Edinburgh

Now that you know what to expect from cottages in Edinburgh, it’s time to take a look at the absolute best of the best. Enjoy!

Overall Best Value Cottage in Edinburgh – Rural 1BR Cottage

Rural one bedroom cottage for 2, Edinburgh
Cozy, affordable, and close to the city center!
  • $
  • 2 Guests
  • Indoor fireplace
  • Overlooking Drum Estate

Kick back in a picturesque setting with a stay at this surprisingly affordable cottage. Not only will you be tucked away in rural Edinburgh, but the space lies close to both the city center and historic attractions like Drum Castle, Moredun Wood, and Gilmerton Cove.

Now, the bedroom can very easily sleep two on the double bed, but there’s also an extra single bed to accommodate an additional person if you want. Despite its rustic exterior, this classic cottage has a modern interior, complete with whitewashed walls and a fireplace in the living space.

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Best Budget-Friendly Cottage – Idyllic Waterfront Studio

Idyllic waterfront Studio for Two, Edinburgh
Yup, waterfront cottages can be affordable too!
  • $
  • 2 Guests
  • Open plan layout with fireplace
  • Across from scenic River Almond

Brimming with Scottish charm, this amazing cottage in Edinburgh boasts an open-plan layout so you can enjoy a gently crackling fire right from the comfort of your bed. Ideal for solo travelers or couples, the cottage promises endless adventures thanks to its proximity to the Cramond Island Causeway and the River Almond.

If urban escapades are more your thing, the town center is just 15 minutes away by bus. The kitchen does come with a breakfast bar and basic amenities but then again, with a local pub and cafes just around the corner, why waste precious holiday time cooking?

Budget Tip: Dorms in Edinburgh start from $10USD per bed. They’re the cheapest accommodation in the city. Search for hostels in the area!

Amazing Luxury Cottage in Edinburgh – Sprawling Estate

Sprawling Estate Near the Airport, Edinburgh
No, that’s not from a fairytale- although it sure looks the part!
  • $$$
  • 6 Guests
  • Breakfast included
  • 9 miles from the city center

Have you always wanted to live like royalty? Who hasn’t, right? Well, here’s your chance! This stone-clad cottage is nestled in Carlowrie Estate which just so happens to be home to the historic Carlowrie Castle. With three bedrooms, two lavish marble bathrooms, and two additional smaller rooms on the upper floor, this space can very comfortably be occupied by 6 adults and 4 kids.

Breakfast’s included so you can start the day off right before checking out Edinburgh’s city center, located 10 minutes away. A modern kitchen and elegant lounge only serve to complete this image of opulent perfection.

Romantic Cottage in Edinburgh – Cozy Boutique Home

Cozy and Luxurious Boutique Style, Edinburgh
Expensive? Yes. Bang for your buck? Absolutely!
  • $$$
  • 4 Guests
  • Cozy woodburning fireplace
  • At the foot of Eildon Hills

Experience that unique thrill of living in a luxurious yet romantic 1890s style cottage that practically oozes Scottish charm and character! Not only is this located right at the foot of lush Eildon Hills, but the space also places you adjacent to St Cuthbert’s Way.

Featuring two bedrooms, a country kitchen, as well as an enchanting period sitting room with wood-burning stove and unlimited logs, this cottage in Edinburgh very easily sleeps four guests. As an extra special treat, you’ll even be treated to a complimentary bottle of Prosecco and a welcome basket stuffed with scrumptious goodies upon arrival!

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Best Cottage for Families in Edinburgh – Cozy & Characterful

Cozy with Plenty of Character, Edinburgh
Light-flooded rooms in Edinburgh? Yes, please!
  • $$
  • 4 Guests
  • Well-equipped kitchen
  • Close to Haymarket train station

Adults and kids alike, rejoice! This is one cottage in Edinburgh that really can’t get any better for families: not only is it located a quick stroll from Haymarket’s many eateries, but you’ll even have your own backyard with a fire pit and barbecue facilities for grilling up a storm on those balmy summer evenings.

The two bedrooms can very easily sleep 2 adults and 2 children. There’s even a crib for families traveling with a baby. If you need to squeeze in an extra guest, they can enjoy a snooze on the sofa bed in the living room.

Most Unique Cottage – Period Cottage in a Converted Farm

Period cottage in a Converted Farm, Edinburgh
Believe it or not, this lovingly restored beauty is over a century old!
  • $$
  • 4 Guests
  • Shared courtyard with patio
  • Countryside location

Okay, here’s a gorgeous 170-year-old reconverted farmhouse that ticks all the boxes for families traveling with kids. There’s a quaint courtyard where the little ones can run about and the rural setting has very little traffic. It’s also close to a train station with direct rides to Edinburgh (only 30 minutes away!) for when you want to soak up some city vibes.

It has one bedroom with two single beds and a master double for the parents. There’s even a well-equipped kitchen for those lazy evenings when you feel like eating in.

Best Cottage for a Weekend – Charming Cottage w/ Park Views

Best Cottage for a Weekend in Edinburgh, Edinburgh
An elegant yet rustic space for a dreamy weekend getaway in South Edinburgh!
  • $$
  • 4 Guests
  • Fully outfitted kitchen
  • Gorgeous park views

If you’re planning a weekend in Edinburgh, you’d be hard-pressed to find somewhere more aptly located than this little gem right here! While it lies in tranquil Blackford Village outside Edinburgh, the cottage provides easy access to both Edinburgh’s city center and Glasgow, perfect for day trips.

Closer to home is found the Tullibardine Whiskey Distillery for sampling delectable Scottish brews. Not only does this two-bedroom space accommodate four guests, but there’s even a modern kitchen, complete with a coffee machine, grill, hob, ground coffee, and more!

Best Located Cottage in Edinburgh- 2 BR Near the Castle

Edinburgh 2 BR Near the Castle
Think you can beat this view?
  • $$
  • 4 Guests
  • Private balcony
  • Panoramic city skyline view

This fabulous traditional cottage may date all the way back to 1853 but it’s since been restored with modern amenities and fixtures. Not only does it feature proximity to majestic Edinburgh Castle, but you’ll also be mere minutes from both the Old and New Towns, so you can be within minutes of all the attractions on your Edinburgh itinerary. Can’t beat that location, huh?

Whether traveling with your partner or family, you’ll find that this warm, two-bedroom space comfortably sleeps four in two bunks and two single beds (which can be set up as a single super-king size bed). In the evening, put a meal together in the modern kitchen or relax on the patio while enjoying soothing views of the individual Victorian gardens.

Best Cottage in Edinburgh for Couples – Romantic Retreat

Romantic Retreat in the South, Edinburgh
A romantic Scottish cottage tucked away in the countryside
  • $
  • 4 Guests
  • Free street parking
  • Close to the city center

This one-bedroom stone cottage in Edinburgh may have enough space for four people, but its intimate interior would be absolutely perfect for a romantic getaway with your significant other. With a fully functioning mini kitchen, this space has a super-king bed and power shower, perfect for winding down after exploring the lush surroundings.

In the afternoon, you can always enjoy a romantic sunset stroll in the scenic countryside. Thanks to the great bus links, you’ll literally be a mere 15 minutes from the vibrant city center and all the top places to visit in Edinburgh.

Best Cottage in Edinburgh for Friends – Stone Built Cottage

Stone Built Cottage With Parking, Edinburgh
The ideal place for you and your travel buddies!
  • $$
  • 6 Guests
  • 24/7 Guest Support
  • Views of Arthur’s Seat

Believe it or not, this luxury cottage Airbnb in Edinburgh once served as stables to historic Duddingston Kirk. Located just a few minutes from both the city center and Portobello Beach, this four-bedroom cottage has an open-plan area where you can cook up a storm in the kitchen or socialize around the dining table.

While the living room has a TV for movie nights, you’ll find that each bedroom is also fitted with a television, so there’s no need to squabble over the remote! As the evening settles in, take a stroll around Holyrood Park or go bar hopping at the nearby pubs.

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Final Thoughts on Cottages in Edinburgh

There’s no denying that Edinburgh is an eclectic haven that delivers the very best of both worlds: a quiet rural retreat or party it up with your travel buddies in the city center.

Renting a cottage in Edinburgh will no doubt liven up your stay by providing an authentic Scottish living experience. After all, let’s not forget that these establishments are practically ingrained in the local history!

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