Self-Catering the Best Choice in Edinburgh

Every year millions of people come to Edinburgh to experience the stunning architecture, incredible events, world class festivals and epic scenery. A great many of those that visit will venture down the self-catering route, be it to save money, enjoy greater freedom or just because they want to be in a specific location.
Self-catering is a great way to visit Edinburgh but if you aren’t prepared you can end up cold, hungry and bored.

With this in mind, here is a 5 point guide to ensure that you make the most of your visit to Scotland’s inspirational capital.

Eating Out

One way of approaching self-catering is to see it as a chance (or an excuse) to eat out every night. If this is the case then you are in luck because Edinburgh is home to some of the finest restaurants in the world. These include Michelin starred restaurants such as The Kitchin, Martin Wishart’s and The Plumed Horse. The Itchycoo Bar and Kitchen overlooking the Royal Mile is part of the Radisson Blu Hotel, Edinburgh in the city centre. Not to mention the stunning Witchery by the Castle, which has one of the most beautiful dining rooms you will ever see.

This can all get very expensive though so if you want to save your money for sight-seeing you may want to consider point 2 below.


If you don’t want to spend all your money visiting restaurants you may be happy to delve into Edinburgh’s grocery stores. However, instead of plodding along to a boring Tesco or ASDA as you would at home, maybe you can try something a bit special. There are many fancy delicatessen style supermarkets in Edinburgh such as Peckham’s or Valvona & Crolla which offer delicious food of all varieties as well as big selections of fine Scottish Whisky.


Depending on why you are in Edinburgh you need to be careful where you get your self-catering accommodation. Stick to as close to the centre as possible and you can’t really go wrong as there are plenty of restaurants, grocery shops and sights to see. Avoid areas such as Leith, Gorgie, Dalry, Granton, Lochend and Drylaw as they are mostly residential and will mean you have to get a bus or two to reach the centre.


There are loads of exercise opportunities in Edinburgh including Virgin Gyms and regular local council gym facilities, along with a host of private gyms dotted around the city. If you prefer something more natural, head to the Meadows to the south of the centre, Leith links to the north, the beaches on the north shore, and for a real challenge, Arthur’s Seat right in the middle of town…you can’t miss it.

Country Life

If you don’t want to stay in the city but still want to get into town every day, you are in luck, because Edinburgh is surrounded on all sides by glorious open countryside that has an abundance of lovely cottages with self-catering opportunities, and with good transport links into the city. Gorgeous East Lothian is highly recommended, with North Berwick a particular highlight, especially as it is served by a train that goes directly into Edinburgh.

So what are you waiting for…now you have all the information you need, your self-catering dream holiday in Scotland’s capital is waiting.

Jim Anderson is a regular visitor to Edinburgh. He has stayed in many Edinburgh apartments, but prefers those in the Old town as it is picturesque from all angles in every type of weather.


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