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High Street Bar, with floral hanging baskets Royal Mile Edinburgh

Edinburgh and Scotland hopes to Reopen 26th of April!

Here’s hoping we can open to our guests on 26th of April – we are looking forward to welcoming you all back to beautiful Edinburgh and our 3 lovely flats!

The 3 bedroom Malt Kiln Apartment, and the 2 bedroom Botanist and Rock View Apartments – can’t wait to host you all!

Initially it will just be one household, but we’re hoping this will open up to more in the weeks that follow – possibly 17th of May


Rock View Apartment Joins our Collection!

The lovely Rock View Apartment is available for holiday bookings!  2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms decorated in a lovely light contemporary Scottish style, this home from home has the convenience of modern living right on the edge of Edinburgh Old Town.  Handy for all the action and attractions but in a nice peaceful area with restaurants and bars and even a local supermarket.  All this with views across to Salisbury Crags of Arthur's Seat!

Very close to The Palace of Holyrood and the Royal Mile, The Rock View Apartment is another ideal base for exploring Edinburgh's Old Town.

Why don't you find out more and check availability here - bookings are coming in fast!

The Rock View Apartment Edinburgh Old Town

Edinburgh Festival 2019 in Full Swing

Edinburgh is buzzing just now as the Festival and Fringe take place in the streets and venues of this lovely city.  Round every corner there are performers to entertain, and sometimes even amaze.

Many of the paid acts give taster sessions of their shows out on the streets - a great way to decide from the many thousands of shows which are the ones to see.

The core streets are blocked from traffic to give lots of space for crowds to gather, and for cafes and restaurants to spill their tables and chairs out into the open.

A crowd gathers in Edinburgh to watch an Edinburgh Festival performer
Street performers at the Edinburgh Festival

Performers from all around the globe make their way to the Edinburgh Festival and Fringe every year, and of course so do many from Scotland, like these two young pipers, too!  It is a joy just to wander the streets at Festival time to take in all the sights and sounds.

These photos were taken in the fabulous Victoria Street, just up from the Grassmarket and near the Royal Mile.

All the main performance areas are a few minutes walk from our two luxury holiday apartments - the Botanist Apartment (formerly Parkgate Residence) and the Malt Kiln apartment (formerly McDonald Residence).  Both are conveniently situated in lovely peaceful areas just next to the Royal Mile.


4 star Visit Scotland Rating!

We are delighted to have been awarded Visit Scotland 4 star rating for both the McDonald Residence and Parkgate Residence, following our recent Quality Assurance assessment visit!  

This is fantastic news as we put a lot of care into making our two holiday apartments as comfortable, stylish and welcoming as possible so that our guests have a lovely experience when they visit Edinburgh.

A recent guest (May 2017) to The McDonald Residence commented 'The apartment was as advertised, kept very clean, very well dressed, had everything you could possibly need and very central'  

Our Visit Scotland assessor commented 'I especially enjoyed seeing all the wonderful photographs of Edinburgh you have taken and displayed in the properties'

Both The McDonald Residence (sleeps 6) and The Parkgate Residence (sleeps 4) are an ideal holiday apartments for city breaks in Edinburgh - conveniently situated in quiet areas a couple of minutes walk to the Royal Mile and are very central to all attractions and restaurants/cafes.  For more information and booking please visit edinburgholdtownholidayapartments.com


Apartments soon to be renamed as The Malt Kiln Apartment and The Botanist Apartment.....watch this space!



Spring Break in Edinburgh



Spring Flowers in Princes Street


The cafes and bars of Edinburgh's Princes Street with their cheerful window boxes heralding the arrival of Spring. The perfect inspiration to book a short break to this fabulous city.






Hosts of Daffodils in Princes St Gardens

Edinburgh is a city with many green spaces throughout its centre - bringing a softness and calm to the centre.  A short weekend break to Edinburgh will recharge the batteries as well as giving you lots of areas to explore and enjoy.




All Kinds of Springtime Beauties

appear when the sun comes out!  Be serenaded as you discover the small backstreets of Edinburgh's Old Town!




Come for a short break in Edinburgh and stay in one of our lovely boutique holiday apartments. The Parkgate Residence (sleeps 4) or The McDonald Residence (sleeps 6) are a short walk from Princes Street Gardens and all the other main attractions in Edinburgh.  They are right next to the historic Royal Mile and are the ideal base for a short break in Edinburgh.  Have a look in detail by clicking below.    



The Parkgate Residence

The McDonald Residence


Lovely New Kitchen for the Parkgate Residence Edinburgh

Kitchen of The Botanist Apartment formerly named Parkgate Residence Edinburgh

The kitchen in the Parkgate Residence has been refurbished – pale stone grey high gloss kitchen looks stylish and smart.  The room is filled with light, and is a lovely place to prepare your breakfast whilst admiring the view of Arthur’s Seat, before heading out to explore all of Edinburgh’s attractions on your doorstep.

The Parkgate Residence and McDonald Residence – 2 Boutique Holiday Apartments Edinburgh Old Town – 2 minutes walk to Royal Mile. Quiet locations with comfortable, designer interiors, and private parking.  Availability Calendar & On-line Booking



Beautiful Sunset in Edinburgh

Yesterday evening, after a beautiful spring day in Edinburgh the sky at sunset was filled with amazing golds and pinks.  Everyone was up on Calton Hill with their cameras to to capture the beauty.  Spring is definitely in the air! This fantastic vantage point is a 20 minute walk from both of our holiday apartments.

Princes St from Calton Hill

Princes Street

Edinburgh Skyline at Sunset














Edinburgh Skyline at Sunset

The Parkgate Residence and McDonald Residence – 2 Boutique Holiday Apartments Edinburgh Old Town – 2 minutes walk to Royal Mile. Quiet locations with comfortable, designer interiors, and private parking.  Availability Calendar & On-line Booking