The Wee Thistle is a cosy apartment located in the historic Grassmarket area of Edinburghs Old Town. The private and quiet courtyard complex, which has a stunning view of the Castle, is the perfect base from which to explore what Edinburgh has to offer. All the main attractions, a wide selection of great bars, restaurants and cafes are all on your doorstep and only a short walk away.
ENHANCED CLEAN - We clean the flat using the AirBnb and Association of Scottish Self Caterers (ASSC) cleaning protocols, follow their cleaning checklist and completing their risk assessment. We use cleaning products and hand sanitiser that are EN1276 and EN14476 compliant and recommended in addition to our normal green cleaning materials.
Centrally located holiday apartment
One kingsize bed in the bedroom
One futon sofa bed in the living area that can be made into a single or double bed.
The accommodation has recently been renovated to create a modern fresh open plan sitting/dining/kitchen room. There is an HD Smart TV and free secure wifi.
The kitchen is well equipped with oven, hob, microwave and dishwasher. There is also a washing machine with drying facilities.
A newly refurbished bathroom with power shower completes the accommodation.
The courtyard has a small garden where you can sit and enjoy the spectacular views of Edinburgh Castle.
There is a local supermarket a short walk (about 100m) up the road.
A selection of breakfast/lunch cafes across the road provides excellent food.
Limited mobility access
Sleeps 2 (+2) 1 Bedroom(s) 1 Bathroom(s) Ground floor Wifi
Check-in begins at 15:00.
You will be asked to check-out before 11:00.
Prices from £80 - £200 (Nightly).
Discounts available for stays of a week and longer.
Air- There is a new tram service that takes 35 mins from Edinburgh Airport to the city centre. From there it is an easy 10 minute walk to the apartment. The Airlink 100 Bus travels along the same route but may take slightly longer dependent on traffic.
Train- Edinburgh's Waverley Station is a 10 minute walk from the apartment or a short taxi journey. Taxis can be found outside the station on Market Street and cost around £5-7.
Car- Easy to access by car however as the apartment is central, on street parking is expensive (£3 an hour for a max of 4 hours). If driving I would recommend using an out of town park and rides.
Park and Rides are free for up to a week and have a bus that runs into the city centre taking about 20-30 minutes, costing £1.60 each way. From the bus stop on Lothian Road, it is a 5 minute walk to the apartment:
Hermiston Park and Ride
Riccarton Mains Road, Currie, Edinburgh, EH14 5PX
Ingliston Park and Ride
Ingliston, Edinburgh, EH28 8LS
Straiton Park and Ride
Straiton Road, Straiton, Edinburgh, EH20 9NP
*Other options can be found on the www.edinburgh.gov.uk/find a park and ride
Castle Terrace long stay car park is a 5 minute walk but will cost you £27.50 a day.
There is a slightly out of town park and ride car park(Straiton park and ride), which is free, and the bus back into town only takes about 15-20 minutes with a stop just a few minutes walk from the apartment. There is also pay and display parking all around the apartment as well as a multi-storey car park (NCP Kings Stables Road) just around the corner.
The Wee Thistle is situated in the Grassmarket which is in the Old Town. The Grassmarket is an extremely popular destination for tourists as it directly next to the castle and has a variety of restaurants and bars to suit all tastes and ages. From the apartment all the major attractions are within easy walking distance. The private courtyard provides a tranquil base to return to at the end of a busy day.
Had a great stay at the Wee Thistle. Apartment has every thing you could need, was spotless and in the best location for exploring Edinburgh. Will definitely be staying again. Thanks Gavin, great host!
- 31 Aug 2017The Wee Thistle, Grassmarket Anonymous guest
What a great little home from home. Equipped with everything we could possibly need, comfortable beds and lovely welcome of wine and shortbread. Been to the fringe many times over the past 45 years. This was the best!
- 27 Aug 2017The Wee Thistle, Grassmarket Anonymous guest
This is a great apartment in a perfect location for exploring Edinburgh and attending festival events. Loved it. The apartment was clean and well equipped, and the beds were super comfortable. Communication was excellent and the instructions for arrival were detailed and easy to follow. Gavin went over and above too, by hand delivering some trousers my brother-in-law left behind. Will happily book again and/or recommend.
- 13 Aug 2017The Wee Thistle, Grassmarket Anonymous guest
Gavin and his dad are great hosts!! They were very helpful and friendly. Super prompt to help out which makes our stay a wonderful one!! Plus, prime location gives access to all tourist sites in and around the City Centre!
- 11 Aug 2017The Wee Thistle, Grassmarket Anonymous guest
Gavin's place is perfect - right smack in the middle of Edinburgh, extremely cosy, clean and well equipped, and possibly has one of the comfiest beds ever. Gavin is also extremely proactive, kind, and fast in his response. I was running late to check out due to delays at the car rental place, and he was ever so understanding. I cannot recommend Gavin's place enough, and I will certainly return if I ever find myself back in Edinburgh. Thank you for making the start of our holiday so pleasant!
- 18 Jul 2017The Wee Thistle, Grassmarket Anonymous guest
A completely fabulous place to stay in the heart of old town Edinburgh! Clean and new and highly recommended. So close to so many must see sites and things to do! You should definitely stay here!
- 15 Jul 2017The Wee Thistle, Grassmarket Anonymous guest
If you are looking for a place in Edinburgh, this is THE place where to stay. Great location, flat super clean, comfortable, extremely well equipped: you even have special tweezers to take the toast out of the toaster! :) . Fantastic, prompt and easy communication with Gavin who is always happy to help. Simply perfect and impossible to beat.
- 18 Jun 2017The Wee Thistle, Grassmarket Anonymous guest
This flat was everything we hoped and dreamed for. The location was perfect, it is decorated beautifully and it is so accommodating! Gavin is very easy to communicate with and the flat is spectacular. If I ever find myself in Edinburgh again, I would stay there in a heartbeat.
- 12 Jun 2017The Wee Thistle, Grassmarket Anonymous guest
Fantastic apartment in the heart of Edinburgh. We had everything that we needed in the apartment, was very comfy and cosy and felt like home for the week. Particularly liked the wine and box of biccys, these went down a treat after a long days walking and travelling. The apartment was so clean and perfect.
- 18 Sep 2016The Wee Thistle, Grassmarket Anonymous guest
Very enjoyable stay at the Wee Thistle. Great central location and everything you could need provided in the apartment. I would definitely recommend to anyone looking for an Edinburgh getaway.
- 13 Sep 2016The Wee Thistle, Grassmarket Anonymous guest
This secure apartment is in a fabulous location. It's is beautifully set out, with everything you would need and more! We did not get to meet Alex and Gavin in person but they provided detailed instructions and thoughtful communication. They came across as very friendly and could not have done more to have not only made us feel welcome but very much at home. The small touches were not unnoticed and the quality bedding, towels and so much more made for a very comfortable stay. We would highly recommend staying here and look forward to returning X
- 10 Sep 2016The Wee Thistle, Grassmarket Anonymous guest
Great place, super easy check in, immaculately clean, fun location. The only problem was we didn't stay long enough!
- 09 Sep 2016The Wee Thistle, Grassmarket Anonymous guest
Alex made us feel very welcome and the apartment was very clean with a fabulous location. My parents had the bedroom and we slept on the sofa bed which was very comfortable in the lounge. We did the park and ride which I would recommend as there is little parking in Edinburgh especially during the Fringe. Thank you Alex.
- 04 Sep 2016The Wee Thistle, Grassmarket Anonymous guest
A lovely and comfortable place to stay in a great location.
- 25 Aug 2016The Wee Thistle, Grassmarket Anonymous guest
Very nice flat close to the centre. All worked and was quite easy. Will definitely recommend.
- 19 Aug 2016The Wee Thistle, Grassmarket Anonymous guest
loved this place, everything was perfect! Very clean and super comfy, the cocktail bar across the road from the building is a plus! Definitely coming back, thank you Alex!
- 18 Aug 2016The Wee Thistle, Grassmarket Anonymous guest
Lovely flat big enough for a couple. fantastic position. it was fantastic to have a view of Edinburgh castle as you enter the block. very clean. thoughtfully kitted. we would definitely stay here again.
- 15 Aug 2016The Wee Thistle, Grassmarket Anonymous guest
We stayed five nights at 'The Wee Thistle' and had a wonderful time. We loved the location and the apartment had everything we needed. Alex was very helpful getting us into the apartment, she contacted us several times in the days before our arrival, giving us detailed directions on how to find the apartment and park for it (which was a little tricky because of the fringe festival). The location of the apartment is the best thing - it's very near to Grassmarket and the Royal Mile and has a ton of restaurants and neat shops nearby. The apartment is very clean and well organized, and Alex provided some nice welcome gifts to help us get settled. It is a little cozy compared to some of the other places we have stayed throughout Scotland, but it's very liveable.
- 10 Aug 2016The Wee Thistle, Grassmarket Anonymous guest
The house is exactly the same as described! So nice and cosy, with a great location as well! Alex is so welcome as well! nice experience!!
- 05 Aug 2016The Wee Thistle, Grassmarket Anonymous guest