If you take a personal travel insurance policy it will protects you from potential losses if for some reason you have to cancel your booking. ESC will endeavour to find a replacement booking but this can not be guaranteed especially at the last minute and there is an administration fee of 5% with a minimum cost of £50. Full refunds cannot be given immediately because most of the properties are individually owned and ESC provides a management service for them and ESC needs to protect their clients investment interests. If you can imagine you were the owner of a property that ESC managed and you were advised that a booking has been achieved for a given period 6 months in advance and then at the last minute the person cancels and no replacement booking is found. You would not be very pleased with ESC If a full refund was provided immediately you were left with no income from your investment property. ESC could have also advised several other interested parties that during the time from the original booking to the cancellation date that unfortunately the property was booked. It would therefore mean that ultimately ESC would just be operating a reservation system and not a booking one.

Therefore ESC has to protect it's clients but would always advise guests to protect themselves from potential losses by taking out a comprehensive travel insurance policy. It would also cover you for theft, medical emergencies, travel delays etc, etc A travel insurance policy should be mandatory in any travel plans that people make.

ESC does not own the properties on the website. They are owned by different people and ESC either fully manages them on their behalf or provides an enquiry and booking service were the owners manage the preparation and running of the property themselves.

The properties that ESC  provides a FULL managed service for and which promo codes will work on are:-

All the Parliament Sq apts, Blair St 1, Blair St Scott, Blair St Burns, Edmonstone Suite, Castle Wynd (2 bedroom), Bank St, Thistle St, Thistle St Lane, Ladystairs 1 & 2, St Giles, Tolbooth, Castle View 1 & 3 and West Bow.

Promo codes will also work on 4, 16 & 18 Niddry St South which are not fully managed. 

The security/key deposit is actually a slight variation of the procedure that hotels operate by swiping a guests credit card when they check in. However hotels have no limit on what they charge to the credit card if a guest causes unnecessary damage.

Unfortunately in the early years of operation we had a small number of people who did not show much respect to the properties they had booked, caused unnecessary damage or just left the properties in an unacceptable condition i.e. left food items lying about, dirty dishes etc.

It not expected that guests should clean properties but it not unreasonable to ask that items like crockery are put back where they were found and all garbage is bagged up and ready for cleaners to take away. The small security/deposit of either 200 pounds  has pretty much stopped these issues by giving most guests a subtle mental nudge to perhaps put things away and tidy up. In the very exceptional cases of blatant disrespect to the properties and damage has occurred, 200 pounds rarely covers it. Please note that some properties have a different security amount, please check the specific terms & condtions of a property during the booking process.

  1. The Hirer warrants that the subjects let are to be used for the purposes of a holiday and so accepts that the letting is a holiday let to which Section12(2) and paragraph 8 of Schedule 4 of the Housing (Scotland) Act 1988 apply,namely, "a tenancy the purpose of which is to confer on the tenant the right to occupy the house for a holiday."
  2. A contract of booking is made when we have received your booking detailsand the reservation deposit and we have confirmed the booking to you.
  3. The Hirer shall not sub-let the premises or any part thereof.
  4. The number of people occupying the premises shall not exceed the number stated for the premises unless prior permission is sought.
  5. The Hirer binds and is obliged to vacate the hired premises without demand at the termination of the period of hire.
  6. The Hirer binds and obliges him/herself to pay to the Lessor (Edinburgh Self-Catering) in respect of any loss or damage beyond fair wear and tear.
  7. The Hirer shall, at all times, keep the hired premises in a clean and tidy condition and leave them in this way. A charge may apply for an unreasonable amount of cleaning at the termination of hire.
  8. The Hirer shall undertake to prevent any member of their party from causing a nuisance or disturbance to other residents or occupiers.
  9. The Hirer undertakes to leave the hired premises secure if left unoccupied during the period of let.
  10. To permit the owners and their agents reasonable access to the property.
  11. Cancellation

In the event of cancellation the following terms and charges will apply:

  1. 6 months prior to arrival – full refund minus a 5% admin fee with a minimum of £50
  2. 60 days or more – 25% or minimum £75 deposit charge.
  3. 30-59 days – 50% of full amount.
  4. 29 days or less – full rental fee.

***Please note any booking not made directly throught www.edinburgh-selfcatering.co.uk will also have the non-refundable commission payable to external advertising sites deducted from any potential refund*****

Please consider obtaining personal holiday/travel insurance to cover this and other potential losses.

Please note that as the properties advertised can have different owners,in the event of several properties being booked by the same person they will still be treated as individual bookings unique to each specific property.

  • In the event of ESC cancelling the booking a full refund of all monies will be given.
  • The lessor may treat the booking as cancelled if the balance of the hire fee is not received by the period specified in the booking agreement (2 months prior to arrival date).
  • The Hirer undertakes to relieve the Lessor from any liability for damage or injury however caused by any member of their party.
  • The Lessor, their agents or employees, accept no responsibility for loss, injury or damage to any member of the Hirer’s party or their property, howsoever caused, arising in any manner out of the let of the premises.
  • For most of the properties except for some exceptions*, a "meet and greet" policy is operated. You will be met at a property at a pre-arranged time to give access. Full instructions of this are sent out in the formal confirmation. Please note that for arrivals after 19:00 there is a range fees for unsociable hours payable direct to the ESC representatives on arrival, 19:00 - 22:30 is 15 pounds, 22:31 - 00:00 is 30 pounds and 00:01 - 02:00 is 50 pounds, the latest access can be given is 02:00, otherwise it is given at 08:00 the next day. ESC accept no liability for any costs involved in alternative accommodation for this 6 hour period.
*The Niddry St properties all have self access. Keys are usually kept in a key box outside the property and instructions will be provided in the formal confirmation sent out.
  • If the provision of free broadband internet access has technical problems outwith the control of the property owner, no compensation claim can be made for non-availability.
  • Some properties have a refundable key/security deposit of 200 pounds must be provided prior to arrival. Information is sent out with the booking confirmation.

In the event you wish to book multiple properties, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. detailing which properties, for what specific dates, how many people staying in each property and any special requirement e.g. twin bed setup, travel cot etc. The properties will then be marked off as booked and a formal confirmation sent once payment has been received. 25% deposit or full balance if your arrival is within two months.

Payment can be made using a credit card via PAYPAL on the pay balance page or directly through a paypal account by sending payment to the email stated above.

Alternative payments are to send a cheque made payable to "Edinburgh SC (Self Catering) Ltd" to the address listed on the contacts page or to send a payment to the clearing bank account below. Please advise by email if you choose one of these methods?


For international payments, The IBAN no. is GB63RBOS83191600248985, the Royal Bank of Scotland own specific international no. is RBOSGB2L (BIC code)

The account is holder is "Edinburgh SC (Self Catering) Ltd" The branch is Royal Bank of Scotland,17 Comiston Road, Edinburgh, EH10 6AA sort code 83-19-16 acc no, 00248985

Departure has to be at 10 am at the latest to allow time to prepare the property for the next guests and collect all the linen & towels to do the morning laundry run. A guaranteed late departure up to 20:00 can be obtained for 50% of that daily rate. Please email if you want to utilise this facility and a price will be calculated.

Entry is from 14:00 onwards but if nobody has booked to depart on your day of arrival it will probably be very suitable us to give you entry as early as possible. Even if there is a booking departing that day it might still be possible to at least drop off luggage.

Some of the properties are operated differently from others and you might be provided with a pin number for a key box so early entry will be possible if nobody is booked to depart that day. You can check this if you have booked one of these properties by reviewing the availability calendar just before you leave to come to Edinburgh.

For most of the properties except for some exceptions*, a "meet and greet" policy is operated. You will be met at a property at a pre-arranged time to give access. Full instructions of this are sent out in the formal confirmation. Pease note that for arrivals after 19:00 there is a range fees for unsociable hours payable direct to the ESC representatives on arrival, 19:00 - 22:30 is 15 pounds, 22:31 - 00:00 is 30 pounds and 00:01 - 02:00 is 50 pounds, the latest access can be given is 02:00, otherwise it is given at 08:00 the next day. ESC accept no liability for any costs involved in alternative accommodation for this 6 hour period.

*The Niddry St properties all have self access. Keys are usually kept in a key box outside the property and instructions will be provided in the formal confirmation sent out.

Do you have to make an online booking/payment?

No, you can email your contact details, number of people staying (and any other relevant info e.g. twin bed setup where possible) and what property(s) you want direct to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and they will reserved for a period of up to five days until your deposit/full payment arrives. Please note that there is a slight possibility that somebody else could complete an online booking for that property before the dates you require are manually marked as booked. Please advise if you decide on one these payment methods.

Alternative payment methods are:

UK cheque payable to "Edinburgh SC (Self Catering Ltd)"

Direct transfer to UK bank account, please put your name as a reference.

Acc name : Edinburgh SC (Self Catering) Ltd acc no. 00248985 sort code : 83-19-16 iban IBAN NO. GB63RBOS83191600248985 BIC code RBOSGB2L

Royal Bank of Scotland 17 Comiston Road Edinburgh EH10 6AA

2 nights for most of the year. The exceptions are the Edinburgh festival/frine in August, but this is relaxed once larger bookings have been achieved. New Year has a minimum booking off 4 nights.

Please email any special period requests for consideration and price.