The Castle Snug

A historic, unique apartment in the centre of Edinburgh offering cosy accommodation and a unique pull out bookcase / bed.

Key Points

  • Apartment just a few steps off the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, set within the 400 year old James' Court.
  • Enjoy open plan living area with a queen size bed, and a second double on a mezzanine level.
  • Historic property once home to the writer James Boswell.
  • There are self catering facilities, but also a lot of restaurants and bars close by.
  • A perfect central base to explore Edinburgh.



Stay 4 or more nights for 10% discount


A truly unique property. Situated in the heart of the old town of Edinburgh only 200 metres from the world-famous Edinburgh Castle is a historic apartment "The Castle Snug". Once the home of the writer James Boswell, it was in this very property that he played host to Dr Samuel Johnson in the weeks leading up to the departure upon their famous "Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland" back in 1773. Whilst staying at the Castle Snug guests will be perfectly placed to experience everything that Edinburgh has to offer.

More info :

Only a few paces off the Royal Mile the apartment is located down a traditional "close" within the 400-year-old James' Court. The accommodation which is located on the ground level is accessed via its own private entrance and consists of open plan living/sleeping area with a luxurious Queen size bed which pulls out of the stunning library style bookcase, a second Queen size bed is situated on the mezzanine level and features a wonderful wrought iron balustrade, stained glass window and hanging tapestry. The main living area features original exposed stone walls and cedar ceiling and is sumptuously furnished with oxblood leather chesterfield seating and footstools alongside a Jotul cast iron stove, there is a small dining area seating four, overlooking the courtyard.

Should you choose to dine "at home", the kitchen is fully equipped with oven, hob extractor hood, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washing machine/ dryer, microwave, waste disposal, toaster, kettle and a good range of pots, pans, crockery, cutlery etc. Additional facilities include cable TV, DVD, CD/Radio, high-speed broadband Internet connection, iron, ironing table, hairdryer and a travel cot is available on request.

The fully tiled bathroom consists of a 3 piece suite (full-size bath) with tiled floor, chrome towel shelf, mirrored cabinet, stained glass roof panel and a Mira Sport 10.8 kW instant shower.

Transport links:

Edinburgh Airport - 8 miles. (Airport shuttle bus service (25minute service) is a short walk away from Waverley Bridge. (subject to luggage).

Waverley train station - (walking distance subject to luggage).

St Andrews Square bus station - (walking distance subject to luggage).

Metered parking is available in nearby Johnston Terrace.

NCP car park is available in nearby Castle Terrace.

Suitable for: Honeymoons, Romantic breaks, family holidays (consideration should be given to small children due to the mezzanine level), Corporate accommodation, Perfect sightseeing location!

No Pets.





Room Types

Double Ensuite
Family Rooms









 Dining area


 Ironing board

 Tumble dryer

 Washing machine

Nearby (within 5 miles)

 Pub / Bar

 Public transport




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Young Children


Nearest Airport/s


Content updated on 29th November 2022 by Louise Catterall, Content Editor at QuirkyAccom in collaboration with Brian or Christine Connarty from The Castle Snug