40 Royal Mile Mansions, Edinburgh, EH1 1QN





With a hugely covetable address on the Royal Mile, and just a short stroll from the majestic Edinburgh Castle, this spacious two-bedroomed apartment offers spectacular panoramic views of the iconic cobbled street and some of the city’s major landmarks from two sets of bay windows in the stunning living room.

The property is situated on the fourth floor of the Royal Mile Mansions, an upmarket apartment block housed in an historic A-listed building built in 1902 for The Scotsman newspaper company.

On the corner of the historic Royal Mile and North Bridge in the heart of the city’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Town, the handsome building is a fine example of Scots Baronial architecture.

This substantial and secure property benefits from a concierge service, CCTV, an entry phone system and lift access.

The property lies less than five minutes’ walk from Waverley Rail Station and Princes Street, the city’s main thoroughfare, and is close to the University of Edinburgh and the city’s major tourist attractions.

The property will appeal to a variety of buyers including professional couples, those looking for a city pied-a-terre or as a buy-to-let investment.

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Fraser Wardhaugh
 Sales Negotiator


Property Details & Description

Summary of Accommodation

Hall, Living-Dining-Kitchen Room, Principal Double Bedroom, Second Double Bedroom, Bathroom with Shower, Bath, Wash Basin & WC, Two Deep Hallway Cupboards, Hall WC Room, Four “Smart’ Electric Storage Radiators (installed 2020)   


Communal Space

Entrance Vestibule & Lobby, Concierge Desk, Two Lifts, Secure Entry Phone, CCTV, Rubbish Chute Room, Shared Storage Room

On Street Permit Parking & Metered Parking Available




The Royal Mile Mansions are located in the heart of Edinburgh’s historic Old Town, ideally situated close to many of the city’s major historical landmarks and cultural attractions as well as the main campus for the University of Edinburgh.   The property benefits from overlooking the Royal Mile, the epicentre for the city’s annual world-famous Edinburgh International Festival which sees many festival fringe and entertainment activities take place along the cobbled street.


It also lies within easy walking distance to Princes Street and George Street, the city’s main thoroughfares, and the brand-new St James Quarter, an upmarket retail and entertainment complex.

The property is situated just a stone’s throw from the lively Grassmarket that boasts a wide selection of restaurants, bars, cafes and shops. The area is well served with local amenities and there is a Sainsbury’s Local on South Bridge and a Marks & Spencer on Princes Street.

In terms of cultural and recreational offerings, the property sits on the doorstep of Edinburgh Castle, several national museums and the Palace of Holyroodhouse.  The Playhouse, Festival Theatre, Usher Hall and Omni multi-screen cinema are also within easy reach as are several members-only leisure clubs at the Radisson Hotel, Balmoral Hotel and Nuffield Health, located within the Omni Centre.

There are a plenty of green open spaces nearby including Princes Street Gardens, Holyrood Park and The Meadows, a huge leafy green expanse with public tennis courts and a children’s play park.

Edinburgh Waverley Station is a five-minute walk from the property where you can access train services to all over Scotland and also to London. There are excellent tram and bus links from near Waverley Station to Edinburgh International Airport.




The stunning fourth-floor apartment is accessed from a well-maintained and carpeted shared entrance hall which benefits from a secure entrance vestibule, CCTV, concierge desk, two lifts and an internal staircase.

On entering the 135-square metre Royal Mile property, there is a spacious and welcoming hall from which all the accommodation is accessed.

Benefitting from its stunning corner site position, the impressive open plan living-dining-kitchen room is an ideal entertaining space. It offers spectacular views from both the double aspect twin bay windows as well as an additional window that overlooks North Bridge.

 From the beautiful corner bay window, you can enjoy panoramic views down the Royal Mile to the Scottish Parliament, Salisbury Crags and the Firth of Forth as well as Edinburgh University’s Old College on South Bridge. From the other bay window, you can see up the Royal Mile towards St Giles ‘Cathedral and Edinburgh Castle to the Pentland Hills beyond.


In a former incarnation, the generously sized living room was home to an elegant tearoom when the building housed Grants Department Store.  The current dining space sits in front of one of the bay windows with views directly across to the Tron Kirk, a 400-year-old historic church on the Royal Mile.

To the rear of the well-presented living-dining space there is the partially closed off kitchen that can also be accessed from the hall.  The well-equipped fitted kitchen features a range of integrated appliances including an electric cooker, ceramic hob, extractor fan, dishwasher, washing machine, sink, base and mounted cupboards providing ample storage.

The principal bedroom is spacious and bright with a large double -glazed window overlooking the attractive architecture of North Bridge. There is a window seat with storage drawers underneath as well as a large built-in mirrored wardrobe. The second double bedroom is equally good sized and enjoys a similar view.

The property benefits from a newly fitted modern bathroom with a stylish design.  There is a shower cubicle, bath, wash basin with integrated cupboard below, mounted mirrored vanity cabinet and WC.  The property also features a separate WC room off the central hall.

There are two deep storage cupboards in the hall with one housing the boiler and services.

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General Remarks:

Proof and Source of Funds / Anti Money Laundering

Under the HMRC Anti Money Laundering legislation all offers to purchase a property on a cash basis or subject to mortgage require evidence of source of funds. This may include evidence of bank statements/funding source, mortgage or confirmation from a solicitor the purchaser has the funds to conclude the transaction. All individuals involved in the transaction are required to produce proof of identity and proof of address. This is acceptable either as original or certified documents.


Fixtures and Fittings:

Only appliances specifically mentioned in the sales particulars are included in the sale price (these are the washing machine, cooker, fridge/freezer & dish washer). In all other aspects the treatment of fixtures and fittings within the relevant Conveyancing Standard Clauses apply.



Dimplex quantum storage heaters (installed in 2020), mains water, electricity, broadband, telephone (subject to telephone providers’ regulations.)






Council Tax Band Category:  F





By appointment through Rettie & Co, 11 Wemyss Place, Edinburgh EH3 6DH. Tel: 0131 220 4160.



1. The property is sold with all faults and defects, whether of condition or otherwise and neither the seller nor Rettie & Co, the selling agent, are responsible for such faults and defects, nor for any statement contained in the particulars of the property prepared by the said agent.


2. The Purchaser(s) shall be deemed to acknowledge that he has not entered into contract in reliance on the said statements, that he has satisfied himself as to the content of each of the said statements by inspection or otherwise and that no warranty or representation has been made by the seller or the said agents in relation to or in connection with the property.


3. Any error, omission or mis-statement in any of the said statements shall not entitle the purchaser(s) to rescind or to be discharged from this contract, nor entitle either party to compensation or damages nor in any circumstances to give either party any cause faction.



Particulars prepared July 2021  – First Issue