Calton Hill, Edinburgh, Scotland

Private Luxury Accommodations


Rock House Living Room
Rock House
Rock House Terrace
The Terrace Apartment
Studio Living Area
The Photographer’s Studio

Built in 1756 for a Merchant, Rock House is a historic gem in the heart of Edinburgh. From its secluded position at the foot of Calton Hill, it has an elavated terrace which has the most wonderful panoramic views over the landmark sites of the City.

Though very much “in the City”  in the most central of locations, Rock House has the feel of being “not of the City”, giving its guests the unique sense of tranquility and the illusion of being in a country cottage.

This house has been tastefully re-decorated to its Victorian heyday when David Octavius Hill set up his pioneering Calotype photographic studio with Robert Adamson at the house. The history of Scottish photography, art and creativity are very much part of the past, present and future fabric of this beautiful property.


28 Calton Hill
Edinburgh EH7 5AA
United Kingdom

Rock House is a unique landmark house boasting spectacular panoramic views of Edinburgh from its elevated position and is conveniently located just a few moments walk from Princes Street. The house has a fascinating history and now as a self-catering holiday let both the views and its heritage can be enjoyed by those seeking a exceptional place to stay in the city.

Built in the 1750s, Rock House is reputed to be one of the oldest houses in Edinburgh’s new town. It came to worldwide fame as the home of David Octavius Hill, the artist and pioneering photographer who in 1843 together with Robert Adamson developed the calotype process at Rock House. Both Hill and Adamson are credited with the origination of photography as an art form – taking the camera into the landscape and for the first time photographing people in their natural habitat.

Rock House remained in continuous use as a photographer’s studio from the 1840s up until the 1950s. Recently renovated, it has now returned to its former glory and can be enjoyed by members of the public for short stays and holidays.

The location is ideal! Located on Calton Hill, near historic landmarks and close to both Old Town and New Town tourist destinations including the Edinburgh Castle. The airport tram stop is just 5 minute walk and so is Waverley train station.

There is a secure private car park just a few minutes away and we have a discount code available for our guests (just ask!).