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Housesitting in Edinburgh with TrustedHousesitters

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We’ve been housesitting with TrustedHousesitters since 2016. We continue to love our experiences, so I wanted to share more in-depth here.

Housesitting in Edinburgh has offered us interesting and varied experiences between having our own apartments in the area.

We have stayed by the sea and in city center. We have also stayed outside the city, including on the estate of a 15th-century castle!

Read this first: Find out how housesitting works with this overview and introduction.

I wanted to give you an idea of what housesitting or petsitting with TrustedHousesitters actually looks like

Here’s a glimpse into our Edinburgh experiences thus far over the past year.

Housesitting in Edinburgh with TrustedHousesitters

Amanda Walkins, freelance writer and housesitter for TrustedHousesitters, a woman petting an orange cat on her lap

An important thing to remember when using TrustedHousesitters and planning your housesits is the actual location.

For the security of the homeowners, exact addresses are not provided on their listings.

Generally, the closest city or town is used as the location. This is also how Airbnb and other similar sites work.

However, you have to remember: a home can be just three miles from town, but maybe there is no public transport there at all!

Asking about exact locations is really important before you commit, especially if you do not have a car and will have to rely on public buses or trains.

We learned that tough lesson (one of many) during our long-term house sit in Ireland.

Some homeowners will let you use their cars while they are away. This varies greatly and is often dependent upon insurance options, so don’t rely on this as a definitive option!

Two Labrador retrievers, one yellow and one brown, sitting side by side in a grassy field with small yellow flowers

Housesitting in Edinburgh could actually include a wide range of locations, many of which are not within the city limits themselves.

If your plans include checking out the tourist attractions and experiencing the city, you certainly want to check with the homeowners regarding the distance from home.

Keep in mind that your priority is to care for the pets and home, with your own adventures being secondary!

But, of course, it’s nice to actually explore a new area! That is part of the understanding when homeowners get free housesitting services.

If you’re taking care of cats, you generally have more time to wander from the home. Dogs typically require more consistent care.

Be sure to be very honest about your plans and your ability to be inside the home or not!

Communicating openly and honestly from the onset is vitally important for everyone’s benefit.

So, enough about the logistics, now on to our experiences housesitting in Edinburgh recently!

Read next: 7 easy day trips you can take from Edinburgh after your house sit is done.

Catsitting by the Beach

Missy, a black cat with green eyes, sitting on the floor beside a chair during catsitting.

Portobello is the seaside part of Edinburgh that was very popular in the mid-20th Century. It still attracts quite a crowd on those elusively sunny summer days.

We, however, were in Portobello during the middle of winter!

Alas, the Scots are not a meek folk. So even on blustery, freezing cold days, you’ll find folks walking along the beach and even enjoying a cup of tea al fresco.

Our catsit included two adorable and snuggly little moggies named Missy and Merlin. Moggies a common term for cats here in Scotland.

Merlin, a white and tabby cat, lying on a wood plank floor in an Edinburgh catsit with TrustedHousesitters.

Missy is getting on in years and needed a little extra medical attention and love. But she handled it so well and returned our affections so sweetly.

That’s an important consideration when you’re caring for other people’s furry family.

Do you feel comfortable giving medications? Make sure you understand what’s involved before a homeowner leaves and never be afraid to ask for clarification.

Mr. Merlin provided our entertainment! He preferred to offer a headbutt as a greeting and enjoyed trotting outside to scale the garden walls and survey his kingdom.

Combined, they kept us smiling and warm even during one of the area’s worst snowstorms.

The Menagerie in New Town

The Menagerie! These four were so stinkin’ precious and we were lucky enough to return for a second sit a few months later. Two labradors and two sister kitties and all four had personalities to boot!

two labrador retrievers cuddling on a carpeted floor

The location of this sit was New Town. That’s right in the heart of Edinburgh! And we even had access to some of the private New Town gardens.

This area of the city was well-planned and included many green spaces for the wealthy residents to enjoy.

They remain gated today, with only residents retaining keys to access them. As we were temporary residents, we made sure to enjoy as many of these special spaces as possible!

Being in the heart of the city allowed us to get out and about more often. That’s even though we never left the dogs alone for more than a few hours at a time.

A Husky in a Snowstorm

A Husky dog on a leash held by an out-of-sight dogsitter, standing on a snowy front path leading to a gate.

An advantage to housesitting more locally is that you can help out a homeowner for last-minute needs.

One lovely lady had a last-minute long weekend trip and needed someone to look after her husky.

She was well outside of city center, but thankfully the public transport options here are exceptional. I had no trouble at all taking the bus to her house.

Top tip: If you’re doing lots of UK travel by train with the same person, get a Two-Together Railcard to save some big money!

I spent a few days singing along with Mr. B’s husky songs. And he had a whale of a time in his natural element when a second big snowstorm came through the area.

If this had been a longer sit, I might have felt a little too isolated. But a few days to hang out and help her out were absolutely fine!

Happy Pups and Park Walks

housesitting in Edinburgh with TrustedHousesitters

Another housesit also took us outside of city center, but into a beautiful residential area close to very good friends of ours. This combination was ideal!

I had lovely parks to walk the two (and sometimes three) pups nearby. And I had plenty of peace and quiet to get some work done during the day.

And we even joined up for a wonderful walk with our friends and their pup, too!

With this sit, the homeowner asked us if we’d feel comfortable also walking her son’s dog occasionally when he had long shifts at work.

Three dogs seemed a bit daunting to me at first, since I would primarily be walking them alone. But she assured me that all three were easy and had excellent recall, so I gambled.

And I’m so glad I did!

Not only did we end up with a lovely third pup for a few of our days there, but we also got to meet her son and daughter-in-law. They then invited us over for a fabulous dinner at their house.

House and pet sitting has offered us the chance to snuggle lots of animals. But we’ve also met some extraordinary people along the way.

These folks were such a wonderful family and we felt so welcomed!

That’s my favorite part of traveling with TrustedHousesitters. Travel too often means little contact with locals outside of basic tourist interactions.

We have shared meals with homeowners in France, Ireland, Scotland, London, and Spain. We have been welcomed with open arms into homes that offer a glimpse into local life.

It’s truly been such a fabulous experience!

Catsitting at a Castle

In Edinburgh, a large grassy lawn leading to an old castle partially seen behind various trees.

After traipsing around London all summer and then gallivanting off to Spain for three months, we returned to Scotland for a two-week housesit with a shy cat on castle grounds.

Yes, castle. Because this is Scotland so that’s considered to be normal!

This sit was listed as Linlithgow, which has a train station with easy access into Edinburgh.

However, this lovely castle estate was nowhere within walking distance of public transport. It was vital that we had a car.

It didn’t bother me at all! Being at the house more meant I had more time to win over our hesitant kitty. And look who became my lapcat coworker in no time at all!

Amanda Walkins freelance writer and housesitter with TrustedHousesitters, a woman with glasses holding an orange cat in her lap

This was the first time these particular homeowners had used TrustedHousesitters, so they were a bit unsure about the process. I think they felt much better meeting us in person before the sit so they had a better idea for who was in their home.

We overlapped a full day and night with them before they left, which was a great chance to get to know each other and to assuage any concerns they might have had.

Luckily for us, they are a fantastic couple and we had such a blast hanging out with them that we didn’t even want them to leave on holiday!

About Housesitting with TrustedHousesitters

An out-of-view housesitter holds a glass of wine and an open laptop while overlooking a black dog and backyard of a large grey house in Edinburgh

These were just our recent experiences with house and pet sitting in and around Edinburgh last year. We have enjoyed these experiences immensely!

We’ve met some wonderful people, we’ve spent time with such precious cats and dogs, and we’ve lived in a wide variety of homes.

We’ve been so lucky to have had homeowners welcome us into their lives and to have been adopted by so many loving cats and dogs last year…it’s been such a treat!

Speaking of treats, that’s how we often buy the love of our new charges. We are not above it! Works like a charm 😉

Jonathan Clarkin, housesitter with TrustedHousesitters, crouching outside on a deck while petting two Labrador retrievers during a dogsit

If you’re considering housesitting with TrustedHousesitters, feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns you may have. I’m always happy to help and to share our experiences.

Read next: My house sitting experience while visiting Portsmouth (the English one, not the NH one!)

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