Historic, beautiful and bursting with character, Edinburgh is celebrated as one of the most attractive cities on the planet. From the grandeur of Edinburgh Castle to the natural beauty of Arthur’s Seat, Scotland’s captivating capital has a plethora of experiences to offer. To get you inspired, we’ve put together a collection of our favorite insider tips for visiting the Burgh.
Described by Cosmopolitan as ‘one of the seven wonders of the hotel world’ and Time Out as ‘dark, gothic and thoroughly theatrical,’ The Witchery by the Castle is a high end boutique hotel for travelers with a taste for extravagance. Its nine hidden rooms sit at the foot of magnificent Edinburgh Castle which further adds to the aura of grandeur. Inside, suites boast suitably sumptuous features including antique furniture, oak panel walls, silver roll top double baths, leather walled washrooms, intricate wall tapestries, four poster beds and incredible views over the city. We love the way the designers have blended Edinburgh’s dark and dramatic with chic contemporary style!
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Edinburgh is a mecca for foodies, with access to some of the freshest and tastiest ingredients on the planet. For a fancy night out, The Pompadour by Galvin comes highly recommended. The breathtakingly glamorous dining room is a sight to behold while the French inspired menu and impressive wine list are designed to delight. For casual lunches and evening meals head south to Tollcross and hit up the newly opened The Timberyard. The warehouse conversion is trendy yet unpretentious, with a focus on sustainability and fine Scottish ingredients.
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It may be a little on the touristy side but The Dome is celebrated as one of Edinburgh’s most popular drinking holes or a reason. The spectacular building is awe strikingly elegant and is perfectly positioned in the heart of George St. Monteiths is our pick of the royal Mile bunch, decked out with leather wing chairs, Chesterfield sofas and a roaring fire place. Sip on one of their exclusive in-house cocktails or order a dram of Edinburgh’s finest whisky. For beer lovers, The Hanging Bat pours a huge selection of boutique brews from around the nation.
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Whether you’re on a whirlwind trip or enjoy the luxury of time, Edinburgh is definitely not lacking things in to do. A tour of Edinburgh castle is a great way to get a feel for Scotland’s regal history and setting your sights on the crown jewels is definitely something to tick off the bucket list. Those with itchy feet can sweat it up Arthur’s seat which offers incredible views over the city. Day trips to nearby castles and lochs offer a glimpse of Scotland’s world famous scenery while spending the day in Leith, Stockbridge, Portobello or Cramond is a great way to escape the crowds and get a feel for authentic Edinburgh.
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For a classic Edinburgh shopping experience a visit to the ultra-luxurious Jenners is an absolute must. The high end department store stocks a diverse range of international brands, as well as some cherry picked Scottish designers. George St and Harvey Nichols are famous for high street designer stores while nearby Stockbridge is home to some of Scotland’s best independent boutiques.
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