Standing proudly atop Castle Rock for over 900 years, this ancient stronghold has weathered many a siege in its long history. Home to the Honours of Scotland, the oldest Crown jewels in Britain, the castle has many hidden details which whisper stories of our past. Built on an extinct volcano, discover how the castle has transitioned between a royal residence, prison, military garrison, and a fortress.
In the centre of Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site, Princes Street Gardens is a harmonic synthesis of geological, architectural, and botanical attractions. Even in winter, the carefully chosen array of plants form exquisite displays. Joining the Old and New Town, statues feature influential Scotsmen, memorials, and other miscellaneous sculptures and fountains. Meander through the greenery with your camera poised to take beautiful images at every turn.
From November to January, Edinburgh Christmas Market winds its way through town, celebrating all things festive. Featuring seasonal produce and small businesses, the market is a great way to discover the best that Edinburgh has to offer in one spot. Hop on one of the fairground rides or admire the live performances showcasing local talent. For refreshments, why not try a mulled Irn Bru?
To try the very best of Scottish food and drink, you’ve got to visit Amber at the Scotch Whisky Experience. With a stylish yet casual atmosphere, their twenty years of experience make them quietly confident in their sumptuous dishes. Knowledgeable staff will guide you through the seasonal, ever-changing menu and accompanying drinks. Be sure to ask for a whisky recommendation, and enjoy a taste tour of Edinburgh.
A boutique distillery, Edinburgh Gin is still created in our city despite growing into a globally recognised brand. Guided tours reveal the rich history of gin production in our capital, and offer a behind the scenes look at the stills, named Flora and Caledonia, in action. Each unique gin and gin liqueur tastes even better once you’ve learnt the stories behind them.
Picturesque and tranquil, Dean Village is an oasis within the city. Once home to many water mills, a wander down the river reveals the remains of this town's industrial past. Keep an eye out for hidden millstones and plaques throughout the village, some ornamented with carvings of bread and pies. Absorb more culture in a local art gallery, or take a stroll down the Water of Leith.
Behind a vintage barbershop front lies this prohibition-style speakeasy, a hidden gem on Queen Street. Extraordinary, original cocktails are accompanied by a wide range of craft beers, with a strong focus on supporting local. Number 32 on ‘The World's 50 Best Bars’ list, it’s the only bar in Scotland to achieve the recognition. All are welcome, as long as you keep it hush hush.
On our boutique hotel's doorstep lies the UK’s largest all-seated theatre. Hosting the biggest names in music, comedy, and the dramatic arts, Edinburgh Playhouse is a must-visit. This Grade I listed building opened in 1929, and was initially used as a cinema. Boasting many original features, you’ll be in awe of the exceptionally decorated interior. Watch out for ghosts, it’s rumoured to be haunted.