40 Reasons Why Edinburgh Is Fabulous!
Hootenanny - New Year's Eve is the biggest night on the calendar north of the border and Edinburgh is renowned as being one of the best places in the world to celebrate the bells chiming midnight "for auld lang syne..."
Highland Games - A hilarious version of the famous games as you battle it out in a series of crazy games with the help of hunks in kilts. Yum! See more...
JK Rowling - This lovely lady allegedly wrote her world-famous Harry Potter debut in Edinburgh's House Café while virtually penniless. She's now one of the world's richest women.
Havin' a Laugh! - The world famous comedy festival brings in the best comics from around the world to have a ruddy good giggle although hotel prices do rocket at this time of year.
On the A-list - Edinburgh has more listed buildings than anywhere in the world, probably because they're so drop dead gorgeous!
'Athens of the North' - This is one of Edinburgh's kinder nicknames, the city earned this moniker through its gorgeous architecture and philosophical influence during what is now known as the 'Scottish Enlightenment'.
The Bon Vivant - Beautiful, beautiful Bon Vivant bar. What would we do without you? Cocktails like the Woman of Paris and Bijou Provencal make this brilliant bar a must visit while in Edinburgh.
Escape Game - You'll need all the wit and determination of Sherlock Holmes to escape these puzzle-filled rooms in the hour time-limit, or will you be trapped forever? See more...
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - The famous author of the Sherlock Holmes books is said to have based his character on Professor Joseph Bell, who at the time of Doyle's writing was the President of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.
St. James Shopping - Head to this fabulous shopping arcade to find the usual high street suspects and a few fast food outlets to keep those rumbling tummies happy. Find out more...
The Hive - This club is always absolutely buzzing! The Hive is always packed with party-loving people making it the perfect spot for any Edinburgh hen party looking to get crazy on the dance floor.
Edinburgh Zoo - Cute baby animals and a fantastic breeding programme that is helping save endangered species are just two reasons to love the city's amazing zoo.
Bah Humbug! - Charles Dickens allegedly came up with the idea of his legendary character by misreading the tombstone of successful Edinburgh merchant Ebenezer Scoggie.
Sean Connery - Perhaps the sexiest bond of all time? Not only did Edinburgh born Connery have the looks and bod but he also had that super sexy accent. Shaken but never stirred.
Miracle Cures - 17th century Edinburgh locals were convinced that rubbing the burnt remains of dove's droppings on their heads would cure baldness. Nice!?!
The Stone of Destiny - Despite sounding like something out of The Lord of the Rings, 'The Stone of Destiny' is the traditional coronation stone of English and Scottish royalty and is kept at Edinburgh Castle.
...and the thief?!? - Although, it's widely suggested that 'The Stone of Destiny' was actually stolen and swapped for a fake at some point in history!
The Hanging Bat - The girls will love hanging out at this delightfully chic and effortlessly cool bar where you can try some tasty BBQ bites and The Bat's amazing wine list. A fantastic venue to start any Edinburgh hen do.
Recording Studio - Do you think you've got the lungs of Annie Lennox? Then belt out big tunes in our fabulous recording studio. See more...
Auld Reekie - Edinburgh's nickname is 'Auld Reekie'. Although it doesn't smell too bad these days, back in the day the streets were filled with smoke from the coal and wood burning in the city's homes and buildings. Ever heard of febreze?
Opal - This funky late-night-lounge is seriously stylish and once you've tasted the delicious Zombini or the silky smooth Berryccino you'll be more than ready to join Edinburgh's glitterati on Opal's dance floor.
Caddies - Although they're associated with Golf these days, in yesteryear a 'caddie' was a man hired to carry pails of water to the tenement flats in Edinburgh's Old Town.
Golf - With the likes of Michelle Wie putting the blokes to shame on the course, isn't it time that your party got to grips with a nine-iron? See more...
Twins - This fabulous city is twinned with Munich in Germany, Vancouver in Canada, Florence in Italy and many more wonderful cities worldwide!
Gail Porter - Talk about body confidence! There's nothing that Gail hasn't done in the worlds of TV and modelling, we wish we had an iota of her positive mental attitude; she's a real role model for women everywhere.
The Bay City Rollers - This Edinburgh based group rocked the world in the 70s with their harmony-tinged number one hits like Bye, Bye Baby and Give a Little Love.
Sneaky Pete's - Rocking nearly-weds will love this funky club for it's compact but energetic dance floor and it's vibrant, hip clientele. Sneaky Pete's also does some superb cocktails.
Holyrood Park - As well as being a beautiful green space, Holyrood Park has some fascinating history. The rock beneath the park was allegedly formed via the eruption of an ancient volcano that erupted 350,000,000 years ago! That's older than Louis Walsh!
Three Birds - Small, spirited and simply splendid, Three Birds is foodie heaven. Confit leg of duck and Lemon & thyme marinated chicken supreme head up a sterling menu full of delicious dining options.
Arthur's Seat - A sunlit walk up to Arthur's Seat is the perfect hangover cure. This spot is honestly gorgeous and it's a tremendously romantic place with plenty of wedding proposals happening here every year, just lovely.
The Witch Trials - Seriously spooky fact: The lovely looking Princes Street Gardens used to be the site of the city's witch trials. Women were tossed into the bog and if they floated, they were executed and if they drowned they were innocent, but a fat lot of good that did?!?
Life Drawing - Is beautiful Edinburgh igniting your creative spark? Explore your artistic side with a sensational life drawing activity where your model will be ab-solutely stunning! See more...
Burke and Hare - The city's infamous demonic duo of Burke & Hare killed at least 16 people to sell their cadavers to the Edinburgh's medical students in the 19th century. Thankfully, they were caught and Burke's body was ironically dissected by students in the most well-attended lecture in the Medical School's history!
Edinburgh Larder - This wonder is one of the city's top taste sensations. The Larder's menu has something for everyone and is the perfect setting for a special night out.
Edinburgh's Shame - At the top of Calton Hill is a neo-classical monument known as 'Edinburgh's Shame'. It was based on the Pantheon in Athens, but the project was abandoned because the money ran out.
Beer - We know it's not the most lady-like drink, but did you know that in the 16th century, Edinburgh brewing was usually done by the brewer's wife? Talk about taking all the credit!
Most Haunted - Edinburgh is allegedly one of the most haunted cities in the world. Fancy a bit of real life ghost hunting? Try one of our Haunted Hen Parties... we dare you! Read more...
Mons Meg - The huge cannon of Edinburgh Castle is fired once a day at 1pm #FYI. So try not to jump, it makes a bit of a racket!
The Lucky Liquor Company - This laid back bar is seriously lush, with chilled out, low maintenance surroundings as well as inventive and delicious cocktails like the Rhymenoceros it really is a must during any Edinburgh visit.
Cabaret Voltaire - Your alternative bride-to-be will love this cavernous club with quirky décor, top tunes, great cocktails and the best up-and-coming DJs behind the decks!
Edinburgh Spotlight - Local news, reviews and snaps of the city from the people who live here!
Edinburgh Foody - Top dining tips and the best cuisine in Edinburgh from a professional baker and foodie.
Beautiful Edinburgh - Discover the best places to visit with some amazing photos.
Lost Edinburgh - Vintage photos of Edinburgh from years gone by, simply wonderful!
- 1. The Old Town, for hidden retail gems and quirky eateries
- 2. The striking Edinburgh Castle above Princes Street Gardens
- 3. Buzzing festivals, with 100,000 festival guests each year
- 4. The exciting Royal Mile, buzzing with shops and bars
- 5. Five national galleries and countless museums
It's time for a hen party in Edinburgh!
Classy, atmospheric, and one of the best city break destinations in the country - it's no wonder that for a hen party, Edinburgh is one of the most popular cities we offer! It's got history, it's got the hottest nightlife, and it's got hundreds of activities to fill up your days too... in fact, we're struggling to think of anything that Edinburgh doesn't have! Edinburgh is a classy, cool, and highly desirable location for a hen party, ticking all the boxes and providing you with a quality weekend with the girls. Edgy and energising, there's no beating Edinburgh!
Why: What's so special about Edinburgh?
In Edinburgh, the traditional and the trendy combine to make a truly fantastic hen party destination. It's easily one of our top picks for stags and hens alike, with a stirring, vibrant atmosphere, terrific hospitality, and a thriving nightlife scene. The Old and New Towns are listed as World Heritage Sites, a testament to the beauty and class of the city - and the tourists drawn in by the gothic grandeur have transformed Edinburgh in to the perfect location, packed full of enticing venues like edgy bars, lively bistros, and decadent nightclubs! The busy, buzzing location ticks all the boxes for a brilliant Edinburgh hen party!
What: What can hen parties in Edinburgh do?
For daytime action, there are loads of fantastic activities around for hen parties in Edinburgh, from high adventure to unusual escapades to chilling with something a little more laid back. Pampering days or dance sessions are amongst the most popular, but if you fancy getting out with some hilarious Highland Games, or white-knuckle white water rafting, it's just as easily arranged and every bit as enjoyable! The pubs and clubs are just a short totter between one another and you really are spoilt for choice and range, with everything from classy cocktail bars to cool restaurants to thumping clubs - and, of course, the lively pubs! To figure out just where to go and what to do in Edinburgh, we've prepared an array of the finest day and evening options, so you can see just what an Edinburgh hen do is capable of including! If you go for an energetic or high octane morning activity, pizza making or afternoon tea for a long lunch, and a little evening entertainment like a strip show or casino entry before clubbing, there will still be plenty of time to fit in some shopping, sight-seeing, and a spa session - or just chatter with the girls!
When: When's the best time to visit Edinburgh
The city also attracts thousands of visitors for its huge calendar of annual events and festivals, like the notable Edinburgh International Film Festival. It's an exciting place to travel to anytime throughout the year and meets each season with new events and opportunities. The Beltane Fire Festival takes place in April with incredible fire displays and in July Taste of Edinburgh brings delicious flavours to the city. Edinburgh's world famous Fringe Festival takes place in August with a huge range of performers, and the Edinburgh International Festival is also in August making it nearly impossible to get a room! In October there's the authentic Scottish International Storytelling Festival and over the winter months the Traditional Highland Village opens with Scottish foodie treats and a glittering big wheel.
Shop: Edinburgh shopping areas & recommendations
As you'd expect of a major international capital Edinburgh offers a rewarding shopping experience, with bustling high streets, cutting edge fashion stores and a collection of unique Scottish jewellery shops. If you're after a bit of style then head to the huge Harvey Nichols on St Andrews Square, a store packed with designer names. Just off the square is Multrees Walk, a shopping centre housing some top designers, including Armani, Louis Vuitton and Mulberry. If you and the girls fancy a little high street retail therapy before you depart then head to Princes Street, which is home to Zara, Gap, H&M and plenty more. And if you make your way up Royal Mile, there are plenty of souvenir shops perfect for finding a traditional Scottish keepsake to remind you of the weekend!
How: Ok, we're sold. How do we get there?
There is an airport in Edinburgh, taking flights principally from London. Since it's 10 miles outside the city, there are a few different bus services connecting the airport to the city centre. Edinburgh has a few train stations, running lines from both England and Scotland, if you fancy coming in by rail. If you'd rather drive, it's straight up on the M1 if you're coming from the south, or down on the M90 if you're driving in from deeper Scotland. From Glasgow, head east on the M8. Parking in Edinburgh isn't always the easiest, and it's second only to London in terms of congestion, so check whether your accommodation provides parking before driving over.
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