A city steeped in fine food, dramatic history and a veritable river of whisky to warm the cockles. We sent our Edinburgh Destination Specialist, Jamie B, on a mission to get a taste of the very best this world-famous party city has to offer.
At GoHen we take pride in visiting all our cities in person to get the best deals for our hens and ensure we get the highest quality of hen fun and accommodation. So here’s our guide to your Edinburgh hen weekend…
Best Bar For Laughs
Tiger Lily – Swanky, upmarket and with a cocktail list as long as your arm. Turns out I have very long arms and the next day I had a very sore head and a weird memory of challenging the barman to an arm wrestle (he tactfully declined). This is a place to get dressed up, and the food is fantastic.
Tiger Lily – 125 George St, EH2 4JN
Best Local Poison
Well clearly, it’s the whisky. Now don’t worry if you’re not normally a whisky drinker, you can still enjoy it in all kinds of forms, on puddings, in cakes, in ice cream, you can get whisky flavoured fudge (although, in Scotland, they have ‘tablet’). The city does have plenty of amazing cocktail bars so if you want to enjoy the whisky, but find it a little harsh neat, that could be the way to go.
Best Local Bar
More than just a single bar, the Royal Mile runs from the Castle all the way downhill to the Queen’s Holyrood Palace. It’s actually more than a mile, it’s also packed in amazing and very old bars and pubs. If you want a real sense of the city and its history, then the mile is definitely a walk that is enhanced by the friendly locals and a wee dram along the way.
Edinburgh Party Areas
Grassmarket – It’s here you’ll find more of the local bars and pubs, while the mile does have a bit of a tourist feel, Grassmarket is where Edinburgh’s party crowd can be found every night of the week.
Cowgate – Packed full of more modern bars, Cowgate is also home to some of the city’s biggest and best clubs.
George Street – This is the slick-looking Edinburgh, trendy bars, fancy diners and good times!
Top 5 Things to Do in Edinburgh
- Boozy Afternoon Tea Bus – Delicious afternoon tea with cakes and booze served on a double-decker bus!
- Highland Games – A mix of traditional games and some hilarious hen party alternatives.
- Ghost Tour – A spooky tour of this incredible, historic city and it’s often murky past.
- Harry Potter Tour – Discover the parts of the city that inspired JK Rowling’s Harry Potter books.
- Cocktail Potions – Grab your wands and try working your own magic on some tasty cocktail potions.
If you’ve never sampled haggis, then Edinburgh is the place. Forget the terrible the tales, it is essentially spicy sausage and it is absolutely amazing. You can have it served traditionally or get a modern twist with a haggis burger and whisky chaser.
JK Rowling lived in Edinburgh while writing her famous series of books, so it’s no surprise to find her influence everywhere including this amazing wizard themed escape room which is one of my favourite activities in this or any other city. Brilliant fun!
Read more about the Harry Potter Escape Room.
Best Way to Get About the City
There is a really good tram service that runs directly from the airport to the city centre. Most of the city is small enough to navigate by foot but, be warned, there are a lot of steep slopes and you’ve never seen so many steps! However, it really is well worth it and if the steps get too much you can always grab a cab.
Top Edinburgh Tip
Go native. This is an amazing city; it has some wonderful sights, but it’s well worth getting off the tourist trail and discovering the real city. You’ll find the prices are better and the city just has some of the most incredible food and drinks.
Anything to Declare
I’m lucky, I’m in a job where I get paid to travel to amazing destinations and explore the best they have to offer. You’d think I’d know better than to eat and drink too much. But no, I really don’t. I returned from Edinburgh knowing I’d eaten and drunk too much and would need to work that off at rugby training. Yet, the thing is, in Edinburgh, it’s totally worth it. I love the city, there’s always something new sight to see and new foods and drinks to sample. I already can’t wait for my next visit!