Explore stunning Edinburgh with a city break to Scotland’s capital. Edinburgh is split into two parts: the historic architecture of the ‘Old Town’ set alongside the bustling ‘New Town’. This city is unique in just how much it offers visitors to do and see both day and night.
There are too many stunning walks and locations to mention; but let’s take a minute to highlight a few that you shouldn’t miss. Towering majestically over the heart of the city centre is Edinburgh Castle: situated upon the volcanic crag known as ‘Castle Rock’ which can be reached by a leisurely stroll up the brimming-with-character Royal Mile. If walking isn’t for you, the castle can be viewed from the beautiful Princes Street Gardens where you enjoy a pit stop for coffee, lunch or a visit to the National Galleries of Scotland. You can venture downhill to the Saturday markets of Stockbridge and enjoy a stroll along the Water of Leith. Still within walking distance is the monumental Arthur’s Seat and Salisbury’s Crags: an extinct volcano that rises above Dunsapie Loch. There are many walking routes of varying degrees of difficulty; all offering spectacular views of the capital. Edinburgh also offers a fantastic array of independents shops, bars and eateries. We would recommend setting aside some time to spend in George Street, St Andrews Square, Thistle Street or a visit to the The Shore.
BookYourHotels is delighted to be able to offer our clients exclusive members’ rates to stay at the Rocco Forte’s Balmoral Hotel situated at No.1 Princess Street. The Grand Tower Clock is one of the many stunning features of this famous landmark building. All Scots know that the clock isn’t quite on time, having been set three minutes early due to the hotel’s location at Waverly Train Station.
This gracious hotel offers the very best in traditional Scottish hospitality with a contemporary twist for all who visit. There are 168 bedrooms and 20 suites to choose from ranging from from the Classic Room to the J.K. Rowling Suite. The Rowling Suite was given its name after the author chose to stay there while completing the magical story of Harry Potter. If you are lucky enough to book this suite, you can see the signed marble.
The Balmoral offers a fantastic range of dining options the Brasserie Prince serves mouth-watering French cuisine whilst award-winning afternoon tea is available at the Palm Court. If exquisite cocktails and less formal nibbles are what you are looking for, head to the Prince Bar. Alternatively, dress for dinner at the Michelin-starred Number One. For the discerning Whiskey lover, there are over 500 to choose your nightcap from.
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Recently, the Balmoral has introduced ‘The Curfew Club’ for its guests: “When the nationwide curfew kicks in every evening, retreat to the comfort of your room or suite” and choose from a variety of movies, in-room dining, Cocktail Creations and Virtual Whisky Tastings all from the comfort of your private room. Undoubtedly there is plenty on offer at this Rocco Forte hotel; but if you should choose to step outside for dinner we have some fantastic recommendations right on our doorstep.
The Devil’s Advocate
Just a short walk from The Balmoral this intimate bar and restaurant is situated in the historic and atmospheric Old Town of Edinburgh, hidden away in Advocate’s Close. Offering a range of classic Scottish dishes with a twist, delicious cocktails, wines and whiskies. Throughout the year you can enjoy a nightcap on the outdoor terrace complete with blankets and candlelit surroundings.
The Witchery By The Castle
You’ll find The Witchery situated at the very top of the Royal Mile overlooking the castle esplanade just before Edinburgh Castle, immerse yourself in the magical and ethereal surroundings of The Witchery, a truly hidden gem in Edinburgh, you will dine in candlelight.
This spectacular Champagne Loft offers more stunning views of the Capital enjoy small plates and drinks on the terrace or in intimate fire lit snugs inside the bar.
Tucked away on Queen Street, Bramble isn’t the most obvious cocktail bar in Edinburgh but it could be said it’s one of the best. A relaxed intimate setting with low ceilings, white-washed walls, alcoves and sofas it’s the perfect date spot for couples in the city looking to get away from the hustle and bustle, there really is something special about this place.
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We will close in recommending that should you wish to venture outside the capital invest in a hire car. You should pack your walking boots and kagools through to your best cocktail dress and black tie suit as you could be climbing a hill by day and dining in one of the finest restaurants by evening. The beauty of Scotland lies in its breath taking landscapes and scenery no matter the weather. We cannot recommend highly enough basing yourself at The Balmoral Hotel while planning your travels across Scotland, where you will be sure of assistance from the warm and friendly team.