Welcome to the Holyrood ApartHOTEL

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for choosing to stay with us at the Holyrood ApartHOTEL.

We aim to provide an exceptional level of care and quality and want to ensure that each and every one of our guests has a personable and memorable experience whilst staying with us. To make sure your experience is both enjoyable and comfortable we have compiled this guest directory which will provide you with everything you may need to know about our apartments.


Leon Kiteley

General Manager


Can’t find what you are looking for?

Our reception is available 24 hours a day and our team will be able to assist you with any questions that you may have.

T: +44(0)131 524 3200
E: info@holyroodaparthotel.com

Important Information

Guest Safety, Comfort, and Well-Being

To ensure that all of our guests have a safe & enjoyable stay with us we ask that all guests follow our house rules:

  • That all guest vacate their apartment by 11 am on the day of departure. Requests for a late check out are possible but depending on occupancy levels. Please note that a charge for late check-out is applicable.
  • Please consider other guests in respect of noise levels. Many of our guests are families, who have small children.
  • As a fire precaution, we do not allow the use of candles or other open flames within the apartments. As a fire precaution, we ask for all residents under no circumstances to drape flammable objects such as towels or clothing, etc over light fittings or heaters.
  • The fire alarms are tested weekly on Tuesdays at 12:30 pm.
  • Please refrain from smoking in all areas of the building. There is an ashtray outside in our car park in the basement for your convenience. Please note that smoking in non-smoking areas is illegal in Scotland and offenders may be prosecuted.

Our guests are required to provide a pre-authorisation on a credit or debit card upon arrival. The pre-authorisation amount is £50 per apartment and is to cover any extras or incidents that may occur whilst you are staying with us. Please note that a pre-authorisation is not a payment and is held by your bank and will be released to you upon departure if no incidences occur whilst you stay with us. Depending on your bank the pre-authorisation may take up to 9-10 working days to be released.

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Appliance Instructions


  1. Press the right-hand button to turn the power on.
  2. Turn the first dial to the desired cooking format (fan/grill etc)
  3. Turn the second dial to the temperature required.


All rooms have a dishwasher for you to take full advantage of during your stay. Should you have any issues or need assistance on how to use the dishwasher please contact reception.

The tablets of detergent for the dishwasher are located in one of the drawers in the kitchen.

Unwrap the tablet, open the detergent drawer in the inside of the dishwasher door, place the tablet in the drawer, and trap it in the lid.


Washing powder can be found under the sink.

The soap dispenser drawer is situated at the top left of the machine.

Put washing powder in chamber II, the largest on the left, approximately 2 tablespoons of powder for a full load and 1 tablespoon for a half load. Washing powder for chamber II can be found in the container under the sink. The middle chamber is for last rinse additions e.g. Fabric conditioner Chamber I is for detergent for pre-wash programs.

Programme Selection

Turn the programme dial to select a wash programme

The first section is for cotton, The second section is for synthetic and mixed fabrics. Wait for the “STOP” indicator light to flash

Adding a Drying Programme

Once the dial is set, press the dry button, third from the left in the row of buttons, with a sun symbol. Continue to press this button until the desired selection is indicated. Time selections will dry for selected times and sensor selections will dry for automatically selected times based on weight and dampness of laundry.

After Washing

The indicator “STOP” light will go on. About two minutes after the programme has finished the door lock will be released and the “Door Security” indicator light will go out. Switch off the machine by turning the selector dial to the “OFF” position.

Open the door using the key button and remove the laundry.


To operate the shower turn the dial above the taps anti-clockwise to start the shower. To increase temperature continue to turn the dial anti-clockwise.


The heater & air conditioning unit is controlled by remote control.

The remote is mounted on the wall away from the heater near the entrance of the room. Turn on using the orange button.

To heat the room press the MODE button until a triangle is displayed pointing towards the sun symbol. use the up arrow to raise the temperature. It takes up to 10 minutes to start producing heat, keeps the fan at medium speed, to begin with. To cool the room press the MODE button until the triangle points towards the snowflake symbol. Use the down arrow to lower the temperature.

Heated Towel Rails

The heated towel rail is controlled by a time clock located outside the main door of the apartment., in the small entranceway. The timer may be set to ON, OFF, or AUTO.

Heat Detectors

Please ensure the cooker extractor fan is switched on to full power whilst cooking or using the toaster. In the event of the fire alarm in the kitchen being activated due to non-emergency situations, please silence the alarm by pressing the corner, which is marked HUSH.

Should the fire alarm go off reception staff, having been alerted by the fire system, will phone to ensure everything is ok. Please answer this call promptly as if no reply is given immediately the fire brigade may be called.

The alarm should NEVER be silenced in the event of a real fire, no matter how small.

There are several Break Glass points throughout public areas of the building. These can be used if a genuine fire takes place.

Furthermore, fire blankets are located in every apartment’s kitchen.


These instructions will walk you through the steps for using the safe in your apartment to securely store your valuables.

When you first check in the safe door will be locked with the door left open. This is to allow our guests to set their own code for the duration of their stay with us.


How to Set a New Code

Step One – On the inside of the safe door press the small red button which is located on the far right. Once you have pressed the red button the display screen will read “set code”


Step Two – Enter a memorable code of your choice from 3-8 numbers and confirm by pressing the “start” button. The display screen will read “in” which confirms that the new code has been set.


To Gain Access to the Safe

Step One – To gain access press “start” enter your code and then press the “start” button again. The light will flash green, you may now turn the dial to open the safe.



When checking out please leave the safe door open so that it is ready for our next guest.

Services & Equipment Available

Do You Offer Daily Room Service?

We are committed to providing our customers with the highest level of service while staying true to our environmental and social values. In order to minimise our impact on the environment, we have made the decision to eliminate daily housekeeping. By reducing unnecessary power, water, and linen usage, we hope to contribute to a more sustainable future. If guests desire additional housekeeping services during their stay, our front-of-house team will be more than happy to assist upon request.

Breakfast Hampers

Our breakfast hampers are ideal for those guests looking to start the day slow and enjoy a selection of continental breakfast items in their apartment before exploring the Scottish capital.

Our breakfast hampers are available to purchase for £7.50 per person per day and provide the following:

Bread, Milk, Orange Juice, A selection of Jams, A selection of Cereals & Muesli, Butter, Walker Oatcakes, Cheese & Scottish Shortbread.

To order your breakfast hamper please speak to one of our reception team upon arrival or add it as an enhancement when making your reservation via our website. If you have any dietary requirements we ask that you contact us prior to ordering to ensure that the products included within our hamper are suitable.

These are available subject to availability

Room Service

We are working with our partners room-service.net to offer our guests a food delivery service.

Browse their list of local restaurants, convenience stores, and off-licenses. Get your breakfast, lunch dinner, and groceries delivered straight to you.

How do you order?

  1. Visit www.Room-Service.net
  2. Enter Hotel Code HOLY
  3. Choose Restaurant & Food
  4. Check Out & Pay

Payments Methods Accepted

VISA | MasterCard | American Express | Apple Pay | PayPal | Alipay | WeChat Pay

Please note that the Holyrood Aparthotel is not responsible for this service.

Luggage Storage

Guest can store their luggage after check-in in our fitness room which is unsecured and any items are left at the owner’s risk. Sadly we do not store luggage for non-residents.

Dry-Cleaning, Laundry & Pressing Services

A laundry bag and laundry card are located in the bedroom wardrobe.

Please fill out the card with the service required, the number of items, and your name, and your apartment number. Please place the completed card inside the bag and hand it to the reception.

Laundry deposited in reception by 8.30 am will be returned on the same day no later than 6.30 pm. Otherwise, laundry will be returned the next working day. Please note that no laundry service is available on Sundays.


All guests are issued with a keycard upon check-in.

The key operates the following:

  • Apartment doors
  • The energy box which operates the lights and heaters in your apartment
  • Main entrance door at reception when locked (located underneath the intercom)

In the interest of security, please keep the keycard safe at all times. If the keycard is misplaced, please contact Reception.

Please be advised that keeping your keycard near a source of magnetism, such as a mobile phone, will wipe the information from the card.


Our reception staff is more than happy to order taxis for our guests. The reception will normally call your apartment once your taxi has arrived.

If you would like to book one directly then we can recommend the following taxi company:

City Cabs


Tel: 0131 228 1211

See below for further transportation services that may be required:

Car Hire

Arrangements can be made for self-drive cars with all the major international car-hire companies. If you require a self-drive car or chauffeur-driven limousine, please contact reception.

We can recommend the following car rental companies:

Budget Car Rental


Tel: 0844 544 9064

Hertz Car Rental


Tel: 0843 309 3026



Edinburgh Trams run frequently from Edinburgh Airport to York Place.

Tickets can be bought from the machines at each tram stop.

Airport Transfer

Bus’s, taxi’s and people carriers can be arranged by reception to transfer you to the airport. A taxi to the airport costs approximately £20.


The blue Airlink bus runs frequently between Waverley Bridge and Edinburgh Airport. The journey takes approximately 35 minutes.


We are happy for you to order via a delivery service to your apartments such as Deliveroo or Uber Eats delivery. Just ask them to pop it into reception for a contact-free delivery. Remember to keep an eye on your app so you know when it has arrived and please notify reception so that they are aware.

Wake Up Calls

As Reception is open 24 hours, it is possible to order a wake-up call for any time of day or night.


Newspapers are available to be delivered to the apartment by request. The cost will be charged to the guest’s account and made payable on departure.


The Holyrood Aparthotel has its own onsite gym for the use of its guests for no additional charge. Whether you are looking to carry out your daily fitness routine or train for a marathon our gym is available 24hr a day. Our gym has a treadmill, exercise bike, cross trainer, weight bench, and free weights.

Car Parking

The Holyrood Aparthotel offers onsite chargeable parking and is located to the rear of the property.

Car parking costs £20 for the day from the hours of 3 pm to 11 am. Availability after these hours will depend on availability.

Please note that parking is on a first come first serve basis. Guests should pre-book prior to arrival to ensure a car parking space is available.

Please note Edinburgh now operates a Low Emission Zone (LEZ) for further information please visit www.edinburgh.gov.uk


Need directions?

The car park is located on Hammermen’s Entry, and accessible from the back of the property, click here for directions

We are here to help!

Do you have any questions regarding car parking? We are here to help, please feel free to contact us and we will be happy to answer any questions that you may have. Alternatively, you can visit our FAQs page which may answer your questions.

Equipment Available

Your apartment contains the following items:

The following items can be found in either the bedroom wardrobe or chest of drawers:

  • Hairdryer
  • Iron & Ironing board
  • Safe

The following items can be found in the Kitchen: 

  • Glasses
  • Cutlery
  • Crockery
  • Pots & Pans
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Washing Machine Soap
  • Washing-Up Liquid
  • Washing-Up Cloth
  • Tea Towels
  • Dishwasher Tablets


Please Note:

Glasses may be found in the cupboard under the tv in your lounge if you are staying in one of the two-bed apartments. 


Having issues finding something?

If you cannot find the item you require then please contact a member of our reception team.


Wi-Fi Access

Wi-Fi is available throughout the premises.

There is no password required.

If you are experiencing problems with the service please contact Reception by dialing zero (0) on the phone in your apartment.


Your Apartment Telephone

Direct Dial Number

All apartments have a direct dial number displayed on the telephones. For confirmation of this number please contact reception.

Telephone Charges

Please note that charges may apply when regional,  national, international, and mobile calls are made.

Telephone Directory

Dial the following numbers to access these services:

Reception – 0

Outside line – 9

Operator – (9) 100

Directory Enquiries – (9) 118 500

International Operator – (9) 118 505


International Dialing Codes

Australia – (9) 00 61

Belgium – (9) 00 32

Canada – (9) 00 1

Finland  – (9) 00 358

France  – (9) 00 33

Germany – (9) 00 49

Greece – (9) 00 30

Hong Kong – (9) 00 852

Hungary – (9) 00 36

India – (9) 00 91

Ireland (Republic of) – (9) 00 353

Italy – (9) 00 39

Japan – (9) 00 81

Luxembourg – (9) 00 352

Netherlands – (9) 00 31

New Zealand – (9) 00 64

Norway (9) 00 47

Poland – (9) 00 48

Portugal – (9) 00 351

South Africa – (9) 00 27

Spain – (9) 00 34

Sweden – (9) 00 46

Switzerland – 0 41

USA  – (9) 00 1


If you experience any difficulties, please do not hesitate to contact reception by dialing 0

Onsite Car Parking

Car Parking

The Holyrood Aparthotel offers onsite chargeable parking and is located to the rear of the property.

Car parking costs £15 for the day from the hours of 3 pm to 11 am. Availability after these hours will depend on availability.

Please note that parking is on a first come first serve basis. We suggest that all guests pre-book prior to arrival to ensure a car parking space is available.

Need directions?

The car park is located on Hammermen’s Entry, and accessible from the back of the property, click here for directions

We are here to help!

Do you have any questions regarding car parking? We are here to help, please feel free to contact us and we will be happy to answer any questions that you may have. Alternatively, you can visit our FAQs page which may answer your questions.


Our Commitment to a Safe & Enjoyable Stay

Here at the Holyrood ApartHotel, the safety, comfort, and well-being of you and our team is our main priority. Therefore, we have acted, in line with the government’s guidance, to ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable stay in one of our apartments. As the government guidelines are ever-changing you can click here to view our list of the changes we have made to ensure our guests and staff safety is prioritised.

If you have any questions then please do contact us

01315602064 | info@holyroodaparthotel.com

Given the high volume of inquiries, it may take longer than usual for our teams to respond.

Emergency Services & Procedures

Emergency Services Contact Information

Emergency Services

To obtain Emergency services directly from your apartment, please dial 9 followed by 999.

The switchboard operator will then ask for the service required; fire, ambulance, or police, and the address of the property.

In any emergency situation, or for general assistance, please do not hesitate to contact Reception

Emergency Medical Services


Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh

51 Little France Crescent,

Old Dalkeith Road, EH16 4SA

Tel: 0131 536 1000


NHS 24 Help Line: 111

Emergency Dentist Service

NHS 24 Help Line: 111

Chemist & Pharmacy

Royal Mile Pharmacy

67 High Street, EH1 1SR

Tel: 0131 556 1971


40-44 North Bridge, EH1 1QN

Tel: 0131 220 1879



In the event of fire contact the fire brigade immediately by using the apartment phone. Dial 9 followed by 999 and asking for the fire service. Next, activate the fire alarms within the building by smashing one of the ‘Break Glass’ boxes located in the common landing areas. Under no circumstance should guests attempt to tackle fires themselves.

Fire Evacuation Procedures

On hearing the fire alarm please leave the apartment immediately.

Do not use the lift, but use the stairwell to get to the 2nd floor, and exit the building using the main entrance.

The assembly point is opposite Architecture and Design Scotland building, turn left as you leave the main entrance & walk straight ahead until you reach the concrete wall.

Only exit via the car park entrance if the main entrance is blocked.

Fire Alarm Testing

The fire alarms are tested weekly on Tuesdays at 12:30 pm.


Local Transportation Providers

Car Hire

Arrangements can be made for self-drive cars with all the major international car-hire companies. If you require a self-drive car or chauffeur-driven limousine, please contact reception.

We can recommend the following car rental companies:

Budget Car Rental


Tel: 0844 544 9064

Hertz Car Rental


Tel: 0843 309 3026


Arrangements can be made for taxis with one of our local companies. If you require a taxi then, please feel free to contact reception.

We also recommend the following taxi company:

City Cabs


Tel: 0131 228 1211


Edinburgh Trams run frequently from Edinburgh Airport to York Place.

Tickets can be bought from the machines at each tram stop.

Airport Transfer

Bus’s, taxi’s and people carriers can be arranged by reception to transfer you to the airport. A taxi to the airport costs approximately £20.


The blue Airlink bus runs frequently between Waverley Bridge and Edinburgh Airport. The journey takes approximately 35 minutes.

Bus, Train & Tram Information

You can access all of the information required to travel around and out of our city by the following local transport providers:


Lothian Buses have over 50-day bus routes across Edinburgh and the Lothians. Visit their website for bus routes timetables, and ticket information: www.lothianbuses.com

If you are traveling to the borders then Border Buses is the company that covers this network. Visit their website for bus routes timetables and ticket information:


Edinburgh Bus Station is located (Elder Street, EH1 3DX) in St Andrew’s Square, in the east of the city center. It is only 5 minutes walk away from Waverley train station and from the Airlink 100 bus, the Airport Express Shuttle.

The following bus companies operate via this station: 
  • CityLink – Scotland’s cities and bigger towns.
  • Megabus – Part of the Stagecoach group serving Scotland, England, and Wales.
  • Stagecoach – Connects Scotland’s towns and cities.
  • National Express – Edinburgh to London bus route.


Edinburgh Waverley railway station is the principal station serving the city although there is also Haymarket which is located in the East end. Waverley is within a short walk from our property and located in the city center on Princes Street (Princes St, Edinburgh EH1 1BB).

The following train companies operate via this station: 

  • LNER.
  • Avanti West Coast.
  • CrossCountry.
  • Transpennine Express.
  • ScotRail.

Visit their website for further information.

In need of train tickets?

Click here to start planning your journey.


Edinburgh Trams is a 14-kilometer line between York Place in the New Town and Edinburgh Airport, with 16 stops. Click here to view the route map and obtain further information.


The blue Airlink bus runs frequently between Waverley Bridge and Edinburgh Airport. The journey takes approximately 35 minutes. Click here to learn more about the routes.

What to do in Edinburgh


We are here to help you build a list of Edinburgh’s Top Attractions so that you can have the best itinerary for your visit to Edinburgh. Designed to suit all tastes and budgets, whether you are visiting for a short weekend away with friends or perhaps a week with your family our city has something to offer everyone.

From family days out to cultural pursuits, Edinburgh’s top attractions satisfy all tastes, including some of Scotland’s most visited free and paid-for attractions. The city’s backdrop of Arthur’s Seat, the Pentland Hills, and Edinburgh’s Waterfront make the city a remarkable place to visit.

Here are some of Edinburgh’s Top Attractions

Edinburgh Castle

Situated at the top of the Royal Mile on top of Castle Rock, Edinburgh Castle is the number one visitor attraction in Scotland and the most iconic building in the city.

Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NG (website)

Edinburgh Zoo

A fantastic day out for all the family, Edinburgh Zoo is only a short bus ride from the city center and home to over 1,000 fabulous animals, including the UK’s only giant pandas. The Zoo is situated in beautiful parkland settings and includes fabulous flamingos, cute koalas, and cheeky chimpanzees.

134 Corstophine Road, Edinburgh EH12 6TS (website)

Our Dynamic Earth

It starts with a bang – a big bang!  Learn about the creation of our planet and travel through time as we explore Earth’s past, present, and future.

Holyrood Road, Edinburgh EH8 8AS (website)

The Edinburgh Dungeon

Uncover Edinburgh’s grisly history at The Edinburgh Dungeon – if you dare! Laugh and scream your way through this fantastic visitor attraction, where you’ll come face to face with Scotland’s ravenous cannibals, discover the secrets of the Green Lady and have a close encounter with Edinburgh’s infamous killer duo Burke and Hare.

31 Market St, Edinburgh EH1 1DF (website)

Camera Obscura

Camera Obscura and World of Illusions – where seeing is not believing!

Welcome to the oldest visitor attraction in Edinburgh, delighting visitors since 1835. Don’t miss this Aladdin’s cave filled with illusions, tricks, puzzles, hands-on experiences, and unbelievable effects to experience and interact with.

Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2ND (website)

National Museum of Scotland

Discover the delights of the natural world, explore world cultures, and enthuse at treasures from around the world.  Featuring a diverse range of art and design exhibits, interactive displays, and games, a visit to the National Museum of Scotland will appeal to all ages.

Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1JF (website)

National Galleries of Scotland

Edinburgh is home to three of the National Galleries of Scotland (website): the National Gallery on the Mound, the Portrait Gallery on Queen Street, and the Gallery of Modern Art on Belford Road. Offering a mixture of permanent art collections and exciting visiting exhibitions, a visit to the galleries is a great day out for art lovers.

The Scottish National Gallery

In the heart of Edinburgh, the Scottish National Gallery boasts some of the world’s finest art by the likes of Rembrandt, Monet, and Raphael.

The Mound, Edinburgh EH2 2EL

Scottish National Portrait Gallery

This beautiful red sandstone building can be found in the New Town and is home to over 3,000 portraits of men, women, and children from Scotland and beyond.

1 Queen Street, Edinburgh EH2 1JD

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

Just a short taxi ride from the city centre, the Scottish Gallery of Modern Art has three main spaces: Modern One hosts the gallery’s permanent collection, Modern Two has ever-changing exhibitions and displays, and an expansive park full of fascinating sculptures. It’s a must for any modern art fan in the city.

75 Belford Road, Edinburgh EH4 3DR

The Scott Monument

The largest monument to a writer in the world commemorating the Scottish novelist Sir Walter Scott. Built-in the 19th century, it is one of the most striking landmarks in the Edinburgh city skyline.

East Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh EH2 2EJ (website)

Palace of Holyroodhouse

The Palace of Holyroodhouse is The Queen’s official residence in Scotland. Every year, around the end of June, The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh stay here and participate in official engagements in the city and beyond.

Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DX (website)

The Queen’s Gallery

The Queen’s Gallery, located in the Palace of Holyroodhouse, was opened by Her Majesty The Queen in November 2002 as part of the Golden Jubilee celebrations.

Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DX (website)

The Scottish Parliament

Edinburgh’s Old Town is home to Scotland’s thoroughly modern Parliament building.  Open to visitors Monday-Saturday, why not take advantage of a free tour and learn about its history, work, and contemporary architecture?  You can even visit a debating chamber and if Parliament is in session, view proceedings from the public gallery.

Horse Wynd, Edinburgh EH99 1SP (website)

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

If you’re looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life or are interested in learning more about tropical plants from around the world, then the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is the place to go.

20a Inverleith Row, Edinburgh EH3 5LR (website)

The Scotch Whisky Experience

Take a barrel ride as you actually become part of the whisky-making process. From the gently swaying fields of barley all the way through the distillery equipment to the steaming and bubbling Pot Still.

354 Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NE (website)

The Royal Yacht Britannia

Rated Scotland’s Best Visitor Attraction for 13 years running, The Royal Yacht Britannia was Her Majesty The Queen’s floating palace for over 40 years. Sailing over 1,000,000 miles around the world, Britannia is now moored permanently beside Ocean Terminal in Leith.

Ocean Terminal, Leith EH6 6JJ (website)

Check out our blog for more ideas and information.

Landmarks & Monuments

We are here to help you build a list of Edinburgh’s Top Landmarks & Monuments so that you can have the best itinerary for your visit to Edinburgh.

Edinburgh Castle

Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NG (website)
Dominating the city skyline, Edinburgh Castle is Edinburgh’s most-visited paid tourist attraction and for good reason – thousands of visitors flock through its gates every year to discover its fascinating, vibrant (and at times grisly) history.

Scott Monument

East Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh EH2 2EJ

This striking landmark, found in East Princes Street Gardens, is dedicated to Sir Walter Scott and the tallest monument to a writer found anywhere in the world. At 200ft tall it’s hard to miss, and for a small entry fee you can access the museum on the first level and four viewing platforms for some of the finest views in Edinburgh.

Nelson Monument

32 Calton Hill, Edinburgh EH7 5AA

Climb the Nelson Monument and you’ll be rewarded with fantastic 360° views across Edinburgh. Located on the historic Calton Hill, just 10 minutes from Princes Street, the monument was built in memory of Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson. National Monument of Scotland

Carlton Hill

Calton Hill, Edinburgh EH7 5AA

Also on Calton Hill, the National Monument of Scotland is another of Edinburgh’s key landmarks. This iconic structure has in fact stood incomplete for over 200 years, as the architects were unable to raise the funds to complete the build. For this reason, some call it “Edinburgh’s Disgrace”, nevertheless is it a very popular spot for visitors and locals alike.

Greyfriars Bobby 

Candlemaker Row, Edinburgh EH1 2QE

This poignant celebration of loyalty is a firm favourite with visitors. According to the story, this loyal dog stayed by his master’s graveside for 14 years until his death. This monument was unveiled in the late 19th century and remains a popular draw for those far and wide today.

Find out more about the story of Greyfriars Bobby in the Museum of Edinburgh on the Royal Mile.

Lauriston Castle

2a Cramond Road South, Davidson’s Mains, Edinburgh EH4 5QD

A little bit further out, but still worth a visit. Step back in time and experience life in Edwardian times at Lauriston Castle, a 16th century tower house. Here visitors get the chance to explore the house as it was left by its last owners, unchanged since 1926.

Craigmillar Castle

Craigmillar Castle Road, Edinburgh, EH16 4SY
Towards the outskirts of the city in Craigmillar Castle Park, you’ll find the romantic ruin of Craigmillar Castle. The complex dates from the 14th century and has hosted some of the most iconic figures in Edinburgh’s history over the years – including Mary Queen of Scots.

Check out our blog for more ideas and information.


Edinburgh is full of fascinating museums and exhibitions that cover every area of interest that you could possibly imagine. Whether you are into science, medicine, world culture, history, economics, or even teddy bears, there will be a museum in Edinburgh that will be right up your street. Read on to discover some of our favorites.

National Museum of Scotland

Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1JF

Arguably Edinburgh’s largest and busiest museum, the National Museum of Scotland has a range of exhibits from around the world, showcasing the Natural World, World Cultures, and Scottish History and Archaeology.

Museum of Edinburgh

142 Canongate, Royal Mile, EH8 8DD
Found in the iconic bright yellow Huntly House, The Museum of Edinburgh is a must-visit for anyone who wants to discover the story of our city. Take a look at the collar which once belonged to Greyfriar’s Bobby, see James Craig’s original plans of the New Town, get lost in a spectacular collection of silver and read the historically significant National Covenant.

Surgeons’ Hall Museums

Nicolson Street, Edinburgh EH8 9DW

If you are fascinated by the wonders of the human body, this museum is a must-visit. Owned by The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Surgeons’ Hall Museums consist of the Wohl Pathology Museum, the History of Surgery Museum and The Dental Collection. The museums reopened in 2015 after an extensive refurbishment, making the collections more engaging and accessible than ever before.

Museum of Childhood

42 High Street, Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 1TG

Explore the first museum in the world dedicated to the history of childhood.

With five galleries to explore throughout which you will find fascinating and rare objects from childhoods past, including toys, games, clothes, books and dolls, dating from the 1800s to the present day, this is a treat for visitors both young and old, and a firm favourite with many Edinburgh residents.

St Cecilia’s Hall: Concert Room and Music Museum

50 Niddry Street, Cowgate EH1 1NQ

Discover one of the world’s most important collections of musical instruments and visit Scotland’s oldest purpose built concert hall.

With over 400 objects across four stunning galleries, you will explore the stories behind musical instruments dating back to the sixteenth century along with the characters behind their creation.

Museum on the Mound

The Mound, Edinburgh EH1 1YZ

Take a fresh look at money in the Museum on the Mound. Located in the beautiful iconic building of the Lloyds Banking Group headquarters on The Mound, this museum gives a fascinating insight into the world of economics and money. Have a go at cracking open a safe, see Scotland’s oldest banknote and get an idea of what one million pounds actually looks like. n.

The People’s Story

Canongate Tolbooth, Royal Mile, EH8 8BN

The People’s Story museum is located in the Canongate Tolbooth, which is a historic landmark in itself built in 1591. It provides visitors with a realistic and fascinating look at what life was like for Edinburgh citizens in days gone by. Explore displays that range from crime and punishment to a night out at the cinema, the suffragettes to Leith docks, advertisements for work at breweries to figures of 1980s punk. This is the perfect place to get a glimpse into the Edinburgh of everyday people – from the 18th century to recent times.

The Writers’ Museum and Makars’ Court
Celebrate the lives of Scotland’s greatest writers, Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott, and Robert Louis Stevenson at the architecturally enthralling Lady Stair’s House built-in 1622. At the Writers’ Museum you can see Robert Burns’ writing desk, the printing press on which Scott’s Waverley novels were produced, and many more. Upon leaving the museum be sure not to miss the quotations carved in stone celebrating Scottish writers.

National War Museum

Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh, EH1 2NG

Discover the story of Scotland at war by exploring over 400 years of conflict through a unique collection of military objects, artwork and personal stories, all located within the majestic setting of Edinburgh Castle.

Queensferry Museum

53 High Street, South Queensferry EH30 9HP

Queensferry Museum showcases the past and traditions of historic Queensferry and neighbouring Dalmeny. As well as permanent displays, the museum hosts a room dedicated to temporary exhibitions, curated by community groups.

Art Galleries

Edinburgh really does have a thriving art scene offering some of the best and most unique galleries showcasing the works of both established and up-and-coming artists. Read on to discover some of the top art gallery spaces in the city.

National Gallery of Scotland and Royal Scottish Academy Building

The Mound, Edinburgh EH2 2EL

Founded in 1850, the National Gallery of Scotland and the neighbouring Royal Scottish Academy were designed by the renowned architect William Playfair. Situated right in the heart of the city centre on The Mound, the gallery is known for exhibiting the works of some of the most celebrated Scottish artists. Here you can find famous work including The Skating Minister by Henry Raeburn, and Lady Agnew of Lochnaw by John Singer Sargent.

Scottish National Portrait Gallery

1 Queen St, Edinburgh EH2 1JD

Located on Queen Street, this gallery really dedicates itself to some of the best portrait artworks in the world. As you enter the gallery you are greeted by renowned Scottish figures such as Robert Burns and famous paintings of Bonnie Prince Charlie and Sir Walter Scott. Also look out for their contemporary art work collection which exhibits portraits of well known contemporary Scots such as Sean Connery and Alex Ferguson.

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

75 Belford Rd, Edinburgh EH4 3DR

Discover a world-class collection and cutting edge art at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. The gallery is home to a range of contemporary Scottish arts collection, with more than 5,000 items of 20th-century art. The Gallery comprises two buildings, Modern One and Modern Two, which are positioned on either side of Belford Road to the west of the city centre. The National Gallery of Modern Art is surrounded by outdoor sculptures by artists such as Henry Moore, Rachel Whiteread and Barbara Hepworth, providing a unique experience to enjoy modern art for all ages.

City Art Centre

2 Market St, Edinburgh EH1 1DE

The City Art Centre provides the largest exhibition space right in the centre of Edinburgh. In this little hidden gem gallery you can find interesting exhibitions from the centre’s own collections and from all over the world. The gallery updates their collections regularly to suit all interests, with new work from local or international artists or exhibitions from other countries regularly featuring. Top tip: make sure you make it up to the higher level floors to get some fantastic views of the New Town.

Fruitmarket Gallery

45 Market St, Edinburgh EH1 1DF

The Fruitmarket Gallery is a mix of art gallery, bookshop and a cafe located behind the Waverley Train Station. Before being turned into an art gallery in 1974, the building was previously used for a fruit and vegetable market in 1983. The gallery now aims to promote both established and leading artists, as well as seek out new and emerging talents. Fruitmarket Gallery is also home to a popular café, which is great for a wee drink and a nibble if you’re feeling peckish.

The Queens Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse

Canongate, The Royal Mile, EH8 8DX

If you like art but find conventional art galleries too big and daunting, then the Queen’s Gallery is the answer, as it hosts small intimate exhibitions as part of the Royal Collection Trust. The building is a conversion of a former Holyrood Free Church and Duchess of Gordon’s School and features a beautiful teak and sycamore staircase. Previous exhibitions here included Masters of the Everyday: Dutch Artists in the Age of Vermeer and In Fine Style: The Art of Tudor and Stuart Fashion.


Whether you love classic or contemporary, culture-lovers of all genres are spoilt for choice in Edinburgh. With an ever-evolving series of events, not to mention permanent exhibitions, the city has an art space, gallery, or theatre to suit all interests.

That does mean that sometimes it’s hard to know where to begin – so to get you started we’ve put together a list of just ten of Edinburgh’s must-sees for arts and theatre lovers.

Traverse Theatre

Opened in 1963, the Traverse Theatre’s original aim was to keep the spirit of the Edinburgh festivals alive throughout the year. Today it not only does that, also serving as a focal point for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, but its focus on new writing in Scottish Theatre contributes to its other aim of entertaining and challenging audiences.

Usher Hall

Scotland’s only five-star concert hall has hosted concerts year-round ranging from rock, pop, classical, jazz, world and folk music since its opening over 100 years ago in 1914. Well-loved by performers and audiences alike from all over the world, the stunning Edwardian building offers magnificent acoustics, no matter the genre.

Playhouse Theatre

Seating over 3,000, the Edinburgh Playhouse is the UK’s largest all seated theatre. Originally used as a cinema, the venue now hosts large scale touring productions and has played host to some of the biggest names in live music, comedy and musical theatre.

The theatre’s 2021 lineup sees 9 to 5 the Musical, Chicago and Riverdance, the 25th Anniversary Show, amongst others arrive into Edinburgh. Keep up to date forthcoming shows at the Playhouse on their website.

The Royal Lyceum Theatre

The Royal Lyceum Theatre is one of Scotland’s leading producing theatres, and also one of the largest producing companies in the whole of the UK. Throughout its long history, the company has welcomed many stars to its stage including David Tennant, Alan Cumming and Emily Mortimer to Tony Conti, Ian McKellan and Marlene Dietrich.

Shopping & Markets

Luxury brands, high street stores, and beautiful boutiques, we have it covered. Shopping in Edinburgh is a fantastic experience catering to all tastes, styles, and budgets.

Princes Street

There aren’t many cities in the world where the foremost shopping thoroughfare boasts an uninterrupted view of an ancient castle, but Edinburgh’s Princes Street does just that! It’s unique with its shops lining only one side of the street, leaving the opposite side a lush and verdant garden space giving shoppers breathtaking views of the Old Town cityscape. George Street.

Running parallel to Princes Street is its stylish sibling George Street, home to many upmarket retail stores and several hotels. George Street is linked to Princes Street via Hanover St, Frederick St and Castle St.

The street is one of the grandest in Edinburgh, with a wide thoroughfare, stunning Georgian architecture and bookended by the beautiful St Andrew and Charlotte Squares. There are also several notable buildings along the length of George Street, including InterContinental Edinburgh The GeorgeThe Dome and The Royal Society of Edinburgh

The Georgian spendour of the Assembly Rooms should definately not be missed – this unique venue hosts a wide range of events throughout the year from business conferences and exhibitions to cultural events including concerts and festivals. Discover more about this elegant building and its history in our guide to Edinburgh’s Live Music Venues.

George Street is a chic fashion hub, with stylish and on-trend brands including AnthropologieHollisterJack WillsHobbsGantAspinal of London and Rox Jewellers rubbing shoulders with fashionable bars and restaurants including All Bar OneTigerLily and Le Monde.


Multrees Walk

Multrees Walk: The definition of luxury shopping in Edinburgh. Home of Scotland’s only Harvey NicholsLouis Vuitton and Nespresso stores, along with many other exclusive fashion brands, the Multrees Walk shopping experience is second to none.

With countless designer labels on offer, a trip to Harvey Nichols is a must for any visit to the centre of Edinburgh. You’ll find the likes of Celine, Victoria Beckham, Balenciaga, Gucci, Christopher Kane, Marc Jacobs, Stella McCartney and a profusion of other luxury fashion brands all under one roof.

Multrees Walk is also home to directional fashion brands like Michael Kors and Reiss, as well as established luxury labels like MulberryBurburry and Max Mara catering for even the most discerning fashionistas.

From shopping, dining, hotels and attractions – discover more about this unique part of Edinburgh in our Guide to The New Town >


The West End

A stroll down the quaint cobbled streets of Edinburgh’s West End ‘Village’ is an absolute must. Situated only a minute’s walk from Princes Street, a delightful mix of designer fashion boutiques, organic food retailers, gift shops, flower and interior shopping awaits you.

The area’s William Street is a chic enclave of upmarket boutiques, gift shops and delis. Here you’ll find a variety of galleries, and elegant fashion boutiques, including Gallery TenOska and Frontiers. If you’re looking for designer jewellery then head over to Lily Luna or Liam Ross Jewellery. In need of a quirky card? – Paper Tiger is a treasure trove of cards and gifts for all occassions.

Sprinkled with coffee shops and restaurants, such as Roots DeliBross Bagels and Strumpets, this is a hidden gem in Edinburgh that’s definately worth exploring.

The Grassmarket and Victoria Street

Edinburgh’s Grassmarket and Victoria Street are the perfect places to spend the day discovering independent shops and fashion, from cutting edge designer to retro and vintage. A buzzing restaurant, pub and shopping area beneath Edinburgh Castle, the area is brimming with Scottish designers, artisans and independents selling world crafts, vintage clothing and antiques, as well as gourmet food in a vibrant al fresco setting.

With it’s cobbled and twisted appearance, it has been said that Harry Potter author J.K Rowling based Diagon Alley on Victoria St in Edinburgh, which is located a few minutes’ walk from the Elephant House café, where some of the famous books were penned.

A narrow, winding road with high shops on either side, Victoria Street offers a variety of independent shops, that are great for browsing, including The Red Door Gallery, a one-stop shop for local artists to sell original work, prints, jewellery and crafts, Museum Context, with is packed to the gunnels with all kinds of Harry Potter merchandise, and The Whisky Shop, which stocks a range of Scotch, Irish and worldwide whiskies. Looking for some iconic traditional Scottish tweed? Be sure to pay Walker & Slater a visit.

The Grassmarket is also home to some more quirky shops, which are great places to shop for that unique birthday gift. For the the beautiful smell of old books, be sure to make time to visit John Kay’s Shop for a unique range of antique books; Mr Wood’s Fossils is the place to go for fossils for sale, minerals, meteorites and jewellery; Fabhatrix specialise in high quality hats that you simply won’t find on the high street; while Swish stock a stylish range of gifts and accessories for all the family.

Once you’re all shopped out, enjoy a well earned rest at Maison de Moggy, Scotland’s first Cat Cafe, for a cuppa and some feline company or Mary’s Milk Bar for some exceptionally tasty homemade gelato.


Stockbridge has a great mix of jewellers, galleries, second hand and gourmet food shops complemented by cosy cafes and restaurants. The weekly Sunday Stockbridge Market is a focal point for residents and visitors alike with a feast of fresh produce, artisan bakers and craft produce.

The area is home to a wide range of delicious delis and food stockists, including I.J Mellis, who stock a mouth-watering range of cheese; artisan bread, preserved meats and wines can be found at Herbie of Edinburgh; and The Pastry Selection have an exceptional range of sweet treats.

Famed for its abundance of independent shops, Stockbridge is teeming with style thanks to Those Were the Days Vintage basement boutique, Treen and Willow Boutique. 

For beautiful jewellery inspired by Scotland’s landscapes try the Sheila Fleet Gallery. Bastion of old-school vinyl record shopping, Voxbox is a relatively recent addition to the area, as too is Dick’s, a bonanza of specialist clothing, accessories and homewares. Need some tranquillity? The Floatarium Spa offers sanctuary sealed through reflexology, head massage and microdermabrasion.

Bruntsfield & Morningside

This attractive leafy neighborhood is one of the most affluent in Edinburgh. Heading south from the west end of Princes Street up Lothian Road and through Tollcross you’ll come to Bruntsfield with Morningside just beyond. It’s a friendly place with plenty of cafes, pubs, restaurants and quirky shops. If you want to find an unusual gift or something special to take home for dinner – make a beeline for this area!

On Bruntsfield you will find the shoe boutique Ooh Ruby Shoes or card shop The Bay Tree CompanyWhile Morningside boast some of the best charity shops in Edinburgh, you never know you might just find your next designer vintage piece!

A paradise of charming cafes, specialist food retailers and charity shops full of vintage and designer fashions – discover more about Bruntsfield & Morningside > 


The Royal Mile

This historic backbone of the Old Town is an old favourite for gifts including Scottish crafts, cashmere and whisky, alongside some of Edinburgh’s oldest taverns and eateries.

While on the Royal Mile, why not pop into Cadenhead Whisky Shop, Cranachan & Crowdie and Ragamuffin which all stock Scottish produce that would be perfect for gifts.

Or, if you fancy discovering more about how Scotland’s national drink is made, The Scotch Whisky Experience should definately be on your to-do list. They have have an excellent shop, which is ideal for souvenirs.

While in the area, be sure to take a stroll down St Mary’s Street, which joins the Royal Mile at the junction with the Canongate. Here you will find small artisan shops such as Mackenzie Leathermakers of luxury bags; Scottish Textiles Showcase, specialists in luxury Scottish homeware and accessories, Gordon Nicholson KiltmakersSlanj Kilts and Kilberry Bagpipes.  Why not treat yourself to a delicious ice cream from the popular Moo Pie Gelato while you are there!

Shopping Centres 

There are lots of shopping centres in Edinburgh, each providing a wide range of High Street brands both in centre and in the outskirts of the city:

St James Quarter

Located at the east end of Princes Street, you’ll find the newest edition to Edinburgh’s shopping centres – St James Quarter. From beauty to clothing, electronics to footwear, this 4-storey centre covers 1.7 million square feet and includes restaurants, cafés, bars, shops, public spaces and leisure venues.

The centre’s car park contains 1,600+ spaces, including 70 disabled parking bays, 45 electric car charging bays, motorcycle & scooter spaces and dedicated parking spaces for families. There are also bicycle racks located in areas near the Quarter.

Ocean Terminal

At the heart of Edinburgh’s flagship waterfront regeneration, Ocean Terminal is a state-of-the-art leisure and retail complex designed by Sir Terence Conran. It boasts 45,000 sq m of shopping and leisure accommodation on three floors and 1600 car parking spaces. The mix includes more than 50 stores, bars and restaurants, a gym and a 12-screen cinema, not to mention stunning views over the Firth of Forth.

Nautical lovers should also head to Ocean Terminal to see The Royal Yacht Britannia, Her Majesty The Queen’s former floating palace for over 40 years, which is now permanently berthed in Edinburgh.

The Gyle

Spanning 20 hectares with 27,870sq m of retail space, The Gyle is a flagship shopping centre to the west of Edinburgh city centre close to the airport and city bypass. It has 2,500 car parking spaces and more than 600,000 people living within a 20 minute drive. The centre accommodates more than 45 shops and food outlets.

Waverley Mall

With direct access onto both Princes Street and into Edinburgh Waverley Train Station, Waverley Mall is an ideally located shopping destination. It’s the perfect place to stop by for fashion, food and a last minute Scottish souvenir before catching your train.

Fort Kinnaird

With over 70 branded and high street shops, restaurants and cafes, as well as gym and cinema, Fort Kinnaird has all your shopping needs in one great outdoor shopping destination, which is also open late 7 days per week.. About 25 minutes drive from the city centre, the centre has over 2,600 free parking spaces, as well as a number of bike parking locations. It is also disabled friendly with a Changing Places facility and shopmobility services.

Craigleith Retail Park

On South Groathill Road, Craigleith Retail Park is easily reached by car, bike or foot. The park is well served by public transport, with Lothian Buses 24, 37, 38, 41, 42 and 113 all providing services to the park. The park has a variety of home, fashion and food outlets.

Cameron Toll

1½ miles from Edinburgh’s city centre, Cameron Toll has free parking, together with late night shopping on Thursday and Friday. You’ll find homewares, fashion and food retailers all accommodated here.

Livingston Designer Outlet

Approximately 50 minutes from Edinburgh is Livingston Designer Outlet, Scotland’s largest designer outlet. Home to a wide range of stores, with up to 60% savings, from iconic brands such as Lacoste and Tommy Hilfiger to high-street favourites like M&S and Next, they’re sure to have something to suit all tastes and budgets.

The centre is also home to an 8-screen digital Vue Cinema, two 18 hole adventure golf courses and a range of restaurants and cafés.

Free parking is available daily from 6pm to 8am, however a charge applies outside these times.

Eating Out

Discover Edinburgh’s culinary delights – those discrete restaurants and bars which sit under the radar but are always a hive of bustling activity.

Tuck in and enjoy a drink with friends at these special restaurants, cafes and bars most loved by Edinburgh locals.



23 W Register St, Edinburgh EH2 2AA (website)

Located just off St Andrew Square in the stunning Art Deco former RBS banking hall and just a minute’s walk from Waverley Station, Hawksmoor is the perfect place to enjoy warm hospitality in beautiful surroundings.

Locally sourced produce is featured throughout the menu: hand-dived scallops from the Isle of Mull, 35-day aged grass-fed British beef, and rare, locally-sourced whisky.

With intimate booths for the evening, sunny tables for two under the huge sky-lights, or seats near the kitchen pass next to all the action, Hawksmoor is the ideal spot to dine with colleagues and loved ones alike.


1 Antigua Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3NH, website

Get a taste of great Middle Eastern cuisine at Pomegranate. With an ideal location just across the road from the Edinburgh Playhouse, it’s a fantastic option for a pre-theatre meal. If the menu is new to you, we recommend trying the mezze deal, which allows you to sample lots of different dishes in a tapas dining style. Dishes we love include the vegetable kubba, the battata harra and the soujuk, a lovely comforting Lebanese sausage stew with tomatoes, peppers and garlic.

Mums Great Comfort Food

14 Picardy Pl, Edinburgh EH1 3JT, website 

Right beside Picardy Place roundabout you’ll find meat-lovers heaven, Steak. Their expert chefs are dedicated to providing the best steak in town, with a selection of cuts cooked just the way you like it. If you feel a little out of your depth, the knowledgeable staff will be able to talk you through the cuts on offer and recommend the best way to order it cooked. If you have room afterwards, be sure to take a look at their delicious dessert menu – the dark chocolate delice is a fabulous decadent treat.

Cafe St Honore

34 North West Thistle Street Lane, Edinburgh, EH2 1EA, website 

Venture down a cobbled New Town lane to find this romantic slice of France. Chef Neil Forbes’ quintessentially Parisian-style café champions sustainable local produce. The menus have evolved to showcase the best of seasonal Scottish produce both farmed and foraged, such as razor clams from the east coast and delicate organic chicken livers from Perthshire. They also change daily ensuring you will always find something new and seasonal to try. Desserts are also distinctly French and could feature a dark chocolate pithivier, or rhubarb parfait, and there’s always the classic crème brûlée. Delicious way to experience a taste of Paris while enjoying some of Scotland’s best produce.


107-109 St. Leonard’s Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9QY, website 

Be prepared to be daring when you visit this South Side spot. Aizle has no traditional menu instead diners are presented with a list of potential ingredients and asked to cross off any they don’t like. From this alone chef Stuart Ralston then creates your dinner! With no restrictions, the Aizle team has the freedom to utilise the best produce from local farms and suppliers and the adventurous customer benefits by knowing everything on their plate is at the height of its freshness and seasonality.

The Gardener’s Cottage 

1 Royal Terrace Gardens, London Road, Edinburgh, EH7 5DX, website 

This quirky restaurant is housed in an historic building located in Royal Terrace Gardens at the foot of Calton Hill in the heart of Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site. Co-owned by chefs Dale Mailley and Edward Murray, The Gardener’s Cottage is committed to creating and serving excellent food using the best seasonal, local produce while nurturing sustainable and mutually beneficial relationships with the local community and local producers. The Gardner’s Cottage stands out from the crowd for two reasons; the kitchen garden nestled beside one of Edinburgh’s busiest thoroughfares growing a variety of herbs, legumes, leaves and edible flowers. Secondly the dining room layout is a little different, no individual tables but long trestles where you sit shoulder to shoulder with other patrons.


62 Elm Row, Edinburgh, EH7 4AQ, website

Started by two Edinburgh locals saddened by the lack of US style tacos in the UK! Bodega is Edinburgh’s first dedicated taqueria nestled between Leith Walk and the city centre hidden away at 62 Elm Row. Serving Mexican inspired food chopped-up with worldwide flavours from Korea to the Caribbean  – if you have ever been L.A. or San Fran you’ll know what it’s all about. Everything is made fresh to order and it’s also one of the only places you can get Jarritos in Edinburgh.

The Blackbird

37-39 Leven Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9LH, website 

Brought to us by the team behind Treacle on Broughton Street and Hamilton’s in Stockbridge, The Blackbird offers style and substance in equal measure.  The design and décor are comfortably cool and effortlessly stylish so much so the bar has been a winner of the coveted ‘Most Stylish Bar’ at the Scottish Style Awards. But don’t be distracted by the terribly trendy interior (although that’s easily done) as the gastro influenced menu is a triumph and their award winning cocktails, expertly mixed by their team of top mixologists, is well worth your attention.

Contini Cannonball Bar

356 Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NE, website

Located in the heart of the historic Old Town, a stone’s throw from Edinburgh Castle, Cannonball House is a characterful three-storey eating and drinking experience which takes its name from the cannonball shot lodged in the wall facing the castle.

The newly-opened Cannonball Bar is the perfect place to soak up the electric atmosphere of Edinburgh, with the great views of The Royal Mile. The bar offers a selection of over 120 of the finest malt whiskies, including the full Glengoyne and Tamdhu collections, and a contemporary menu of lunch meals and light bites.

The Devil’s Advocate

9 Advocates Close, Edinburgh, EH1 1ND, website

The Devil’s Advocate, from Stu McCluskey the entrepreneur behind Edinburgh’s acclaimed Bon Vivant, is a go to spot for weary wanderers in the Old Town. Tucked down Advoactes Close in an old Victorian pump house, this stylish bar and restaurant focuses on local and seasonal produce, with more than a splash of whisky on the menu (over 200 in fact).

Top Tip: Not a Whisky fan? Never fear, there’s also an extensive seasonal cocktail menu and wide selection of craft beers on offer.

The Lucky Liquor Co

39A Queen St, Edinburgh EH2 3NH, website 

If you’re looking for cocktails in Edinburgh, The Lucky Liquor Co points the way, literally – there’s has a bright neon sign pointing to the entrance of this Queen Street bar. Lucky Liquor isn’t afraid to push the boat out with its flavour combinations and presentation so if you’re looking for cocktails with added “va-va-voom” this is the place for you. The menu changes regularly as well so new suprises often await.

Paradise Palms

41 Lothian St, Edinburgh EH1 1HB, website 

This Lothian Street bar is bursting with cool. The walls are adorned with a curious collection of wares, from boar heads to bird cages. Behind the bar you’ll find a bold cocktail menu with a fantastical variety of original concoctions.

Top Tip: This spot is complete with its own cabaret stage so check out their website to see which weird and wonderful acts are coming up soon.

The Cauldron 

57a Frederick St, Edinburgh EH2 1LH, website

The Cauldron is a 1 hr 45 min immersive class where you wield a working magic wand and use molecular mixology to brew drinkable, fantastical elixirs. After donning a robe and receiving a magic wand, you are led to an interactive work station where you learn spellcasting 101 by pouring a welcome drink of either beer, cocktail, or mocktail. You then follow instructions to brew two of our molecular potions that change colour, bubble, and smoke. Family-friendly experiences available at select times. Walk-ins for food and drinks are welcome.

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