LNOF Guide to Edinburgh
Cocktails, castles and men in kilts.
Scotland’s romantic capital will sweep you off your feet with its olde-world charm. From the quaint cobbled streets, the exclusive shopping districts, the world-famous restaurants and the bacchanalia of stylish bars; this is a city with surprises around every corner.
Under the shadow of Edinburgh Castle lies the Old Town, home to the city’s bustling Grassmarket area – a hen do haven, with everything from traditional Scottish pubs, fine-dining restaurants and upmarket cocktail bars lining the picturesque streets. Dragonfly, a popular bar, serves everything from the classic Mojito to the notorious Zombie – a lethal beverage filled with light and dark rum, topped with passion fruit and then set alight.
The New Town, home to most of Edinburgh’s trendiest nightclubs, is the perfect place to celebrate. From the ultra-stylish Shanghai club and the luxurious Silk Nightclub, to off-the-wall electro Why Not and the chic Bramble Bar – recently named one of the world’s top 20 cocktails bars due to its nouveau concoctions and understated elegance – you’ll find everything you’ll ever need here. You may even be lucky enough to see a bunch of burly blokes wearing kilts and drinking whisky (not that we’re encouraging you to check whether they are indeed wearing undies, of course).
I just love Edinburgh. You can shop through the day and party all night. Those men in kilts don't hurt either...
In August, Edinburgh truly comes alive, when it seems half the world descends on the city for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The Fringe has grown into the world’s largest arts festival. With comedy, theatre, poetry and street art shows taking over and dominating the capital, you’ll be caught up in the heady exuberance and sheer diversity of the city.
Edinburgh is one of Europe’s greatest shopping capitals and your hen weekend would be incomplete without visiting Princes Street – the city’s most popular shopping thoroughfare, home to huge flagship stores and Edinburgh’s iconic Christmas market. George Street, the stylish sibling of Princes Street, runs parallel to this chic fashion hub.
This is a city famous for its legendary parties, street festivals, overindulgence and lively nightclubs. Edinburgh is the life of the party.