Broken up into several eclectic districts, it’s no surprise why Edinburgh is known as the party capital of the north of Britain. If you’ve chosen Edinburgh for your stag do, the chances are that you love a traditional pub, and you’ll find a massive selection on the famous Royal Mile. The stretch running from Edinburgh’s castle, to Holyrood Palace, is home to dozens of old-school pubs and authentic boozers – where you can grab a draught beer or a real ale, and get merry with the Scots.
Along with The Royal Mile, the historic Grassmarket, Cowgate and George IV Bridge areas harmoniously collide to encompass Edinburgh’s ‘Old Town’. They are popular with visitors and locals alike, and boast an extreme variety of bars, pubs and clubs.
There’s also George Street, located in Edinburgh’s ‘New Town’ with a more sophisticated vibe, the city’s cultural West End, well known to rugby fans making the pilgrimage to Murrayfield, and the charming suburb, Leith, the regenerated dockside area filled with award winning restaurants and bars. For a more detailed insight into Edinburgh after dark, our insider’s guide to Edinburgh nightlife has everything you need to know.
The centuries old city is full of mystery, overflowing with alcohol and surrounded by stunning countryside – reflected in the awesome activities on offer. You can awaken your inner adrenaline junkie with a quad biking session or an award winning high ropes course in Glentress Forest. If you fancy a scare on the Edinburgh Ghost Bus or in the Edinburgh Dungeons, or just want to get a wee bit drunk with a beer or whisky tasting class – see our full list of Edinburgh stag do activities, with something to suit all groups.
Home to the world’s largest arts festival and ‘defying the norm since 1947’, if you’re in Edinburgh during August, you can’t possibly miss the spectacular Fringe Festival. Featuring over 50,000 performances, across 3269 shows, within 294 venues in 2016 alone – this festival is getting bigger and bigger each year. Showcasing everything from big names in comedy, such as Al Murray, Seann Walsh and Russell Howard, to lively street entertainers and theatre productions, to live musicians and artists – The Royal Mile and surrounding areas are alive all month.
A trip to the Murrayfield stadium is a top choice on your stag do – You can see a fast paced match, such as the Pro12 or the Heineken Cup, or just enjoy a tour of the impressive 67,800 capacity stadium – Murrayfield is the beating heart of rugby in the city. If you’re more of a football fan, Hearts FC are situated in the west of Edinburgh, and Hibernian FC in Leith in the north – the derby days are seriously rowdy.
We’ve got a huge range of centrally located accommodation options, including plush, 4-star hotels and smart apartments, right in the heart of the action.
Dating back to pre-AD, the Scottish capital is steeped in history. You’ve got everything from the majestic 15th century castle, to Arthur’s Seat Volcano, to Mary King's Close – a ghostly preserved secret street, frozen in time from the 17th century. You can even sink a pint in the ancient World’s End Pub, where, back in the 16th century, locals believed that the world ended – due to the city’s walls ending here.
Voted the ‘friendliest people in Britain’ by the Telegraph, it may be Baltic up north, but they’re a warm bunch who’ll welcome you with open arms. Especially if you’ve got a pint in your hand…
Speaking of drinking in Edinburgh, Hogmanay is a big deal. The world-famous New Year festival presents three days of spectacular events, live music, street parties and fireworks, and attracts visitors from all over the world. Learn “Lang may yer lum reek!” (roughly translating as "may you never be without fuel for your fire”) and you’ll fit right in.
Sandwiched between the Old and New Towns, Waverley Train Station sees almost 20 million passengers each year – and has links to all major cities within Scotland, England and Wales. Edinburgh’s airport, the second busiest in Scotland, is located approximately half an hour out of the city centre, with various airlines travelling to dozens of locations worldwide. Once you’re there, the main parts of the city (the Old and New Towns) are completely walkable, but there is a reliable tram service, as well as buses and taxis dotted about the city.
You can find out even more about what the Scottish capital has to offer on our Edinburgh stag weekends page.