Edinburgh is simply stunning and a fantastic location for a hen or stag weekend. This mighty capital city is steeped in history, has incredible buildings and, yes, loads of bars, pubs and clubs too.

Whether you fly, drive, travel by train or thumb it up to Edinburgh, from central and southern England it’s a long way. However, when you arrive you will pat yourself on the back and say it was worth the journey.

Edinburgh Stag and Hen Activities

As you can imagine, there’s loads to do on a hen or stag weekend in Edinburgh. Options range from adrenalin fuelled activities like white water rafting and cliff jumping in the Highlands, to golf, Highland games, rage buggies and quad biking nearer to the outskirts of Edinburgh. It’s important to bear in mind that, if you aren’t driving up, Edinburgh is very built up so most activity sites are at least 30 minutes outside of the centre of the city, and your group will need transporting. Most stag and hen companies can make life simple by booking transfers for you.

View of Edinburgh from Carlton Hil

Prefer to stay within the city for activities just a short walk or taxi ride from your hotel? Consider whisky tasting (well, you are in Scotland), cocktail making (well, you are in Scotland!), bubble football or, a little further afield, paintball.

Where to Stay in Edinburgh

Edinburgh isn’t massive, with lots of hotels situated within walking distance of the centre or just a short cab ride. Around Prince’s Street, Grassmarkets or near the Royal Mile is very central. The West End is also a great place to stay, and there are some great bars and clubs around this area.

Is Edinburgh Lively at Night?

Does Pinocchio tell lies? Edinburgh is immense at night, with fantastic bars and restaurants scattered around pockets of the centre. The Grassmarket is great for lively bars and clubs, the West End for gentleman’s clubs and bars, and the Royal Mile for a fantastic pub crawl — some pubs don’t actually shut!

Edinburgh at Night

Travelling to Edinburgh

Book your journey to Edinburgh early for the best fares. Remember, when booking airline tickets (which are usually non-refundable), do not book and pay for people you don’t know or trust as you will more than likely lose your money if they back out.

When to Avoid Booking a Hen or Stag Weekend in Edinburgh

My advice is to avoid booking your Edinburgh stag or hen weekend for late July, the whole of August (Edinburgh Tattoo and Comedy Festival), and when Scotland play at Murrayfield for The Six Nations (usually two weekends in February/March). Hotels are either full or sell at ridiculous rates during these periods.

Guest post by Marco Walker of Designaventure

Images from Flickr (CC BY 2.0 License) by…

View from Carlton Hill: Richard

Edinburgh at Night: mrpolyonymous