Micro Guide: Edinburgh

 

If you’ve never ventured to Scotland, Edinburgh will provide the perfect introduction. A long weekend of brisk wandering, hearty feasts and all the whisky you could want awaits. Sold? Thought so. Read on for our top tips…

Recharge at…

The Rutland Hotel, a neat boutique hotel located within the heart of the city. Each of the 12 guestrooms has been designed individually, to fit a bright and contemporary brief. The downstairs bar and gourmet steak restaurant are an added bonus too. Prices start at £130 per person, per night.

Brunch at…

In our humble opinion, The Roseleaf pub/cafe in Leith offers the greatest breakfast/brunch menu in the city – if it’s the morning after the night before, don’t be put off by the pub vibe, a‘Big Yin’ breakfast will fix even the most relentless of hangovers. Gauge on eggs all ways, French toast with lashings of maple syrup and streaky bacon or go adventurous and try haggis, one of Scotland’s most famous exports.

Take a hike…

A trip to Edinburgh wouldn’t be complete without a gentle hike to Arthur’s Seat. The dormant volcano is the highest point of nearby Holyrood Park and consequently, the view from the top is out of this world. If you’re into history, a visit to the fort is a must.

Take in the history…

The cobbled streets of the Old Town offer a unique insight into the city’s history. Lined with little old stores, pubs, boutiques and plenty of tartan shops, this area is ideal for a little afternoon amble.

Go gothic gourmet…

At the top of the Royal Mile, close to Edinburgh Castle, you’ll find The Witchery. Frequented by the rich and famous, this legendary gothic-style eatery boasts opulent old world trappings and super fine seasonal food. If your holiday budget is booming, The Manual recommends an indulgent candle-lit dinner. If not, book a table before 6.30pm and take advantage of the two-course supper offer for just £18.95. Either way, don’t leave without dining here.

Savour a whisky nightcap…

Scotland is synonymous with whisky, so it seems only polite to sample the wears. Try the Scotch Whisky Bar at the Balmoral, which houses one of the city’s largest collections. The friendly staff will help you take your pick from over 400 malts, blends and vintages sourced from all over Scotland. Each blend is served with a specially selected snack – a glass of the good stuff and some dark Swiss chocolate is undoubtedly the most awesome way to end your day.