The capital of Scotland is a cultural hive of activity and regardless of what floats your boat, is a great place for a lad’s weekend.
Crowned the first City of Literature, home of the Fringe, the National Galleries, one of the best zoos in the United Kingdom, not to mention one of the most vibrant nightlives in Scotland, Edinburgh has something for all men, regardless of their interests. Below are just a few suggestions of how to make the most your time in Scotland’s capital.
Edinburgh has more festivals than you can shake a stick at. There is the Edinburgh International Festival; the official and main festival each year.
Despite being the main festival it is dwarfed by the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, which is now the largest arts festival in the world. The Fringe includes theatre, comedy, dance, music and more and is well worth a visit.
In total there are nearly 30 festivals throughout the year, spanning from jazz to technology. Head over to edinburghfestivals.co.uk to see what is on.
Climb a volcano
If you are the active type, climbing to Arthur’s Seat is a must. There is no other city that has an extinct volcano within the city limits. If you plan on doing any form of extreme sports, it may be worth taking out specialised travel insurance for your trip.
Carry on the exercise at night by going on one of the many after dark walks through the city. The cobbled paths of the ancient city lend themselves to the spooky walks and it is a great way to see the city from a different perspective.
If after dark ‘boos’ are not your thing, perhaps booze is your thing? Scotland is the home of whiskey and it would be unforgivable to go on a lad’s holiday without seeing how the amber nectar of the north is made.
The Scotch Whiskey Experience is brilliant way to dip your toes, or rather your tongue, into the world of whiskey. Be warned though, after a tour around the finest distilleries in the world, a chemical reaction occurs by where men become self-declared connoisseurs and refuse point-blank to drink the cheap stuff from the supermarket. This is a scientific fact.
Eat some posh nosh
Edinburgh is renowned for its great food; whether it is traditional Scottish dishes such as venison, haggis or stovies, or Michelin Star Franco-Scottish fusion, the city has something for everyone.
Restaurant Martin Wishart has held its star since 2001 and serves some of the best food in the world.
Take in a game
Home to Hearts and Hibernian, make sure you catch a match during your time in Edinburgh. If Rugby is more your thing, you may be lucky enough to see a match at Murrayfield Stadium.
Drink like there is no tomorrow
If there is one thing Edinburgh does not lack it is great watering holes. Of course, there are the generic chain pubs found in most cities; but if you want to have an authentic experience, check out a few of the original and best pubs. The Royal Oak is a small venue but if you manage to squeeze in, you will get to hear some great live Scottish music.
Sandy Bell’s is also a great venue for live music jams and if you are a real ale kind of guy, head over to Sheep Heid Inn to sample some of the many guest beers they have on offer.
As well as all of this, there are also a host of fun activities, from paintballing and go-carting to Highland game days and water sports. Edinburgh is one of the most beautiful and entertaining cities on earth.
So as they say in Scotland, it’s time to ‘go oot for a peeve’ in Edinburgh.