Travel - The perfect girls’ weekend in beautiful Edinburgh

I am a bridesmaid at my friend’s wedding later this year and I am in charge of arranging the hen weekend. We are planning to go to Edinburgh. Can you please recommend some good nightlife and things to see and do while we are there?

I am a bridesmaid at my friend’s wedding later this year and I am in charge of arranging the hen weekend. We are planning to go to Edinburgh. Can you please recommend some good nightlife and things to see and do while we are there?

Edinburgh is a great choice for a girls’ weekend away. Full of things to do and see, beautiful architecture, excellent shopping, restaurants and bars, you will certainly have a busy and unforgettable weekend. Edinburgh hosts many events throughout the year so you won’t be stuck for things to do!

What better way to kick off a hen weekend than with a spot of shopping? Princes Street should be top of your itinerary. As you walk along you can admire the impressive views of Edinburgh Castle and the stunning Princes Street Gardens which you should definitely take a stroll through. Princes Street shopping offers both high street brands and famous department stores such as Jenners, an Edinburgh institution since 1938.

For high-end shops and designer names, Multrees Walk is well worth a visit. The first new street to be created in Edinburgh since the 18th century, Multrees Walk is full of luxury brands including Armani, Mulberry, Louis Vuitton and Kurt Geiger. You’ll also find Harvey Nichols on this street and is worth a visit to the top floor for the wonderful views over the whole of Edinburgh.

No trip to Edinburgh would be complete without visiting the iconic Edinburgh Castle which dominates the city’s skyline. There is a lot to see at the castle including the Great Hall, the Royal Palace, the Prisoners of War Exhibition and the One O’Clock Gun which is fired from the castle six days a week.

For a little relaxation before you hit the town in the evening, why not enjoy a relaxing afternoon tea? In Edinburgh’s East End you will discover the Balmoral Hotel where you can take afternoon tea in the refurbished drawing room. Try some traditional Balmoral shortbread, homemade scones with cream and your choice of tea or coffee.

For hen night food and cocktails, Edinburgh offers many stylish bars and restaurants. Tigerlily is a very glamorous spot for special occasions – a boutique hotel and bar where mirrors line the walls and sparkling chandeliers hang from the ceilings. Alternatively you could try the historic Grassmarket area which is very lively and has a great selection of pubs and bars such as The Last Drop and The Beehive Inn. Atmospheric bistros can be found in Edinburgh’s Old Town, from the historic Royal Mile, which leads to the castle, to the Grassmarket.

If you are looking for something different, a thoroughly enjoyable outing is the famed ‘Mercat Ghost Tour’. Ambling through Edinburgh’s old town, the tour passes through some of the most “haunted” locations including the spectacular candlelight underground vaults. Both young and old will take pleasure in travelling back in time to experience the dark past of the city.

Where to Stay;

Tigerlily Hotel, Edinburgh (****)

Prices start from €264 per room per night on Hotels.com

*Prices are subject to availability at the time of booking.

This luxurious four-star boutique hotel is located in the heart of Edinburgh’s city centre and is close to Charlotte Square, Princes Street Gardens, and Edinburgh Castle. The exterior of the hotel is a stunning traditional Georgian town house and the interior is a whirl of shimmering mirror mosaics, freshly cut flowers and chic furniture you won’t find anywhere else.

The Place Hotel, Edinburgh (****)

Prices start from €112 per room per night on Hotels.com

*Prices are subject to availability at the time of booking

The Place Hotel is made up of three stunning Georgian townhouses in Edinburgh’s city centre and is a stylish new four-star hotel, restaurant and bar, where contemporary design and flair meets the luxurious opulence of a bygone era. Just a short distance from the Playhouse Theatre and the city’s fashionable shopping district, The Place is perfect for a relaxing city break in Edinburgh.

Hotel Indigo, Edinburgh (***)

Prices start from €122 per room per night on Hotels.com

*Prices are subject to availability at the time of booking

This three-star boutique hotel is close to Omni Centre Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre, and Princes Street Gardens. This hotel has a truly unique feel with the intimacy of the Turquoise Thistle restaurant bar and lounge to the individuality that has been created in each bedroom and suite.

For more information and travel tips on planning your holiday visit www.hotels.com or call 1800 55 3338 to wake up happy on your holiday!