Scotland is home to several magnificent cities that are rich
with cultural heritage and things to do. Edinburgh, the nation's
capital, should absolutely be on your list. The city is smaller
than you might think, which means that you can pack a lot into just
a weekend. Here are our top five suggestions for a weekend away in
- Visit Edinburgh Castle - It's on all of the
must-see lists for a reason, you simply can't miss it. And free
half-hour guided tours make it easy to navigate while you take in
the sweeping views of the city. A good tip is to be on the lookout
for skip-the-line tickets!
- Savour local Scottish ingredients - With more
restaurants per head than any other city in the UK (including
London!), the Edinburgh dining scene is a foodie's dream. Bistro Deluxe by Paul Tamburrini offers
exquisite preparations of local ingredients with first class
service, and is quickly becoming the hottest reservation in town.
It's open for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, so no
matter where your adventures take you, you should be able to fit in
time to experience this foodie haven for yourself.
- Hike up Arthur's Seat - To make room for a
delicious lunch, or perhaps the divine afternoon tea selection at
Bistro Deluxe, and get a good sense of an authentic Scottish hill
walk without leaving the city, head up Arthur's Seat in Holyrood
Park. You won't have far to walk from Macdonald Holyrood Hotel, as you can see the
highest point right from the front door. This massive hill is the
remains of an extinct volcano that erupted 350 million years ago,
talk about an incomparable walk about!
- Stroll the Royal Mile - this stretch of
cobbled streets is the heartbeat of the city, running from
Edinburgh Castle down to Holyrood Palace through the historic Old
Town. It's always buzzing with people, as it's dotted with
attractions that are worth a visit like the Camera Obscura, the
Scotch Whisky Experience, Real Mary Kings Close, the Museum of
Edinburgh, and further down by the hotel, Dynamic Earth. You'll
also find plenty of shops for Scottish crafts, cashmere and whisky,
as well as some of Edinburgh's oldest cafes and taverns.
- Relax and unwind- The state of the art gym and
heated pool at Macdonald Holyrood is the ideal way to release some
endorphins and get rid of stress. Or skip the workout and spoil
yourself with some luxurious, indulgent treatments at our spa. We
have a range of facilities and amenities to make your weekend away
a first-class time out from the ordinary.
A stay at Macdonald Holyrood Hotel can transform a mundane
weekend into a refreshing retreat to give you a change of scenery
in one of the UK's most cosmopolitan cities - without breaking the
bank or using any annual leave.
Sarah Watt, Digital Executive at Macdonald Hotels &