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 Edinburgh:

  • 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 & Resorts