In the UK, Scotland is certainly one of the best places for a short break, and undoubtedly Edinburgh with its ancient history, massive castle, pubs, restaurants, and annual citywide events, is the perfect location for a bachelor party to remember.
Get the timing right
The first thing to contemplate is the timing of the visit. Scotland’s inclement weather makes the best times of year to visit between Easter and September. It might rain a little, but it won’t hurt as much.
If a group visits the city during the Edinburgh Festival (summer time), or the Fringe Festival, there will be world-class performers, circuses, live music and comedians mixed in with up-and-coming or not-known-at-all performers playing out to everyone in the city. A good time, guaranteed.
But what to do when the festivals are off?
Activities to experience
The Scotch Whisky Experience, at the top end of the Royal Mile (on Castlehill) lets visitors sample wares from the best stocked bar in town (it’s sponsored by the biggest names in single malt, so it should be) while attempting to learn a bit of whisky history.
If physical and competitive activities have more of a draw, perhaps the guys would prefer to go kayaking, river bugging (a successful New Zealand import) or white water rafting. Scotland has plenty of dangerous sports for the more adventurous visitors. There are even ‘mini Highland Games’ events to be booked for those who love old time athletics. Why not try a shot at archery?
Organized tours can be taken, from the Ladies of Pleasure culminating in a free ticket to a strip club, to scavenger hunts through the pubs and round the city.
There are plenty of websites to help visitors with how to find cheap hotels, but if a bed and breakfast is acceptable, there are some fabulous establishments to try. Ben Cruachan on MacDonald Road is an excellent example, with a fantastic choice at breakfast (including the ever-fascinating haggis), and its period décor with lots of mod cons. It’s also very near Princes Street, which is the main shopping and bar zone in the city center.
For somewhere a little further out, Cramond Mill Bed and Breakfast (on School Brae) is on the quiet outskirts of the city, and doubles as a café, so guests are guaranteed some freshly baked scones, good coffee and a lovely hostess.
Places to eat
Food is one of the most important factors when planning a trip and as an international city Edinburgh has many restaurants, which boast of ‘Scottish’ cuisine, international and fast food. The choices are there – the decisions are up to the visitors.
For party-style tapas, a great buzz and good value for money, Indaba on Lochrin Terrace offers African, Spanish and Venezuelan style food alongside good beer and a rocking atmosphere.
Scotland’s most consumed dish is apparently chicken tikka masala, so if the guys would prefer a curry, the family-run Kismot on St. Leonard’s Street is the right place to go with its fabulous home cooked food.
If something more Scottish and formal (and expensive) would be a fun novelty, The Castle Terrace (on Castle Terrace) is the place to visit for interesting dishes like spelt risotto and other gourmet delights.
Whatever the decisions made, a bachelor party in Edinburgh is sure to be a winner, whatever the weather.