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Dèan gàirdeachas Nollaig agus Bliadhna Ùr còmhla rinn.
There’s so much happening in Edinburgh for New Year but with many options it can be a little overwhelming. In light of this, we’ve made a round up of our personal favourites!
The party starts at 7:30pm on the 31st of December
Enjoy a complimentary Johnnie Walker cocktail as you celebrate the end of a year and bring in 2020, in an unforgettable fashion. Edinburgh celebrates Hogmanay under the stars with DJ’s, Bands and Street Performers from all over the world.
When the clock strikes midnight the sky shall be lit up by an incredible firework display and the sounds of world-famous Mark Ronson. This is not an event to be missed!
Celebrations Kick off at 8:30pm on the 31st of December
Start the New Year the Scottish way at the Ceilidh under the Castle. Whirl or jig, fling or be flung under the watchful eye of Edinburgh Castle.
Join hands with old friends and new to dance in the New Year with a full ceilidh band and plenty of local food and drink to keep you spinning all night.
This year’s jigs and reels will be brought to you by some smashing ceilidh bands, to be announced!
At midnight, welcome in 2020 with a breath-taking fireworks display, amidst the historic setting of the majestic Edinburgh Castle.
Make the most of Hogmanay with Mark on 31st of December at 9:00pm
Celebrate Hogmanay in spectacular style with Grammy and Oscar Award winner Mark Ronson!
Join one of the biggest names in the music industry at Edinburgh’s Hogmanay’s for the party of a lifetime. He’s worked with pop royalty, from Stevie Wonder to Lady Gaga and Bruno Mars and now Mark Ronson will play the best tunes to thousands of party-goers at Edinburgh’s Hogmanay. At midnight, say goodbye to 2019 and welcome in 2020 to the ultimate party playlist and the best views of the fireworks over Edinburgh Castle!
A ticket for Concert in the Gardens will include a wristband for access to the Street Party.
Happens the day before Hogmanay, 7:00pm on the 30th of December
Blaze through the city accompanied by pipers and drummers, fire and fanfare and forge a river of light through the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town.
A spectacular and unforgettable family-friendly event culminating in the historic Holyrood Park.
50p from every ticket bought goes to One City Trust, fighting inequality and exclusion in the City of Edinburgh
31st of December on the 31st at 5:00pm
The Bairns’ ‘Afore makes for the our favourite family- friendly Hogmanay experience imaginable.
Join Dick and Dom, the comedy duo from the ‘telly, playing the best tunes to get you dancing and singing along. The event is all topped off by its very own spectacular fireworks, allowing the same excitement as the adult’s street party later on. It’s the best way to celebrate as a clan and still get the kids home to bed before the madness starts.
We can come and pick you up!
Our lovely driver Karl can pick you up at the arrivals gate with a personalised sign so he’ll be easy to spot!
He’ll then bring you back to your apartment and check you straight in.
It couldn’t get much smoother than that. Only £40 for up to 4 passengers.
This is the best option for a late night check in, as you can check in straight away.
Hop on a tram
If you fancy the tram it’s a very pleasant journey. The trams operate from the airport to the city centre fairly regularly between 6am and 11pm. We would recommend you get a return ticket for the best value as the return journey is open-ended meaning you can leave after your stay on the same ticket.
Return tram tickets cost £8.50 for adults and £4.50 for children.
Hop off at the York Place stop for the York Place apartments and the Rodney Place Apartments.
Catch a bus
The Airlink bus is fast and frequent into the City Centre. This bus service operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with buses every 10 minutes during the day. The journey time into the city is approximately 30 minutes.
Train it into town
You can also get a train from ‘Edinburgh Gateway’, a short walk from the airport, to ‘Edinburgh Waverley’ for only £3.50. The train only takes between 13 and 15 minutes, so its certainly a good option for anyone in a hurry. Waverley Station is very central to Edinburgh, making getting to any of the apartments easy.
This is great news for you, as a guest to the city, you can enjoy culture and festivities all year round. Read on to find out how to make the most of your visit.
Start your year with a BANG at Edinburgh’s Hogmanay:
Hogmanay is a celebration loved and celebrated wildly. The traditions come from far and wide and range from Street Parties, Torchlight Processions, Live music and Ceilidhs. Each of the traditions are designed to wave goodbye to one year and start a new one fresh faced, on the right foot (and most likely hungover).
Top up your dopamine levels at the Edinburgh Science Festival:
Taking place at museums, galleries and public spaces, the Science Festival offers an exciting array of activities and exhibitions on all things science. Much of the festivals programming caters for all ages of fascinated minds. This festival is rich with experiences which vary from being hands-on and interactive to discussions which broaden outlook and spark debate.
Unlock your inner child at the International Children’s Festival:
This festival is annually-anticipated by locals and is made up of world-class theatre, specially selected for families to enjoy. The International Children’s Festival programme is vibrant, energic, and a great way for children to stretch their imagination.
Appreciate the silver screen at the International Film Festival:
Starting in 1947, the film festival is the world’s longest running film festival. Fuelled by passion for all things cinema the festival is world-renowned for discovering new talent and heralding changes in the cinema scene. The festival often draws in big names from on screen and behind the camera alike.
Keep it Jazzy at the Jazz & Blues Festival:
This festival offers a fantastic opportunity for music-lovers to enjoy all things jazz and blues. The diversity of this music scene is shown and celebrated throughout a variety of venues which host both local and established musicians. The festival also features a colourful New Orleans Mardi Gras, this open-air event draws in large crowds gathered in unison to watch the parade.
Have an art attack at Edinburgh’s Art Festival:
This festival celebrates art in all its forms and flavours. With 50 Exhibitions around the city displaying the works of over 300 artists this event represents the very best of visual art. If the idea of discovering the newest talent side-by-side alongside some of the most prominent works of known artists, then this is one for you.
Take a leap off the world’s greatest platform for creative freedom at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe:
Diversity. Creative Freedom. Inclusivity. Three fundamental philosophies that are echoed throughout the Fringe Fest. It’s fair to say that the fringe offers something for everyone and plenty that can be enjoyed by all. Our capital boasts the title and reputation as the Worlds biggest celebration of the arts and thousands of performers flock to the city to put on a show. The Fringe offers a wave of dance, comedy, theatre, events, opera, music and thought-provoking poetry. The city is never more alive than it is when the Fringe madness kicks in.
Be a citizen of the world at the International Festival:
This is the festival which originally founded the annual calendar of festivals which Edinburgh celebrates. Come to the International Festival to experience the height of artistic expression.
Enrich yourself in Scottish Culture and Pride at the Royal Military Tattoo:
An unmissable world showcase of military performances, which has strong Scottish roots. It is no surprise that the event has been running for 7 Decades as the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, as audiences gather in their thousands to Edinburgh Castle to celebrate global traditions, pride, unity and belonging.
Book yourself off from work to attend the International Book Festival:
If you relish a good book then you’ll want to attend the largest public celebration of the written word, right? Every August Edinburgh welcomes a 1000 writers to gather with their audiences over a common love of books and stories. This festival is well suited for all ages and welcomes families.
Be immersed in the narrative at the Scottish International Story Telling Festival:
This festival was originally inspired by a traditional Scottish ceilidh and how it can bring a sense of unity amongst a crowd of strangers. Now in the present day the festival brings a mixture of Scots and their international counterparts to celebrate the diversity of story telling, in all its mediums. All events seek to engage the audience in in the magic of live story telling and transport the audience between worlds using the art of spoken word.
Enjoy the festive festivities at Edinburgh’s Christmas:
Enjoy the festive festivities at the Christmas Market in Edinburgh. Each year Edinburgh pulls out all the stops to create a winter wonderland of ice skating, streets filled with bright lights, street food, amusements and (my personal favourite) mulled wine.
Furthermore, if you would like any further information on any of the festivals, we have attached a link to each heading.
A ’comharrachadh na Nollaige agus na Bliadhn’ Ùire còmhla rinn
We know that you want to spend the festive season with your nearest & dearest.
Our apartments are open planned and generously sized making hosting, gathering with family & friends and making memories easy.
Join us to kick-start 2020 under the glistening lights, drams ‘o’ single malts and buckets of Scottish humour.
Don’t forget to book direct with us to secure the cheapest rates, free gift, a choice of your apartment and a late check out time
(which shall certainly come in handy for a hangover).
See what other exciting activities are available during your stay on the official Edinburgh Christmas website here.
Cliog gu h-àrd airson tuilleadh fiosrachaidh mu thachartasan na Nollaige
For The ‘Yaaaas Queen’ Hen
If your hen has charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent then we suggest you lip sync for your life at one of our favourite bars in Edinburgh! Split into two teams and prove who is the most gag worthy. Your professional instructor will teach you a dance routine to Beyoncé, Queen, the Spice Girls or Lady Gaga. They’ll go through the moves step by step until both teams are ready to bust some moves in the Lip Sync Battle of the century! Release your inner diva as you go head to head in the ultimate battle of popstar power. *death drop*
For The ‘OMG I Love This Song’ Hen
It’s your hen night, why wouldn’t you make a song and dance about it? Silent Adventures offer music and dancing lovers to join fun and unusual guided city tour of Edinburgh. You’ll hit the road and dance around the streets wearing a set of hi-tech headphones. Your tour guide shall have the whole group strutting their stuff and belting out the classics. Guaranteed laughs!
For The ‘Foodie’ Hen
Much loved by locals ‘Six by Nico’ is a dining experience to remember. Each six weeks, Nico and his team will serve a brand new six-course tasting menu – each one themed upon a different place or memory. Some of our favourites have been their Wonka Menu and their Childhood Menu. Try their amazing tasting menu for only £28pp and if you feel like treating yourselves- add a cheeky wine pairing to your meal. The food is to die for and just a short walk away from our York Place apartments.
For The ‘Zen’ Hen
Downward Dog yourself into your happily ever after. Yoga is good for you, fact. Healthier weight, more flexible, better muscle tone and every girl looks good in yoga pants. The experienced Yoga teacher will come to your venue and tailor the 60 minute Edinburgh Yoga session to the needs of your group. You can even get bendy in your apartment as this instructor can either host your groups class their or in the great outdoors.
For The ‘Classy Yet Sassy’ Hen
There’s nothing like an afternoon te-ase The Edinburgh naked chef afternoon tea is great for a laugh and an excellent way to unwind and relax with your friends in your apartment. Imagine this- a buff butler attending to your every need and providing a bit of eye candy too! Meanwhile the chef will be hard at work preparing your tasty treats. Best part yet; He’ll even clean your apartment kitchen up afterwards, leaving it just the way he found it. (Yes you read that right… A man that cleans!)
For The ‘Fan Of The Boozy Juice’ Hen
Shake, Stir and Sip your way into your ‘I do’. With the support and wisdom of your own barman, try your hand at being a mixologist for the day and enjoy the fruits of your hard labour (Get cocktail-tipsy, c’mon you’ve earned it). Learn how to make the most iconic cocktails, play some boozy games, drink some handcrafted shots and toast to the start of your wild night of freedom.
For The ‘Arty Crafty’ Hen
Grab your charcoal sticks and have a go sketching a handsome male model, he’ll strip off and strike a pose for your group to draw until your heart is content. After you’ve finished your masterpieces, your model is free to have a drink with the group, and the bride will be given a Nude Life folder of everyone’s drawings as a keepsake.
For The ‘Thrill Seeking’ Hen
The Edinburgh Dungeon is the ultimate underground journey through Edinburgh’s darkest history, using live actors, theatrical sets and thrilling rides. Bring alive significant turning points in Scottish history, as you and your bride squad walk plague-ridden streets of 1645, escape the murderous pair, Burke & Hare, and face trial in a 16th century judicial system. This is a hen do with suspense, surprise and physical thrill.
For The ‘You Can’t Cage Me’ Hen
Have you got the skill, guile and powers of deduction needed to escape before time runs out? You and your teammates will be locked inside a room and presented with a unique, immersive scenario to unravel, before trying to tackle a variety of hidden puzzles, mental tasks and code-breaking challenges in this fast-paced race against the clock. You’ll need teamwork, brainpower and nerves of steel as you attempt to solve a series of tricky clues and break out of your confines before your hour is up.
For The ‘First And Last One On The Dancefloor’ Hen
Head to Atik (formally and historically known as Cav) for the best night out in Edinburgh. The nightclub features sound and lighting effects, CO2 and confetti cannons; everything you need for a wild night. Atik is made up of three rooms so there’s something for everyone, the main dancefloor plays House, Chart and Anthems. The Curve lounge supplies you with the best of R&B and Hip Hop but head up to the Vinyl lounge for the cheesiest tunes from the 70s straight through to now. Dance until 3am before heading back to your apartment.
For The ‘Wait Don’t Drink It Yet, I Need A Pic For Instagram’ Hen
Just off from Edinburgh’s biggest shopping street lies a hidden secret bar. Go down some steps, chit-chat with a Tarot reader and next thing you know you’ve transported to a 1950s New Orleans vintage funfair. Build a bespoke cocktail using a claw crane machine or having a boozy ice cream at the mini. No, this isn’t the beginning of a very strange dream – it’s a hoot. We promise you’ll never forget the day you went . Make sure when you and the bride squad pee in groups (as us ladies do) to read the wallpaper, it’ll make the bathroom queue ‘50 shades’ more fun
For The ‘Major Sweet Tooth’ Hen
How about trying something a bit different? If your hen dreams in chocolate then a chocolate workshop at Scottish restaurant, The Cellar Door is the perfect answer. Start your workshop with an exciting introduction to chocolate making. You’ll have the opportunity to mould, shape, decorate and munch your way through the finest Belgium chocolate and slabs of freshly made chocolate ganache. Get creative and win a prize for the best creation and take (all that’s left of) your chocolates home in a swanky gift box.
For The ‘Sporty’ Hen
Zorb Football is a chaotic and hilarious twist on football, as you strap yourselves into your giant inflatable bubbles, step onto the pitch, then bounce, barge and bump your way through a pulsating five-a-side match. A referee will be on hand to run through the rules and keep things in order, while subs will be rotated every few minutes to ensure everybody gets plenty of game time. If you book through events management company Chilli Sauce you’ll get a bottle of bubbly.
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Whilst these large online booking agents have a slick and secure booking portal, they simply can’t provide specialised knowledge of the accommodation or the local knowledge to really enhance your stay. When you book directly with us, at Destination Edinburgh Apartments, we are able to offer you the best value for money as we don’t charge extra commissions like outside agencies.
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We can meet your personal requirements
Our website is the only place you can find the full selection of apartments we offer and extras to enhance your stay but we can also allocate the exact apartment you require and discuss the best options with you directly.
Often our apartments are large units and you will be booking for other family members or friends. Speaking to us and booking directly will give you more confidence in exactly what you are booking and what you will receive on arrival.
We know the apartments and the area – we can advise on attractions, restaurants, pubs, museums and much more. We can arrange airport pick up as well that links with your check in so a smooth process.
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Cut out the Middle Man
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And just as if it couldn’t get better- We’ll give you a Free Gift
As its financially beneficial to us for you to book direct it means we can offer a free gift, later check out and more.
We offer everyone who books directly with us a free gift (soon changing to a memento to remind you of your stay at the Destination Edinburgh Apartments!)
If the weather is looking ‘braw’ it is a great excuse to enjoy Edinburgh’s many parks gardens and walks. A visit to Princes Street Gardens makes for a tranquil retreat from lively Princes Street, Edinburgh’s most popular shopping location. In the gardens you can soak up the sun and enjoy an ice cream while taking a stroll past some interesting monuments and floral displays. It’s also the perfect location to snap some pictures of Edinburgh Castle in all it’s ‘glory’.
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Edinburgh’s locals favor The Meadows as a great spot to go and enjoy the outdoors. Found just the south of the city, close by the National Museum of Scotland and The Elephant House, it’s a popular place to have a picnic or play some ball games. If cycling is what you are after you’ll be pleased to find dedicated cycle paths throughout the Meadows, offering you easy access to all corners of the city. The Meadows is also well suited to families with small children as it features a playpark where they can burn out all their energy.
Don’t mind a bit of a challenge? Arthur’s Seat is a popular spot for keen walkers all throughout the year. When you reach the top you’ll be rewarded with the best possible view of the city. There are five suggested routes in the park, suitable for a range of abilities. Check out some other self-guided walking routes for Arthurs Seat here.
If you really want to make the most of your Edinburgh Stay, why not wake up early to watch the sun rise over the city?
If you are looking for some scenic riverside views The Water of Leith offers a great variety. The Water of Leith is Edinburgh’s the main river which flows through the capital and eventually reaching the port of Leith. You can walk much of the way with the sound of water rushing beside you. Look out for the natural waterfalls and the various historic sites linked with this important Edinburgh river. We recommend you start your walk descending down the cobbled road of the sleepy Dean Village, the wide path showcases key remnants from the days the village housed a busy mill.
North Berwick is a beautiful seaside town which offers a delightful alternative to the city centre. You can catch a 20 minute train from Edinburgh Waverley Rail Station and hop off to be greeted by the sound of North Berwick’s various sea birds. The town is a much-loved escape for Edinburgh locals, boosting coastal scenery and classic fish and chips shops. There’s plenty to keep you entertained while you are there, with boat trips around the local islands and the Scottish Seabird Centre.
And as promised, here is our best kept local secret;
If you are looking for something really different (and affordable) why not try a self-guided outdoor scavenger hunt in the city? Edinburgh has several treasure trails which can be easily downloaded and printed off online and suitable for all ages. The recommended time to spend of a trail is 2 hours but you can take as long as you’d like. Following the clues around the city, who knows what you might find? Have a look at some trials available from our friends at Treasure Trail.
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Whilst the view of Edinburgh from the castle is great, a view with the castle in it is even better. For the more energetic among you, a climb up Arthur’s Seat in Holyrood Park will undoubtedly give you spectacular views. Alternatively a climb up Calton Hill will give you brilliant views of the castle along Princes Street. If you’re not feeling quite so energetic then make your way to the National Museum of Scotland on Chambers Street and head to the rooftop garden where you can almost reach out and touch the castle!
Edinburgh is the UK’s greenest city so make the most of the wonderful parks on offer. Not to be missed are the Princes Street Gardens. Sitting in the old moat of the castle, the gardens offer an escape from busy Princes Street as well as a spectacular view of the castle. The gardens even feature their own bear!
Keep your wits about you if you’re anywhere near the castle at 1pm Monday to Saturday. In a tradition spanning over 150 years, a canon is fired to mark 1pm, frightening many unsuspecting tourists. Originally fired to alert docked ships in Leith and on the Firth of Forth of the time, it’s now just a lovely attraction to the castle.
To make the most of your time in the city, our best advice is to plan ahead. If checking off the top tourist attractions is your priority then buying a Royal Edinburgh ticket in advance is a must. Included in the ticket is entry to the Edinburgh Castle, The Royal Yacht Britannia, Palace of Holyrood House and Edinburgh Bus Tours. We can sort one out for you, just let our team know and we’ll have the tickets ready for you on arrival.
Scotland is typically known for its weather, not exactly the warmest of places but it is known for surprising its residents with all seasons in one day. So be prepared and follow our advice: bring your rain jacket or buy yourself a poncho!
Some of the best places and sights in Edinburgh are further away from the hustle and bustle of Princes Street and the old town. We’d recommend a walk along the Water of Leith, where you can take photos of Dean Village, then wander along to Stockbridge Market for lunch, or continue further down to Leith for a fantastic selection of award-winning restaurants including The Kitchin.
Edinburgh is a very pedestrian friendly city but it can be easy to get lost. Make yourself familiar with where your apartment is and the bus routes nearby so that you will always find your way home. All out apartments have maps available for guests so make sure to take one with you when you go exploring.
Edinburgh has a fantastic bus network spanning the city so definitely make use of them when exploring the capital. It’s just £1.70 for an adult flat fayre and £4 for a day ticket which gives you unlimited access all day. Keep in mind that the buses don’t give change, and if you’re staying for longer it might be worthwhile downloading the app (the minimum top up for the app is £10). Check out timetables and routes here
There is no shortage of delightful places to have brunch in the city, take advantage of Southpour, next door to our Southside apartments and receive 20% off when you show your apartment key or a Destination Edinburgh Apartments business card.
If you weren’t convinced already, then get booked in with us to explore Edinburgh, see the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo and stay in our sister apartments with Destination Edinburgh Apartments in either our Rodney Street, Southside or York Place apartments. All are self-catering apartments, they give you the freedom to make your stay your own. Our Rodney Street apartments come with a free parking space and the views from our York Place apartments are not to be missed. AND if you book directly with us then you’ll receive a free gift! We look forward to welcoming you soon.
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