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A day out with Dad in Edinburgh

25 May 2017

Dads are usually pretty easy going when it comes to staying entertained, especially in one of the busiest and most varied cities in the UK. But Father’s Day is on its way, and if you fancied treating your dad to a day that’s all about him, the team at the Scotch Whisky Experience have made a list seven things you can get up to across Edinburgh that he’s sure to enjoy.

Take a Morning Masterclass at the Scotch Whisky Experience

Scotch Whisky Experience Masterclass

The senses are at their keenest first thing in the morning, so take advantage and come along to a Morning Masterclass at the Scotch Whisky Experience. Perfect for those with an existing appreciation of Scotch whisky, the masterclass starts with tea, coffee and shortbread in the World’s Largest Collection of Scotch Whisky, before an expert guide takes you through the aromas and flavours of four different regional single malts. Start as you mean to go on…

Test your wits

Nothing says ‘family bonding’ quite like games played against the clock – and any of Edinburgh’s escape-themed exercises are perfect for putting your heads together and giving your logic, reasoning and puzzle-solving a good workout. You’ve got an hour to solve the clues and find the key to get your out of a locked room – can you escape in time?

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Scale Arthur’s Seat

Arthurs Seat

A stomp up Arthur’s Seat is a must-do when in Edinburgh anyway, but it’s also a great way to work up an appetite for a well-earned roast dinner and a pint at one of Holyrood Park’s many peripheral pubs. On a clear day you’ll be treated to views across the Firth of Forth to the north, the seaside region of Portobello to the east, the Forth bridges to the west, and of course – the beautiful city of Edinburgh to the south, framed by the Pentland Hills. Smashing.

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Go bowling at the Sheep Heid Inn

Take a wander down the other side of Arthur’s Seat and you’ll eventually come to the picturesque village of Duddingston, complete with a beautiful old pub – the Sheep Heid Inn. Rest your feet awhile with a pint from their varied beer selection, or if you’ve still got the energy, taking a round or two on their indoor Skittles Alley – a firm favourite at Scotland’s oldest surviving public house.

Take a walking tour

If you’re feeling more city-centric, take advantage of one of Edinburgh’s many walking tours to get to know some of the Burgh’s fascinating secrets – sometimes funny, sometimes sinister. With themes including literature, gastronomy, history and even running, there’ll be something to suit anyone, whatever their interests and ability.

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Get kitted out

Get Kitted Out

Prince’s Street is a big draw for the high street staples, but Edinburgh is renowned for its more unique clothes shops – new and vintage – to fix up and look sharp for a night on the town. Stop by Slater’s for authentic Scottish kilts to buy or hire, or find a branch of Armstrong’s: an Aladdin’s cave of suits, jackets, accessories and everything in between, from 1920s through to the present day.

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Seek out some live music

While Glasgow’s famed for its live music scene, Edinburgh certainly gives it a run for its money when it comes to late night jazz. Make your way to the Jazz Bar on Chamber’s Street, or the Rat Pack and Whigham’s Jazz Club in the West End, for live solo and ensemble sets to get your feet tapping in time for July’s Jazz and Blue’s Festival.

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