Father's Day is fast approaching - have you found the perfect gift yet?
This Father’s Day, whether it’s your father, grandfather or father-like-figure that you want to spoil, we’ve compiled some gift suggestions available across Edinburgh that will ensure it’s a day he won’t forget (and keep you in his good books all year round!)
For the rugby aficionado, a guided tour of Scottish Gas Murrayfield Stadium is an absolute must. This iconic venue, located just west of the city centre, is the home of Scottish rugby and holds a special place in the hearts of rugby fans worldwide. Tours take place twice daily, Monday to Saturday, during this 90 minute tour you’ll be filled with a sense of excitement and pride as you step onto the hallowed grounds. Imagine following in the footsteps of rugby legends, exploring the locker rooms, and even getting a glimpse of the pitch where fierce battles have been fought. It’s an experience that will leave any rugby-loving dad beaming with joy.
Now, if he prefers a more leisurely sport, why not treat him to a round of golf at the prestigious Prestonfield Course? Nestled amidst breath-taking scenery, this golf course offers stunning views of Arthur’s Seat and Duddingston Loch. The backdrop alone is enough to make any golfer’s heart skip a beat. With a challenging 6,200-yard course, it’s perfect for those seeking a satisfying round of golf. Trust us, it’s a hole-in-one choice for Father’s Day. If you’re looking for other top-notch golf courses in Edinburgh, try Bruntsfield Links, Dalmahoy Country Club or the stunning 18 hole course at Kings Acre Golf Course.
For fathers who love a tipple
Is your dad a whisky enthusiast? Edinburgh is packed with fun-filled experiences. Visit The Scotch Whisky Experience to delve into the rich history and flavours of Scotland’s national drink. With a multi-sensory tour, tasting, and the world’s largest collection of Scotch whisky, it’s an immersive journey that no whisky enthusiast should miss. While at Johnnie Walker Princes Street, he can enjoy a bespoke whisky and artisan cheese pairing experience which includes a dram of the iconic Johnnie Walker Blue Label – book now, this offering is only available on Sunday 18 June. For a deep dive into whisky-making, Holyrood Distillery offers insightful tours. Learn about traditional and innovative distilling methods while enjoying the picturesque surroundings of Holyrood Park.
On the other hand, if he loves a good beer, Edinburgh has a fantastic range of bars, including Cold Town House, Hanging Bat or Brew Dog.
For dads with refined taste, Edinburgh has some elegant options. Nor’ Loft’s champagne lounge offer a sophisticated atmosphere for carefully crafted cocktails. While Ecco Vino is a haven for wine connoisseurs with an extensive selection of fine wines from around the world.
If gin is his tipple of choice, then treat him to a gin distillery tour. Pickering’s Gin offer award-winning tours every Thursday to Sunday, so he can find out where is favourite handcrafted gin is really made. For a unique experience, check out the Gin Cruise with Summerhall Drinks Lab. Take a two-hour trip down the Union Canal, starting and ending at Fountainbridge. He can sample gins from around the country and learn about the flavours and story of each.
For outdoorsy fathers
If your dad loves a good adrenaline rush, Go Ape is an ideal destination. Situated amidst the stunning Dalkeith Country Park, it offers thrilling treetop adventures that will leave him feeling like Tarzan. From high-flying zip lines to challenging rope bridges, this treetop course is the perfect way to challenge his inner adventurer.
For fathers who appreciate breath-taking landscapes and a good hiking challenge, a trek up Arthur’s Seat is an absolute must. This ancient volcano, nestled within Holyrood Park, offers stunning panoramic views of the city and its surroundings. Pack some snacks, lace up your walking shoes, and embark on a memorable hike.
If he has a penchant for maritime adventures, surprise him with a boat trip from South Queensferry with Forth Tours. As you set sail on the Firth of Forth, you’ll be treated to amazing views of the iconic Forth Bridges—particularly the majestic Forth Bridge, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Keep an eye out for marine wildlife and learn about the area’s rich history from the knowledgeable boat guides.
For foody fathers
Celebrate Father’s Day in Edinburgh with a delightful foodie experience that will make your dad’s taste buds sing. Start by indulging in a variety of delectable flavours at The Fudge House, a charming shop in the heart of Edinburgh offering traditional favourites like vanilla and chocolate, as well as adventurous options like rum and raisin or Eton mess. If you’re looking for unique handmade fudge delights, head to Fudge Kitchen, a family-run business known for its commitment to quality and innovative combinations.
Alternatively, check out Brewhemia for a unique twist on afternoon tea. Their Gentleman’s Afternoon Tea combines delicious bites with perfectly paired beers. Accessible for wheelchair users.
Have a wild adventure at Edinburgh Zoo, who are also offering a special Gentleman’s Tea event on Father’s Day. Indulge in delectable treats while sipping on beer or tea, then explore the zoo together, discovering fascinating wildlife from around the world. For visitors with disabilities or special assistance needs, many paths are wheelchair accessible and a dedicated mobility vehicle is available for easier access to specific areas. An Accessibility Map is also available to help plan your trip.
For a memorable dining experience with stunning views, take him to Duck & Waffle, located in St James Quarter. From their signature crispy duck leg confit to their mouth-watering waffles with maple syrup and crispy bacon, each dish is a celebration of flavours that will leave him wanting more.
If he is a fan of prime cuts of meat, Fazenda or Chop House are perfect choices. Both are exceptional steakhouses in the heart of Edinburgh. Experience a farm-to-table experience at Chop House where you can enjoy expertly cooked cuts of beef and more. While, at Fazenda, you will find a Brazilian steakhouse that is worth treating your dad to. When you are there, don’t forget to explore the tempting sides and desserts that perfectly complement the main event.
For a luxurious treat, book a table at Number One, a Michelin-starred restaurant located in the iconic Balmoral Hotel. This culinary gem showcases a fusion of Scottish ingredients and innovative techniques, resulting in a symphony of flavours that will leave him impressed.
From healthy eating to food from around the world, for more foodie suggestions, have a look at our Guide to Food & Drink in Edinburgh
For every type of father
Whether he enjoys exploring castles, watching movies, or spending quality time with the family, Edinburgh has something for every type of father.
Lauriston Castle is a perfect choice for history-loving dads with an artistic streak. While he takes a guided tour of the castle, you can surprise him by creating a Father’s Day card with the help of the friendly staff – the perfect choice for anyone with small children!
If he enjoys movies, The Scotsman Picturehouse is the place to go. With its comfortable seating and stylish interiors, it offers a VIP experience for film enthusiasts. Alternatively, choose from a range of movies, including blockbusters and independent films at The Cameo Cinema. The cinema has 2 accessible screens for those with mobility issues and is family-friendly, ensuring everyone can enjoy the day together.
Calling all creative souls! Head over to Doodles Scotland, Edinburgh’s first “paint your own” pottery workshop. It’s where artists of all ages (yes, even dads with questionable artistic skills) can let their imaginations run wild. Paint your chosen pottery piece, hand it over to the Doodles team, and voilà! your masterpiece will be ready for pick-up a few days later. Plus, it’s a child-friendly environment, so you can bring the whole family along for a pottery-painting adventure! If you’re in South Queensferry, Honey Pot Creative Cafe is another great spot to let your creativity out. Choose from a range of crafts such as pottery to glass making, then once you’ve finished your masterpiece, head over to their café for a bite to eat.