6 luxury experiences you'll only find in Edinburgh
12 January 2017
- things to do
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With ever-increasing standardisation of shops, bars, restaurants and hotels across borders, it can sometimes be difficult to know which city you’re in. This fact is as true for luxury experiences as it is for any others. However, as Edinburgh luxury bloggers, it comforts us to know that our wonderful city can still provide us with some indulgent experiences that simply cannot be replicated elsewhere. Here our six of our favourite luxury experiences which you can only get in Edinburgh.
Wake up to a view of Edinburgh Castle
[Image credit: Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian]
Like Rome, Edinburgh is a city built on seven hills. To ice the scenic cake, it has a brooding Castle perched atop an extinct volcano, with wonderful views across the Forth estuary to Fife. Edinburgh’s beauties are here for all to enjoy, but if you can watch the sunrise from a luxuriously appointed hotel suite over a leisurely breakfast, so much the better. A couple to dream about are the double storey penthouse suite at The Scotsman, and the Alexander Graham Bell suite at the Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh The Caledonian.
Dine within a glowing Scotch whisky vault
[Image credit: The Scotch Malt Whisky Experience]
It seems that every city in the world is in a fierce competition to produce the most original luxury private dining room, but nowhere can boast one quite like The Whisky Collection vault at The Scotch Whisky Experience. With its doors closing to the public when night falls, The Collection may be hired for an exclusive gourmet dinner for ten people, with attendees bathed in the Amber glow of nearly 4000 bottles of Scotch. Indulging in the high end whisky also on offer is optional, but when in Rome…
See ‘The Greatest Show on Earth’ from the Royal Gallery
[Image credit: The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo]
Part of the world-famous Edinburgh Summer Festivals, The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo takes over the stunning Castle Esplanade every August for a nightly military spectacular. For those only interested in the very best seats in the house, a VIP seat in the covered Royal Gallery has a face on view of the performance and stunning backdrop of Edinburgh Castle. After the performance you can hobnob with the performers at the producer’s after-party.
Get kilted out like a rock star
[Image credit: 21st Century Kilts]
A variety of high quality kilt-makers throughout Scotland can attire gentlemen in full Highland regalia, but hidden away on Edinburgh’s cobbled Thistle Street is the studio of the man who has kilted Vin Diesel, Lenny Kravitz, and Richard Branson. Howie Nicholsby of 21st Century Kilts aims to make the kilt ‘a realistic alternative to trousers’. Whether or not you agree, he can certainly turn out bespoke cutting-edge kilt that will make you look seriously cool, and his creations are for women as well as men.
Indulge in a Prestonfield Afternoon Tea
[Image credit: Prestonfield House]
An exquisite afternoon tea is a must on any trip to the UK, but surely no city can boast a setting as grandly incongruous as Prestonfield House, a baronial country seat in the heart of a city. Lavishly restored by hotelier James Thompson, Prestonfield offers the ultimate luxury location for this most British of traditions. Visitors can sip their tea in one of the fabulously decorated state rooms, or from the charming Gothic tea house, watching strutting peacocks and grazing Highland Cattle – Take that, Claridges!
Sip champagne aboard her majesty’s former floating palace
[Image credit: The Royal Yacht Britannia]
The iconic Royal Yacht Britannia, now permanently moored in Leith harbour, was the Queen’s floating Palace, playing host to Heads of State and dignitaries from all over the world. Now available for private hire, guests can enjoy the same legendary hospitality and luxury cuisine offered by Her Majesty to such luminaries as Frank Sinatra and Nelson Mandela. The Royal experience begins long before you even step aboard, with a gold-edged crested invitation winging its way to your guests in advance of your event.
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