The perfect day out with Mum in Edinburgh

26 February 2016

She's been with you through thick and thin, shown unconditional love and brought you into this world - the least you can do is show your Mum a good time on Mother's Day! Our Mother's Day ideas include brunch places restaurants that'll impress her and activities to do together after a bit of retail therapy. Whether you want to pamper Mum with a spa treatment or spend an afternoon browsing Edinburgh shops, start planning your day with the help of our guide to things to do on Mother's Day in Edinburgh.

10am: Brunch 

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Mum's kept you well fed and watered over the years, so this Mother's Day treat her to a special brunch. If you can’t muster the strength to rustle up the traditional breakfast-in-bed, then take her to one of Edinburgh's best breakfast places where the whole family can enjoy everything from from eggs bendict at Urban Angel to waffles at The Pantry.

Browse our list of the top breakfast places in Edinburgh here>

11am: Pampering at One Spa

Sheraton Onespa Pool

After brunch, surprise your mum with a luxury spa package in a gorgeous hotel, where you can spend some quality time together and just chill out. Imagine the look on her face when you tell her she's about to be pampered at One Spa at the Sheraton Hotel! Here, she can get to experience the selection of sauna and thermal rooms, all stimulating the senses with smell, sight, heat and steam. 

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2pm: Afternoon Tea  

Prestonfield High Tea

Sample the finer things in life, step into a world of relaxation, sophistication and luxury. Afternoon Tea is a timeless ritual of beautifully presented cakes, dainty pastries and delicate finger sandwiches served with exquisite blends of the finest teas. So, get your vintage crockery, fresh scones and fabulous teas at the ready for this Mother's Day! There are lots of great afternoon tea places in the city, but the offerings at Prestonfield House Hotel or the Balmoral's Palm Court are particularly decandent.

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3pm: Retail therapy

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In the afternoon you can treat your mum (and maybe yourself) to a bit of retail thearpy. Lose yourself in the independent boutiques of Thistle Street, enjoy a bit of luxury from the fabulous stores of Multree's Walk, or get something a little quirky in the Grassmarket. It's the perfect opportunity to treat her to that new dress that she's not quite got herself round to buying yet, or surprise her with a new handbag or bit of bling! 

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6pm: Luxury dinner

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All that shopping is bound to help you work up an appetite. There's plenty of tasty places to dine out in Edinburgh, including many that are serving up special mothering menus and some that are just all year round go-to places for great grub. 

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9pm: Cocktails


Finish your day with a cocktail in one of Edinburgh's trendy bars. The city is a haven for cocktail bars, where mixologists will mesmorise you with their concoctions and tickle your tastebuds until late in the evening. Why not try a speakeasy, where you can slip in to one of Edinburgh's best cocktail spots through a secret entrance? Queen Street mainstays Bramble and Panda & Sons would make the ideal drinking spots to finish off your Mother's Day in style.

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