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Edinburgh might be so picturesque that it resembles a film set at times, but trust us: there’s nothing fictional about its potential for a legendary stag do.
Edinburgh is one Scotland’s liveliest party cities, promising you and your group of stags a weekend bursting with booze, mayhem and good times.
Alright, Scotland’s cultured capital might be a little colder when compared to some other stag destinations, but take our word for it, you'll barely notice the temperature once you get going. You’ll find some great bars and clubs here to fuel your night-time antics, along with top daytime activities, and a generally welcoming atmosphere for stags. So what are you waiting for? Head north of the border and party away the last weekend of freedom with the Scots!
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Edinburgh is a compact city, making it very easy to get around on foot. In fact there’s a lot of fun to be had wandering its side nooks and medieval alleyways. But, this being Scotland, the weather can turn on a pin, so this guide to getting around Edinburgh will give you all the details you need to know for navigating Scotland’s capital in case it rains.
Firstly, how to get to Edinburgh. If most of you are coming by car, your best bet is to arrange car-share between you. There are several public car parks around the city - the NCP at Castle Terrace has 750 spaces alone - where you can leave the motors safely and conveniently, with fair prices for 24 hours. Alternatively, plenty of Edinburgh stag hotels offer car parking for their guests, though often at a supplement. Let us know when you book how many spaces you think you will need.
If you’re flying, Edinburgh Airport is just seven miles from the city centre. There’s a regular, 24-hour bus service from the airport, or it takes half-an-hour by tram. However, we recommend coming by train if you can. As an example, it’s just over five hours from London to Edinburgh by train. When you think about airport check-in, and the transfer into the centre, it’s almost as quick to go by train as it is by air. And of course a more pleasant, more eco-friendly journey.
Getting around in Edinburgh is also very easy. Besides the bus network, and the plentiful taxis, there is the tram service, which has several city centre stops. Get the Transport for Edinburgh app before you arrive, or use the ticket machines on platforms.
You can also hire bikes by the hour in Edinburgh, with pick-up and drop-off points all around the city. And there is even the occasional rickshaw ferrying tourists around - they may not be all that inclined towards picking up groups of drunken stags however, be warned.
Edinburgh is probably most famous for its world-famous Fringe Festival, with thousands of events spanning the city over 25 days in August every year. During this time, the city is bursting with talent and different types of entertainment from comedy shows to music performances. Obviously, this lends itself perfectly to interesting stag do ideas in Edinburgh, but it also has its downsides. Accommodation during Fringe season is expensive and fills up very quickly. And the same goes for the more popular events. So if you want to explore the Fringe on your Edinburgh stag, our advice is to book as early as possible.
As for your more traditional Edinburgh stag do activities, you’ve got an amazing amount of choice. All the classics are here, like Paintballing, Quad Biking, Go Karting and Bubble Football. Our expert team knows all the best things to do here, and will have all the advice you need.
Famously, Edinburgh is brimming with stunning views, which is perfect if you’ve all had a heavy night out and need some fresh air to clear your heads. Take a walk up to the Scott Monument, which is a finely constructed piece of Gothic architecture dedicated to the memory of Sir Walter Scott. You can make your way up its narrow staircase for an awesome panorama. Or, how about washing your face in the dew of Arthur’s Seat? Don’t worry, it’s nothing seedy, we promise. It’s actually Edinburgh’s extinct volcano, and a pretty easy hike where you’ll be rewarded with some breath-taking views.
Then there’s Edinburgh Castle, looking down on the city from Castle Rock. The lads might enjoy a tour of one of Europe’s finest castles one morning before you get going with the festivities on your Scotland stag do.
And, if sightseeing isn’t really for you, then why not indulge in a bit of ‘hair of the dog’ and sample a wee dram at one of Edinburgh’s many excellent whisky bars? We can arrange for you to go Whisky Tasting and discover aromas and flavours which could lead you to your favourite malt whisky.
Lively enough in the daytime, Edinburgh gets even crazier at night, and with our guide to going out in Edinburgh, we’ve put together some of the best haunts for you to hit up and flaunt your signature moves! Don’t forget, when you book your stag do we’ll connect you with a trip organiser who’s an expert on Edinburgh nightlife, able to offer you tailored advice on where to go and why.
But first, let’s be responsible. It’s always a good idea to line your stomach before a night on the town, so why not enjoy a hearty (and delicious) meal at one of Edinburgh’s many stag do-friendly restaurants such as Las Iguanas, the Slug & Lettuce, or Revolution. We’re more than happy to take the hassle away and organise this for you.
Most stag do's in Edinburgh base themselves around the historic Old Town. The two best places for stag groups are Cowgate and the Grassmarket, both of them lined with brilliant nightspots where the good times flow. Fancy dress is allowed in many pubs and bars, which are used to stag groups and happy to welcome well-behaved groups of lads in.
In terms of stag-friendly Edinburgh nightclubs, there are plenty of options to choose from including the popular multi-room venue, ATIK, where every member of the group will find something to suit their music tastes. Well, maybe not Erik the Death Metal enthusiast but he’ll just have to lump it. We can even arrange for you to jump the queue and organise a super stylish VIP booth.
Just a note on your Edinburgh stag do hotel. We know how important it is for you to be close to the action, and not have too far to get back at the end of the night. That’s why we aim to find accommodation that’s within a 10-15 minute walk of the city centre, or a short taxi journey away.
Is Edinburgh good for a stag do?
You can’t see us, but we’re nodding our heads frantically. Edinburgh is without a doubt one of the best cities in the UK for a stag weekend, with great entertainment options, all the classic stag activites and some that are uniquely Scottish, and a wide range of suitable stag do accommodation too. Oh and by the way, the nightlife is fantastic.
Are there Edinburgh stag do apartments?
Absolutely. We have a wide range of stag weekend accommodation in Edinburgh, and self-catering apartments are part of that mix. We also work with a number of excellent Edinburgh stag do hotels so that whether you’re on a budget, or you want something a little more luxurious for your group, there is something for you.
What are the best Edinburgh stag do ideas?
Our expert trip organisers are loaded with reliable advice for your trip to Edinburgh, from tying it in with events such as the Fringe to fun Highland Games experiences, and classic stag activities such as Quad Biking and Paintball. As for stag do entertainment in the evening, there is no end of bars and clubs in Edinburgh ready and waiting to welcome your group and ply you with drink. We’ve got plenty of tips on where’s hot right now.
Do you sell Edinburgh stag do packages?
Our various Edinburgh stag weekend packages are designed to give you a head-start, and ensure your weekend runs nice and smoothly. A typical stag package for Edinburgh will include one or two activities for the daytime, a two-course meal in a restaurant such as Revolution that welcomes stag groups, and then nightclub entry.
Is our money protected?
Have no concerns about that. The Stag Company is ABTA-bonded, which means that your money, for accommodation and activities, is fully protected from booking onwards. Our aim is to give you complete peace of mind when arranging a stag do through us.
Do you have any Edinburgh stag do bar crawl advice?
Are you kidding? We’re Edinburgh bar crawl specialists. In fact we can even arrange a Party Bus tour that escorts you from bar to bar if you’re so inclined. On booking, our team will give you all the advice and support you need on what to do for a first-class stag weekend in Edinburgh, with information on all the best stag-friendly pubs, bars and clubs. We can also arrange dinner for you beforehand to steady your stomachs.
Can we wear fancy dress on an Edinburgh stag weekend?
We’d probably advise against wearing comedy kilts and tam o’ shanters on an Edinburgh stag, as they don’t always go down so well with the locals. But generally speaking, fancy dress is fine in Edinburgh. Some bars, clubs and restaurants don’t allow it - if you have any concerns then you can either check with them directly, or ask your booking coordinator who will find out.