Your Personal Stag Do Expert
Organising a stag do can be a very stressful business, and if you get it wrong you're going to look like a right chump. All our customers get their own personal stag do manager, who will be able to give you advice on what will work best for your group, is on hand to answer any questions you may have, and make sure the stag do is a complete success.
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When you submit an enquiry, we create your own personal stag do area. You can view and edit your event, invite guests, see who paid what and when, get maps, directions and a whole host of other things to make your life simple!
Ye dancin’? We’re askin’. It’s true - things do get more fun north of the wall and Edinburgh is as famed for its night outs and drinking culture as its history soaked landscape.
Edinburgh in a Nutshell
- A medieval landscape full of spires of dark stone, winding closes and hidden underground vaults.
- Scottish fusion cooking, fresh seafood from the coast and, of course, deep-fried everything.
- Whisky bars, craft beer pubs and secret speakeasies behind barber shop doors - forget bottles of Buckfast, Edinburgh’s drinking scene is thriving.
Cobbled streets, cosy pubs and locals full of fiery banter: bonny Edinburgh offers nothing short of a braw time.
For the best views of Auld Reekie, explore the mighty fortress of Edinburgh Castle (where for centuries the Scots fended off invaders) or climb 250 muddy metres to the glorious peak of Arthur’s Seat. Next, head underground to discover Edinburgh’s infamous dark side, from the Real Mary King’s Close (a maze of subterranean streets where plague victims were buried) to the Blair Street Underground Vaults (a network of underground passages used by gravediggers Burke and Hare). If all that spook has got you thirsty, a tour of The Scotch Whisky Experience is a must. Time your stag right and you can join the ‘Flower of Scotland’-singing rugby crowds at BT Murrayfield Stadium.
Food and Booze
Ever had a battered mars bar? Or deep-fried pizza?
Edinburgh’s chippies are masters at deep-frying almost anything you hand to them to belt-busting perfection. It wouldn’t be a trip to Scotland without chowing down on haggis, neeps and tatties: sheep’s organs and oatmeal boiled in their intestines (delicious). Whatever locals tell you, they most definitely didn’t catch a wild haggis fresh that morning. Follow up with tablet or shortbread for dessert, before guzzling a fish supper on your night out. For the morning after, head to bakeries like Stephen’s for classic treats like bacon butties, macaroni pies and scotch pies, or wander the cobbled streets of Old Town to find a full Scottish breakfast. What makes it Scottish? The proof is in the black pudding.
Wander the alleys of the Grassmarket to discover traditional Scottish pubs hidden within the closes, and order a pint of Tennents to show you’re down with the locals.
For something more edgy, Leith has a plethora of trendy joints perched on the water, serving up craft beer favourites like Innis & Gunn. Edinburgh has centuries of experience when it comes to whisky production, making it one of the best places in the world to sip the ‘water of life’. An excellent place to start is the Scotch Whisky Experience, offering over 3,500 varieties, tasting sessions and a chance to ride in a whisky-barrel car. Gin is also a big deal here, with the Edinburgh Gin distillery hosting great tours near Haymarket Station.
Note that Scotland has slightly stricter drinking laws than the rest of the UK, the most notable being you cannot purchase alcohol from a shop after 10pm until 12pm the following day - so get those pre drinks in early laddies!
Edinburgh’s Neighbourhood Guide
Split into the Old Town and New Town, Edinburgh lives a double life between grungy tradition and glamour and glitz. Some streets in the capital are a destination in themselves and a whole day can be lost to just one.
The heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town, the Grassmarket is one of the city’s most colourful and vibrant destinations. It’s a place of stark contrasts - you’ll find the famed historical statue of Greyfriar’s Bobby at the top of Candlemaker Row to the east side of the street and the famed ‘Pubic Triangle’ of strip clubs to the west. For some daytime exploration the Grassmarket is the best location for some of the city’s best shopping with a wide range of independent designers, vintage shops and artisan food on offer. However, the pubs of the street are where the action really is, with live music leaking out of tavern doors and plenty of crowd-pleasing pub grub and pints of craft beer to go around. An afternoon can quickly turn into an all-nighter in this market street.
Although you might not often actually find ‘Sunshine on Leith’ (it is Scotland after all), Leith has rapidly become of Edinburgh’s most exciting neighbourhoods. Once the underdog neighbourhood of the city, Leith was known as the inspiration for Trainspotting but its recent regeneration hasn’t made it lose its edge. Leith Walk hosts some of the capital’s best boozers - teaming with friendly locals, cheap pints and music - and it only takes a short wander from this main strip to find some of the capital’s best microbreweries. The Shore runs along the Water of Leith and you can’t miss out a visit to one of its unbelievably fresh seafood serving restaurants - a trip to Leith isn’t complete without a stop-off at a water-front bar.
Just a ten minute walk from Edinburgh’s city centre you’ll find a village within a city in the shape of Stockbridge. Home to the Royal Botanic Gardens and the Scottish National Museum of Modern Art, Stockbridge is a bohemian neighbourhood soaked in culture. Basement bars serving cocktails, pokey vinyl shops and artisan delis hosting classes fill the sandstone streets making the leafy suburb the perfect escape for some stag do downtime. Hit the neighbourhood at the right time of year and you can find some of the country’s best food (and drink) festivals.
Don’t let the gloominess of the Cowgate fool you with first impressions - this is in fact Edinburgh’s party street. During the day you won’t see much action apart from locals using it as a shortcut, but once the sun sets, the city’s locals congregate on this shadowy street to let their hair down. Clubs come in the shape of underground warrens hidden behind otherwise normal street doors — whether it’s a techno-pounding sweat box or a classic rock fuelled party, the Cowgate’s cavernous clubs play host to it all. As the street floods with people at the 3am curfew expect to see street performers entertain the masses as the festivities head outdoors.
Remember to try and spend all your Scottish banknotes if you’re returning to England, Ireland or Wales. Some vendors just plain refuse them, even if they are legal tender!
Flights:As cheap as £100 from down south, climbing up to £250 in the high season.Taxis:Between £20 - £80 from England each way, depending on your luck. Edinburgh Airport is outside the city, so sometimes it’s more time-efficient to hop on a train.Airport Taxi from Centre:Up to £30. Get the airport bus or tram instead (just don’t talk to the locals about it).Local Meal:£8 - £30 depending on location and how ‘high-end’ the establishment is, darling.Pint:The average price is £4.17 but follow locals to their favourite haunts and find pints for as little as £3.Cava:£6 - stick to pints of Edinburgh’s golden brews.Edinburgh Castle:£17.50 online - book in advance.
Illegal:Edinburgh has bylaws that mean you shouldn’t really drink in public places and booze can only be bought from shops between the hours of midday and 10pm. Keep things quiet in your hotel or Airbnb between 8pm and 7am, or you might get a visit from the ‘polis’.
Getting to Edinburgh
If you’re travelling up from London, a one-hour flight is the quickest way to reach the cobbled streets of the Scottish capital (costing anywhere between £70 to £200 for a return flight, depending on the season).
From Edinburgh Airport it’s a 25-minute taxi ride to the city centre. You can pick up private airport taxis and black cabs from the taxi ranks found at the east end of the terminal building (expect to pay around £15). Lothian buses run its Airlink 100 express service 24 hours a day, 7 hours a week every 10 minutes (costing £4.50 for a single journey). For something a little more cultural, the trams run every 7 minutes for £5.50 - taking you to the centre in style.
The train is one of the most popular options for getting to Edinburgh, arriving at the very central Waverly and Haymarket stations. Direct trains from Manchester take just over 3 hours, while those travelling from Birmingham can expect a 5-hour journey. LNER trains from London depart from King’s Cross and take anywhere between 4 to 6 hours, depending on the number of stops (including York and Newcastle). Expect to pay between £100 to £200 for a return journey, with extremely busy carriages during bank holidays (avoid if you can). If you’ve got the time and patience, there’s always the 9-hour Megabus.
When to Visit Edinburgh
Edinburgh plays host to cold crisp winters and cold crisp summers. Only joking - but don’t expect heatstroke in the Scottish capital anytime soon.
Spring:Spring tends to be Edinburgh’s driest time of year and the city bursts into riots of colour as the brutal Scottish winter vanishes. Although Edinburgh locals will tell you to ‘never cast a clout until May is out’ (don’t leave without a jacket before summer), spring in Scotland comes with a whole lot of sun, just with a wee chill in the air.
Summer:Laugh all you want about summer in Scotland but it can get as hot as London and hit 30 degrees. The summer months are the best to explore the capital with the sun staying out until 9pm most evenings meaning more time for Edinburgh’s beer-gardens. Edinburghers love their ‘taps aff’ weather and the Meadows is the place to relax in the Scottish sunshine - just maybe keep an umbrella in your back pocket if you head to any Summer Sessions concerts or the massively popular Fringe in August (where the city’s population more than doubles).
Autumn:Summer is short-lived in Edinburgh and from September temperatures drop back to anything between 8 and 14 degrees. Princes Street Garden’s luscious green views change to fiery reds and burnt oranges, a perfect setting for Guy Fawkes night. Flight prices are at their lowest in autumn as the city relaxes after the Fringe and waits for Christmas celebrations.
Winter:In what feels like Edinburgh’s longest season, the capital comes alive. Christmas markets flood the streets as the city prepares for its legendary Hogmanay parties, and it comes as no surprise for those who visit why the Scottish capital is a top winter destination. Just remember to wear a jacket and keep your fingers crossed for snow - the average temperature in December is just 1 degree.
Top Stag Do Edinburgh Ideas
Down that whisky and pull up your kilt: our Edinburgh stag activities are designed to put some hair on your chest!
- Whisky, cocktails and mountains of food
It wouldn’t be a trip to bonny Scotland without a dram of whisky, making thisWhisku Tasting Toura must-do on your Edinburgh stag. If you fancy yourself a mixologist-in-the-making, our popularCocktail Making coursewill have you putting on all the bells and whistles, followed by a filling three-course meal. If you and the boys are really hungry, theMan Plank Challengewill put your stomachs through the ringer.
- Flex your muscles in the Highland Games
Prove what you’re made of in a series of challenges inspired by Scotland’s famousHighland Games. Toss the caber, hurl some haggis and wang your wellies on your way to victory - bonus points for wearing a kilt for the occasion.
- Blast clay pigeons and brave canyoning
Channel your inner Bonnie Prince Charlie in aClay Pigeon Shooting experience, or combine it with a round ofArchery and Rifle Shootingif you’ve got a serious taste for fire-power. Afterwards, get knee-deep in Scotland’s gorgeous countryside scale waterfalls and clamber down cliffs in ourCanyoning experience.
- Race across the Scottish wilderness
Put pedal to the metal in our series of hair-raisingdriving experiences. Adventure into the Scottish mountains in a classic 4x4 on a day of Extreme Off Road Driving, racing through huge swathes of green countryside. If you fancy getting even more down and dirty, theRage BuggyandExtreme Quad Bikingexperiences will satisfy your need for speed.
- Party like true Scotsmen
If there’s one thing Edinburgh knows how to do, it’s throw a banging night out. All aboard theParty Busfor a tour of the city’s best nightclubs, or enjoy VIP entry to stag favouritesATIK,Newsroom BarandClub Tropicana.