A Guide To Your Edinburgh Stag Weekend
Top 5 Edinburgh Stag Do Ideas
- Highland Games - Man-up and take on hilarious highland challenges.
- Whisky Tour - Did somebody say, "Whisky O’clock?".
- Whitewater Rafting - Heading up stag creek without a paddle.
- Clay Shooting - “Go ahead stag, break my clay.”
- Escape Game - Trapped in a room and the clock is ticking...
Highland Games - Chucking massive tree trunks or hunting wild haggis, this is what makes 'Scotland the brave' and will separate the men from the wee boys.
Duckying - Despite the camp name, this is white water rafting for tough guys. One man, one boat, one epic ride. Come and have a go if you think you're hard enough!
Stag vs Food - Not a deep fried Mars bar in sight but this is still one of the greatest gastro challenges known to stag-kind. Come and have a go if you think you're lard enough.
Best Bars in Edinburgh
The Devil's Advocate - Effortlessly cool, always lively, this fantastic bar, tucked down one of the city's medieval side streets serves insanely good food, in a fantastic atmosphere washed down with life changing cocktails. (Try the 'Stag at the Waldorf')
9 Advocates Close, EH1 1 ND
The Lucky Liquor Co - This bar is so hipster it should grow a beard, get tatts and wear a tartan lumberjack shirt. Instead it turns up the tunes and wows you with trendy cocktails and superb food. Perfect place to start an unforgettable night.
39a Queen Street, EH2 3NH
Lulu - Every city in the world should have a Lulu! THIS is how you party! Live tunes, top DJ's, Jukebox Fridays... The staff, the cocktails, the tunes, if we could marry a bar, this would be the one. If only they'd drop the restraining order!
125B George Street EH2 4JN
August - The Fringe. A festival so famous it needs no introduction. Europe's largest arts festival and funnily enough the greatest comedy festival in the world.
August – Royal Military Tattoo. An Edinburgh institution and an iconic way to celebrate the best of Blighty. All together now... "God save our gracious Queen..."
October - Oktoberfest. The flavours of Bavaria hit Scotland with a festival dedicated to beer and the drinking of. "Das ist gut ya?"
December - Hogmanay. There's no other city in the UK that does New Year's Eve quite like Edinburgh, without so much as a Jools Holland in sight.
"Square toed shoes were actually invented to allow Scotsmen to get closer to the bar."
Where to Head...
If you've "got a thirst on yae" then the Royal Mile is the road that runs from the castle all the way "doon" to Holyrood Palace (Her Majesty's Scottish gaff that sits opposite the Scottish Parliament). Edinburgh's most celebrated street is lined with dozens of pubs and bars for a right royal pub crawl.
Arthur's seat is not just a great way to see the city, it's also kill or cure for any hungover stags. Rouse the troops and then march them to the top of the stunning viewpoint. They'll moan the whole way but will thank you in the end. Top stag memories.
"The proper drinking of Scotch whisky is more than indulgence;
it is a toast to a civilisation, a tribute to the continuity of culture,
a manifesto of man's determination to use the resources of nature
to refresh mind and body and enjoy to the full the senses
with which he has been endowed."
A Taste of Edinburgh
Eats - Oink. Two words. "Hog. Roast". Now that we have your attention we can focus on what is without doubt our favourite place to grab a bit in Edinburgh. Perfect to stop off for lunch between activities, you can grab a roll to go or go the whole hog and have a sit down meal (whole hog? See what we did there? Edinburgh Festival here we come!).
34 Victoria St, EH1 2JW & 82 Cannongate EH8 8BZ
Drinks - Palooza. Some people take beer far too seriously but not the guys behind Palooza. They know good beer is about love and fun. The flavour, the brewing, the sharing... if none of that makes you smile then put the Palooza down and go do some birdwatching or something, you're not worthy.
Available across the city.
"A townscape raised in the teeth of cold winds from the east; a city of winding cobbled streets and haughty pillars; a city of dark nights and candlelight, and intellect."
- Alexander McCall Smith
On Ya Bike! Getting Around Edinburgh
Edinburgh has a great transport network, buses, trains and (long awaited) trams operate in the city. The city is noted for its hills so if you don't fancy letting your legs take the strain grab a OneTicket for unlimited travel. For great bike hire (half day hire available) head to the Leith Cycle Co.
"Keep the heid!" - Stay calm and don't panic
"Bawbag" - Scrotum/term of derision ("Ya wee babag!")
"Ha ya doon?" - How are you?
"Ach ya wee bastar!!" - Oh dear, that hurt.
"Bampot" - Numpty
"Numpty" - Idiot (ya numpty)
"Pished" - Drunk
"Dinnae bother pal" - Don't worry old chap.
"Ach dinnae bother pal, the bawbag's pished again!" - Don't bother yourself old chap, my friend has simply had one too many.
"Fish supper" - Fish & chips
"Deep fried mars bar" - Health food
"The pubs are all closed?!?!?" - State of national mourning
40 Reasons Why Edinburgh Rocks!
'Auld Reekie' - Thankfully it doesn't stink so badly these days, but Edinburgh's nickname came from the sheer amount of smoke hanging about because of all the coal and wood that used to be burned in the city.
Naughty Drawings - Edinburgh is a city of firsts - one of those firsts being the first edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica which was actually considered to be rather controversial due to its 'unvarnished portrayals of the unmentionable parts of the human body'.
Calton Hill - One of Scotland's oldest public parks just happens to provide the best 360 degree views in the city. There are unusual pieces of classical architecture to admire on the top of Calton Hill as well - there's a reason why Edinburgh is sometimes called 'the Athens of the North'.
Edinburgh's Shame - The monument on Calton Hill isn't officially named anything because it was never really finished. Money ran out, and construction came to a grinding halt - leading the locals to describe it as 'Edinburgh's Shame', a name that's stuck to the present day.
Highland Games - If this activity doesn't bring out your inner Celt, nothing will. The Highland Games are physical, fun and extremely competitive. Only real men win here...
Whiskey Tour - Scottish whiskey is arguably the North's finest export, and a whiskey tour is the perfect way to celebrate a tipple which will soon become your new drink of choice, if it isn't already! Find out more...
Scottish Real Ale Festival - Anybody can drink a beer, but it takes a real guffawing hair-laden man of a man to take on the challenge of real ales. This is the Scottish equivalent of Oktoberfest, and you and the boys will gie it laldy.
No sh*t Sherlock - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, one of many infamous Edinburgh residents is said to have based the character of Sherlock Holmes on Professor Joseph Bell, the ex-President of the Royal College of Surgeons. 'Elementary, my dear Watson...'
Ebenezer Who? - Charles Dickens famously came up with the idea for the character of Ebenezer Scrooge when he misread the gravestone of a highly successful Edinburgh merchant by the name of Ebenezer Scroggie. Someone should've gone to Specsavers!
White Water Rafting - Edinburgh's White Water Rafting course is truly epic. Take on the challenge of the rushing waters and discover who comes out on top; Man, or Mother Nature?!? Read more...
Dolly the Cloned Sheep - In the National Museum of Scotland, you can find the stuffed remains of Dolly, the first animal to be successfully cloned - although we don't recommend attempting to clone the stag, one's bad enough...
Heads & Tales - Gin. It's the marmite of your drinks cabinet. If you love it? This classy gin bar is a temple to Amsterdam's greatest export with a huge range of blends to fill your glass with. If you hate it? There's beer, cocktails and, of course, a wee dram of whiskey. Heads & Tales? It's win-win.
Edinburgh Fringe Festival - This annual celebration of the performing arts featuring the brightest talents in Britain is the biggest in the world. You can enjoy side-splitting comedy performances as well as up-and-coming bands on the cusp of Radio 1 success and some of the craziest street performers we've ever seen. Discover the Fringe Festival...
The Dogs - We would say you'd be barking mad to miss out on this superb eatery. We would. We'd even tell you to press paws on whatever you're doing and book your table right now, honestly. But to make such puns would be to take away from the delicious food coming from this Edinburgh kitchen - including melt-in-the-mouth pork cheeks and the mighty-meaty 6oz flat iron steak. Man's best friend? Possibly. Man's best food? Definitely. Visit The Dogs...
BrewDog - What's that? The sound of a delicious Punk IPA trickling into your pint glass? The hoppy notes of craft beer? The smell of some of the UK's finest pub grub? Edinburgh's BrewDog is the kind of modern boozer that your dad-in-law really won't want to enjoy (the country pub lover that he is) but after bottle of This. Is. Lager. proclaims he never wants to leave (although you will have to explain what a Dead Pony Club really is). Visit Brewdog...
Creeping Parliament - Back in the 16th Century, the locals gave Scottish Parliament the nickname of the 'Creeping Parliament' because they had to crawl into council to avoid enemy gunfire... talk about a hostile work environment!
Mons Meg - This was the medieval equivalent of a nuke, and rather alarmingly, it belonged to the Scottish! This cannon fired massive stone shots weighing 400 pounds a piece at a range of two miles - that's serious firepower considering this was back in the 15th century!
Edinburgh Castle - You can find Mons Meg as well as a host of other medieval relics at Edinburgh Castle. This historical site is a close reminder that once you take away the dragons, the white walkers and the magic powers, Game of Thrones isn't that far removed from real life. Do try to resist screaming 'winter is coming', but let's be honest, you've simply got to in these epic surroundings.
Panda & Sons - Gentlemen aren't born, they're made. And in Edinburgh, they're made here. Panda & Sons is the kind of bar where you can forget the hustle of the city, settle down with a craft ale and talk about the drastic affairs of the groom's life while playing with your mustachios. Or alternatively, order an Italian Night Walker and soak in the bar's speakeasy vibes. Discover Panda & Sons.
Burgers & Beers Grillhouse - File this under "things that do what they say on the tin" - here you'll find Edinburgh's best burgers as well as an impressive list of craft beers to quench your thirst. All in a relaxed safe-haven just off the Royal Mile, so you can enjoy all the meaty goodness in peace and quiet. Or you can hit the outdoor terrace and watch street performers while you eat. Find out more...
Frankenstein Pub & Bier Keller - "It's aliiiiiiiiiiiive!", the Frankenstein pub and Bierkeller breathes new life into Mary Shelley's iconic horror tale with three themed floors of beers, cheers and gothic good times. While downstairs you'll find a booming Bier Keller to see off your groom in Bavarian style. Das ist gut, jah? See more...
Nor Lock - The Prince Street Gardens might seem pretty chilled out, but in fact they've got a dark past. It was here that 300 witch trials took place - the gardens used to be the location of 'North Lock' where women were thrown into the waters and you probably know the rest; if they floated they were executed, if they drowned? Then that's too bad...just a tad harsh we reckon.
Burke and Hare - These 19th century body snatchers are infamous in Edinburgh. They murdered around 16 people so that they could sell their corpses to Doctor Robert Knox for use in anatomy lectures. They were thankfully caught and hung in 1829, so you can probably rest easy on your Edinburgh stag weekend...
Opal Lounge - We're pretty sure we've seen the Opal Lounge before. Was it in Tron? Blade Runner? Or was it Total Recall? All we know is that it's futuristic as you like, with LED light screens, a cool atmosphere and more vodka than a Russian mafia wedding. You'll want to brush up for this one gentlemen. Check it out...
Espionage - Sure, you can have a nightclub. You can have a bar. You can even have a live music lounge. But it's a rare and beautiful thing when you find all three under one roof. Espionage is that special place where you can have an unforgettable time no matter your party preferences. Moroccan cocktail bar? Got it. Cold War themed nightclub? Now you're talking. Discover Espionage now.
Recording Studio - If you and the lads are up for it, this is a great laugh. Record your own version of an AC/DC smash hit, or perhaps you'd prefer to put your own spin on one of Iron Maiden's heavy metal anthems? See more...
The Mosque Kitchen - This is possibly the best curry in Edinburgh. It's tasty, as hot or as mild as you like and totally budget friendly. Plus it's basically been scientifically proven that curry is the perfect fuel for a stag do. Look, don't question the facts; just help yourself to another papadum. See more...
Sneaky Pete's - Ask the locals where's best to party and they'll probably point you in the direction of Cowgate's Sneaky Pete's. Keeping things strictly on the "alt" key, this bar and live music venue do things differently to the city's other clubs with a faithful crowd, a fantastic atmosphere and beery good times aplenty. And there isn't anything sneaky about that. Find out more...
Heart of Midlothian - Commonly known as Hearts, this Edinburgh based football club has done reasonably well for itself, having won 4 league titles and 12 Scottish Cups. Although they've dropped off in recent years, they're still a match for anyone on their day.
Hibernian - The Hibees can be found playing in the Scottish Championship, but their status as a second division club doesn't mean that their football isn't as captivating as their derby rivals Hearts. This club has seen some great moments over the years with 4 league titles and 5 Scottish Cups, and you get the impression that there's more to come from the Hibs.
Edinburgh Rugby - Rugby fans will be pleased to know that Edinburgh also has its own Rugby Union club. Playing in the GuinnessPro12, Edinburgh have actually been relatively successful in their recent history, just falling short of a major international title to become runners up in the European Cup in 2015.
Scotland Rugby - As the capital of Scotland, Edinburgh is also the home of Scotland's national side. Having won the Triple Crown in the Six Nations more times than any of the home nations, Scotland are a force to be reckoned with on the pitch, a fact their opponents are reminded of every time they scrum down with the boys in blue.
J.K. Rowling - While the famous author wasn't born in Edinburgh, it's a little known fact that she began her massively successful Harry Potter series in one of the city's coffee shops. So if the lads suddenly feel compelled to start writing in the pub, don't stop them. They could end up richer than the queen...
Sir Chris Hoy - Not every town has a six-time gold medal Olympian to speak of, but that's exactly what Edinburgh's got in Sir Chris Hoy. He's a true British sporting icon, and while he's retired now, he's still racing, competing in 2016's Le Man's race.
Sean Connery - The man's rendition of James Bond is iconic, it's the original performance and some still say that it can't be beat. Give From Russia with Love a spin on a wet Sunday afternoon and you'll discover that Connery's Bonds have a timeless charm - and it all started in Edinburgh.
Ronnie Corbett - One half of The Two Ronnies, Ronnie Corbett's portfolio reads like a must-watch list of classic comedies. Career highlights include the infamous 'fork handles' and 'class' sketch with Ronnie Barker and John Cleese.
A-List - ...while Edinburgh has its fair share of celebrities, the real A-List in this town belongs to the architecture. More listed buildings can be found here than anywhere else in the world.
Duels - Scotland's most famous dueling area can be found in the land beneath Arthur's Seat - however nobody's fought there for 170 years, the last duel apparently involved a Judge by the name of Lord Shand in 1850.
Alexander Graham Bell - Look in your pocket, what's in there? Your phone? Thank Alexander Graham Bell. This Scotsman invented the first telephone, although he famously considered his massive breakthrough as a massive nuisance and refused to have one in his study.
Charles Darwin - You know all about Darwin and his theory of evolution - 'all we need to tell that we're descended from apes is to have a look at the groom's ugly gaggie!'
Top Tweeters - Seminal Edinburgh crime writer Ian Rankin's witty observations are well worth following, whether you're a fan of his bestselling books or not. This Is Edinburgh will keep you up to date with all the latest goings on in the city and they'll alert you to any special dining offers so you can grab some top grub for a great price.
Facebook - Live Edinburgh News will let you know what's happening in the city, as its happening so that you're always in the know. Mi Edinburgh puts the power in your hands; make the city yours with some epic special offers.
There are 9 women for every 8 men in Edinburgh.
The Legend of Auld Reekie…
There was a time when Edinburgh was Scotland's best kept stag secret, a party capital reserved only for those in the know. Thankfully, just as with Scotch Whiskey, Andy Murray and Billy Connelly, nothing in this part of the world can stay hidden forever and now this magnificent city is well-and-truly open for the taking on your last weekend of single living.
But wouldn't a town voted as European Destination of the Year be too expensive for a stag do? On the contrary, it's actually surprisingly budget-friendly, and at StagWeb's fantastic low rates, you could end up "gieing it ladly" for far less than you first planned. Leaving you with even more to spend on the Royal Mile.
Stag Fact #1 - Edinburgh's Royal Mile is actually one mile and 107 yards long.
The Extra (Royal) Mile...
5-star hostels, luxury hotels, private party pads, budget-friendly stays and stag weekend dormitories featuring table tennis and video games - when it comes to your Edinburgh stag weekend we can (and do) offer it all. But we don't take anybody else's word for it, and neither should you. That's why we try out all our options ourselves before sending our groups. It's the only way we can be confident that you're in a brilliant starting point for your big weekend with the best action within a close walking distance. And when it comes to Edinburgh that's usually in the heart of the legendary Royal Mile or in the vibrant Cowgate district near the hottest clubs, pubs and bars that auld reekie has to offer.
We've been organising epic Edinburgh stag weekends since 2002, and in that time, we've forged strong working relationships with all our suppliers, meaning that we get special benefits that we gladly pass on to all our groups. These include
- Lower rates
- Flexibility on numbers
- Complete financial protection
Edinburgh Fringe is the World's largest arts festival.
The Scots are descended from kings, heroes, beastie slayers and warriors - so did you really expect their idea of Edinburgh stag do adventures to be anything less than puts-hairs-on-your-chest incredible? From tartan sporting challenges to chilled-out distillery tours, hilarious Inflatable Games to racing wheel-to-wheel on the city's awesome 600m indoor asphalt track, Edinburgh has unbelievable action of the "hold my whiskey and watch this" variety.
Here's some of the greats...
- Highland Games - Whip on your kilts, grow 'oot your beards and prepare for stag vs stag action as you take on a range of auld Scottish sports.
- White Water Rafting - The greatest hangover cure since Irn Bru. Take the groom up a certain creek without a paddle on extreme grade 2-4 rapids.
- Dungeon Tours - Test your mettle in Edinburgh's freaky underground Dungeons. If the live actors don't spook you, then perhaps the rides will...
- Escape Games - How quickly do you think after a late night on the toon? Time to find out (but not too long) as you race against puzzles, traps and the clock.
A Reet Hootenanny
No pre-wedding weekend is complete without a suitable amount of beers, cheers and unforgettably good times. Fortunately, the kind of nightlife that Edinburgh deals in is exactly that – unforgettable. Whether your flavour is independent live music venues, alternative bars and punk rock pubs or luxury party spots, craft beer houses and whiskey emporiums, this city has it all. You'll find the cream of the crop along the Royal Mile, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't wander further afield. Cowgate has a few brilliant watering holes to quench your thirst while the Grassmarket is home to some of the local's favourite nightclubs.
But let's face it gentlemen. You could experience this vibrant city after-dark at any time - But this is the groom's last weekend of single living and you deserve the VIP treatment, which is exactly what StagWeb will give you. Guestlist entry for Edinburgh's best nightclub? Just walk under this rope. Reservations in the city's top restaurants? Here's your table. Limo transfers? "Where to first, master stags?"
Celebrate in style...
- Lap Dancing – Haggis and whiskey, eggs and bacon, stag weekends and lap dancers... Some things just work. Give your groom the gift of VIP entry and if you're feeling generous, a private dance with one of these Celtic beauties.
- Sexy Pub Crawl Babes - Get the party started as these gorgeous Edinburgh lassies lead you to the city's best bars and pubs like horses to water. Or should that be beer?
- Casino Nights – Ask yourself, "how would Bond spend his stag do?" ... The answer? Rolling the dice in Edinburgh's best casinos. Enjoy table drinks service, a delicious restaurant and more gaming tables than you can shake your chips at.
- Comedy Club – If you thought that Edinburgh would be one of the funniest cities in the UK because of the Fringe Festival... Then you'd be right. So, stop looking so smug and enjoy some of the best comedy acts in the UK as well as up-and-coming stars coming to a quiz show panel near you in the near future.
Stag Fact #2 - James Bond is from Edinburgh! Legendary actor Sean Connery was born here on August 25th, 1930.
A Wee Word On Protection...
Now we know from experience that organising a weekend away can be stressful when you're managing your own money, but when you've got to organise everybody else's cash as well, things can sometimes feel like more stress than it's worth. Gentlemen, we're here to tell you it doesn't have to be this way - we offer all our groups complete financial protection.
What does that mean for you? It means that when you book your Edinburgh stag do with us, you're booking with an ABTA bonded (No. W7797), ATOL protected (No. 11011) travel agency held to the highest standards of professionalism in our industry. And your hard-earned funds will be protected from the moment you check in to your accommodation, to the moment you hand in your keys and set off on the long road back to normality.
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"That's All Grand, But How Do We Get This Party Started?"
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