Our Edinburgh Stag Do Guide
StagWeb's Edinburgh Destination Specialist
This is Simon, StagWeb's Edinburgh specialist.
Simon has 6+ years' worth of experience stag planning in the bank with StagWeb.
He's always up to speed with all the latest and greatest goings on in Edinburgh.
Get in touch and he can advise you on anything and everything you need to book your Edinburgh stag do.
Call him now on 01225 474200.
Or fire across a free Edinburgh stag enquiry, and he'll crack on putting together your memorable weekend.
You can then work with Simon to finalise your plans. It's so easy!
✅ Simon's Edinburgh Top Tip
"Edinburgh isn't a massive city, so there are plenty of hotels situated within walking distance of the centre."
"Aim to stay around Princes Street, Grassmarket or the Royal Mile. The West End is also a great place to stay, and there are some top bars and clubs around here also."
🍺 Simon's Night Out Top Tip
"There are loads of places to head out drinking in Edinburgh, but Rose Street is really popular and has a wide range of bars and clubs that'll accept stags."
Is a Stag Do in Edinburgh Right for You?
Being a capital city, Edinburgh has a lot to offer stag groups.
If you want a booze-fuelled celebration or you're going alcohol-free. If you want adrenaline-pumping or nice and chilled. If you want classic activities or something completely different... Edinburgh has you covered.
The only thing that isn't guaranteed is the weather.
But with plenty of boozers to jump into along the Royal Mile, you won't be caught out.
For a real taste of Scotland, our Highland Games activity is hugely popular. But don't just listen to us - here's what one of our previous stag legends, Rob, had to say: "Had a cracking weekend in Edinburgh!
"Perfectly organised and completely hassle-free. Go and do the Highland Games!"
You heard Rob - don't miss out!
- Big Nights Out
- Classic Activities
- Unique Activities
- Sightseeing Opportunities
Not Ideal For...
- Guaranteed Sun (Where in the UK can?!)
- Coastal Activities
- Beach Days
When to Go to Edinburgh?
Unlike some beach destinations, Edinburgh isn't reliant on the weather to have a great time.
For 2023, we have stags heading up throughout the year. However, 58% of our groups are going between May and August.
Well, summer is prime wedding time, so it's traditional to have the stag a few months before the big day.
Plus, Edinburgh is a pretty cool place to be when the sun's shining.
Where to Drink in Edinburgh
- The Royal Mile - The Royal Mile is lined with more than 10 pubs! Stretching from Edinburgh Castle to the Palace of Holyroodhouse next to the Scottish Parliament Building. Can you conquer the mile?
- Grassmarket & Cowgate - Two streets that merge into one another, the areas in and around Grassmarket and Cowgate (just south of Edinburgh Castle) are packed with boozers. We're talking pubs, bars, cocktails joints, and more.
- New Town - North of the castle is an area known as New Town which has loads of bars and restaurants in and around George Street. Our Destination Specialist, Simon, recommends Rose Street which has loads of bars, pubs, and clubs with plenty of indoor and outdoor seating.
Check out our latest blog for the best stag-friendly bars in Edinburgh now.
Or head to the official tourist board for a more generic rundown.
Your Edinburgh Stag Night
Being a busy capital city, nights out in Edinburgh book up fast.
What chance will you have of getting your 15-strong stag group through the door?!
Don't risk it, fella.
Book your big Edinburgh stag night with StagWeb and get your names on the guestlist to some of the biggest parties about.
Everything from bar crawls to club nights, lap dancing to tasty meals and a whole lot more – we've got the groom's last night of freedom covered.
Hit the nightlife tab above and have a browse or speak to our Edinburgh Specialist about your best options on 01225 474200.
Where to Stay in Edinburgh on a Stag Do?
From apartments to hotels to hiring your own Scottish castle, we have some outrageous accommodation options for you to choose from.
Edinburgh has a lot going on wherever you decide to base yourselves.
However, the closer you are to the centre, the easier it is to get to the nightlife spots and see the sights.
Please Note: Not every hotel or apartment accepts stags.
Be sure to check out our stag-friendly Edinburgh accommodation options before committing to something.
Getting to Edinburgh
It's so easy to get to Edinburgh by...
Train - Edinburgh Waverley Train Station is situated slap-bang in the centre of the city. It's sandwiched between the Old Town and the New Town, just 0.3 miles from the Royal Mile and 0.5 miles from the famous Castle.
Visit Trainline to book your train tickets.
Car - If you're thinking about driving up, keep your Maps on so you stay on the best route. For context, it'll take about 7-8 hours to drive from London, 5-6 hours from Birmingham, and about 4-5 hours from Liverpool.
If your accommodation doesn't have parking, visit Parkopedia for the nearest parking spots.
Plane - Edinburgh Airport is located just 8 miles from the centre of the city, so getting to and from it is a breeze. Be sure to check in advance, but you can get flights from the majority of UK airports.
One of the easiest ways to get to the city centre is to get a tram from the airport.
There are also plenty of other transport options for you to choose from.
Getting Around Edinburgh
Walking - OK, there's the odd steep hill, but as capital cities go, Edinburgh is surprisingly compact and easy to walk from one landmark/pub to another.
Buses - Buses, as always, are an easy, reliable, and cost-effective way to get around the city. Be sure to plan your routes in advance to save the faff on the day.
Tram - From Edinburgh Airport in the west to Newhaven in the east, the tram hits over 20 stops, including St Andrew Square (for Edinburgh Waverley Train Station), Murrayfield Stadium, Princes Street and more. Plan your journey and book tram tickets in advance.
Uber & Taxis - Uber is available throughout Edinburgh, plus there are a number of reputable local taxi firms to choose from (ask your accommodation reception or your StagWeb Destination Specialist for recommendations).
Edinburgh Stag Do FAQs
Is Edinburgh good for a stag do?
Edinburgh is a great destination for a stag do. Boasting a range of stag activities to take on - from classics like Bubble Football to the unique and chaotic Highland Games - plus a load of sights to see, you won't be short of options. It's also lively throughout the year, so you won't be confined to a summer celebration.
Is Edinburgh walkable?
Edinburgh is most definitely a walkable city. Start from the Castle and walk down to the central pubs where you can get down to business tasting scotch all night long!
Where can I go drinking in Edinburgh?
If you're keen on a booze-filled adventure, then Edinburgh will 100% answer your calls. Make sure to visit Rose Street (EH2 postcode) which is famous for its many bars and pubs that are happy to accept stag walk-ins until late. Another great option is Grassmarket Street (EH1 2HY) which is home to many affordable pub houses serving six-pint towers and Belgian pilsners.
What's the easiest way to get to Edinburgh from London?
You can take an hour-long flight from London to Edinburgh, which is the fastest and most convenient mode of transport. Otherwise, prepare to spend around 4.5 hours on a train - it's a bit more money, but with more sustainability in mind.
How many days should I spend in Edinburgh?
69% of the stag groups that booked with StagWeb for 2023 opted for 3 or more days in Edinburgh. This gives you enough time to do it all. We're talking about the sights, the pubs, and the awesome activities on offer.
Do you have any Edinburgh stag packages ready to book?
As well as building your own Edinburgh stag enquiry, you can book up one of our pre-made Edinburgh stag packages that are priced up and ready to book. They are all based on our most popular activity combinations, so you know they're solid gold options.
Top 10 Edinburgh Stag Do Ideas
- Paintball - Armed with semi-automatic weapons it's time to give the groom a complete Dulux makeover. It's going to get messy!
- Clay Pigeon Shooting - I know what these hangovers need, the sound of really loud gunfire! A classic stag weekend challenge.
- Highland Games - An awesome, hilarious and downright chaotic Edinburgh stag activity.
- Whitewater Rafting - Head up st*g creek without a paddle in this extreme stag weekend adventure. Are you tough enough?
- Bubble Football - All the fun of the 'beautiful game' with a lot less of the skill. The funniest version of football ever invented.
- Go Karts - The most fun you can have on four wheels without getting flashed by a speed camera. Game on!
- Rage Buggies - These bad boys will chew up and spit out any terrain you point them at. Driving just got more serious!
- Inflatable Games - Your own giant TV game show complete with HUGE obstacles, crazy costumes, water, foam and carnage.
- Escape Room - Locked in a room, you have just sixty minutes to solve the clues and escape. Or stay trapped inside... forever!
- Whisky Tour - An amazing, interactive tour with the world's largest scotch whisky collection and plenty of tasting. We'll drink to that!
How Many Activities Should You Book?
That depends on what you're doing, where you're going, how important that big night out is, etc.
For example, our epic Edinburgh white water rafting experience is one of the best in the UK, but, obviously, it isn't located in central Edinburgh. Transfers can take between 2 and 2.5 hours, so you'll need to factor this in (our Destination Specialist will help you with all that!).
If all of your Edinburgh stag activities are pretty central, we'd still recommend no more than three in a day.
Any more than that and you're going to struggle to fit anything else in.
How to Book Your Edinburgh Stag Weekend
Booking your Edinburgh stag do with StagWeb is pretty straightforward.
- Browse the activities, nightlife and accommodation
- Send your free, no-obligation Edinburgh stag enquiry
- Simon, our Edinburgh specialist, will put your weekend together
- He'll then work with you to get it spot-on
- When you're happy, pay one small £50 deposit to book it in
- Your group can then pay us direct - no chasing
For more info on how StagWeb's deposits and individual payments work, check out our handy blog.
Is Your Money Protected with StagWeb?
Not only can you rest easy knowing StagWeb have been at the forefront of the stag planning industry since 2002, but we're also ABTA-Bonded (No.W7797).
That means we voluntarily signed up to ABTA membership, which means we're held to the strictest industry guidelines so our stags know they're protected.
For more information about ABTA bonding, visit their website before booking.
StagWeb's Terms & Conditions
You should always read the terms and conditions before parting with your hard-earned cash.
If you need anything explaining, get in touch.
Give us a call on 01225 474200 and we can run through it with you.
What if I Need to Cancel My Edinburgh Stag Booking?
We understand things change.
If you need to cancel, that's absolutely fine.
As all deposits and instalment payments are non-refundable, we'll try and work with you to find a solution.
Whether that's changing the dates, activities or even the destination.
Any other payments made will be reviewed in line with our Ts & Cs.
Visit our FAQ page for all the frequent questions we get from like-minded party stags.
Staying Safe in Edinburgh
You're big boys, we know you can look after yourselves.
But bad things can and do happen on the odd occasion.
Here are some tips to help you stay safe on your stag do - it's best to be prepared, fella.
StagWeb Go To Edinburgh
Determined to see what makes Edinburgh one of our top-rated destinations for stags, Simon, our Edinburgh Specialist, turned over to Andy with a brilliant idea...
Check out the vibrant Scottish capital and let StagWeb pay for it!
So, one very fortunate day, Andy switched the vibrant atmosphere of our office in Bath for the captivating songs of whistling bagpipes and
history pub crawl opportunities of Edinburgh.
When we saw him again, he was really into kilts.
And buzzing to share his experience with everyone!
Scroll on for all the lowdown.
The Things You NEED to Know 👀
- Open tram return from airport to city centre for only £9.50
- St. James Quarter mall on Leith Street is packed with bars, restaurants and cool spots
- From the Royal Mile, you're approx. a 2-minute walk from Victoria Street
- Head to Frankenstein on George IV Bridge for the unique show...
How was getting to Edinburgh?
"Getting into central Edinburgh from the airport is a breeze!
"As soon as you come out of the airport arrivals, you can easily get a taxi, take the bus or the tram - I opted for the tram which costed £9.50 for an open return.”
"One good thing about the tram... no traffic!
"The journey took around 30 minutes to get from the airport to Princes Street where our accommodation was.
"You also go right past Murrayfield Stadium - the home of the Scotland rugby team.
What Were Your First Impressions?
"Edinburgh is a great mixture of old and new!
"Right away, Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Mile spoil you with unforgettable views of the city.
"While the St. James Quarter mall on Leith Street is packed with bars, restaurants and cool spots.
Top Things to Do in Edinburgh?
"Visit the Royal Mile! It's an electric place to be in, with a great range of pubs and restaurants with outside dining where you're never far from an entertaining street performer.
What Are Cool Places to Grab a Bite in Edinburgh? 🍔🍺
Frankenstein - 26 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EN - "If you're looking for an unusual setting for a cold beer, look no further than Franenstein and the uniquely spooky show (Frankenstein comes alive!!!)
The Dome - 14 George St, Edinburgh EH2 2PF - "If you're looking for a luxury setting to enjoy a wee dram, head to The Dome!
Duck and Waffle - St James Quarter, 400-402 St James Square, Edinburgh EH1 3AE - "Serving the traditional Scottish breakfast in a luxury setting, this is the perfect place to raise a toast.
Oink Victoria Street - 34 Victoria St, Edinburgh EH1 2JW - "If you're a fan of a pork bap with all the trimmings, and who isn't (vegans... that's who!) head to Oink for a freshly made pork bap, stuffing, apple sauce, and crackling.”
What Was Your Accommodation?
"I opted for Roomzzz on Princes Street which was the perfect location for staying close to Edinburgh's party hotspots and nightlife scene.
"From here, you're around 15 minutes' walk from the Royal Mile and Edinburgh Castle.
"The style of accommodation is self-catering with a small kitchenette if you'd like to whip up a quick bite before you head out to the city.You can read more about Roomzz Edinburgh here and enquire for a free quote!
Is Edinburgh Easy to Walk?
"It's on the compact side which comes with its benefits!
"For example, if you're on the Royal Mile, you're approx. a 2-minute walk from Victoria Street (stated to be the inspiration behind Harry Potter).
"Once you reach the bottom of Victoria Street, you'll find yourself in the Grassmarket quarter, which is packed with pubs, bars and restaurants with plenty of opportunities for a cold pint under the sun!
"And if you fancy giving your legs a rest, taxis are easy to come by and the trams will get you around the whole of Edinburgh (avoiding the traffic)."
"If you want a break from the beers, check out Camera Obscura & World of Illusions Edinburgh on 549 Castlehill, EH1 2ND.
"It is jam-packed with over 100 mind-breaking illusions that you don't need to be drunk to enjoy!"
Any Final Thoughts?
"Edinburgh is truly versatile and has something for everyone!
"With its pub-dense streets, famous distilleries, whiskeys, massive breakfasts, and awesome nightlife, it's perfect for stags."
Thank you, Andy!
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