Business Travel to Edinburgh: Around the Corner from the Royal Mile
After a day of conferencing, guests can stretch their legs with a walk along the Royal Mile, taking in the sights of street performers and the sounds from patio cafes. Enjoy fine cuisine in Heights Restaurant, offering unique views of Edinburgh Castle and sample one of the locally produced whiskeys. This is a perfect place to entertain clients or to hold private functions. Retire to Le Monde for an evening of stylish cocktails in a trendy setting.
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Edinburgh's Royal Mile is the famous road leading upwards to Edinburgh Castle. Cobbled in places and pedestrian friendly the Royal Mile is home to historic buildings which run the length of the street. It is the definitive route to see Old Edinburgh Town. Many of the city's best restaurants and shops line the incline offering traditional Scottish food and memorabilia. Take a moment to wander down one of the narrow and sometimes secret Royal Mile closes, many providing the theatrical atmosphere for grizzly ghost tours.
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This restaurant in Edinburgh was christened Heights, thanks to its wonderful location on the fifth level of the Apex International Hotel. Overlooking the historical Edinburgh Castle, Heights sure makes your dining experience a special and unforgettable one. What strikes as strange though, is the management's promise to secure a window facing table for ALL visitors. It is strongly recommended for its Scottish innovations, rich interiors and picturesque backdrop. For more information, call +44 845 365 0002 or visit their website.
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Whether you are in Paris, Milan, Vienna or the basement Shanghai Club, our team of energetic and highly-skilled bar tenders will delight in making you the perfect cocktail or helping you to choose a wine to suit your mood.
Visit one of Edinburgh's oldest golf courses and tee off with a client or colleague, this is an historic but low key course, which is perfect for an informal chat. Hop a taxi to Skerries Restaurant for a long lunch- set within the Haymarket area in close proximity to the Edinburgh International Conference Centre, it offers a superb range of business lunches. The Kings Theatre presents big name acts and great performances all year round and is a good choice...read more
4 hide detailGolf fun for all the family and it's free!
Bruntsfield Links Short Hole Golf Course is the oldest short hole golf course in the world! Indeed golf on this site probably predates the 17th century.
It's free to play and clubs can be rented at Ye Olde Golf Tavern, 30/31 Wrights Houses, Bruntsfield.
The course is a 36 hole pitch and putt. Facilities include the Short Hole Clubhouse (a small green hut). Best of all, it's free to play!
The rules of play include:
1) playing each hole from the tee areas
2) replacing any displaced turf (divots, not just your own, all over the course, particularly the tee areas.
3) repairing golf ball plugmarks on the putting greens.
4) keeping a watchful eye open for anyone: - a) causing willful damage to the course, b) damaging/stealing the flag pins, c) not playing in accordance with the Course Rules, e.g. playing over paths, and to politely advise them accordingly.
No person shall play the game of golf on any portion of Bruntsfield Links except that kind of part of the game known as the short or short hole game. All players shall begin as teeing ground for the first hole and shall start for each succeeding hole at the teeing ground for each such hole. No players shall play his or her tee ball until the player or players immediately in front shall have played from the immediately succeeding teeing ground. No player shall play his or her ball across any footpath or road.
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Dunstane House invites tourists as well as locals of Edinburgh for a wonderful dining experience at its in-house Skerries Restaurant. For its ever growing popularity, Skerries has an authentic Orcadian decor and a distinctive cuisine with an emphasis on seafood to thank. Savor innovative dishes cooked using fresh ingredients and make wonderful memories as you dine at Skerries with your family. For more details, check the website.
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Working alongside the Edinburgh Festival Theatre, the King's Theatre specialises in touring dramatic productions. Opened in 1906, it has four licensed cafe-bars. It was completely restored in 1985 and seats 1350. A wide range of productions come here, from pantomime in the winter season to Shakespeare, boasting a sprinkling of well-known names such as Derek Jacobi. Call for up-to-date details of performances.
At the end of a business trip take in some of the main attractions of Edinburgh; a walk through Princes Street Gardens and then a tour of Edinburgh Castle is a great way to spend an afternoon. Guests can choose from traditional Indian cuisine before taking in a show. The restaurant is located minutes from the Edinburgh Festival Theatre, but be sure to reserve tickets in advance.
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For those who like to spend, Princes Street Gardens is the picturesque gateway to the shopping district beyond. A beautiful park with historic statues and monuments, it’s a peaceful refuge for those who’ve hit the stores all day.
Step out amongst the vibrancy of Edinburgh city centre and visit Princes Street Gardens. Take in views of Edinburgh Castle and the Old Town on one side of this splendid park and the bustle of the New Town on the other. Princes Street Gardens is the gateway to the shopping district beyond, it is a great place to wander through with historic monuments and a fountain. Frequented by families, students and performers Princes Street Gardens is alive with people.
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Information from Historic Scotland.
No trip to Scotland would be complete without a stop at the magnificent Edinburgh Castle on Castle Rock. First erected in the 12th century, the fortress sits on top of an extinct volcano and is the most breathtaking part of the city's skyline. Within the castle walls you see impressive views of most of the New Town, including the Princes Street Gardens, Arthur's Seat and the Salisbury Crags, the famous Balmoral Hotel and more. You can also explore the various rooms, chapels and compartments of the fortress and through interactive displays discover what living and working there might have been like during the medieval era.
The highlight of any tour of the castle is the Honours of Scotland (the crown jewels), on display in the Crown Room of the castle's Royal Palace (built in 1617). These include the ancient crown, sword and scepter, which date back to the 15th and 16th centuries. Here you can also see Scotland's most prized treasure: The Stone of Destiny, otherwise known as the Coronation Stone. This has been used in the crowning of Scottish and English monarchs (much to dismay of many Scottish nationalists) for hundreds of years.
Be sure to arrive before lunch, so you can watch the master gunner fire the castle's canon at 1pm (except Sundays, Good Friday and Christmas Day.); it is a tradition that dates back to1861 when the firing of the gun was used to signal for ships in the Firth of Forth and the port of Leith.A popular visitor attraction and a World Heritage Site, Edinburgh Castle is now proud host to modern day events including rock gigs and the famous Edinburgh Tattoo.
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Concession: £10.40Opening times:
(aged 60 and over, unemployed)
Child under 5: FREE
9:30am - 6pm
1 Apr - 30 Sep
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At Suruchi, they make a concerted effort to bring the tastes of various regions of India to your table. They frequently hold regional gourmet festivals, which are an education to the taste buds. During such a festival, the cuisine and culture of a particular region of India is celebrated. Vegetarians have a multitude of delicious foods to choose from and the menu is hilariously translated into old Scots dialect. In short, if you are ready to branch out from the chicken tikka masala, take a trip down to Suruchi where you can start researching the finer nuances of Indian cuisine.
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Before the birth of the Festival Theatre, opera seemed to have no real home in the Scottish capital. Several plans for an Opera House were suggested, shelved and eventually rejected. Instead of constructing anew, the decision was finally taken to refurbish and revamp the old Empire Theatre, and in the summer of 1994 a new, glass-fronted Festival Theatre was opened. The large stages are now graced by a variety of performances, from ballet and opera to drama and cabaret. During the Edinburgh International Festival, the theatre hosts many prestigious concerts. The summer Proms season with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra is another annual highlight. Prices vary so call for details.