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A busy cobbled street in Edinburgh

If you'd rather keep it local (well, more local than Barcelona or Amsterdam), the bonny Scottish capital could be the ideal hen weekend candidate.

There's so much to look forward to on an Edinburgh hen do, from snapping selfies down gorgeous cobbled streets to trying your hand at some traditional (and hilarious) Highland Games. The city is brimming with epic historic landmarks like Edinburgh Castle, plus there's plenty of stunning countryside to explore right on your doorstep.

Edinburgh is a modern city where you can dine in Michelin-star restaurants, shop 'til you drop in fabulous boutiques and slumber in some pretty plush hotels. The nightlife ain't bad either.

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Hen activities in Edinburgh

Whether the girls are down for doing a gin masterclass or they're keen to get outdoors and let off some steam, there are dozens of amazing Edinburgh hen do activities to pick and choose between.

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    Must-see neighbourhoods in Edinburgh

    Edinburgh City Centre

    This is the beating heart of the city where you'll find almost everything you'll need for an unforgettable Edinburgh hen weekend. The City Centre is home to plenty of cosy pubs, chic cafes and nightlife venues where the girls can let loose after dark.

    In the daylight, Edinburgh City Centre is a fabulous spot for a stroll thanks to its gorgeous Georgian manors which harbour all sorts of treasures - think fancy five star hotels and world-class museums. There's also loads of charming cobbled lanes to explore, as well as lush green spaces like Princes Street Gardens where you can sleep off your hangover in the sunshine.

    Feeling energetic? Head to the outskirts of the city centre to trek up Arthur's Seat. It's worth the effort for the amazing views from the top.

    Edinburgh Old Town

    Olde-worlde and jam-packed with heritage sites like Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace, Edinburgh Old Town is the liveliest part of town.

    A stroll down the Royal Mile is a given on a visit to Edinburgh. It's the main stretch of the Old Town and lined with cool bars, traditional pubs and Scottish-themed shops where you can buy plenty of tartan souvenirs. The Grassmarket at the top end of the Royal Mile is also a great spot for food and drinks, plus it has loads of outdoor seating for warmer days.

    If you fancy checking out some of Edinburgh's more unusual allures, the Old Town is a treasure trove of weird and wonderful museums like the Camera Obscura and the Surgeons' Hall Museums.

    Leith

    It's easy to forget that Edinburgh is so close to the coast - unless you hop on the bus to Leith. Once a gritty industrial district, it's now a sleek waterfront neighbourhood boasting high-end seafood restaurants (including two with Michelin stars) and trendy bars overlooking a marina.

    Leith is a lush location for a more civilised night out and you'll have your pick of sophisticated cocktails bars and cool tap rooms. A trip there during the day is also a great shout for an Edinburgh hen do. Grab a plate of halloumi fries or a decadent gelato shake at The Pitt food market and then take a tour of the plush Royal Yacht Britannia - the Queen's former private yacht.

    Edinburgh Hens

    No matter how many of you are going on an Edinburgh hen do, you'll have loads of fabulous accommodation options at your fingertips.

    The Scottish capital is inundated with brilliant hotels, hostels and holiday lets to suit every budget, plus they're all within throwing distance of the city's top sights. Choose from clean and contemporary places perfect for snoozing off hangovers, in addition to luxe hotels lodged inside stunning period properties.

    For Edinburgh hen groups that want a little more space and the option of prepping their own meals, you can't beat a self-catered apartment.

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