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For those not keen to travel too far to celebrate their best mate's final days of freedom, Scotland's capital city is a dynamite destination for a staycation stag do.

Whether you want to dine at Michelin-star restaurants, enjoy a dram (or three) of single malt or indulge in some authentically Scottish activities (see below), there's a lot to love about an Edinburgh stag do. In addition to the city's range of epic historic landmarks, it's teeming with modern allures and it's on the doorstep of some stunning countryside, too.

If a weekend in bonny Edinburgh sounds ideal, shoot us a message over WhatsApp or Messenger. As well as booking the best hotels and sorting out any travel arrangements, we'll provide tailored advice on how to take on this majestic city and ensure it's a group holiday you'll remember for decades to come.

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Stag activities in Edinburgh

Whether you want to whet your whistle at a distillery or head outdoors for a heart-racing adventure, there's loads of activities to keep you busy on a stag do in Edinburgh...

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    Must-see neighbourhoods in Edinburgh

    Edinburgh City Centre

    Edinburgh City Centre has everything you'll need for a solid stag weekend - think great restaurants serving up everything from classic pub grub to tasty curries, as well as nightclubs and bustling bars perfect for all your after dark antics.

    By day, wander around the centre's streets and look out for Georgian manors which have been turned into fancy hotels, heritage sites housing world-class museums, and narrow cobbled lanes lined with great little pubs where you can enjoy your first pints of the day.

    Fancy a break from the crowds? Make your way to lush Princes Street Gardens in the shadow of the castle for a lie down on the green. When the sun decides to show its face, hike up Arthur's Seat on the fringes of the city centre - it's another classic Edinburgh activity and well-worth the effort for the views.

    Edinburgh Old Town

    The famous Old Town is by far the busiest area of Edinburgh and where you'll find loads of iconic landmarks, including Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace. The Royal Mile connects the two fortresses at either end of the city and it's bursting with traditional pubs, cool bars and even a few kilt shops if you're after a one-of-a-kind souvenir.

    The Grassmarket - a square at the heart of the Old Town and once the site of grim public executions - is now lined with brilliant places to eat and drink, especially on warmer days as there's loads of outdoor seating. Edinburgh's oldest neighbourhood has a few more unusual attractions to explore too, from the weird and wonderful illusions at the Camera Obscura to the gruesome graverobber exhibits at the Surgeons' Hall Museums.

    Leith

    Located on the coast, Leith is the place to go for waterfront dining and fresh sea air. The port on the Firth of Forth estuary has been a huge part of Edinburgh's history for centuries and is within easy reach of the centre thanks to direct bus services and affordable taxis.

    Once a purely industrial district, Leith has been given a new lease of life in recent years and is now littered with sleek seafood restaurants (including two with Michelin stars) and trendy drinking holes featuring outdoor terraces overlooking the marina. It's the perfect location for a less rowdy night out, with drinking venues varying from trendy tap rooms to classy cocktail bars.

    Another must-see is The Pitt: a weekend street food market where you can tuck into things like mouthwatering halloumi fries and succulent pork belly sandwiches. In the day, the seafarers among you might enjoy Trinity House museum or taking a tour of the Queen's plush Royal Yacht Britannia.

    Edinburgh Stags

    Edinburgh is buzzing with brilliant accommodation options to suit every group size and budget. Whether you're just after a place to pass out after a heavy night of boozing or you're keen to treat the stags to some first class luxury, there's plenty of Edinburgh hotels to take your pick from.

    Alternatively, go self-catered and enjoy more freedom with your meals and much more space to all hang out as a group.

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