New Year is just around the corner. And we think it’s time to plan some New Year’s resolutions you really will want to stick to. And, where better to enjoy those resolutions than in our fantastic historic Scottish capital? So, book one of our comfortable rooms at Parliament House Hotel, and start ticking off items on your bucket list in the New Year in Edinburgh.
Celebrate the New Year in Edinburgh with a Nippy Dip
Every year, hundreds of revellers shake off their New Year’s Eve hangover with a dip in the icy waters of the Firth of Forth. The traditional New Year’s Day Loony Dook sees participants donned in fancy dress march down South Queensferry High Street before leaping into the nippy waters. And, cheered on by spectators, dookers do this all in the name of charity.
Watch a Concert at Edinburgh Castle
Your New Year’s resolution list would not be complete without a visit to Edinburgh Castle. And, when better than during concert season? In summer 2019, the fantastic Paul Weller, Kylie Minogue and The Proclaimers will be taking to the stage, as the castle’s esplanade transforms into a magical concert venue.
Explore Scotland’s History and Views
Fancy kicking off your New Year with a new healthy fitness regime? What better way to get fit and soak up stunning natural views than by hiking up Arthur’s Seat? Once an active volcano, this is the highest peak in Holyrood Park. It has been featured in famous novels, including Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. So, start the two-hour round trip at Holyrood Park. Continue to Arthur’s Seat for dramatic views across the city and Salisbury Crags. Then, return to Parliament House for a delicious meal at MP’s Bistro or a drink in our bar.
Walk the Forth Road Bridge
Stretching from South Queensferry in Edinburgh, over the Firth of Forth to Fife, the three Forth Bridges are regarded as a symbol of Scotland. The Forth Road Bridge, in the middle, features footpaths and cycle paths. So you can take in spectacular views of both the iconic Forth Rail Bridge and the new Queensferry Crossing, as you walk across.
Climb the Scott Monument
If you’re stuck on ideas of unique things to do in Edinburgh 2019, head to one of the city’s most iconic monuments. Constructed to honour the Scottish writer Sir Walter Scott, this distinctive landmark on Princes Street is the tallest writer’s monument in the world, at 200 feet high. Here, you can climb the 287 steps across four levels for spectacular city views. The blackened spire has 64 figures that represent characters from Scott’s novels.
So, now you have some great ideas for things to in the New Year in Edinburgh, all you need to do is book your stay. Here at Parliament House, we’re a short stroll from the city’s attractions, theatres, shops and restaurants. So, take a look at our 2019 offers, and start planning your city break in Edinburgh.