Embark On A Gin-tastic Tour
If there’s one thing Scotland is famous for, it has to be our whiskey. But despite the fame of the single malt, we’ve started to make a name for ourselves in the wonderful world of botanicals as well. With the annual Edinburgh Gin Festival, countless gin tasting events throughout the year and our very own Edinburgh Gin, gin is gaining popularity ground in leaps and bounds. With not one, but two hidden gems in Edinburgh itself, a tour to one of Edinburgh’s gin distilleries is a real treasure.
Get an inside peak into the award winning, handcrafted wares of Pickering’s Gin. Find out all about the botanicals they use and get a taste of gin through the distillery stages. Once you’ve drunk your full, pop on over to the Royal Dick and enjoy Pickering’s on tap, straight from the distillery next door. If the spiced Pickering’s Gin isn’t for you, take a tour of Edinburgh’s namesake gin instead. A curious playground for the palate, Edinburgh Gin is nestled in the heart of the city, beneath the shadow of Edinburgh Castle. Take a guided tour of this hidden gin gem before trying your hand at brewing your very own batch.
Experience 17th Century Edinburgh like never before. Leave nothing to the imagination as you cross the threshold of Gladstone’s Land, venture back in time and find out how the other half lived. Dating back to the 1550s, the building was once the home of a wealthy merchant, Thomas Gledstane, before falling into disrepair. In the 1930s, the National Trust for Scotland rescued the ancient building from demolition and restored it to its former glory. The reconstructed rooms, priceless Renaissance painted interior, low ceilings and tiny windows offer an inside peak into the cramped conditions of high-rise tenements 400 years ago.
When it comes to hidden gems in Edinburgh, the sky’s the limit. The Royal Observatory is the perfect spot for budding astronomers and starry-eyed star gazers. Like most buildings in Edinburgh, the beautiful building itself is a sight to behold. And with a number of exciting cosmic events throughout the year, you can take a tour of the incredible Victorian telescope dome, discover a constellation or two, and travel light-years ahead through time and space along the Milky Way.
When it comes to hidden gems in Edinburgh, we’ve saved the best for last. For just £15, all our guests can enjoy the luxurious 5-star spa facilities of The Scotsman for a fraction of the price. Which means you can turn your Edinburgh city break into a spa-tacular weekend away. From the beautiful thermal suite facilities and fabulous gym, to the stunning stainless steel swimming pool and leisure facilities, relax, recoup and leave your troubles behind.