How to spend a weekend in Edinburgh as recommended by General Manager of Norton House Hotel & Spa
There are so many things to do on a short break in Edinburgh – and this itinerary with just a few of my top tips should help you have a memorable getaway, but in truth, you need to visit Norton House at least three times to experience all the wonderful places that our country’s capital has to offer.
On your arrival head to the Conservatory Lounge and unwind with one of our many gins that we have available – my personal favourite is Rock Rose, a handcrafted Scottish Gin from Dunnet Bay Distillers in Caithness – before enjoying dinner in the Brasserie.
We want you to get off to a great start in the morning, which is why we have a delicious cold buffet, cooked breakfast and a number of specialities for you to choose from, including poached haddock and eggs, pancakes with maple syrup and Eggs Benedict.
For a full day out, personally I would head into Edinburgh via Park and Ride, and take in some of the city’s great sites on foot, such as the Castle, Old Town, Holyrood Palace, Royal Yacht Britannia or Edinburgh Zoo. The official Hop-On Hop-Off guided bus tours are another fantastic way to explore the splendours of Scotland's capital. A trip down to South Queensferry, a pretty town to the west of Edinburgh, is one of my favourite things to do. From here you can take a gentle stroll along the Firth of Forth, where the North Sea meets with Fife on the north coast and Lothian on the south, and offers a stunning view of the new Queensferry Crossing, the longest three-tower, cable-stayed bridge in the world. There is a wide selection of eateries in this area to enjoy a light bite to eat, such as The Boathouse, overlooking Forth Bridge.
Head back to the hotel for a treatment in our spa from a range of top product houses to relax and unwind followed by afternoon tea, which includes whisky infused delicacies like Dundee Cake and Cranachan Meringue – a modern take on a traditional Scottish dessert.
Expect more of the same for dinner – a contemporary twist on Scottish classics, but before you dine, why not take a stroll around our 55 acres of beautiful grounds to work up a good appetite?
After breakfast take a leisure drive over the previously mentioned new road bridge and then loop round to the Kincardine Bridge, which crosses the Firth of Forth to see the Kelpies in Falkirk, the largest equine sculptures in the world, and visit the Falkirk Wheel. Besides the rotating boatlift, which connects the Forth and Clyde Canal with the Union Canal, there are lots to see and so just off the towpath whatever your age.