Five experiences to try on a luxury getaway to Edinburgh

From its collection of historical buildings to its boutique hotels, Edinburgh has plenty to offer for those seeking a luxury getaway. We’ve listed just some of the experiences you should try below, from a taste of the high life at The Balmoral to enjoying the city under the stars.

Look out over the city from Arthur’s Seat

Pack a blanket and the ingredients for an Edinburgh Gin martini and take the climb up Arthur’s Seat to look out over the entire city. If you’re an early riser, watching the sun rise from this spot is pure bliss.

Enjoy afternoon tea at The Balmoral

An icon of Scottish gentility, The Balmoral’s Palm Court promises an elegant afternoon tea, perfect for a relaxed break from shopping or wandering the city. Scottish and British delicacies served up include Scotch beef and red onion marmalade finger sandwiches and mini chocolate scones with Devon clotted cream, all served alongside a few glasses of Bollinger.

View the art at the National Galleries of Scotland

Comprising of three separate galleries, the Scottish National Gallery, the Gallery of Modern Art and the Portrait Gallery, the National Galleries of Scotland are home to works by some of the world’s most famous artists. Pablo Picasso, Rene Magritte and Salvador Dali may not be typically associated with Edinburgh, but you’ll find works by all three of them, and many more, right here.

Relax under the stars at the Sheraton’s rooftop pool

The outdoor Hydropool found on the rooftop of the Sheraton’s One Spa is one of the most relaxing swimming pools you’ll find in the city. A thermal pool with body jets pumping out mineral-rich water, you can make the most of this experience by visiting in the evening and relaxing out under the stars.

Smell the flowers at The Botanics

The Botanics is one of the most peaceful spots in Edinburgh, and here you can delve into one of the steamy glasshouses and escape from the buzz of the city. The elegant Victorian Palm House dates from 1834, with later glasshouses designed in 1967 revered for their cutting-edge aesthetic. Displaying a range of flowers, trees and plants, a highlight is the rare amorphophallus titanium – gifted to the gardens in 2003, it took eight years for a bud to first emerge, and has been growing ever since at an alarming rate of up to 10cm a day.

Image: Raphael Chekroun, available under Creative Commons

Andrew is a firm believer that travelling like a local inevitably leads to the best off-the-beaten-path finds which truly make a destination remarkably more memorable. From traditional Indian festivals in humid Hyderabad to fresh seafood pasta by the Sorrentine Peninsula, he appreciates variety when travelling. He hasn't been everywhere, but it’s on the list.