Graduations at Ghillie Dhu

So you’ve sat through countless hours of lectures, exams and essay writing but have you actually learned the most important thing?

Well never fear because Professor Ghillie Coo is here to give the most important lecture of your university journey.

Today, class we will cover how to celebrate Graduation!

Lesson one – The Venue


The Ghillie Dhu is the perfect venue for your graduation from a relaxed dinner with the family to a Grad ball to truly celebrate the end of an era in sophisticated style.

Our main bar has cosy booths from 4 people to 14 perfect for getting the family together to celebrate you and all your success.

Or check out our stunning Auditorium and celebrate with your whole class of alumni for a night out no one will forget!

Lesson two – The Menu


Good food comes hand in hand with a good celebration and with delicious, specially crafted menus starting from just £26.95 per person the Ghillie Dhu is the best pit stop to fill the tummies! Using only the finest Scottish ingredients we have the perfect menu to live up to your proudest moment.

Lesson three – Time to have a good time!


Our main bar features the best local artists 7 days a week so why not stay with us all evening and enjoy a good old sing along.

We also have the finest Ceilidh bands available to book for your Grad Ball to get everyone up dancing all night.

Or if you chose this bonnie city for your studies and your international family are coming to visit why not book them into one of our Burly Ceilidh Clubs to show them how we celebrate Scotland style!

Lesson four – Celebratory tipple (or two)


Our Graduation menu includes a free glass of fizz so the first toast is one us because let’s face it you deserve it!

We also have an extensive drinks list which boasts whisky flights to take you on a journey through Scotland’s true national drink and a range of perfect served gins anyway you like.

Lesson five – Relax and enjoy!

Once the planning’s over it is time to sit back and relax, let our amazing staff take care of you and yours while you just celebrate what is really important, a huge congratulations from the whole team at Ghillie Dhu!

Our Graduation celebrations are available from 20th June – 13th July so contact our events team now to book a booth or a grad ball.

Everything you needed to know about Ceilidhs

It’s a well-known fact that we love a good ceilidh… so much so we host them every week!

We welcome hundreds of guests through our doors every month for a whirling, fun-filled evening of jigs, reels and live entertainment.

But what exactly is a ceilidh? What do you do if you’re a complete ceilidh novice and can’t tell the different between a Strip the Willow and a Gay Gordons?

Have a read of our handy guide below!

So, what exactly is a ceilidh?

Modern ceilidhs (pronounced kay’lee in case you were wondering…) tend to be most popular at special events such as weddings, parties, fundraisers or large dinners. It’s a great way to celebrate with friends, colleagues or loved ones and make for great memories and stories for the future. Ceilidh bands tend to be made up of three to six players, playing instruments such as fiddles, flutes, accordions, drums and even electric guitars, and the songs are cheery and lively to get everyone up in the mood to dance!

What’s the history of ceilidhs in Scotland?

Traditionally, a ceilidh was just another term for a social gathering held in a hall or larger community space, and did not have to involve dancing of any sort. These gatherings would allow participants to tell stories, sing songs and participate in group dances.

Whilst the traditional meaning for ceilidh has been taken over by people just equating it with dancing, it always has a great community spirit and it’s a lovely way to celebrate traditional Scottish culture. Ceilidh dancing is often taught in primary schools in Scotland so we know the steps from an early age!

What happens if I don’t know the moves?

Not to worry! Our ceilidh band comes with an experienced caller that will talk you through the moves prior to each dance beginning, so there’s no need to panic if you’re not sure what you’re doing. We see a mix of novices and experts each week, so there will also be plenty of other people that will be happy to help you nail those moves.

Do you need to come as part of a group to ceilidh dance?

A great benefit of ceilidhs is that they are social dances, often performed in groups of four or eight (or more!) so you don’t need to come as part of a group or bring a partner to our ceilidhs. Single travellers or guests are more than welcome to join in.

What do I wear to a ceilidh?

Flat shoes are always recommended! Ceilidh dancing is pretty active, so you want to make sure you’re wearing something on your feet you are happy to burl around in. There’s no set dress code, but wearing a kilt is always appropriate and encouraged!

Where’s the best place in Edinburgh to Ceilidh dance?

Ghillie Dhu of course! Every weekend we host the burly ceilidh club, where for £35 per person you’ll be treated to a welcome drink, a hearty three course Scottish dinner, ceilidh band and DJ.

Alternatively you can sign up online to join our guest list for the ceilidh only for just £7 per person.


Beat the January Blues and come explore the historic capital of Scotland this January. Central Edinburgh Hotels has five unique city centre hotels to choose from, this amazing offer is not to be missed so choose your hotel and book now before it’s gone!

Central Edinburgh Hotels

Whether you are looking to recover after the festive season? Or maybe splash the cash in the January sales. Grab this bargain while you can and beat the January blues…

Stays from £20.00* per person per night with a bottle of Prosecco in your room for arrival and a 15% food discount card which can be used in restaurant and bars across the city including us here at Ghillie Dhu.

The Scotsman Hotel

Central Edinburgh Hotels

The luxury boutique 4 star hotel is the former home to Scotlands national newspaper. When converting the newspaper printing house into a boutique hotel much care was taken to keep all original architectural features and layout intact. As a result, no two rooms are alike and each bedroom at The Scotsman Hotel is individually designed to offer a unique experience with every visit. Hosting 72 rooms, the hotel has a range of room types for all tastes with a wealth of Scottish charm with many of the original features that made the building one of the iconic landmarks of the Capital City.

Find out more about The Scotsman Hotel

Book now from £50.00 per person.

The Inn on the Mile

Central Edinburgh Hotels

Hosting an intimate 9 boutique bedrooms with crisp and clean interiors and decor in an ideal location on The Royal Mile, it is the perfect base to explore in style.  Each bedroom is packed with little luxurious extras including GHD hair straighteners and salon quality hairdryers, iPod docks, fully stocked mini bars,  glossy magazines, rainfall showers with The White Company toiletries, free WiFi and comfy beds for a great nights sleep.

Find out more about The Inn on the Mile

Book now from £35.00 per person

The Murrayfield Hotel and House

Central Edinburgh Hotels

Nestled in the West End of Edinburgh with ample complimentary parking, Murrayfield Hotel really is a true home away from home with fantastic hospitality and outstanding value.  Looking for a little bit of luxury?  Located just one door down from the main hotel, our exclusive Murrayfield House hosts our nine boutique Luxe bedrooms, beautifully designed with comfort in mind.

Find out more about Murrayfield Hotel

Book now from £20.00 per person

The Grassmarket Hotel

Central Edinburgh Hotels

The Grassmarket Hotel is nestled in the historic Grassmarket of Edinburgh and ideal for exploring the best of what the city has to offer by foot.  This hotel truly does defy the norm offering 42 bedrooms with distinctive décor and seriously quirky surroundings.  All bedrooms come with magnetic wall sized maps to plan your time in Edinburgh from the comfort of your bedroom, Bluetooth connectivity speaker systems, USB charging points, free WiFi and rainfall showers.

Find out more about Grassmarket Hotel

Book now from £25.00 per person.

STAY Central Hotel

Central Edinburgh Hotels

Located in the heart of Edinburgh’s electric Cowgate, STAY Central hotel is surrounding the famous lively Three Sisters bar and courtyard and is a short stroll from everywhere.  With fresh bedrooms that sleep from one to six guests, STAY Central is ideal for groups and friends to share with style in abundance!  All bedrooms come with rainfall showers, free WiFi, iPod docks with in-built speakers and an ideal city centre location.

Find out more about STAY Central

Book now from £22.50 per person.

T&Cs: The above offers are full prepayment at time of booking, non refundable and non transferable and can be withdrawn at any time. *January offer is based on two sharing, per person, per night on a room only basis. From £20.00 at Murrayfield Hotel, from £22.50 STAY Central Hotel, from £25.00 at Grassmarket Hotel, from £35.00 at The Inn on the Mile and from £50.00 at The Scotsman Hotel. All hotels have supplements applying for Friday and Saturday nights and offer is subject to availability. 15% discount card valid from Monday – Friday on food only.

Home Comforts this Christmas

Christmas is one of our very favourite times of the year – The weather may be cold and dreary, but we’re experts at keeping the party alive with ceilidhs and parties alike! Once the big festivities and office parties have all drawn to a close, Christmas is perfect to spend time with loved ones, reminisce over the fun of the last year and get your fill of delicious festive food. Luckily, we’ll have you covered for the perfect home comforts this Christmas Day.

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We’ll have the fires roaring from early in the morning to keep our main bar at peak cosiness for your visit, as you sink into our comfortable booths for your lunch sitting. Our settings are perfect for an intimate family lunch to a reunion between family and friends for the day. If you’re looking to entertain for a large group of people, what better way to keep everyone entertained with a wide menu choice and a fully stocked bar?

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Keep everyone tummies happy with a wide range of choices for the day, with Roast Turkey, piled high with all the trimmings. If turkey is not to everyone’s style, we’ve got grilled Fillet of Turbot with comforting potato chowder, a hearty Roast Striploin of Castle Mey Beef, or an artichoke and wild mushroom strudel to keep everyone happy – and not forgetting a rich array of desserts from Christmas pudding to a decedent Chocolate truffle cake!

The best part of celebrating Christmas day with us… we’re there to do the washing up! Forget worrying about all the pots and pans that will need scrubbed and cleaned afterwards, our busy little Christmas elves have it covered.

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The Burly Ceilidh Club is back! After a short break its back, hosted in the surroundings of our enchanting auditorium, it’s Edinburgh’s biggest and best regular Scottish Ceilidh experience. We’ve made some seasonal updates to the menu making the dinner package even more delicious but the format remains the same. Available to book every Friday & Saturday, pre bookings advised.



We’re passionate about live music and proud of our heritage therefore every Friday and Saturday in the main bar from 4pm we have traditional Scottish folk sets for you to enjoy whilst taking in late lunch or early dinner, a wee dram, or cold pint. What’s more it’s all free to enjoy in cosy setting of our main bar.


And nights out with the girls (or boys!) well we have you sorted book one of our private booths and treat yourselves to a cocktail masterclass. Shake, stir and sip the night away, as one of our experienced bar tenders show’s you and a selection of friends how to make some of the best known cocktails like a real pro.



Autumn Internationals – Big players this year and we’re ready to take them on. Join us for the best atmosphere in town second only to stadium seats but with us you’re warm, dry, watered and fed. Packages available to watch the matches or pre and post-match celebrations – or commiserations as the case may be!


Colder nights with warmer bellies is made better with a fantastic offer for 2! Join us every Monday to Wednesday in the main bar with that significant other who can be someone who just appreciated a good steak as much as we do with our steak offer; 2 sirloin steaks with all the trimmings and a glass of red or white wine each to enjoy.

Get in touch with one of the events team 0131 222 9930 to enquire or make a reservation.

Royal Military Tattoo 2017

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo will be taking place this year from the 4th – 26th August, and as ever draws a massive diverse audience from all corners of the world!

Royal Military Tattoo

If you’re not exactly sure what the Tattoo actually is, its origins began from around 1600, when drummers used to be sent into towns to inform soldiers that it was time to return to their barracks for the night. Over hundreds of years, this has changed from a lone drummer into military music, which eventually evolved in to an elaborate show involving theatrics and musical performances!

Royal Military Tattoo

What makes the Edinburgh tattoo so special, is that it involves different military groups from around the world, all while celebrating all things Scottish. Performers from across 48 countries have taken part in the show, and around 30 percent of the audiences are from overseas.

Royal Military Tattoo

Millions of people have seen the show since its beginnings in 1952 from the famous Edinburgh Castle esplanade, and the Tattoo has an annual television audience of 100 million people, broadcast to over 40 countries.

Royal Military Tattoo

Ghillie Dhu has everything to create a truly ultimate Scottish experience! Before your visit to see the Tattoo, why not dine in the cosy surroundings of our main bar? You receive a wee dram of whisky on arrival to get you in to the Scottish spirit, and we have a sumptuous set menu available for you to dine from. With 2 courses at £19.95 and 3 courses at £22.95, we have a number of options available for everyone.

Royal Military Tattoo

For more information, or to book your table, give one of our sales team a call on 0131 222 9930, or find more information online, HERE

The Edinburgh tattoo is always a sell out, so booking in advance is highly recommended! Find out more information about availability and prices at HERE Many thanks to the Edinburgh Tattoo website for the excellent photos from previous years.

Central Edinburgh Hotels

Fringe Accommodation

Music, comedy, drama…  the Edinburgh Festival has it all and if you’re looking for Fringe accommodation then Central Edinburgh Hotels has something for everyone!  This unique collection of hotels has a perfect mix of accommodation options with ideal central locations to make the most of your time in Edinburgh over the Festival.

Central Edinburgh Hotels

Kick of your festival experience with some fizz!  When you book directly with the Central Edinburgh Hotels online on their website or hotel individual website, a complimentary bottle of Prosecco will be in your bedroom for arrival… cheers!   Central Edinburgh Hotels collection includes…

The Grassmarket Hotel

Grassmarket Hotel
Located just around the corner from Edinburgh Castle and a 2 minute walk from The Royal Mile, The Grassmarket Hotel boasts vibrant and fun bedrooms with décor that defies the norm bringing a distinctive flavour to the Edinburgh hotel market whilst incorporating traditional Scottish twists, with a few surprises along the way! Each lovely bedroom comes with much more than just a comfy bed. Each bedroom has rainfall showers and designer toiletries that are perfect for reviving after a day of exploring our great city, flat screen TV’s and iPod docks to entertain, a selection of teas, coffee and Scottish treats along with free Wi-Fi and air-conditioning as standard. If you are new to Edinburgh each bedroom also has a magnetic wall sized map of Edinburgh, perfect for planning your Festival day.

Find out more and book at The Grassmarket Hotel

STAY Central Hotel

STAY Central Hotel

Located in the heart of Edinburgh’s old town in the vibrant Cowgate, STAY Central Hotel can be located in the lively courtyard of the Three Sisters Bar, which is also home to Old Town Free Fringe Festival.  STAY Central Hotel offers fun, fresh and flexible accommodation options with ‘S’ and ‘M’ bedrooms ideal for one to two guests, upgraded ‘L’ bedrooms, ‘XL’ bedrooms great for four to share and ‘XXL’ rooms that sleep six.  They also have a one of a kind ‘Private Dorm’ room which is sure to impress with three double beds and three single bunks above.  Each bedroom has iPod docks, rainfall showers, large flat screen TV’s and free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel.

Find out more and book at STAY Central Hotel

The Scotsman Hotel

The Scotsman Hotel

It’s an ideal location for making the most of your festival experience and former home to Scotland’s national newspaper. The 4 star boutique Scotsman Hotel is positioned just off the Royal Mile, holding a desirable location on North Bridge nestled in between the hustle and bustle of the New Town and the historical Old Town. Hosting 69 rooms, the hotel has a range of room types for all tastes with a wealth of Scottish charm with many of the original features that made the building one of the iconic landmarks of the Capital City.

Find out more and book at The Scotsman Hotel

The Inn on the Mile

Inn On The Mile

Offering an alternative boutique and luxury hotel experience in one of Edinburgh’s most prestigious historic landmarks, The Inn on the Mile is located in the heart of all the Edinburgh Festival action and moments from many of the venues.  Hosting an intimate 9 beautiful bedrooms ranging from the stylish Mile bedrooms to the spacious Royal Mile bedrooms, all have crisp and clean interiors and decor. Included in all rooms are Dyson Hot and Cool fans, a self-lockable safe, iPod dock with ceiling in-built speakers, bathroom controllable speaker system and full tea and coffee making facilities which come with Scottish delicacies and fresh milk. All bedrooms also come with GHD hair straighteners as standard, large flat screen TV, iron with iron board and working desk area and complimentary Wi-Fi.

Find out more and book at The Inn on the Mile

Murrayfield Hotel and House

Murrayfield Hotel

The Murrayfield Hotel & House presents a range of bedroom options to suit all requests with ample, free parking.  It’s an ideal haven from the Festival hustle and bustle with fantastic hospitality.  Bedrooms come complimentary Wi-Fi and showcase an unparalleled quality ranging from Classic bedrooms to Boutique Luxe bedrooms located within the exclusive house.  The Murrayfield Hotel & House combines value for money and second to none homemade food, served in the friendly pub, kitchen The Bothy. They like to create a true home away from home for all guests.

Find out more and book at The Murrayfield Hotel and House

Find out more about The Central Edinburgh Hotels collection

Graduate with Ghillie Dhu

It’s nearly over! After all those years of toiling away until the wee hours of the morning over books in the library, final exams are nearly done and dusted, and another group of students will get to leave university life behind them this summer.

After having a chance to relax, you can now look towards the future and attending your graduation ceremony.
The Ghillie Dhu is the perfect way to celebrate all those years of hard work and raise a glass with your loved ones for your celebratory lunch or dinner.


Spend some time with your family, surrounded by the settings of our beautiful main bar (which is an excellent place to take a nice graduation photo if we do say so ourselves!)

We have seating options available in our comfy booths for groups of 4 to 14, so we can cater from bigger celebrations to cosy, intimate family dining.

The Scotsman Hotel

Welcome to The Scotsman Hotel

Ghillie Dhu is proud to welcome The Scotsman Hotel to G1 Group’s Central Edinburgh Hotels collection.  This iconic and historic property is located a 10 minute stroll from Ghillie Dhu and certainly has a wealth of character in abundance.

Scotsman Hotel

In the 1900s the North Bridge running between the New and Old Towns of Edinburgh was widened, and as part of this expansion a 190 foot high tower was built, into which the Scotsman Newspaper moved their offices.

The direct access from Market Street to the building was an ideal distribution outlet for the papers to be packed directly onto the trains at Waverley Station straight from the printing house that took up the entire basement.

Across the middle floors of the building which is now home to some of the Scotsman’s boutique rooms and suites were originally used for the editorial offices. The Penthouse Suite – split over two floors – complete with its own Sauna used to be the Pigeon lofts where the news was circulated across Scotland.  Just check out the breath-taking views from The Penthouse balcony above.

In 2001 the Scotsman Newspaper moved to their own purpose built offices in Holyrood and the iconic building on North Street was renovated into The Scotsman Hotel.

Looking around the hotel, many of the original features remain, ensuring the building remains one of the iconic landmarks within the capital city.

Wood panelled rooms and original turrets maintain their romance. The Marble staircase, now the center of the hotel, retains its imposing stained glass window and glows magnificently by candle light each evening.

Now with 56 rooms and 13 suites, The Scotsman Hotel  retained its originality and quirky features and this, along with a boutique service they endeavour to deliver, offers visitors a unique experience.

Planning an event or wedding with us at Ghillie Dhu and looking for ideal accommodation options?  Ask your events coordinator about discounted rates across Central Edinburgh Hotels collection.

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