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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Mother’s Day at Ghillie Dhu

ghillie dhu mothers day

Treat mum this Mother’s Day with our carefully crafted menu designed to show her how special she really is. Our stunning auditorium is the perfect setting for an unforgettable meal and will leave your mum feeling well and truly spoiled.

Our three course seasonal menu is packed full of Scottish produce including mouth-watering apple and rosemary pork, confit duck with spiced red cabbage, and a gorgeous gooey salted caramel and praline tart.

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Why not make the day even more special with a bottle of our house bubbles for just £26.95? Our Mother’s Day menu will be available from the 24th-26th of March for just £19.95 per person.

To book your table call us on 0131 222 9930 or visit HERE

Ghillie Dhu Wedding Fair

Wedding Fair

Are you dreaming of your perfect wedding? We have the exact combination of what you need! We have a stunning venue, with beautiful high vaulted arched ceilings, candlelit chandeliers and drapes to create a magically romantic atmosphere. We have the perfect location, right in the centre of town, a wonderful team of chefs to provide you with a meal tailored to suit you, but best and most important of all, we have an incredibly talented Wedding Coordinator, Kirsty Bernard, who will be able to take you step by step from your original enquiry, all the way through to the big day itself. She’s on hand to answer all your niggling questions in order to put you at ease and settle your nerves, to make sure your day is as perfect as it can be. So, to introduce Kirsty, and in order for you to get to know her a little better, we asked her a few questions, some to help get to know who she is, and some that will give you the confidence to trust her with your special day! So here we go:

What is your favourite colour?
Purple and not just because I work at Ghillie haha

What is your favourite time of the year?

What is your favourite tv show?

How long have you been a wedding coordinator?
4 Years

What’s the best thing about being a wedding coordinator?
Meeting so many new people all the time. I love getting to know my couples and sharing their most special day with them and seeing the pure joy on their face. It’s also great making friends in the industry through suppliers.

What’s the most memorable wedding you’re been a part of organising?
So difficult!! Each one holds a special memory as they’re all different and have different aspects which make them great. On a sentimental level helping to plan my best friend’s wedding as Bridesmaid was the greatest honour. For comedy value I had an Albanian wedding where they set fire to a napkin in the middle of the dancefloor and it went up like a light resulting in the father of the groom running into the street screaming.

Why should people choose you as a wedding co-ordinator or Ghillie Dhu as a wedding venue?
Ghillie is a fantastic venue, great location and just beautiful. I always strive to make a personal connection with my couples and help them with all aspects of the day even if it doesn’t necessarily fall under my job description. I was nominated for wedding coordinator of the year at the VOWS awards in 2014 after 18 months of doing the job.

Do you have any funny stories you can tell us?
I accidently became a wedding coordinator. I was a restaurant manager who was insanely organised and the owner of the company I worked for offered me a promotion to another site which was becoming popular with weddings which I organised alongside my management roll. Until I came to Ghillie a year ago I didn’t have an official coordinator job title and essentially taught myself through experience of what worked and what didn’t.

And one last little question to show just how amazingly wonderful she is!

Do you have any weird talents?
I’m double jointed in my big toes…

We hope you know Kirsty a little more, and love her as much as we do! Don’t forget if you want to meet Kirsty personally to discuss your confirmed wedding or the possibility of having your wedding at the Ghillie Dhu, you can meet her at our Wedding Fair, held 19th March 11am – 4pm, or at the Corn Exchange Wedding Fair 4th-5th March.

Wedding Fair

A Special Supper For Two…

With the most romantic day of the year just around the corner, are you yet to come up with the perfect Valentine’s Day plans?

Look no further, treat that special someone with a cosy table at the Ghillie Dhu. Our stunning Auditorium is the perfect Valentine’s Day setting with breath-taking high ceilings, luxurious décor and individual candle lit tables.

Our expert Head Chef has crafted a special three course Valentine’s Menu, packed full of local produce. Expect fresh Scottish Salmon Fillet, mouth-watering Medallion of Pork and indulgent Milk Chocolate Mousse. Not forgetting a wee glass of fizz to wash it all down.

Our Valentine’s Menu is priced at just £29.95 per person which includes your glass of bubbles!

To book your table today call us on 0131 222 9930 or book HERE

Burns Night Ghillie Dhu

The Ghillie Dhu Rabbie Burns Experience

Ghillie Dhu Burns Night

Experience a traditional Burns celebration at the Ghillie Dhu this January. You and your guests will be greeted with an arrival dram before being seated for our Rabbie Burns Menu.

The Haggis will be piped into the room with a Robert burns Reading at the traditional toast. Throughout dinner there will be traditional live Scots Folk Music.

Post meal you will be treated to one of Scotland’s top Ceilidh Bands – The Norman Mackay Experience to dance the night away with jigs, reels and all the classic ceilidh dances. Don’t forget your dancing shoes!

Our Auditorium packages start from just £39.95 per person.

For a less formal dining experience you can book tables in our Main Bar area. For just £29.95 enjoy a traditional Burns meal and our Sunday-Thursday sittings include the haggis being piped into the Main Bar with the traditional Burns reading and toast. Each sitting begins at 7pm.

Both menu options will be available from the 20th-28th of January.

Call our events team today on 0131 222 9930 to book your experience today.

Perfect Wedding Accommodation

Finding the perfect wedding accommodation in Edinburgh for your big day can be almost as important as finding the right venue and can really make your wedding day all the more special… and we know just the place! The exclusive Murrayfield House, located at The Murrayfield Hotel and House, and it is only 10 minutes from us at Ghillie Dhu!

 The House

Murrayfield House really is so much more than just a House.  Each of the nine exclusive & boutique Luxe bedrooms are packed full of beautiful little touches to surprise and delight, offering accommodation that little bit more special in Edinburgh.

Their Luxe bedrooms are ideal for getting ready with bridesmaids, sipping some champagne before walking down the aisle.


The big House is perfect to share! Each of the nine bedrooms can be booked individually or, the House can be hired for exclusive use which can sleep up to 22 friends, family or special guests. With soft, modern décor it is elegant and stylish.  Relax in true elegance as each of the nine bedrooms have a spacious and bright feeling as filled with natural daylight and come with lots of little extras, like GHD hair straighteners and salon quality hair dryers.

Take a virtual tour of one of our Luxe bedrooms by clicking here.

Fancy a personal tour of Murrayfield House?  Then visit Murrayfield House website for details and start planning your special day with a perfect start!


Murrayfield Hotel and House
18 Corstorphine Road
EH12 6HN
0131 337 1844

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Ghillie Dhu is a stunning Grade A listed building and former Church built in 1842. Sitting in the heart of Edinburgh, our award winning wedding venue is the ideal place to celebrate your special day.

Our beautifully restored Auditorium is the perfect setting for your day with high arching and vaulted ceilings delicately lit with impressive chandeliers. Our Auditorium is truly breath-taking and will certainly provide your guests with that WOW factor.

What sets us apart from other Edinburgh wedding venues is our adaptability to any theme and the ability to cater for your every whim. We have seen it all from dramatic, gothic décor to a traditional white wedding. Dressing the room in black linen and blood red flowers will take every guests breath away. However, the room looks elegant and classic with round tables dressed with white linen and garnished with brimming floral displays.

We love it when you add personal touches to your day to help make it your own. From personalised name cards to video messages for speeches or even a talented family member playing the music to guide the bride down the aisle, we welcome all the individuality!

Our weddings are a relaxed affair with an experienced wedding coordinator on hand to take you from the initial enquiry right through the entire day. They will be there to take every meeting, answer every question and also to help with any last minute stresses.

We have a wealth of contacts to suggest for every aspect of your day to help make the process as stress free and enjoyable as possible.

The most important thing for us is that you have fun and enjoy your big day. Your wedding should be the most memorable day of your life and we are here to make sure it is for all the right reasons!



As a traditional Scottish venue nothing excites us more than a huge Hogmanay celebration. Edinburgh Castle provides the perfect backdrop and makes the Ghillie Dhu the ideal place to welcome in 2017. Join us this New Year’s Eve for a night filled with fine food, quality live music and a dose of dancing thrown in for good measure.

Our expert chefs have carefully crafted our stunning Hogmanay menu complete with Poached Scottish Salmon, Fillet of Borders Beef and our Steamed Clootie Dumpling. Each dish has been created to maximise the use of our delicious local produce. After your meal enjoy a breath-taking view of the castle fireworks followed by steak pie and dancing all the way until 5am (£59.95 per person).

If you’re not looking for a dining option and wish to come along purely for the party then not to worry – we have ticket only options available. For just £20 you can enjoy all the fun and festivities of our Hogmanay ceilidh from 12.30am until 5am. Don’t forget your dancing shoes as there will be plenty of traditional Scottish jigs to take part in!

With our unrivalled Hogmanay menu and a whole host of entertainment on offer the Ghillie Dhu is the must attend event in the capital. Spaces and tickets are limited so be sure to secure your place to avoid disappointment.

Purchase your ticket today at Ghillie Dhu

Home away from home

Christmas is possibly the best time of year for us all to get a little nostalgic. Spending time with the family and reminiscing of Christmas past whilst making new memories and traditions for the future generations. Here at Ghillie Dhu, this Christmas day we are offering the perfect mix of both.

Often described as traditional, warm and cosy, our main bar is the perfect setting for an intimate family meal or relaxed festive celebration with friends. We’ll have the fires lit from early morn and our friendly Christmas fairies will be here to endure all the setup, kitchen perpetration is complete down to the very last cracker! Your Christmas morning will be spent stress free, why not indulge in a festive stroll or just enjoy an extra-long lie in, it is Christmas Day after all.

Ghillie Dhu Christmas Dinner

And what more could you ask for from your festive feast from traditional turkey and all the festive trimmings to indulge in?

Alternatively if conventional Christmas dinner doesn’t take your fancy we have options to suit everyone! Choose from a cosy chowder to warm your cockles, a hearty beef roast dinner or a wild mushroom and artichoke strudel. It doesn’t matter what dietary requirements you have, we are more than happy to cater to every appetite to ensure you have the perfect, personal, worry free Christmas dinner to suit you.

Still unsure of whether you would like to join us for Christmas? We haven’t mentioned the best part…no dishes! Forget the mountain of greasy pots and plates to wake up to on Boxing Day morning, acting as a reminder of the overindulgence the day before. Our busy elves have got it covered!.

Ghillie Dhu Booth and Drink

So come along, loosen those belts, sit back, relax in each other’s company, be merry, make new friends, let the mulled wine flow into your rosy cheeks, pull those crackers, exchange pressies and leave with happy hearts and even happier bellies!

Call to book now on 0131 222 9930