Magical Edinburgh! Make a night of it…

Forget New York, Vienna, Strasbourg you should come experience the winter festivities in Edinburgh this year.
The lights of the Christmas decorations sparkle like diamonds, cosy warm pubs with festive cheer, fabulous Christmas markets, the best shows and the streets smell of warm mulled wine drifting through the air. It truly is a magical atmosphere.

 Here are our recommendations of places to stay in Edinburgh, if you use promotional code XMAS15 at time of booking you can save 15%, what’s stopping you? Why not make a night of it…

The Grassmarket Hotel, Old Town, Edinburgh


Located in the historic Grassmarket old town, the perfect choice for those looking for a place to stay with personality. The rooms at The Grassmarket aim to surprise and are packed full of little quirks we hope you will enjoy. While they have stayed true to our roots with plenty of Scottish elements, there are a few twists along the way to make your stay stand out. All bedrooms come complete with rainfall style showers, big comfy beds, bespoke toiletries that we think smell great and lots of other bits and bobs to have fun with, like the Sudoku wall and some unusual reading material.
W: thegrassmarkethotel.co.uk T: 0131 260 5480

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 The Inn on the Mile, Royal Mile, Edinburgh


Situated directly on the Royal Mile, just off Princes Street. The Inn on The Mile offers an alternative luxury hotel experience in one of Edinburgh’s most prestigious historic landmarks. Hosting an intimate 9 beautiful fully refurbished boutique bedrooms ranging from the stylish ‘Mile’ bedrooms to the spacious ‘Royal Mile’ bedrooms, all with crisp and clean interiors and décor it is the perfect base to explore the city.
W: theinnonthemile.co.uk T: 0131 556 9940

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STAY Central Hotel, Old Town, Edinburgh


STAY Central Hotel is located in the heart of Edinburghs eclectic Cowgate, surrounding the famous Three Sisters bar and is a short stroll from everywhere. The bedrooms are arranged by size they go S,M,L,XL,XXL and then there is the private DORM, a room so awesome it can sleep up to 9 guests. They want to be known forevermore as the wee hotel in the middle of Edinburgh that blew your socks off.
W: staycentral.co.uk  T: 0131 622 6820

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Murrayfield Hotel and House, West End, Edinburgh


The Murrayfield Hotel and House is located in the west end with ample free parking, just a couple of minutes away from Edinburgh Zoo (and its giant pandas) and the Murrayfield Stadium, Murrayfield Hotel and House combines fantastic hospitality, outstanding value for money and second to none homemade food, served in the traditional, friendly pub kitchen.
W: themurrayfieldhotel.com   T: 0131 347 1989

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What’s on:


Edinburgh Christmas – with so much to see and do across St Andrew Square, East Princes St Gardens and the Royal Mile. The festival features a host of shows in the beautiful Spiegeltent, as well as ice skating, European markets and rides, including the Big Wheel and the 60-metre Star Flyer, with breath-taking views over the city. Runs from 18th November 2016 to 8th January 2017.


Virgin Money Street of Light -The stunning Street of Light is back in a new location on West George Street this year. It has over 60,000 stretched lights synchronised with specially commissioned recordings by choirs from across Edinburgh.


Mama Mia – Are you a lover of all things Abba and a bit of a dancing queen? Then Mama Mia The Musical is the one for you!  It’s coming to Edinburgh Playhouse from 29th November 2016 till 7th January 2017.


Hogmanay– Revellers attending Edinburgh’s Hogmanay can expect a world-class festival atmosphere when the city comes alive with a packed three-day programme of events to welcome 2017. Live music and DJ sets featuring leading artists from Scotland and beyond will rock the Street Party with multiple music stages, giant screens and attractions located throughout the arena, set against the backdrop of the historic Edinburgh Castle.

Where to eat and drink:

Ghillie Dhu  – For showstopping modern Scottish fayre and entertainment.
Biddy Mulligans  – Scotland’s most famous Irish bar.
The Inn on the Mile – Pub classics in the heart of the historic Royal Mile.
The Three Sisters  – Where you’ll find hearty grub and a lively atmosphere.
The Golf Tavern – Nestled on the edge of the Bruntsfield Links.
Southpour – Relaxed dining and drinking in the shadow of Arthur’s seat.
The Bothy – Great food and drinks a stone’s throw from the Zoo.
The Granary – Pub classics with a twist on the shores of Leith

Edinburgh is most certainly the perfect place to have some festive fun, get booked up now!

If you can’t make Christmas time the accommodation discount is valid throughout the year. Why not take advantage if planning a trip to Edinburgh!

Ghillie Dhu

Is it too early to mention Christmas?

Why not book now for your festive gathering at Ghillie Dhu? Perhaps you have a university or work party to organise? Maybe you’re coming for a family or friends Christmas gathering? Choose from the option of having daytime festive lunch or later on for festive dinner in the run up to Christmas day, with a live ceilidh band, then also Christmas Day dinner. In addition, we offer a choice of Hogmanay celebrations to bring in the New Year and party ’til 5am! Our central location means it’s easily accessible for local hotels and transport links.

So what’s on the menu? Our tasty festive lunch comes starts at £26.95 for daytime meal with ceilidh band. Could you resist traditional dishes such as Turkey with date and apple stuffing, pork chipolatas and cranberry jus? Or how about freshly caught Sea Bass from Peterhead with tarragon and crab cream, potato gnocchi? Finish off with a Mull cheddar & Colston Basset stilton cheese plate or a wonderful Chocolate Truffle Cake with blackberry compote..

If you prefer a later on affair, the evening option of festive dinner has similar dishes to lunch, but in addition, you can also enjoy a succulent Sirloin Steak, with girolle, oyster mushroom sauce, dauphinoise potatoes and grilled tomato. Dinner starts at £29.95 and includes live ceilidh band, a glass of champagne and DJ to dance the night away to!

Christmas Day dinner is even more special; begin with one of our irresistible starters, such as Christmas Pork and Pheasant Terrine or Salmon Pastrami.. For a main course, tuck into the traditional Roast Turkey, sausage and cranberry stuffing wrapped in bacon, pigs in blankets, buttered carrots, maple glazed parsnips, sprouts, goose fat roast potatoes, bread sauce and cranberry jus.. If you love seafood, you’ll enjoy the Grilled Fillet of Turbot, clam mussel and new potato chowder, chive and chilli oil. Sitting times on the big day are at 1pm and 4pm, £59.95 for adults and £25.95 for little ones, including a small present from Santa.
If you organise your Christmas get together for six or more from Sunday to Wednesday, and dine from our festive menu, you can enjoy a free glass of fizz per person!

Hogmanay Celebrations
For Hogmanay celebrations, join us for the Auditorium Hogmanay Hoolie, £125, includes champagne, signature banquet meal, champagne fireworks viewing, mini steak pies and a party ‘til 5am.
The main bar party involves a dram on arrival, three course meal, viewing of castle fireworks, steak pie and party ‘til 5am £59.95 or maybe you just fancy the Post Bells Celebration, which gets you entry to Ghillie Dhu from half past midnight until 5am. £20 per person.

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Tel: 0131 222 9930

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Ghillie Dhu Food

We love talking about food, so before we tell you about our menu, let’s begin with an interesting fact about Scottish food… Who knew that it was the Vikings who brought the Scandinavian salting and smoking methods to Scotland? The first people to settle in Scotland were hunter-gatherers. With our rich resources, such as fertile soil, an abundance of fresh waters for fishing and healthy cattle stock, we were able to master the art of creating wonderful hearty Scottish fayre over the years.. If you have a healthy appetite, you’ve come to the right place. At Ghillie Dhu, our traditional Scottish menu will have your taste buds dancing..

What could be better than dishes lovingly crafted from stunning local produce we’re lucky to have here in Scotland? When you tuck into our menu, you’re off on a journey around Scotland with every bite. You’ll have fresh seafood caught in the waters of Peterhead, lamb from Inverurie, mussels from Shetland, chicken from Grampian, duck from Gartmorn, venison from Ardgay, beef from Orkney, scallops from the Isle of Barra, cheddar from the Isle of Mull and you probably catch the drift…

Ghillie Dhu Food

We enjoy spoiling you with the seasonal produce of the moment and we regularly rotate our menu according to what’s available locally. Our August menu is really something special. For starters, have a nibble at the Rillettes of Lobster and Roast Smoked Salmon or Potted Loch Fine Peppered Mackerel. Moving on to heartier plates, you just have to taste the Pan Roasted Atlantic Sea Trout, the Corn Fed Grampian Chicken stuffed with Herbed Crowdie and the Braised Beef Cheek Pie. There are plenty more dishes to choose from of course, have a little browse of the menu for yourself and see what takes your fancy. If you’ve left room for pudding, you must indulge in the Chocolate, Salted Caramel and Hazelnut Torte with tablet ice cream or the Gooseberry and Coconut Panacotta with Amaretti Biscuits..

Ghillie Dhu Food

With all that eating, you will be thirsty, so we recommend a little something to wash it down. Sip a tipple or two from our extensive Drinks and Drams menu, where we have a generous whisky selection along with cocktails, wines and lots of other lovely things. Rest assured you will be suitably fed and watered.

Ghillie Dhu Food

Has all this foodie talk whet your appetite? If so, then call us to book a table, we can’t wait to see you!

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ghillie dhu fringe

So the Edinburgh Fringe is in full swing! It’s been a whirlwind of a fortnight here at The Ghillie Dhu and there’s still plenty of fun to be had! If you haven’t been lucky enough to catch any of this year’s festival offerings, fear not, there are still dozens of shows lined up here for the remainder of the Fringe! Some are free events and some have plenty of tickets left, so either way, you’re laughing!

So what’s left to see, you ask? Grab a partner for the Burly Ceilidh, it’s been going strong for a few weeks now, late night fun and frolics and Scottish music of course, put your dancing shoes on for this…

Friday 19th August – 11pm
Saturday 20th August – 11pm

Girls Night Oot! The Musical
Friday 19th & Saturday 20th Aug 2016 – 19:30

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There’s still tickets left for this one, they might laugh at us for loving salt and sauce, but at least Glaswegians’ taste in entertainment is good.. See the show that’s had Glasgow gals laughing away with a ticket to Girls Night Oot at Ghillie Dhu.

Tickets available on Itison £15.00

Brian Kennedy a live gig..

Friday 19th August – 16.45
Saturday 20th August – 16.45
Sunday 21st August – 20.30

25 years later and he is only getting started. Multiplatinum-selling, singer/songwriter and highly regarded radio and television presenter, Doctor of Letters from Ulster University, and a published author, not surprisingly for a lyricist of his calibre. His 32 track Essential Collection CD, all new recordings from the past and present, includes a duet with Boy George.

Tricorn Improv a hero’s journey
Friday 19th to Saturday 27th August at 13:00

ghillie dhu fringe

Christina Bianco
Me, Myself and Everyone Else
22nd Aug to 27th Aug 2016 – 19:30

Christina Bianco makes her triumphant return with Me, Myself & Everyone Else!
Broadway and West End performer Christina Bianco became a YouTube sensation with her ‘diva’ impression videos gaining over 22 million views worldwide. A woman of a thousand versatile voices, she’s performed on such programs as The Ellen Degeneres Show, The Paul O’Grady Show, This Morning and Graham Norton on BBC Radio 1.

Come and meet Christina as she performs her greatest hits in a way only she knows how!
Tickets available on Ticketline – £21.50 (Standard Ticket) £37.10 (VIP Tickets)

Guys Sing Dolls
22nd-27th Aug 2016 – 22:00

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An evening like nothing you have ever experienced before! Imagine the greatest female songs of Musical Theatre, The Movies and Pop/Rock fame presented for your viewing and listening pleasure from a completely different perspective! Join our male vocalists while they offer you an evening of songs they were never allowed to sing in public… until now! Who said you had to be a woman to be a Diva!
Tickets £10

26th August Malcolm Hardee Comedy Awards
@ 23.55
Free event

It’s the outrageous annual two-hour charity variety show filled with bizarre acts and very alternative comedy which includes the presentation of three annual Malcolm Hardee Comedy Awards. The show will also include the Scottish National Russian Egg Roulette Championships and possibly a bit of spaghetti juggling.

Don’t miss out, some amazing acts lined up! Perhaps you’d like to make a day or night of it with your friends? Why not book a lovely meal and have drinks beforehand? We think that’s a great idea!

Just call us on Telephone: 0131 222 9930