Summer In Edinburgh: Great Things To See & Do

The iconic Edinburgh hotel offers bespoke guest experiences to celebrate Scotland this summer.

The Balmoral, a Rocco Forte hotel in Edinburgh, is showcasing the best of Scotland this summer and invites you to visit the colourfully historic and cosmopolitan capital. From urban adventures to heritage trails, the exclusive money-can’t-buy experiences promise to unlock the secrets of the city and beyond.

All hotel guests are invited to choose from a variety of activities during the summer months. Top of the billing is the Royal Edinburgh experience. Celebrating the city’s longstanding ties with The Royal Family, this guided tour gives guests the chance to discover two of the country’s foremost royal establishments – Holyrood Palace, The Queen's official residence in Edinburgh, and Royal Yacht Britannia, the Queen’s former floating home. Returning to the hotel, guests will then enjoy The Balmoral's Afternoon Tea Masterclass. Promising to unlock the history of this very British ritual, an official guide will talk guests through the history and etiquette of this renowned tradition over delicate finger sandwiches, scones and expertly poured tea.

For those looking to explore their Scottish heritage, The Tartan Butler Clan Tour, offers hotel guests the chance to track down their family tartan with a little help from The Balmoral’s Tartan Butler. Those interested in learning more about their family history can book a tailored tour that traces their family's journey throughout Scotland. Whether it’s a visit to a castle or ruin, archives or local inns, guests will unearth family secrets and find the physical links connecting the present to the past.

The Cashmere and Tartan Trail, meanwhile, shines a light on the Scottish luxury textiles that are coveted by leading fashion houses around the world. On a privately guided visit to the country’s most prestigious cashmere, tartan and tweed mills, including Johnstons of Elgin, weavers by Royal Appointment to HRH Prince Charles, guests will go behind the scenes and meet the highly skilled craftspeople who create for the catwalks.

The Tartan Butler Clan Tour details:
- Tour starts from £673 for up to 6 people in the same family
- Bespoke family history tour including return travel to and from The Balmoral
- Private driver-guide will talk through the sights and history en route
- Picnic hamper available from the hotel at £25 per guest. Please book in advance.
- Access to The Tartan Butler who can help identify the correct tartan and arrange an appointment for a kilt fitting (charge for kilt is additional) is free of charge


Many hotels claim to have landmarks on their doorstep, few can say their doorstep is a landmark. The Balmoral is a grand railway hotel located at Edinburgh's most prestigious address, No 1 Princes Street. The Balmoral offers 188 contemporary rooms and opulent suites. Excellent cuisine is guaranteed in the Michelin-starred Number One restaurant as well as the hotel’s all-day dining venue Brasserie Prince by Alain Roux. Afternoon Tea is served in Palm Court and the hotel boasts a collection of over 500 single malt whiskies at SCOTCH.

If you are interested in booking your stay at The Balmoral, a Rocco Forte hotel in Edinburgh, and including one of these tours, please call us on +44 20 7148 1778 or send us an enquiry for more informaton.

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