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The Perfect Luxury Autumn Weekend in Edinburgh

Edinburgh during Autumn is simply marvellous. It may be slightly cooler but what the city lacks in warm weather it makes up for in beauty. The city’s abundant greenery is transformed into warm coppers, golds and russet reds. If you’re looking to enjoy a luxury weekend in Scotland’s capital during Autumn, we’ve put together a guide on how to spend the Perfect Luxury Autumn Weekend in Edinburgh.


Move into one of Edinburgh’s Most Luxurious Holiday Homes

Whether you’re looking to visit Edinburgh for three days or a few months, Dickins has a range of gorgeous luxury accommodation in Edinburgh to choose from. Whilst our homes are self-catering, our fabulous concierge services will ensure you have the most luxurious stay possible. Whether you need housekeeping during your stay, a babysitter or  your fridge filled with delicious food when you arrive, it can all be easily arranged. If you’d like picked up from the airport or train station, we’ve found the perfect executive car company to make your arrival as seamless as possible. Additionally, there’s the option to have someone meet you at your flat with the keys if you can’t collect them at our office.

If you’d like to see our entire collection of luxury Edinburgh apartments click here. If you’re looking for a little inspiration, 18/1 Northumberland Street (pictured below) has the wow factor. This stunning three bedroom home on Northumberland Street is incredibly glamorous, gorgeous and very, very stylish.

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Brunch at the Ivy on the Square

Once you’ve moved in, you might be feeling a little peckish, so why not start your day off with an indulgent, delicious brunch at the Ivy on the Square.  The prestigious family of restaurants recently branched out of London and opened up an outpost in Edinburgh’s St Andrews Square. The restaurant features a Parisian-style outdoor terrace and a bar, serving modern British and international Ivy-inspired classics from dawn until dusk, seven days a week.

Photo Credit: The Ivy

A wander through the Scottish National Gallery

No matter the season, a wander around the Scottish National Gallery is always a pleasure. However, there is something about wandering around the crimson red rooms that feels extra special in the cooler months. The Scottish National Gallery displays some of the greatest art in the world, including masterpieces by Botticelli, Raphael, Titian, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Constable, Turner, Monet, Van Gogh and Gauguin, amongst many others. We highly recommend taking your time to explore the entire gallery.

Indulge in some of Edinburgh’s Best Oysters

Oyster cellars were incredibly popular in 18th century Edinburgh. The Firth of Forth was once famed for its oyster beds, which provided such a bountiful supply for the city that they were eaten as a cheap snack food. If you look closely at many historic buildings in the Old Town, you can still see oyster shells embedded in the walls, used by the masons as a handy way of packing joints in the stonework and apparently to ward off evil spirits.

Thankfully, Edinburgh is still known for its quality seafood and oyster bars. We’d recommend visiting the Michelin Guide restaurant Ondine or White Horse Oyster Bar for the finest seafood and shellfish from the East Coast of Scotland and beyond.

Photo Credit: White Horse Oyster Bar

A spot of Autumnal shopping

There’s a noticeable chill in the air which has us reaching for our cosy knits and luxurious scarves. If you’re looking to update your Autumn wardrobe with a few luxury, quality pieces, here are a few fantastic options. For luxurious and cosy cashmere, we’d recommend Hawico Scotland, who stock stylish womenswear and menswear. Furthermore, The Tailor Retailored provide the very best, luxury Scottish cashmere knitwear for today’s man. Both of which are located in the Grassmarket. Autumn is also the perfect season to embrace all things tweed, and where better to head than Walker Slater.

Photo Credit: Walker Slater

Enjoy some of Scotland’s Best Game for Dinner

Autumn is the season for game and as Scotland has the world’s finest game larder, this is the place to eat it. So if you love grouse, partridge, pheasant and roe deer, here are the best luxury restaurants in Edinburgh to feast on game.  First, Michelin Star restaurant, Number One not only offer quality game such as Borders Partridge as part of their dinner menu, they also have an Autumn Tasting Menu. Next, the award-winning restaurant Castle Terrace serves up Muggleswick Moor grouse and red-legged partridge from Perthshire as part of their early Autumn menu. Located on one of Edinburgh’s most picturesque street, Victoria Street, Grain Store has included partridge with confit leg bon bon, roasted borders pigeon, and foie gras torcho as part of their Autumn menu. Lastly, Borough Restaurant is relatively new to Edinburgh’s food scene but is proving popular. You can expect duck parfait with walnut & apple as well as partridge with lentils & peach. Additionally, a donation of £1 is made to the country food trust for every game dish sold!

If you’d rather spend a quiet night in and cook for yourself, why not pop into one of the best game butchers in Edinburgh, George Bower Butchers.

Photo Credit: Number One


Treat Yourself to a Private Artisan Food Tour

Over the years, Edinburgh has become a fantastic foodie destination so where better to start your Sunday than on one of Unlock Tours’ Edinburgh Food Tours. There’s the option to indulge your sweet tooth on their “Sweet Treats – Tea, Cake and Chocolate Tour” or their “Meet the Artisans” tour where you’ll get the chance to meet the wonderful independent business owners who work tirelessly and with great skill to deliver mouthwatering foods.

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A Walk in the Botanics or a Visit the Royal Yacht Britannia

We can’t think of a better way to finish your weekend in Edinburgh than with a wander around the splendid Royal Botanic Gardens or a visit to the Royal Yacht Britannia. The Botanics is especially beautiful at this time of the year when the leaves fall and the world turns vibrant shades of orange and brown. If the weather is slightly poor or if you’re in the mood to delve into Scotland’s rich history, we’d recommend heading along to the HMS Britannia. Visit Scotland has crowned it “Scotland’s Best Attraction” and we can see why!

Featured Home: 35 Royal Terrace

If luxury is what you’re after, Royal Terrace has it all. It’s the most incredible apartment we’ve ever seen. Three apartments have been turned into one and so the scale is very grand. Royal Terrace sits above London Road and it’s one of Edinburgh smartest streets. It even has a huge private garden!

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