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, your fridge filled with delicious food when you arrive, or 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, Doune Terrace (pictured below) has the wow factor. This stunning three bedroom garden apartment in the central New Town is very stylish with a great sense of quality about it, everything in this home has been very carefully considered with comfort in mind.
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 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.
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.
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, Marchbrae provide the very best, luxury Scottish cashmere knitwear. Autumn is also the perfect season to embrace all things tweed, and where better to head than Walker Slater. All of these stores can be found in the Old Town.
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, another Michelin Star restaurant, Tom Kitching’s 21212 on Royal Terrace which also has two private dining rooms for a more intimate dining experience. Serving up a new menu each week, you’ll be treated to a surprise when you visit.
Located on one of Edinburgh’s most picturesque street, Victoria Street, the Grain Store has included Scotch beef, foie gras torchon and Jerusalem artichoke as part of their Autumn menu. Lastly, Borough Restaurant in the heart of Leith, recently voted one of the coolest neighbourhoods in the world by Conde Naste Traveller. You can expect a locally sourced, seasonal tasting menu featuring sika, game parfait and walnut & pumpkin.
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.
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!
Treat Yourself to an Afternoon Tea
After a romp around the Botanics and town, indulge in Edinburgh’s finest afternoon tea at the Colonnades in the elegant Signet Library. A fine Georgian building just a few paces off the Royal Mile, you’ll be seated within the lower library which has been meticulously restored. Tall fluted Corinthian columns line the salon surrounded by the gallery’s ornate balustrades in neo-classical style.
Featured Home: Alva Street
If luxury is what you’re after, Alva Street might just be the perfect fit. Recently converted from an office by its discerning owners, you’ll notice the quality as soon as you walk into the apartment through the private entrance. There are herringbone parquet floors and Farrow and Ball shades throughout. Located just a few minutes walk from Princes Street, this three bedroom home benefits from a private patio garden. Alva Street is a dog friendly home so your four legged friends can come along too.