Fun things to do

Here are some ideas for making your visit to Edinburgh fun and memorable. They are activities which can be pre-booked before your visit. Book now and then it's done.


Jupiter Artland

Situated a few miles outside Edinburgh, Jupiter Artland is a fascinating place to visit. Situated in the grounds of Bonnington House, this contemporary sculpture garden is a feast for the senses and a wonder to explore, especially for families. The environment that has been created, nurtures the art and draws the underlying power of the land into a series of spaces. In addition to all the great Artworks that are on display at Jupiter Artland there is also a fantastic range of Talks, Tours and Events, workshops and courses for Children and Families and a programme of Gallery Exhibitions. It is open from mid May to end September and includes a cafe and shop.

Free pitch and putt golf on Bruntsfield Links - the oldest short hole golf course in the world

Have a go at Short Hole Golf in the heart of Edinburgh overlooking The Meadows for free. No need to book. Just turn up and play. All you need is a chipper, putter and one ball (you really shouldn't lose it) - and off you go. There are 36 holes in summer and 9 in winter. If you don't have clubs you can hire them at The Golf Tavern right next to the first hole.

A wee dram ?

The Scotch Whisky Experience beside Edinburgh Castle offers an exciting interactive whisky tour explaining the making of Scottish whisky through the ages. Tours start with a swirling, bubbling barrel ride through a replica distillery as you become part of the Whisky-making process. Along the way you’ll hear the stories behind this magical craft. Throughout your interactive tour, our expert guides and Whisky advisors are with you every sip of the way. Tours finish with a close-up look at the world’s largest collection of Scotch Whisky and the chance to taste Scotch Malt Whisky.

The Scotch Whisky Experience is a great venue for private whisky tastings, parties and the award winning Amber Restaurant reflects the best of seasonal Scottish produce following the changing seasons and growing patterns.

Innis and Gunn Beer and Food Tastings

Innis and Gunn specialise in oak-aged artisan beers. Visit The Beer Kitchen in Lothian Road and sample unique products paired with delicious Mellis cheeses or chocolate !

I.J. Mellis themselves also host Cheese Chewtorials in their new tasting room at their famous store at Baker's Place Stockbridge at 7pm on the 3rd Thursday of every month. Discover wonderful cheeses through careful tasting and interaction. BYOB. Visit for more information. TICKETS ONLY THROUGH MELLIS - 0131 225 6566.

Pickering's Gin Distillery Tours

One of our favourite recommendations. If gin is your tipple of choice you will love this ! Wander up to Summerhall, the former home of Edinburgh University's veterinary school known locally as the Dick Vet. Tour the gin distillery and sample the product in the bar next door or the sheltered courtyard outside. Summerhall is also a creative hub for the arts with studio and workshop spaces, craft shop and cafe.

10% off distillery tour tickets if you quote The Mews Company to Matt, Marcus or Dave.

Chocolates and Gelato - a rhubarb hotdog perhaps ?

Mary’s Milk Bar in the Grassmarket can host your very own private tasting evening – hens and stags are very welcome. Mary will supply a bottle of bubbly and talk you though the wonders of gelato – sampling up to three different gelatos or sorbets. The tasting will last one hour, a perfect start to an evening of fun, right in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town.

Mary’s Milk Bar also offers a service to create your very own bespoke chocolates for a special occasion (order at least 2 weeks ahead).

Hair, Nails, Beauty & Body Treatments

Bamboo Boutique is the place to prepare for that special occasion. Aveda hair products, Gel nails, Dermalogica facials, Bare Minerals make-up, tinting, tanning, threading and more. Pamper packages available.

Aromatherapy at the Mews

Described in The Sunday Herald as 'an aromatherapist extraordinaire', Tania adapts her massage style to suit the client, so a therapeutic massage can be gentle, or an aromatherapy massage firm. Tania can come to any of our mews houses by prior arrangement. She charges £60 per hour or £100 for two (payable on the day).

Contact Tania on +447530569135 to book.

Karaoke Party !

Scotland's only dedicated private karaoke venue, Supercube is here to take care of all your singing needs. Rooms (with 'press-of-a-button' room service) are rented by the hour, although if you're a large group it is advisable to book in advance. Supercube also boasts the largest karaoke song collection across any genre and era in the UK. You can browse their collection online in advance and get planning for your very own session.

Dance the night away at Lulu

Edinburgh's most opulent night club situated below Tigerlily restaurant in George Street, Lulu features a classic Saturday Night Fever style lighted dance floor. There are plenty of sofas and seating areas for a rest between dances and there's also a VIP area and private rooms for hire.

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