So, you’re travelling to Edinburgh, Scotland’s cultural capital, and you’re looking for digs with a difference. We think the Fingal just might be the left-of-centre accommodation you seek.
Launching this year with a price tag just shy of US$5 million (that’s for the boat, not a night), Fingal is the city’s newest hotel on and off the water as well as Scotland’s only ship hotel (and the city’s number one on TripAdvisor).
A former Northern Lighthouse Board ship, that helps maintain lighthouses and transported their keepers, equipment, and supplies to some of the most treacherous locations in Scotland, the Fingal has been lovingly retasked as a boutique hideaway by the Royal Yacht Britannia’s trading company, Royal Yacht Enterprises.
Permanently berthed at the historic Port of Leith, Fingal boasts 23 beautifully-styled cabins, all named for Stevenson lighthouses, naturally. Some have private balconies, others a duplex configuration – there’s even a penthouse stateroom, the lavish Skerryvore Suite, just in case you’re looking to do Scotland in style.
Of course, and a beautiful ballroom with a removable skylight for those special occasions, as well as gourmet restaurants, including the stunning, copper-clad Lighthouse Bar, home to innovative locally-inspired mixology.
Because seafaring can be thirsty business.
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