To many, the idea of rugby paints a vivid picture of ruffians blazing around a pitch like a scene from Braveheart. To Scots, rugby is a legacy, deeply embedded into the nation and a source of great pride. Although not always the golden team of the Six Nations Championship, there’s no denying the camaraderie displayed and elevated spirits portrayed when a rugby match is in full force. So, sing Flower of Scotland like never before, embrace that thistle with open arms, and discover the best places in Edinburgh for those with an affinity for rugby.
Those eager to cross paths with some of Scotland’s rugby greats may just be in luck with a stay at The Dunstane. This delightful boutique hotel is renowned as a popular haunting ground for many iconic players, old and new. In 2007, Scottish rugby superstar Scott Hastings cut the red tape of the newly refurbished Dunstane City Hotel. The likes of Dan Parks, Sean Lineen and Rob Wainwright are also fans of this exquisite spot. Nothing beats staying in luxury, dining on great Scottish cuisine and basking in the picture-perfect outdoor gardens before the Scotland home game, a mandatory Dunstane ritual.
The Dunstane, 4 W Coates, Edinburgh, Scotland +44 131 337 6169