The Best Ideas for Bachelor Parties in Scotland The Best Ideas for Bachelor Parties in Scotland

The Best Ideas for Bachelor Parties in Scotland

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Why Go to Scotland: Cheaper than London, with plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities, rowdy nights out, and distillery visits, Scotland will cover all your bachelor party bases. 

Best Ideas: Whisky tastings, clay pigeon shooting, and golfing in St. Andrews are some of the top Scottish bachelor party activities. 

Good to Know: Scotland isn’t the warmest destination, so pack and prepare appropriately. 

Scotland. It’s the nation famous for deep-fried Mars Bars, kilts, bagpipes and, of course, whisky. It could also be your ideal bachelor party destination, whether you want a classy shooting-fishing-and-distillery-visiting affair in the Highlands — where you can really lean into a lord-of-the-manor type vibe — or a rowdy party-forward stag-do in Glasgow. Looking for a destination that combines the best of both worlds? The Scottish capital, Edinburgh, makes for a pleasing middle ground of historic buildings, castles, and local pubs in both the Old and New Towns. 

There are few airlines that fly direct to Scotland from the U.S., but Edinburgh is a mere train ride from London or Manchester. Once you’re there? Buses, taxis and trains will be your best friends, but bundle up if you decide to explore your destination of choice on foot, because Scotland isn’t exactly known for its temperate climate.

Scotland is, overall, cheaper than other top U.K. destinations (think: the south of England and London), although Edinburgh will be a bit pricier than, say, Glasgow. And you’ll want to avoid August in Edinburgh, because the arrival of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival means prices skyrocket and you can’t move because of all the comedy-loving tourists. Even so, Scotland offers spectacular scenery, great nightlife, and a plethora of outdoor activity options that will please even the pickiest groom.

Pros and Cons of a Bachelor Party in Scotland 

Pros:

  • Scotland is a small nation, meaning you can hit up multiple cities in one visit. 
  • There are plenty of opportunities for fishing, clay pigeon shooting, and other outdoor pursuits. 
  • You can stay at a real-life castle if you’ve got the budget for it. 
  • Scotland is generally cheaper than other parts of the U.K. 

Cons: 

  • Scottish weather isn’t the best, so you’ll have to time your trip carefully or embrace the cold.
  • There aren’t many direct flight options from the US.
  • Edinburgh gets incredibly busy (and expensive) over August, thanks to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. 

Best Attractions and Activities in Scotland  

Scotland is one of the few bachelor party destinations that really has something to suit most ages and interests. Here are some of the country’s top bachelor party activities you might want to consider.

  • The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews

    The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, St Andrews, UK
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    By day, you can’t go wrong with a friendly round of golf on one of the seven St. Andrews courses. This historic golf club is literally the home of golf, after all. Sure, that might make it a bit tricky to secure your spot, but with some forward planning, you can make it happen. (Photo by @thehomeofgolf)

  • Winton Castle

    Winton Castle, Pencaitland, Tranent, UK
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    If the thought of golfing bores you to tears, perhaps clay pigeon shooting will be of more interest? One of the most convenient places to give it a go is Winton Castle, just outside of Edinburgh, where they cater to groups of 10 or more. (Photo by @wintoncastle)

  • Kincardine Castle

    Kincardine Castle, Kincardine O'Neil, Aboyne, UK
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    There’s also Kincardine Castle, located closer to Aberdeen, which offers sporting weekend packages. (Photo by @kincardinecastle)

  • Strathisla Distillery

    Strathisla Distillery, Strathisla Distillery Seafield Avenue, Keith, UK
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    However, the most unmissable daytime activity in Scotland is surely whisky tasting. Even if you’re not really a fan of the ol’ water of life, you’ll be a convert by the end of the first, oh, five sips or so. Swap the Glenfiddich Distillery for Strathisla in the Scottish Highlands, where you can craft your own blend. (Photo by @strathisladistillery)

  • Kingsbarns Distillery

    Kingsbarns Distillery, Kingsbarns, St Andrews, UK
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    Kingsbarns Distillery in St. Andrews is another great whisky tasting venue. (Photo by @kingsbarnsdist)

  • Glengoyne Distillery

    Glengoyne Distillery, Dumgoyne, Killearn, Glasgow, UK
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    If you’re staying near Glasgow, pay a visit to Glengoyne Distillery. (Photo by @alexnielsenn)

  • The Scotch Whisky Experience

    The Scotch Whisky Experience, Castlehill, Edinburgh, UK
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    Sticking to Edinburgh? Stop by The Scotch Whisky Experience. (Photo by @scotchwhiskyexp)

  • Ghost Tour

    Mercat Tours, Blair Street, Edinburgh, UK
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    By night, hit the bars and clubs (more on that to come) or take a haunted tour of your city of choice. Edinburgh’s Mercat Tours, Dark Dundee and the Stirling Ghost Walk are top choices. (Photo by @mercattours)

  • The Stand Comedy Club

    The Stand Comedy Club, Woodlands Road, Glasgow, UK
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    Fancy a laugh instead? The Stand Comedy Club in Glasgow is an institution. (Photo by @thestandglasgow)

  • Monkey Barrel Comedy

    Monkey Barrel Comedy, Blair Street, Edinburgh, UK
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    If you’ll be in Edinburgh, stop by the legendary Monkey Barrel Comedy club. (Photo by @amyfmatthews)

  • Galloway Forest Park

    Galloway Forest Park, Galloway Forest, Creebridge, Newton Stewart, UK
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    Alternatively, swap the cities for the U.K.’s first Dark Sky Park, Galloway Forest Park, and enjoy some late-night stargazing that you’ll struggle to get elsewhere. (Photo by @eddiefitz7)

  • Best Hotels, Resorts, and Airbnbs in Scotland 

    From secluded lodges to city center hotels, there’s a wealth of bachelor party-friendly accommodations across Scotland.

  • The Radisson RED Glasgow

    Radisson RED Glasgow
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    If Glasgow has caught your eye, book into the Radisson RED. Yes, it’s a big-name chain, but the rooftop Red Sky Bar seals the deal for us. With views over the surrounding city, DJs every weekend, and craft cocktails, it’s the perfect place for a classy pregame. And with prices starting from around $70 a night, it’s super affordable, too. (Photo by @radissonredglasgow)

  • Stay Central Hotel

    Stay Central Hotel, Cowgate, Edinburgh, UK
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    In Edinburgh, opt for a centrally located, tailored party apartment. One of the best is Stay Central, where you can book the private dorm for up to nine people and enjoy the ping pong table, poker set, sound system, and video game consoles. For an extra fee — on top of the roughly $350-a-night starting rate — throw in a fridge full of your favorite drinks. (Photo by @staycentralhotel)

  • An Epic Party House Airbnb in Edinburgh

    Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
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    Edinburgh is also home to a number of Airbnbs that would be ideal for a bachelor party. Take this 20-bed mega-apartment, which starts from about $1,000 a night and comes complete with a pool table, plasma TV, sound system, beer fridge, and even a pole-dance stage. (Photo courtesy of Airbnb)

  • Big Husky Lodge

    Big Husky Lodge, Boat of Garten, UK
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    And remember that Scotland has plenty of remote options, too, including the Big Husky Lodge, a luxury cabin in the heart of Cairngorm National Park, which goes for around $4,500 a night. Ideal for massive bachelor parties — it sleeps up to 25 — there’s an outdoor hot tub, spa area, and game room, as well as a bunch of entertainment and technology mod cons. The owners will even help you plan an activity-packed weekend of fishing, golfing, biking, and kayaking. (Photo by @thebighuskylodge)

  • The Craigellachie Hotel

    The Craigellachie Hotel, Victoria Street, Speyside, UK
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    Meanwhile, in Speyside, The Craigellachie Hotel offers refined luxury with nearby salmon fishing, hiking, and dining opportunities, as well as an on-site whisky bar, The Quaith, and rooms from around $150 a night. (Photo by @thecraigellachie)

  • Best Restaurants in Scotland 

  • Sea Breeze Café

    Sea Breeze Cafe, Leith Walk, Edinburgh, UK
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    Shake off that hangover at Sea Breeze Café in Leith, Edinburgh. One of the few remaining true greasy-spoon diners in the city, here you can sample the quintessential fry-up, complete with bacon, sausage, beans, eggs, and toast. Accompany your stomach-lining breakfast with an Irn Bru or a strong tea for the complete Scottish experience. (Photo by @elizaveta_maltseva)

  • Kyloe Restaurant & Grill

    Kyloe Restaurant & Grill, Rutland Street, Edinburgh, UK
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    For dinner, move onto Kyloe Restaurant & Grill, a top Edinburgh steakhouse and upscale establishment serving incredible Scottish cuts with views over the Castle. Save it for a special occasion. (Photo by @kyloe.edinburgh)

  • Café Piccante

    Cafe Piccante, Broughton Street, Edinburgh, UK
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    One place you don’t need to save for a special occasion is Edinburgh’s Café Piccante. While the name alludes to some kind of spicy Italian spot, it’s actually a good ol’ fish and chip shop famed for a variety of greasy late-night eats — it’s open ‘til 2 a.m. on the weekend — and the infamous deep-fried Mars Bar that’s a must for visitors in Scotland. (Photo by @dsiu25)

  • Café Gandolfi

    Cafe Gandolfi, Albion Street, Glasgow, UK
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    Over in Glasgow, there’s no place like Café Gandolfi for a filling breakfast. A bit more upmarket than the Sea Breeze Café, it’s one of the top places to get real Scottish produce — including meat, fish, and black pudding (aka blood pudding) — as well as some of the city’s best coffee. (Photo by @cafegandolfi)

  • The Dockyard Social

    The Dockyard Social, Haugh Road, Glasgow, UK
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    For dinner, tackle the global street food and drink stalls at The Dockyard Social, one of Glasgow’s original food-truck pop-ups turned permanent attractions. (Photo by @dockyardsocial)

  • The Flying Duck

    The Flying Duck, Renfield Street, Glasgow, UK
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    Vegan eaters looking for late-night sustenance in Glasgow might want to stop by The Flying Duck, too. A basement-bar-slash-soul-food-inspired vegan diner — with massive portions and an anti-establishment vibe — it’s open ‘til midnight each night. (Photo by @flyingduckparty)

  • Maggie's Grill

    Maggie's Grill, Holburn Street, Aberdeen, UK
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    Eschewing both big Scottish cities on your bachelor party extravaganza? If you’re headed up to Aberdeen instead, don’t miss Maggie’s Grill, a barbecue and Cajun gem where every dish is made with the best local produce. Wash it all down with craft brews from the region. (Photo by @countrywoodsmoke)

  • Best Bars and Clubs in Scotland 

  • The Bow Bar

    The Bow Bar edinburgh
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    There’s no better place to bar hop in Edinburgh than the length of Grassmarket — make a note to stop in at the cozy Jolly Judge pub, which has a roaring fire and understated feel, as well as the Last Drop, where prisoners would go for their final drink — but The Bow Bar is one establishment worth veering off for. Affordable real ale and whisky galore best define the offerings at this traditional Edinburgh pub, where you should grab a quiet pint before heading out for the evening. (Photo by @the_bow_bar_edinburgh)

  • The Quaich

    The Craigellachie Hotel
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    Whisky lovers outside of Edinburgh won’t want to miss The Quaich, an upscale, historic bar founded in 1893 that’s now home to over 900 single-malt whiskies from around the world. As the on-site bar of The Craigellachie Hotel, it also lets you book rooms, a great idea if you’re keen to sample the bulk of their whiskies. Or you can arrange a private whisky tasting. (Photo by @thecraigellachie)

  • The Sub Club

    22 Jamaica St, Glasgow G1 4QD, UK
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    If clubs are more your thing, then few Scottish cities are better than Glasgow. There, The Sub Club — apparently the world’s longest running underground club — is practically unbeatable. (Photo by @subclub87)

  • 4042

    4042 | Late Night Liquor, Grindlay Street, Edinburgh, UK
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    Over in typically more understated Edinburgh, 4042, a ping-pong hall/sort of a club, is known for hip hop and house music, as well as plenty of inventive drinks. (Photo by @4042edinburgh)

  • Best Strip Clubs in Scotland 

  • Baby Dolls

    Baby Dolls - No1 Showbar, Lauriston Street, Edinburgh, UK
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    Strip clubs aren’t for everyone, but if your stag is insisting on watching women pole dance before his big day, consider stopping by Baby Dolls in Edinburgh. If you’re staying in an Edinburgh hotel, entry is free. (Photo by @hollycassell)

  • Private Eyes Inverness

    Private Eyes Inverness, Academy Street, Inverness, UK
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    Up in Inverness, Private Eyes — the only strip club in the Highlands — has free nightly pole-dance performances. (Photo by @privateeyesinverness)

  • Platinum Lace

    Platinum Lace Glasgow : Best Strip Club in Scotland with the Most Beautiful Lap Dancers, Drury Street, Glasgow, UK
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    Over in Glasgow, Platinum Lace is perhaps the country’s best gentlemen’s club. Here, watch the stage shows, enjoy a lap dance, rent the Platinum Champagne Bar, or make the most of their bachelor party packages. There are even regular DJ sets performed here. (Photo by @platinum_gla)

  • Bottom Line

    Scotland might be a bit trickier for the average bachelor party group to get to than, say, Vegas, but it’s worth the extra effort. Especially if you prefer the simple delight of a deep-fried Mars Bar over a magnum of Champagne.