As the main cruise port for Scotland’s capital, Rosyth is the central hub for cruise traffic heading in and out of Edinburgh. The city holds many unique treasures, including stunning monuments, quirky festivals and exotic nightlife.
Therefore, we recommend you take a pre-cruise stay to not only experience all of this, but to relieve any worries that you might have before you begin your luxurious cruise. So here are a few reasons why you should add a pre-cruise stay before starting your cruise from Rosyth, Edinburgh.
Once you enter the city, you will instantly get a feel for the rich culture. While you settle into the city, you may notice the abundance of 16th-century architecture and a good deal of places to grab a bite to eat too. Most notably, Edinburgh’s spectacular old fortress towers above the cityscape, not only offering amazing photos, but also a chance to experience Scotland’s wealthy heritage. This castle is also open to the public and is home to the National War Museum of Scotland, beautiful garden walks and quaint souvenir shops.
The Royal Mile is one of Edinburgh’s hot spots. With street shops and marketplaces lining the highstreet, you can buy a number of authentic Scottish wares, including tartans, whisky and other must-have items. Plus, you will also have more opportunities for sightseeing at the national gallery, before reaching the end where you will be greeted by the jaw-dropping Holyrood Palace.
Finally, if you have ever wondered what being royalty would feel like, here is your chance. HMY Britannia has retired from royal service since 1997 (serving 40 years) and is now open to the public. Each room has its original features, which is surprising considering it sailed a colossal one-million nautical miles. You can visit nearly every room with the exception of Her Majesty's room, which is only visible through a glass window.
While you might not be able to stay for the entire duration of a festival, there is no denying that Edinburgh is one of the world’s leading festival cities. Throughout the year, there are 12 major, annual festivals with most of them landing in the month of August. But, even if you aren’t the typical ‘festival goer’, these are a great opportunity to learn more about what the city has to offer. During August, there are over 25,000 artists that populate the city and over 1,000 shows per day.
Some of the most popular festivals include the International Science Festival, International Film Festival, International Magic Festival, Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival, Edinburgh Art Festival, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Edinburgh’s Hogmanay and Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. No matter what time you visit throughout the year, you will have a good chance to see one of these celebrations.
Hiking to Arthur’s Seat
If you are an avid hiker (and even if you are not), Arthur’s Seat is an impressive vantage point of the city to rival that of Edinburgh Castle. The hike only takes around 40 minutes with plenty of breaks and has spectacular scenery along whichever route you choose. This is the ideal opportunity to take your pre-cruise picture to really mark the start of your holiday or just sit back and relax.
Whether you are planning to sail from Rosyth or a port closer to home, we can pick the ship and itinerary best suited to you. Call us today on 0808 163 7523 or contact us through our website.