Best place to stay in Edinburgh for New Year's Eve

Edinburgh offers a number of locations to stay during the New Year's celebrations, each offering a unique experience for you and loved ones.

Edinburgh Castle - The background shows a wide blue river, with city scape focusing on a castle perched on a volcanic plug. (© Forever Edinburgh)

Discover our recommendations for the best places to stay in Edinburgh for NYE, and why. 

The best of Edinburgh for New Year's Eve

There is no doubt that Edinburgh is one of the best places to stay for a memorable New Year's Eve.

But what would make the ideal holiday home in Edinburgh for your New Year's stay? 

Discover our recommendations for the best places to stay in Edinburgh for NYE, and why. 

NYE in Edinburgh Old Town

New Years in the Old Town of Edinburgh will be exciting, with thousands of visitors on the streets to celebrate the oncoming of 2024. 

If you want to watch from your window, there will be plenty to see, from fireworks to dancing to live music.

Edinburgh Old Town NYE Celebrations

On New Year Eve, the Silent Disco will take over Market Street in Old Town, an entertaining experience for watchers as well as participants.

If you haven’t yet enjoyed a silent disco, perhaps 2023 will be your year. Choose from 3 different genres of music and join in with 4000 other dancers. 

If dancing isn't for you, what better way to spend new year's evening, but with a gentle stroll amongst some of the most beautiful buildings in Scotland?

With The Royal Mile stretching from Edinburgh Castle to Holyrood Palace, you’ll follow the steps of those who followed the same route since the Castle was built 900 years ago and construction on Holyrood Palace started 700 years ago. 

New Year's Day in the Old Town of Edinburgh

On New Year's Day, stroll a little further to find the Parliament leading onto Holyrood Park.

From here you can take a stroll round the park, pausing to enjoy the wildlife in Dunaspie Loch and St Margaret's Loch along the way, and take in the views for miles around. Remember to wrap up warm!

New Years in Edinburgh New Town

The New Town will also be a busy area, although there are quieter locations if you want to be in the city but avoid the noise. 

The New Town offers you close access to the New Year's parties, meaning you won't have far to walk to be right in the middle of the celebrations. 

Edinburgh New Town NYE Celebrations

The Edinburgh Hogmanay Street Party takes place on Princes Street, with throngs of revellers joining in with songs, entertainment and performances right until the Midnight Moment at the time of the bells welcoming 2024. 

For music lovers Pulp will be on the stage followed by DJ sets at the Concert in the Gardens event arena in West Princes Street Gardens. 

On Waverley Bridge there are New Year festivities with the Tartan Stage, covering Ceilidh music and irresistible Ceilidh dancing, as well as live Scottish music.

Edinburgh Castle will be The Place to watch as the bells ring midnight, as the skills of Pyrotechnic experts Titanium will create a light show and firework display to delight the whole family.

NYE Restaurants in the New Town of Edinburgh

Restaurants in Edinburgh will be taking bookings for New Year’s Eve celebrations, with special menus available to mark the special occasion. 

For a touch of glamour, a sumptuous menu and entertainment, try Ivy on the Square. With champagne on arrival, a set menu and glamorous showmen and show girls, music and djs, this will be the venue to remember. 

For dinner in one of the newest restaurants in the city, try the Duck and Waffle in the St James Centre.

You’ll be welcomed with a glass of champagne, and the special menu offers choices including scallops, duck and the finest lamb, leaving you spoiled for choice. 

New Year celebrations outside Edinburgh centre

There is a lot to be said for being outside the city centre during New Year celebrations. 

If you’re looking to escape the hustle and bustle of new year revellers, and want to spend time in quiet reflection with your family and friends, then consider a stay outside the city centre. 

Newington is a welcoming area within walking distance to the city, so you’re close enough to join in, but also far enough to avoid the crowds. 

There are plenty of local restaurants and bars to while away the hours with, undoubtedly with a song of Auld Lang Syne at some point during the evening. 

For a friendly local restaurant, try The Urban Fox, with friendly staff, and a great international menu.

New Year's Day in the outskirts of Edinburgh

New Year’s Day can be spent strolling across the iconic Meadows nearby, grabbing a warming drink at one of the local cafes alongside the Meadows.

For those feeling energetic, you can climb Arthur's Seat for a New Year's Day view over the city that is second to none. 

It may be remote, but don’t expect to be alone, this is a locals favourite for New Year's Day.

If you’d like the view but not the climb, then a walk over Salisbury Crags will provide ample views over Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace and into Fife, and will fill your lungs with the freshest of Scottish air.  

New Year's outside Edinburgh and into East Lothian

If you want to go out to be a more relaxed new year celebration, consider more rural towns surrounding the city. 

Towns in East Lothian have world-class restaurants celebrating the new year, and are taking bookings now. 

If you want a quieter, more intimate New Years celebrations, bring your close friends and family to stay in a rural luxury holiday home in Dalkeith, or towns within East Lothian, such as the coastal town of North Berwick.

Gather by the fire and relax in the hot tub, enjoy a meal together around the table and tell stories until midnight strikes. 

"There is no doubt that Edinburgh is one of the best places to stay for a memorable New Year's Eve."

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