Heading to Edinburgh this weekend? Here's our rugby weekend survival guide
by Aer Lingus on February 2nd, 2017

As well as cheering on the boys in green at Murrayfield this weekend, there’s so much to see and do in the Scottish capital. Take a trip up Arthur’s Seat, explore Edinburgh Castle, or enjoy a ramble along the Royal Mile. Follow our wee guide to the best places to eat, drink and soak up the atmosphere on your rugby weekend in Scotland.

Getting into Edinburgh when you land:

​Bus to the city:

Take the Airlink 100 from outside the terminal entrance. This express service runs every ten minutes and will take you directly to Waverly Bridge (near Princes Street) in approximately 30 minutes. The Airlink 100 also stops at Murrayfield stadium. Single: £4.50; return: £7.50.

Tram to the city:

Edinburgh Trams run services every seven minutes to the city centre with a journey time of 30 minutes. The tram also stops at Murrayfield stadium. You’ll find the stop across from the airport entrance. Single: £5; Return: £8. 

​Edinburgh rugby pubs – the key players:

1. Biddy Mulligans – Sitting in the heart of Grassmarket, this famous pub is home to good food, live music and the best pick of ales in the city

2. The Three Sisters – Known for its party atmosphere, sprawling beer garden and mega meat platter, this busy bar can be found on Cowgate

3. Malones Irish Bar – Said to serve the best pint of Guinness in the city, make sure you pay a visit to Malones in its brand new home on the Royal Mile

4. Teuchters Bar - Tucked away on William Street, this hidden gem is the perfect place for a post-match stop off. 

5. Dropkick Murphy’s – No matter the outcome of the match, Dropkick’s on Merchant Street is the place to let your hair down and ruck out on the dancefloor
 

​Scrum-y places for grub:

1. Best Scottish fry-up: Angus Fling on George IV Bridge is the perfect spot for a slap-up breakfast

2. Best steak in town: Perched on Picardy Place, you’ll find Steak, a meat-lover’s heaven

3. Best for pub grub: If you’re looking for a top quality gastroscranpub, Scran & Scallie on Comely Bank Road is worth a visit

4. Best for posh nosh: The Witchery is the most spectacular dining destination in Edinburgh – you’ll find it by the gates to Edinburgh Castle.

5. Best for brunch: Family-run Roseleaf in the historic Port ‘o Leith serves sumptuous brunch dishes until 5pm 
 

​Must-try Scottish delicacies:

You can’t visit Edinburgh without a trip to a chippy. Sample the city’s famous ‘salt’n’sauce’ aka. a mix of malt vinegar and brown sauce with chips. Barracuda on Northfield Drive or Eatalia on Brunswick Street serve the best in the city. 
​Here’s to a cracking opening match for Ireland!  


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