Edinburgh Castle and Stirling Castle: Alternative Christmas dining options

Two iconic venues now taking bookings for your Christmas meal

Edinburgh Castle and Stirling Castle: Two delicious alternative options for Christmas dining

Stuck for somewhere decent to have your Christmas lunch? Need a venue that’ll please a range of tastes but won’t be another run-of-the-mill pub grub standby in the city centre? Have you considered going for something a bit more … iconic?

Edinburgh Castle and Stirling Castle are opening their doors to anyone seeking an extra-special festive feast this winter, with some scrumptious Scottish dishes served up in truly atmospheric surroundings. These opportunities to dine in style will complement a programme of Christmas events already taking place at both locations, including carol singing concerts, Christmas markets and historical performances.

Visitors to Edinburgh Castle will be able to enjoy dishes such as braised Scotch beef and Drambuie pannacotta in the stylish Jacobite room; for food aficionados, two special Wine and Dine afternoons will take place in the elegant Queen Anne Restaurant. At Stirling Castle, the newly refurbished Unicorn Cafe is an excellent venue in which to savour the delights of Stornoway black pudding or a selection of Gruth Dhu cheeses, while mince pies are made in the bakery beneath the Great Hall.

Of course, both castles already offer prestigious dining opportunities all year round, but the combination of these regal surroundings with the early nightfall and frosty temperatures outside creates a truly unique atmosphere. The price of each meal also includes admission to the Castles proper – so if the thought of having to compete with tourists has been putting you off visiting these historic and cultural treasures, December is the ideal time to take advantage of world-famous sites right on your doorstep.

Booking online for Edinburgh and Stirling now is the quickest and easiest way to take advantage of this offer.

Stewart Christmas

Find out what Christmas would have been like in the Stewart Royal Court in the 16th century, in a slightly irreverent re-creation that presumably assumes that Mary wasn't locked up down in London somewhere but was around to hand out presents (or whatever). There will doubtless be much wassailing and carousal.

Christmas Carols in the Great Hall

Edinburgh Grand Opera sings Christmas favourites in the splendid surroundings of the Great Hall. Event included in normal admission price.

A Happy Old Year

Come and celebrate the year just gone – which in the case of a Historic Scotland event at the Castle may well turn out to have been 1562. There'll be plenty of 16th-century-themed food and activity, plus a weapon demonstration from the Royal Guard.

Iona Leishman

Paintings by popular local artist.

Christmas Shopping Fayre

This Christmas Shopping Fayre features log fires, mulled wine, cooking demonstrations and many interesting ideas for Christmas gifts from local businesses.

Carols at the Castle

Members of the National Youth Choir of Scotland's Stirling contingent perform traditional carols in the Great Hall, and local performers dramatise scenes of Christmas past, in an evening of unmitigated Yuletide wingdingery.

Christmas Lunches

Who says you have to have Christmas dinner on Christmas day? Thanks to Edinburgh Castle, you could have several. The cost of the lunch includes free admission to the castle.

Christmas Lunches

Enjoy a three-course Christmas lunch in Stirling Castle; the price of the meal includes free admission to the Castle.

Wine & Dine

Try the best Scottish cuisine in the splendid surroundings of the Jacobite Room, with spectacular views across Edinburgh. The price includes free admission to the Castle.

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