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Edinburgh, United Kingdom


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Excellent hotel. Close to parking areas and public transportation. Great rooms and fantastic service. Awesome vibe.

Welcome aboard Fingal, a luxury floating hotel permanently berthed on Edinburgh’s vibrant waterfront, only 2 miles from the city centre.

Originally a lighthouse tender, Fingal has been transformed into an exquisite 23-cabin boutique hotel and exclusive use venue by the award-winning team at The Royal Yacht Britannia. Step aboard and discover a hotel that promises an indulgent customer experience like no other. Sleep in luxurious beds with the finest linen, in the most beautiful handcrafted cabins. The perfect combination for a great night’s sleep. Dine in the stunning Lighthouse Bar, with views over the historic Port of Leith, and enjoy a refreshing cocktail while the evening sun spills across the water. With a magnificent double height ballroom, Fingal is also the perfect venue for a private party or corporate event.

Fingal, alive with the unmistakable air of the extraordinary.

Fingal is a world-class experience from the moment you first step aboard. You are welcomed by our superb crew that helped us become TripAdvisor’s No.1 Edinburgh hotel within the first 6 months of opening. Each cabin is an exquisite space full of softness with elegant curves and contours; circular porthole windows, and fabrics for the senses, wallpaper you want to touch, and Davy lamps to cast a warm glow.

Enjoy a stay in a Classic or Luxury Cabin for a night or two of complete nautical indulgence, or treat yourself to one of our spacious and curvaceous Duplex Cabins, spread over two floors, united by a spiralling staircase. For an unparalleled hotel experience, truly spoil yourself by staying in the outstanding Skerryvore Suite, a magnificent space with a separate sitting/dining room, and its own private deck on the fo’c’sle. Inspired by Fingal’s journey, discover wardrobes encased in the softest Scottish leather and stitched headboards depicting the sea map of each individual lighthouse.

With floor to ceiling windows overlooking the colourful historic Port of Leith, The Lighthouse Bar is a tranquil space to sample one of Fingal’s signature cocktails. Treat yourself to a delicious Afternoon Tea with all the trimmings, or an evening supper with dishes to delight, all prepared by our superb Chefs in Fingal’s galley.

Alternatively, The Bridge offers a private dining experience for up to ten guests, with a bespoke menu, and accompanying wines recommended by our Sommelier. Also perfect for wine and whisky tastings. From here, guests can enjoy waterfront views from a totally unique perspective, soaking up the relaxed atmosphere in what was previously the ship’s busy command centre. In the morning, a delicious full Scottish or continental breakfast is available for overnight guests, or business meetings.

Fingal was commissioned by the Northern Lighthouse Board (NLB) in 1963 and was the last ship to be built by the Blythswood Shipbuilding Company in Glasgow. Registered in Leith, she was stationed for 30 years in Oban and then for 6 years in Stromness, ferrying lighthouse keepers, essential supplies and maintenance staff to lighthouses, as well as undertaking repairs to navigational aids throughout the West Coast and the North of Scotland. Fingal retired from NLB service in 2000. The name Fingal is believed to pay homage to the King of the Morven (Argyll) in ancient Caledonia during the 3rd century.

Hotel Address:
  • Fingal
  • Alexandra Dock
  • Port of Leith
  • Edinburgh, Scotland EH6 7DX
  • United Kingdom

Location Summary
2 miles from Edinburgh’s city center, this luxurious refurbished ship is permanently docked in the Port of Leith. It’s also 10 miles from the Edinburgh Airport and 1 mile from the Trinity House Maritime Museum.

The lively district of Leith is a mixture of delightful waterfront cafes and restaurants and quirky shops and markets. Just a few miles from Edinburgh’s city centre, its unique setting with a working dock, cobbled streets and riverside walkways makes it the perfect place to escape the fast city pace.
Banquets & Meetings
Fingal is also a perfect venue for exclusive use events, weddings, private functions, product launches and corporate gatherings. The elegant ballroom, with a grand sweeping staircase can seat up to 60 people for dinner. This enchanting room also features a removable skylight and raised gallery for music and entertainment. Fingal can handle 100 guests for a lavish reception, utilising the minstrels’ gallery for entertainment.
Fine Dining On Site
The Lighthouse Restaurant & Bar has a relaxed, luxurious feel and vast floor to ceiling windows - serving Afternoon Tea, dinner and spectacular cocktails.
Fine Dining Nearby
There is no end of great places to eat and drink in Leith including seafood bistros and traditional pubs along the shore area. Commercial Quay lies at the heart of the shore area and is home to a mixture of cafes, bars and restaurants. Award winning dining can be experienced at Tom Kitchin’s eponymous Edinburgh restaurant, The Kitchin and Restaurant Martin Wishart, located on The Shore.
At Fingal, The Bridge offers a private dining experience for up to ten guests, with a bespoke menu, and accompanying wines recommended by the Sommelier. Also perfect for wine and whisky tastings. In the morning, a delicious full Scottish or continental breakfast is available for overnight guests, or business meetings.
Soak up nature and take a walk along The Water of Leith, home to herons, kingfishers and carpets of flowers. The walkway passes through some of Edinburgh’s most beautiful landmarks, including Colinton Village and Colinton Dell, a wildlife refuge, The Scottish Gallery of Modern Art, Dean Village and the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. The route is suitable for walking and cycling and some parts are accessible by wheelchair.
Just a short taxi ride from Fingal, discover a host of top fashion brands in the centre of Edinburgh.
Theatre Museums
Discover more about Leith’s rich history with a visit to Trinity House Maritime Museum which boasts a collection of nautical themed treasures.

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Hotel Amenities
  • - Banquets & Meetings
    - Meeting Space
    - Executive Retreat
    - Fine Dining On Site
    - Fine Dining Nearby
    - High Speed Internet
Available Activities
  • - Boating
    - Dining
    - Hiking
    - Shopping
    - Theatre & Museums