The ship-come-hotel, Fingal, is now a permanent fixture in Edinburgh’s historic Port of Leith, the largest deep-water port in Scotland, offering quirk-seeking luxury travellers a Scottish hotel experience quite like any other.
Featuring 23 luxury cabins that are each named after Stevenson lighthouses, the magnificent hotel was developed by The Royal Yacht Britannia’s trading company, Royal Yacht Enterprises, and showcases elegant nautical design with cabins shaped by slants and tilts polished woods, sumptuous Scottish leather and the highest quality linens in colour palettes inspired by Fingal’s journey from land and sea.
Fingal was built in 1963 and was the last ship to be built by the prestigious Blythswood Ship Building Company in Glasgow. The Leith-registered vessel spent most of her Northern Lighthouse Board career based in Oban, and then her last 6 years in Stromness, Orkney, sailing stormy seas to bring vital supplies and equipment to some of the most remote lighthouses in Scotland.
Today, Fingal has been transformed into a five-star hotel that oozes glamour and sophistication replete with a ballroom featuring a sweeping staircase reminiscent of a bygone era and dining for up to 80 guests.
Guests can sip on top-shelf champagne at the Moët Hennessy Champagne bar, or take in a panorama of the vibrant Port through the floor-to-ceiling windows of the Lighthouse bar with its soft leather seats and luxurious hotel lobby bar feel.
The stylish but relaxed, banquette-seating restaurant serves light, Scottish-inspired dinners, while spacious outdoor decks provide plenty of alfresco options for sunbaking by day or stargazing at night.