Reciprocal Club: Edinburgh, Scotland

As travel resumes slowly, don’t overlook Scotland

The New Club is actually Scotland’s oldest, dating to 1787

By Amanda Brynn, Director Member Services

As the capital city of Scotland, Edinburgh is known for its festivals and Gaelic traditions. But did you know that Scotland is also home to great adventure travel? If you’re itching to get away and looking for a mix of Old World hospitality and a chance to leave the digital leash behind, then Scotland deserves a closer look. Side note: As of press time, U.S. residents could fly to the United Kingdom.

The New Club is steeped in tradition and represents a formal treasure located in the heart of Edinburgh along Princes Street. The club has a strict dress code and offers overnight accommodations.

Hilly Edinburgh delivers plenty of sightseeing any time of year—from its medieval Old Town to the impressively named Stone of Destiny—but a summer visit is most popular. Not only can you enjoy 17 hours of daylight, but the city’s summer festival scene is not to be missed. The International Book Festival and Edinburgh Fringe, one of the world’s largest art festivals, both happen in August.

Those light-filled days will also allow you plenty of time to travel around the Isle of Skye or climb Ben Nevis, the U.K.’s highest peak. Then again, maybe you’ll just get gussied up for dinner on the balcony of New Club’s Long Room, which looks over the city’s picturesque gardens and offers up-close views of Edinburgh Castle.

As published in the November/December 2020 issue of WAC Magazine.

—Posted December 1, 2020

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