Planning a Hen Party to Edinburgh
Planning a hen party is no easy task, especially if your bride to be is the adventurous type. Combining outdoor activities with a cosmopolitan city experience, good food, nightlife, culture, beach, and countryside isn’t possible in every city. Luckily, Edinburgh has everything a party planner could ever need to create the perfect hen party!
Here are some top tips from some of those who have joined us over the years so you can plan a hen party your adventurous friends will never forget!
Planning a Hen Party to Edinburgh
1 – Pre-planning: Speak to the bride – Who is coming, what’s the possible dates, what’s the budget, any special requests? Start getting excited!!
2- Send out the invites: Organise that Facebook group /WhatsApp groups. Ask which dates people can do. Get a feel for numbers and start organising! Our hen party planners told us now is the time to get a spreadsheet organised or use an app to keep everything in one place. Who is coming? Who has paid? Are some folk only doing one night or two?
3- Book your accommodation: Edinburgh is super popular with tourists and has something for everyone. A quick look on Trip Advisor will show you everything from budget hostels and hotels through to 5* luxury. There’s boutique places, airbnb’s, castles, country retreats, and even glamping all within a train ride. Edinburgh is especially busy during August when The Edinburgh Fringe Festival is on and at Christmas and New Year, but there are events on year round that packs the city. Top Tip – book everything early!
4- Work out where you are going to eat/drink: Edinburgh really does cater to all tastes when it comes to food and drink. There’s gastropubs, fancy Michelin star places, cheap eats, vegan-only, vegetarian, meaty places, seafood places, tasty cafes and the usual chains dotted about all over the city. Afternoon tea is also popular and you can even have tea parties in funny hats. Again the best places book up quick at the weekends so our top tip is to pick places and book in advance. It can be hard to rock up with a big group and get a table!
5- Nightlife: Edinburgh has that covered too. You’ll find cocktail bars, gin bars, whiskey bars, wine bars, craft ale bars, late night pubs, live music, and jazz bars and clubs to party the night away in. As for the best areas – there’s usual hen and stag haunts of The Grassmarket and Rose Street, the more upmarket George Street and more chilled bars of Leith. Basically, there is something to suit all tastes again. People are friendly and there are taxis and ubers to get around.
Ok now, you’ve got the accommodation sorted, the eating, the nightlife… now, what are you going to do during the day?
6- Adventure from Edinburgh with Intrepidus: If it is an adventure you are looking for then you have come to the right place. Intrepidus caters to adventure groups large and small, and make sure that everyone gets the adrenaline fill they are looking for. On every trip, there are easier and more extreme options. Our instructors are experts at making everyone feel comfortable, keeping you safe and making the adventure one you will remember. We even take photos with the GoPro on the way.
We pick you up at your accommodation with breakfast rolls and tasty treats on the bus if you wish and take you on to your activity. We deliver canyoning, coasteering, mountain biking, paddle boarding and kayaking on offer. We are happy to talk you through all the options beforehand and will get everything organised for you. We can even organise a lunch for once you have finished. If you fancy more than one activity that is possible too! All you have to do is get in touch and tell us the numbers and we will take care of the rest.
7- Send out all the details: Send out the details, collect the money and get your gear organised. Collect the funny photos, favourite songs, stories, makeups some good hen party games. Basically get prepared for fun times.
8- Get to Edinburgh and have a great time!: You’ve done all the organisation, all that’s left now is to get here, have a great time and enjoy the adventure!