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The dramatic Fingal is permanently docked in the Port of Leith

Live aboard Edinburgh’s huge ‘boatique’ hotel

What do you get when you spend £5 million on a sprawling, retired Scottish ship? If you’re doing the refurb in the fashionable waterfront district of Leith, you’ll get the Fingal, a newly opened boat-hotel that combines lavish luxury with stylish, hipster touches.

Fingal’s version of high life while safe on berth

What do you get when you spend £5 million on a sprawling, retired Scottish ship? If you’re doing the refurb in the fashionable waterfront district of Leith, you’ll get the Fingal, a newly opened boat-hotel that combines lavish luxury with stylish, hipster touches.

Intimate and dramatic, the ballroom of the Fingal makes for the perfect wedding venue
Intimate and dramatic, the ballroom of the Fingal makes for the perfect wedding venue

The ship is permanently docked in the Port of Leith, home to Edinburgh’s quirkiest district and resident creatives. There, you’ll find waterfront bistros and warmly-lit traditional Scottish pubs. You can also find the Royal Yacht Britannia, the former royal residence on the high seas, a stone’s throw away from the Fingal.

Brass fittings are combined with plush upholstery to create a welcoming atmosphere
Brass fittings are combined with plush upholstery to create a welcoming atmosphere

Onboard, the Fingal hosts an awe-inspiring ballroom and 23 gorgeous cabins, each decked out in sleek and modern dark-tones. Hosting an event? The split-level ballroom can house up to 80 guests, and is also equipped with a moveable skylight that’s big enough to move a car through: and best of all, your guests won’t get seasick. fingal.co.uk

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© This article was first published in Apr-May 2019 edition of World Travel Magazine.

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