It’s no overstatement to describe Fingal as one of the most unique destinations in the UK. Permanently berthed on Edinburgh’s vibrant waterfront, this floating hotel effortlessly blends old-world elegance with modern-day glamour – and it’s quite the spellbinding combination.

Fingal’s seafaring story began in 1963, when she was commissioned to maintain and support lighthouses in some of Scotland’s most remote and treacherous locations. Retired from service in 2000, this noble ship now has The Royal Yacht Britannia Trust at the helm and her every inch has been refined for life as a world-class hotel, but with the emphasis very much on preserving and celebrating the authentic Spirit of Fingal.

Stepping aboard is a genuinely unforgettable experience, with an air of romance and unhurried luxury its defining characteristics. From the spectacular cabins with their curved walls and portholes to The Lighthouse Restaurant & Bar with its art deco interiors and shimmering ceiling, you’re reminded at every turn that this is no ordinary getaway. But the jewel in Fingal’s crown is her vast deck spaces, which provide a breathtaking setting for sipping champagne, stargazing and ruminating on the rich heritage and enchanting beauty of this one-of-a-kind boutique hotel.

Need to Know

Number of cabins

23

Check-in

Check-in at 3.00pm

Check-out

Check-out at 12.00pm

Dining

The Lighthouse Restaurant & Bar has been meticulously designed to give guests an unhurried sense of luxury. Relax on seats covered in the softest leather and watch the vibrant Leith Docks transform from bold daylight into soft, dusky tones, as the evening sun spills across the ocean.

Experience beautifully prepared dishes bursting with flavour, created with passion by the galley team. Enjoy dinner including Fingal’s smoked salmon, which is smoked on board, as well as delicious seasonal dishes.

Eat and drink surrounded by the finest Art Deco interiors, inspired by Fingal’s rich history. Here we celebrate the authentic Spirit of Fingal with a splash of superyacht glamour, including a magnificent shimmering ceiling and vast windows, leading onto a deck space for drinking and dining.

Afternoon tea

Enjoy a range of the finest teas followed by a selection of perfectly formed savoury and sweet delicacies and watch vibrant vessels come and go. Sit under a shimmering ceiling and tuck into a selection of delicious sandwiches, cut to mouth-watering perfection. Add some sparkle to the occasion with a glass of Champagne or two and allow the sensational views of Leith Docks to entertain you, like an ever-changing image.

Also worth knowing

The Luxury Cabins have direct access to the decks, perfect for extra space, lots of fresh air and watching the world go by.

Activities

The lively district of Leith has a mixture of delightful waterfront cafes, restaurants, 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.

Interesting extras

As a former Northern Lighthouse Board ship, Fingal’s duties included bringing equipment of the utmost importance to some of Scotland’s most far-off lighthouses. She was one of three vessels responsible for the Scottish coast and when lighthouse keepers saw Fingal on the horizon, it meant their three week posting was over and that replacement lighthouse keepers and vital supplies were on the way.

Hotel bar

Experience the unhurried luxury of life on board Fingal and delight your taste buds with one of the signature cocktails. The Lighthouse Bar Martini has become a firm favourite or why not try Yard No. 140, the name Fingal was given when she was first commissioned.

Relax under the shimmering ceiling and watch the vibrant vessels of Leith Docks come and go. Escape your everyday and let our crew mix you something special.

Pricing

Classic Cabin for two people including full Scottish breakfast from £200 per cabin, per night.

Classic Duplex Cabins from £400 per cabin, per night.

Contact

Address

Fingal

Alexandra Dock, Leith, Edinburgh EH6 7DX

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Reservations

Chief Executive

Bob Downie

Owners/propreiters

The Royal Yacht Britannia

Offers & Packages

Welcome Back

The Royal Yacht Britannia

When staying on board Fingal, enjoy complimentary access to our Sister ship, The Royal Yacht Britannia.

 

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Inclusive Packages

Supper and Stay

Batten down the hatches and spend a night of nautical indulgence

Escape your everyday, recharge your batteries and let the Fingal crew take care of your every need. From the moment you step on board to the moment you disembark.

Enjoy supper in The Lighthouse Restaurant & Bar whilst you gaze out across the water and watch the twinkling city lights, before curling up in the spectacular luxury of your cabin.

Wake up refreshed and enjoy Fingal’s full Scottish breakfast and complimentary tickets to The Royal Yacht Britannia (valid 7 days) before you disembark.

 

TERMS

Valid Sunday to Thursday Subject to availability Based on 2 people sharing a Classic Cabin Supplements available for Luxury and Duplex Cabins dinner allocation is £30.00 per person

FROM £290/£145 per person (two sharing) per night

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A Voyage of Luxury

Celebrate the romance of this historic ship, where every contour and curve, every angle and tilt of Fingal is treasured to offer a totally unique experience, far removed from your everyday world.

It all begins the moment you step on board along the red carpeted gangway. Once you are settled into your cabin, make your way to The Lighthouse Restaurant & Bar and choose from either Afternoon Tea or supper and enjoy one of our signature cocktails – why not try our favourite, the Captain’s Negroni.

Then, descend the spiral staircase back to your cabin and let the sense of escapism stay with you. A space full of softness with elegant curves and contours to admire. Circular windows and fabrics for the senses and lamps to cast a warm glow. And, don’t forget your wonderfully soft and snug Johnstons of Elgin cashmere socks! Wake up relaxed and enjoy Fingal’s full Scottish breakfast before you disembark.

 

TERMS

Valid 7 days Subject to availability. Based on 2 people sharing a Classic Cabin Supplements available for Luxury and Duplex Cabins Afternoon Tea or supper allocation is £40.00 per person Cocktail allocation is £15.00 per person

FROM £373 PER CLASSIC CABIN PER NIGHT

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Aboard Package

Celebrating the very best of Fingal, wrapped up in a nautical bundle

Arrive on board, check into your stunning cabin and enjoy a bottle of Moët, whilst taking in the majestic lines of this historic ship. Included within the Aboard package are tickets to visit The Royal Yacht Britannia, only a few moments away, a Noble Isle gift to take home and, of course, a full Scottish breakfast before you disembark.

 

Don’t forget to add on Afternoon Tea or a Light Evening Supper in The Lighthouse Restaurant & Bar during your stay.

 

TERMS

Valid 7 days. Subject to availability. Based on 2 people sharing a stunning cabin

FROM £290 PER CLASSIC CABIN PER NIGHT

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Seasonal Offers

Exclusive behind the scenes dining and superyacht glamour

Celebrate with loved ones on board the Royal Yacht Britannia and Fingal

More than ever, we have realised that time with our family and loved ones is precious, and so many special occasions are just waiting to be celebrated.

This unique experience has all the art deco glamour of Fingal, plus the opportunity to have exclusive use of The Queen’s former floating palace, The Royal Yacht Britannia.

Enjoy a personalised behind the scenes tour of Britannia, followed by a fantastic 4-course bespoke dinner in The Officers’ Wardroom where previously the Royal Yacht’s Officers would have dined, followed by a night cap on Fingal before retiring to sleep in one of our floating hotel’s luxury cabins.

Adorned with silver artefacts on loan from the Britannia Officers’ Wardroom Collection, and official Royal photographs, ‘The Wardroom’ is a unique and intimate setting in which to relax and picture days gone by when members of the Royal Family dined there as guests of the Officers.

Dining on Britannia is a once in a lifetime experience. From artisan breads to delicate petits fours, everything is made on board in the original Royal Galleys by our talented in-house team of chefs, led by Executive Chef Mark Alston. Mark is extremely passionate about the quality and provenance of the food he serves on board, and uses the very best Scottish suppliers, many of whom are Royal Warrant Holders.

 

Terms

Red carpet welcome aboard The Royal Yacht Britannia

Glass of Moët & Chandon Champagne & canapés on arrival

4 course bespoke dinner designed by our Executive Chef Mark Alston

Pre-select your wine in advance from our extensive list (extra charge applies)

Transfer between both ships

Dates subject to availability

Available for up to 8 guests from 3 separate households (in line with Government guidelines)

 

£250 per person (excluding accommodation and based on a minimum of 4 people with a minimum spend of £1,000)

This exclusive experience is only available to Fingal residents.

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Map

Directions

By Road

Fingal is berthed in the Historic Port of Leith, only 2 miles from the city centre of Edinburgh. The crew are more than happy to organise transport during your time with them. Please find some transport information below if you are making your own arrangements.
If you are using a satellite navigation system, the postcode is EH6 7DX. Visit Google maps to help plan your journey. Please note there are roadworks in the Leith area.

By Train

Edinburgh Waverley is the nearest railway station to Fingal.

By Air

Fingal is approximately 40 minutes' drive from Edinburgh Airport. For details of airlines that fly to Edinburgh, please visit Edinburgh Airport's website.

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Attractions Near Fingal

The Royal Yacht Britannia

Just a few minutes’ walk from Fingal is her sister ship, The Royal Yacht Britannia. Step aboard Her Majesty The Queen’s former floating palace for over 40 years and follow in the footsteps of Royalty to discover the heart and soul of this most special of Royal residences

Edinburgh shopping

Just a short taxi ride from Fingal, discover a host of top fashion brands in the centre of Edinburgh. Visit the upmarket Multrees Walk, here you will find a plethora of top designer outlets, including Louis Vuitton, Kurt Geiger, Michael Kors, Mulberry, Nespresso, Reiss, Pandora and many more.

Independent, inspirational shops

Within walking distance from Fingal you’ll find a collection of independent, inspirational shops, including textile and design company, Araminta Campbell Ltd, which specialises in handwoven alpaca accessories including scarves, shawls, wraps and cushions.

Eat and drink

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 including Café Tartine and Quay Commons.

Award winning dining can be experienced at Tom Kitchin’s eponymous Edinburgh restaurant, The Kitchin and Restaurant Martin Wishart, located on The Shore.

The Water of Leith walkway

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 Gardens.

Weddings at Fingal

Welcome aboard Fingal for a momentous wedding. An elegant ballroom for up to 60 guests. Nothing conventional. Everything totally unique. Curved walls, portholes, deck spaces and 23 luxurious cabins including the magnificent Skerryvore Suite for the newlyweds. Photo opportunities everywhere. And a crew whose sole aim is to ensure that every single detail is taken care of.

Be unique. Be memorable.

Be on board Fingal for the most romantic day of your life.

Need to know

The Ballroom

Maximum 60 guests

Wedding menu options

The Head Chef will happily design a menu to suit the occasion, and the Sommelier will recommend Champagne and wine from an extensive list, including a fabulous selection of organic wines

Wedding packages

With over 100 years’ combined experience in the events and hospitality industry, you can trust the dedicated on board events team to look after you every step of the way.

You can also combine your experience with the most famous yacht in the world, The Royal Yacht Britannia.

Civil ceremonies

Fingal is licensed for civil ceremonies.

Wedding planning services

Dedicated on board wedding coordinator

Meetings at Fingal

Day delegate rate: from £55
24-hour delegate rate: from £250
Maximum number of delegates:
60 (dining)
100 (drinks reception)