Edinburgh Stag Do's

Castles, clubs, kilts, whisky and the world’s best comedy festival, a stag do in Edinburgh is a dream come true for the groom-to-be!
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Why is Edinburgh Good for Stag Do?

Want to give the groom-to-be an unforgettable weekend before he ties the knot? Then you’ve come to the right place!

Famous for its world-class comedy festival and Hogmanay celebrations, this lively Scottish capital can throw one hell of an epic party, making it an ideal location for any stag do. If you’re whisky fans, you’ll be in heaven. Head to one of the many traditional pubs on the city's cobbled streets and sample a wee dram or two. We bet it’ll be some of the best whisky you’ll have ever tasted.

And it’s not just partying where an Edinburgh stag do stands out from the crowd. This vibrant and picturesque Scottish city has tons of fascinating history and culture that extends way past battered Mars Bars. It’s a UNESCO City of Literature after all. It also offers tons of eclectic activities. Whether you want to dance ‘til you drop, chill out or satisfy your need for speed, you’ll discover a whopping range of activities in Edinburgh that you and your mates will be raving about long afterwards!

Top 10 Stag Do Activities in Edinburgh

1) Highland Games

Celebrate in the great outdoors and get into the Scottish spirit with the hilarious Highland Games. You’ll take part in a range of wacky challenges such as hurling wellies, tossing the caber, hammer toss, tug of war, shopping spree dash and tyre flip. Laugh, joke and unleash your competitive side as you hurl the welly as far as you can. Get ready for that all-important banter to flow from the get-go. There are prizes to win including a bottle of booze so you better bring your A-game. You can even come in fancy dress to make things more fun.

2) Paintballing

Ready for a quintessential stagtivity? Paintballing is one of our most popular activities for stags and it’s easy to see why. It's a lively and competitive game that gets you working as a team or against each other with hilarious results. You'll be split into teams and have to work together to find the best hiding spots while trying to shoot your opponents other with paintballs. What could be better than pelting your best mates with paint? To make things even more exciting, we also offer capture-the-flag games and other activities that will keep everyone engaged and having a blast until the end of the experience.

3) Bubble Football

Who doesn’t love a kickabout with their mates? But it’s your stag do in Edinburgh so we think you should push the boat out and spice up your regular footie match. Bubble football will do just that as you climb into big, inflatable, one-man zorbs to play a fast and furious match that sees you bounce, barge and roll around the pitch. You won’t be able to keep a straight face when you see each other dressed as giant beach balls! To tackle, you’ll need to bump each other out of the way. The zorbs will take the impact so you can give it all you’ve got!

4) Nude Life Drawing

Fancy something quirky? We’ve got just the thing. Nude life drawing classes are designed as a fun, cheeky way for men to get together with their mates and create something beautiful while learning some new skills along the way. And did we mention that you’ll get to gaze upon a gorgeous, naked woman throughout the class? A professional model will de-robe and pose for you. Don’t worry if you laugh or blush, she’s a total pro. You don’t need to be arty to try this tongue-in-cheek class as an art teacher will share all their tips with you.

5) Escape Rooms

If you've ever wanted to be a detective and solve crimes or just watched loads of TV mysteries, you’ll love the challenge of an escape room. These themed rooms present you with puzzles and riddles to solve and codes to crack. You’ll need to work together if you want to escape in the designated time, usually around one hour. There are so many themes to choose from, from scary to funny, carrying out a bank heist to uncovering a double agent, but all jam-packed with mystery. Are you ready to unleash your inner Sherlock Holmes or Watson?

6) Bar Crawls

Whether you're looking for a place to throw back a few shots or just a quiet pint with friends, we can help! Get yourselves on a bar crawl and get the inside scoop on all of the best watering holes in town. A friendly guide will show you around. They know all the best places to go so will make sure you have a night to remember. Some bar crawls even include free shots and drink deals and games. If you choose a public crawl, it’s a great way to meet new people who love to party as much as you do while you explore the city centre by night without having to navigate it alone.

7) Quad Biking

Are you ready to get down and dirty? If you've been looking for an off-road adventure, we have just the ticket. Quad biking is a rip-roaring good time that sees you taken off the beaten path on a guided course through 120 acres of woodland with a qualified instructor and your mates at your side. You'll ride these beasty bikes on mounds, slopes, hills and muddy puddles as you make your way around the twists and turns of this mud-caked obstacle course. So, what are you waiting for, lads? Get out there and see much mud you can splash!

8) Female Strippers

If you're looking to get your stag do off to a sexy start, look no further than watching a female strip show, gazing upon the most gorgeous woman in Edinburgh! They’ll dance and undress for you, maintaining eye contact that’ll make you go wild and blush until you’re red like a tomato! Whether the groom-to-be has asked to see strippers or you want to surprise him, he’ll love every minute with these lovely ladies. You can even stitch him up and arrange for him to have a seductive lapdance. Sit back, relax and enjoy the banter and the view!

9) Clay Pigeon Shooting

We fully understand that arranging a wedding can be super stressful so the stag do is time to blow off steam when walking around the block or having a cup of tea just won’t do! Shake away all that stress with clay pigeon shooting, a traditional countryside activity that sees you fire a shotgun at a range of moving clay targets. A highly skilled instructor will be with you at all times, carrying out a safety briefing, showing you how to use the equipment and setting you fun challenges. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never even seen a gun before let alone hold one as you’ll get full tuition. Just give it your best shot (pun intended).

10) Strip Dinners & Topless Waitresses

What better way to celebrate your stag do than by sitting down to a slap-up meal? We all love good food and a meal out gives you time to chat, laugh and plan your next stagtivity. But we’ve got a naughty twist for you. How about eating your dinner while a gorgeous stripper performs for you? You’re welcome, guys! She’ll entertain you with a feast for the eyes while you have a feast for your bellies. Alternatively, your food can be served by a sexy topless waitress. The choice is yours.

More Stag Do Ideas in Edinburgh

Whatever it is that you’re into, you’ll find it here! We've got a brilliant array of activities that are ideal for both daytime and evening stag antics!

Daytime Stag Do Ideas in Edinburgh

If you’re a group of guys who love a kickabout, then why not give Bubble Football in Edinburgh a whirl? But be warned, this isn't anything like the classic game! Each member of the group will be encased in giant, inflatable, one-man zorb balls that covers the entire upper body! Your group will then be split into teams and the games will begin. You’ll quickly discover that your arms being encased seriously affects your balance, but luckily your legs are still free to run around and kick the ball.

Perhaps the best part of this game will be the tackling. To steal the ball, you’re going to have to run at, bounce, barge and bump the opposing team members out of the way. As you can imagine, this will be a highly comical situation as you flail around on your backs! Just make sure you don't spend too much time down there, you’ve got a match to win after all!

For something a little less energetic for your stag weekend in Edinburgh, how about taking part in a Graffiti Art Masterclass? This unique experience will give you an in-depth crash course in everything street art. You’ll learn all about its New York routes back in the 1970s before unleashing your creative juices. Learn to create characters, paint beautiful lettering and discover stencilling techniques. Could you be the next Banksy?

Evening Stag Do Activity Ideas in Edinburgh

When it comes to nightlife options for the stag do, then you’ll be spoiled for choice with the vast choice of restaurants, bars and clubs that the city has to offer. But before you let the evening celebrations commence in full flow, we’d suggest taking a look at some of our top recommendations to get your evening started the right way

First of all, a night on the beers doesn’t bode well without some food, so make sure you find a stag friendly restaurant that’s happy to accommodate a large group. We recommend Las Iguanas on Edinburgh’s George Street, where you’ll be able to enjoy a two-course meal and drink. This lively Latin American themed joint offers a fun and laid-back atmosphere, in addition to a vibrant choice of dishes to enjoy. Also, Las Iguanas are famed for their tasty cocktails, with many favourites available on the happy hour deal all day, every day!

Alternatively, you could enjoy a two-course meal with a gin tasting masterclass beforehand if you’d like to combine two great options. This experience is available at Revolution on Chambers street and here, you and your group will enjoy sampling a brilliant variety of gins and learning about the history of this spirit, before tucking into a two-course meal afterwards.

Getting around Edinburgh during a Stag Do

Edinburgh is a brilliant city and it’s a complete doddle to navigate your way around. If you’re flying into Edinburgh, then making your way into the city centre couldn’t be easier. There’s an efficient and frequent tram service, available from Edinburgh airport, providing a speedy journey into the heart of the city, in addition to trains and buses too. There’s also plenty of taxis at the airport, ready to ferry you and your luggage to your accommodation.

For those arriving by train, Waverley Train Station is situated right in the centre of Edinburgh, and when you arrive, you’ll be conveniently situated for everything that the city has to offer.

Edinburgh itself is considered to be a compact city, that’s easily accessible by foot. You can of course make use of the available public transport options to make your way around during the trip, but why not take in the sights of the traditional cobbled streets during your time here? In the early hours, once you’ve slunk out of the bars and clubs and finished the obligatory kebab, you’ll never be too far from a taxi, that’ll be on hand to whisk you and those tired feet back to your accommodation!

Highland Experience - If you’re a bunch of thrill-seekers on an Edinburgh stag do, then why not embrace the local culture with a hilarious Highland Experience? You’ll play a great selection of brilliantly bonkers outdoor games, including Tossing the Caber, Hurling the Wellies, The Haggis Malt Challenge and Tyre Flip for the ultimate big day out! Get the groom-to-be to don fancy dress to properly embarrass him.

Paintballing - If adrenaline’s your thing, you’ll love a Paintballing session in Edinburgh - it's the quintessential stag do activity after all! But we get it, and it’s obvious why it’s so popular with groups of guys; you get to unleash your inner action hero and pelt your mates with loads of paint!

Get ready to split into teams, where you'll duck, cover and run! All whilst keeping your paintball gun to hand and aiming down the barrel to destroy your mates on the opposing team!

Beer Goggle Football - Looking for something active yet entirely silly? If so, we’ve got Beer Goggle Football for you and your stag group. This isn’t football as you know it, and as the name suggests, you’ll each be wearing a pair of beer goggles which massively impair what you see.

These goggles will make things appear a lot closer or much further away than they really are – it’s much harder than it sounds! Are you up for the challenge? Then get ready to slip those goggles on and see how many goals you can score. This activity promises plenty of laughs along the way and makes the perfect ice breaker for larger groups!

Nude Life Drawing - No stag party in Edinburgh can be all action and all partying 24/7. Give yourselves a little break and enjoy some quality time and laughs with each other over a more laid-back activity – we recommend a nude life drawing session!

This very cheeky art class is led by a professional art tutor who’ll teach you how to draw all the lines and curves of the naked female body. To give you plenty of inspiration, you’ll get your very own professional, nude, female model to draw. She’ll de-robe and pose for you. Reckon you’ll be brave enough to ask her to judge who’s done the best drawing at the end?

Cocktail Making - What stag do would be complete without a bit of booze? Enjoy some quality drinks and even learn to make them yourselves with a Cocktail Making class.

It’s probably not the first activity you think of when planning your stag do in Edinburgh, but why leave the ladies to have all the fun? With our cocktail making classes, you’ll learn all the tips and tricks to whipping up your very own, professional drinks – even better, you’ll get to enjoy your creations as you go!

Scrapheap Golf - One for the golf (and mini golf) enthusiasts out there, Edinburgh’s Scrapheap Golf is brilliant fun and here, you’ll encounter some truly unique courses. Why not try the construction themed course, Scrappy Doo. Halfpipes, heavy machinery and hazardous materials lie between you and scrapheap supremacy!

The Best Bars and Pubs in Edinburgh for a Stag Do

Whether you want a wild night out that’s reminiscent of The Hangover or a few quiet pints with the lads, the eclectic night time scene in this Scottish city is just the ticket. But where’s best to head to first?

Royal Mile

Head here for a right royal pub crawl! Royal Mile, located in the Old Town, refers to the different streets between Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Place. If craft beer and traditional pubs are your bag, you’ll love this area. If you’re visiting during the famous comedy festival, you’ll find the streets jam packed with entertainers and buskers.

George Street

In the heart of New Town, you’ll find Edinburgh’s answer to Chelsea with sophisticated nightlife from swanky bars to decadent clubs where you can celebrate in style minus the London price tag. Even if you just swing by for a few drinks, it’s a great excuse to get suited and booted.

Leith

At this modern dockside, one of the city’s most up and coming areas, you’ll find a whole host of cool watering holes, traditionally Scottish pubs and chic bars. Kick your Edinburgh stag weekend off with a bar crawl in Leith that’ll get you good and warmed up for the big night ahead.

Cowgate and George IV Bridge

Get the party started in the Old Town in either of these two popular areas. Cowgate is one of the oldest roads in the city and boasts intimate venues for a few quiet pints and even a bit of live music. If you fancy something a bit different, nearby George IV Bridge is home to raucous and quirky venues.

Edinburgh Nightlife

When it comes to partying the night away on your stag do in Edinburgh, you really are spoilt for choice with something for every group at wallet-friendly prices. Here’s a quick lowdown on some of the hottest haunts:

Frankenstein Pub

26 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1EN

This themed pub in Edinburgh’s Old Town boasts three bars over three levels plus games, quizzes, club nights, black and white movies on the big screens, live monster entertainment and bar top dancers. Downstairs, you’ll find Bier Keller, a Bavarian-themed bar with DJs, quality beer and German snacks.

The Hive

15-17 Niddry Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1LG

Located in Cowgate, Hive is spread over four different rooms where resident DJs spin a super eclectic selection of tunes from cheese to indie, R&B to nu-metal, chart to hip hop. It’s loud, proud and rowdy plus the drinks are cheap so it’s always popular with hen and stag groups looking to celebrate that last night of freedom hard!

The Wee Red Bar

ECA Main Building, 74 Lauriston Place, Edinburgh, EH3 9DF

The Wee Red Bar is a great option if you’d like to dip into Edinburgh’s alternative scene. It used to be a largely student crowd but has become increasingly popular with locals and visitors to the city. It’s famous for its live music and club nights with a roster of new and established bands and DJs playing indie, rock and reggae.

Club Tropicana

23 Lothian Road, Edinburgh, EH1 2DJ

Hoping to mingle with some hen parties on your stag night in Edinburgh? This club is a Mecca for them! Expect flashing dancefloors, Caribbean-themed décor, colourful cocktails and a range of 80s hits, commercial mash ups and party anthems. Yep, it’s cheesy but it’s irresistibly fun!

Fancy a Stag Do in Edinburgh?

Whether you’re culture vultures, thrill seekers, whisky lovers or all of the above, a stag do in Edinburgh will leave your whole group with amazing memories and loads of funny stories! Read through our full activity listings now for more inspiration.

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