In Edinburgh, Fingal has opened its doors (or shall we say, lowered its gangplank) in the historic Port of Leith. The Royal Yacht Britannia’s trading company, Royal Yacht Enterprises, has unveiled a luxurious new floating hotel—unique in the country. Scotland continues to boom as a tourist destination (partly thanks to some popular TV series; ahem, Outlander, The Crown), and Fingal adds to the attraction of the capital.
As we reported last year, the MV Fingal is a former Northern Lighthouse Board tender that was the last ship to be built by the Blythswood Shipbuilding Company in Glasgow. In a nod to its maritime heritage, the 237-foot ship is now home to 23 cabins named after Stevenson lighthouses, since, in its previous life, the ship traversed treacherous waters to bring the lighthouse keepers their supplies and equipment. Among these rooms is a two-level duplex and a sprawling penthouse—complete with private deck—known as the Skerryvore Suite.
Fingal is also positioning itself as an exciting new events venue for Edinburgh. With a sweeping staircase, the double-height ballroom can seat 80 guests, and comes with a removeable skylight rooftop and a deck for canapés and Champagne overlooking the sea. Additional facilities include a gym and The Lighthouse Bar, decked out with a glass ceiling and granite topped bar. Fingal’s quayside location puts you in easy access to restaurants, shops, and attractions like The Royal Yacht Britannia,The Scotch Whisky Experience, Palace of Holyroodhouse and Edinburgh Castle.