New floating £3.5m ‘boatique’ set to make waves on Scotland’s hotel scene


A new style of boutique hotel is set to make waves on Scotland’s hotel scene this October.

Fingal is a former Northern Lighthouse Board ship which has been transformed by Royal Yacht Britannia’s trading company, Royal Yacht Enterprises into a 23-bedroom luxury hotel.

The investment cost £3.5m with the new venture due to open its doors officially in just a few months’ time.

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The new hospitality offering will be permanently berthed in Edinburgh’s waterfront spot of Leith and will comprise 23 cabins, each named after Stevenson lighthouses, inspired by her maritime heritage.

Guests can choose from a cabin with private deck, a duplex cabin with living space of the Skerryvore Suite with outdoor space.

There will also be a restaurant on board plus a Moët Hennessy champagne bar and will have the facilities to host private events with up to 80 guests.

Head of hospitality and events, Andrew Thomson, said: “Fingal is like no other in Scotland. It is a privilege to take this historic ship and create a new, exciting and world-class addition to the Scottish tourism landscape. The craftsmanship and design, inspired by Fingal’s provenance and heritage, coupled with the best of Scotland’s larder will ensure our guests’ experience on Fingal is truly memorable.”


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