An away fan’s guide to the NatWest Six Nations

Notions of staying anywhere but within the heart of the action when the Six Nations comes to Edinburgh should be quickly kicked into touch.

Thankfully Apex Hotels has four hotels in the city, all perfect for soaking up some of the atmosphere that takes over the capital. Choose from City of Edinburgh, Waterloo Place, Grassmarket or Haymarket.

No matter the result, our rugby offer and our Edinburgh hotels with parking – either on-site or nearby – will make sure you convert your stay into a winner.

Here’s our guide to what you can expect, straight from Fiona, Front Office Manager of Apex Haymarket Hotel, the stadium’s closest neighbour from the Apex family.

A rugby city

Despite having two of Scotland’s fiercest rival football clubs – Hearts and Hibs – the city is very much at the centre of Scottish Rugby.

Edinburgh comes alive for a Scottish Six Nations home fixture.

Being among the best hotels near Murrayfield Stadium means we are also within reach of the best pubs and restaurants.

Our street-facing café, restaurant and bar in Haymarket is a great spot to watch fans making their way to the stadium.

Come rain or shine our guide to the city’s best beer gardens or cosy pubs will make sure you can soak up the atmosphere along with a couple of pre-match pints.

And if you really want to fit in with the locals, but don’t quite know your scrums from your tries, check out our tips on how to fake being a Scotland rugby fan.

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A friendly rivalry

The friendliest of rivalries, the Six Nations is a highlight in any rugby fan’s calendar.

The tournament – which features Scotland, England, Wales, Ireland, France and Italy – is unrivalled for atmosphere and excitement.

Staying in a hotel near Murrayfield Stadium and joining the throngs of supporters as they make their way to the iconic home of Scottish Rugby in Edinburgh’s west is an experience in itself.

It is easy to see why this tournament brings out the best in its followers.

Kilted Scotsmen mingle with patriotic English St George’s flag-bearers, Welsh leeks, French cockerels (sorry…Gallic roosters), Italian gladiators and Irish leprechauns – all over a sip from a hip-flask.

The Six Nations brings rugby fans together to share in the experience of a sport they love.

This BBC advert trailing their coverage of the 2017 tournament best sums it up.

An atmosphere like no other

The stunning 67,000 capacity BT Murrayfield Stadium sits proudly in the west of the capital.

Visible on the city skyline by road or rail, its distinctive bowl design and towering framework are reminiscent of sporting triumphs past and present.

Coming to an international match here and joining the masses – which includes Scotland’s number one royal fan Princess Anne – as they rise as one to the strains of Flower of Scotland is an experience to remember.

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