A home fan’s guide to Six Nations hotspots in Edinburgh

Despite being home to two of Scotland’s fiercest football rivals, Edinburgh is definitely a rugby city – and come Six Nations time, the Scottish capital really comes alive.

The tournament sees Scotland, England, Wales, Ireland, France and Italy play-off against each other in a group format.

Luckily Apex has hotels in Edinburgh city centre covered, with four locations.

There’s the stylish Old Town abode, Apex City of Edinburgh Hotel, the stunning castle views at Apex Grassmarket Hotel, or the Georgian Apex Waterloo Place Hotel to choose from.

If you are lucky enough to bag a ticket you are in for a real treat. Catching the action at a Six Nations match is an experience to remember. You can take in the full build-up by booking a stay at Apex Haymarket Hotel, less than a mile from the stadium.

That stadium is Scotland’s largest – BT Murrayfield Stadium – which sits to the west of the city. Scotland’s national stadium has a capacity of more than 67,000, and is packed out on Six Nations match days.

Known as the friendly rivalry, the Six Nations sees fans from across the British Isles, France and Italy fill Edinburgh’s pubs as they rub shoulders over a dram or two.

Here’s our selection of the best things to do in Edinburgh during the tournament – whether that’s catching the action live, warming up with some pre-match drinks, toasting a victory or commiserating a hard-fought defeat in the evening.

The Three Sisters

This is one of the best locations in the capital to watch sports. The Three Sisters on the city’s Cowgate is like a scrum on Six Nations match day, but you shouldn’t be put off by the crowds. This pub has a fantastic big game atmosphere. A massive outdoor screen, several smaller inside and steins aplenty will keep you well entertained. You can even book a booth and bag a comfy seat with a place to rest your pint.

The Cambridge Bar

Another favourite with sports fans, The Cambridge is the place to grab a burger and a pint while watching the action. Tucked away behind George Street, The Cambridge is warm and inviting from the outside and bursting with atmosphere inside. A real rugby pub, The Cambridge regularly screens club matches, and really ups its game come Six Nations time.

The Metro West End Bar & Restaurant

If you are staying at our Apex Haymarket Hotel why not warm-up for the big match and grab a bite to eat in our stylish bar and restaurant as you watch the crowds make their way to the stadium.

The Black Cat

You won’t be able to watch the game on a big screen here, but if you are heading into the city after cheering on your side to victory and want to sample some great Scottish hospitality, The Black Cat is definitely worth a visit. Real ales, whisky and Scottish folk music are the order of the day.

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