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Cultural Scottish Tour in Edinburgh


With its trendy decoration and its remarkable architecture, Gleneagles Townhouse is the hotel in sight and the ideal holiday resort to discover the art galleries and museums of the capital.

A stroll through the New Town district will inevitably take you to St Andrew Square.

It is therefore impossible not to notice the two buildings juxtaposed with neoclassical architecture.

Six Corinthian columns dress the facade of the most imposing building, topped with six huge statues.

A magnificence of the architecture which reveals the prestigious past of the buildings, headquarters of the British Linen Bank from the 18th century, then of the Royal Bank of Scotland.

Near the entrance, nothing indicates that it is a hotel.

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The interior architecture of the Gleneagles Townhouse is worth a visit: glass dome overhanging a huge room with monumental columns and a frieze of sculptures of illustrious figures.

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Opened in June 2022, Gleneagles Townhouse cultivates a certain form of discretion.

A hotel with 33 rooms, it is also a club where everything is done to provide its members with hospitality imbued with elegance and confidentiality.

Fortunately, its heart of life, The Spence (the pantry, in Scottish) is open to all and has quickly established itself as one of the most prominent places in the capital.

Its interior architecture alone is worth the visit: glass dome overlooking a huge room with monumental columns and a frieze of sculptures of illustrious figures.

And everywhere a hanging of works of art, signed by Scottish artists such as Lise McGurn, Jack McConville, Csilla Kozma and Donnie Maclean...

Museums and galleries within walking distance

Staying at Gleneagles Townhouse means being sure to explore Edinburgh on foot.

If art has invited itself into the hotel, it is everywhere around with museums and galleries.

Passionate about history?

You only need to cross the street to admire the collections of national portraits of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, housed in a neo-Gothic building.

Passing in front of the fresco relating the execution of King Charles I, with chilling realism, the shivers will win you over.

Are you more into contemporary art?

Head to Ingleby Gallery, an art gallery housed in the Glasite Meeting House, a former place of worship dating back to 1834. Since its opening in 1998, Ingleby has supported established and emerging artists.

From the month of January, do not miss the

which will celebrate, through 25 works, the 25th anniversary of the gallery.

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The Old Town district also conceals a nugget: the Fruitmarket gallery.

Located fifteen minutes from the hotel by crossing Edinburgh Waverley station (the second largest station in the United Kingdom), it presents until January 29, 2023 the exhibition


by the artist Hayley Tompkins.

Opened in 1974, Fruitmarket has never ceased to promote Scottish and international contemporary art and culture.

From the 1970s, it moved into a building dating from 1931, formerly a greengrocers market, adjacent to the station.

Following the recent renovation project, the gallery now occupies two buildings, one of which has a rough and industrial structure dating from 1889. Leaving Fruitmarket, do not hesitate to get lost in the alleys of Old Town, take its narrow passages ,

… a walk that will take you to the imposing castle.

Getting there:

Air France


offers one to two daily flights to Edinburgh from €65 one-way and €130 return.


Gleneagles Townhouse.

From €400 per night, breakfast included.

39 St Andrew Square, Edinburgh EH2 2AD.

Tel.: +44 (0)131 322 3780. Member of The Leading Hotels of The World, booking on the website (

Eating out:

dinner at the Spence to discover the seasonal cuisine of Scottish chef Jonny Wright, around €80.

Lunch at The Scran & Scallie restaurant


in the friendly district of Stockbridge, for a twisted pub cuisine, and forget your prejudices by tasting the famous stuffed sheep's stomach, "Haggis, neeps & tatties", so delicious in this revisited version, 13 € the dish.


Scottish National Portrait Gallery


Ingleby Gallery




Source: lefigaro

All news articles on 2022-11-28

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