Edinburgh is a city of festivals—not only the famous Festival and Fringe, and the Edinburgh Tattoo, but many more, ranging from film to jazz and blues, rugby, art, dance, literature, classical music, science, children, countryside, even peace and spirituality. With such a thriving cultural scene to add to its historic attractions, this fine city is vibrant, fascinating and entertaining—and our home-from-home there, the Royal Scots Club, is an ideal place to stay.
The Royal Scots is rooted in the history of a fine Army Regiment, having been founded in 1919 as a tribute to those who fell in The Great War. When other Regiments were erecting monuments to their Fallen, a Royal Scots officer, Colonel the Lord Henry Scott, son of the Duke of Buccleuch, decided that a Club would be the best way to honour the memory of the 11,162 Royal Scots.
In 1921 No’s 30 and 31 Abercromby Place were acquired, No 29 being bought some years later. The buildings were then altered and adapted to become The Royal Scots Club. The Club was a success from the start with Lord Henry as Chairman. After World War Two, a second Book of Remembrance was placed in the Memorial Cabinet at the Club Members Entrance with the names of the 1,231 Members of the Regiment who lost their lives in that conflict. Membership reached a peak in 1946 when there were 4,540 members but time eventually took its toll on those who survived the 1914-’18 war. In 1957, sons of members were admitted, then men who had served in the Armed Forces, and now, Members of CountryClubuk can enjoy reciprocal membership access.
Traditional values remain important at the Royal Scots Club, and courtesy and warm Scottish hospitality are at the club’s heart. It has an excellent dining room and lounge, and 21 bedrooms, all comfortable, individually designed, recently refurbished and traditionally furnished with private en-suite facilities, hospitality trays, iron and board, cable television, DDI telephones and wi-fi internet access. Some have views overlooking Queen Street Gardens, others towards the River Forth and across to the far distant Kingdom of Fife. The Hepburn, Douglas and Dumbarton rooms are air-conditioned. The dining room, which serves traditional Scottish dishes, is one of the finest rooms in Edinburgh, with classical Georgian features and views over the gardens. It is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Light snacks are served in the lounge and bar.
Our Club Members have access to the members-only areas of the club, and pay special room rates. The club is very well liked by our Members. It stands in one of Edinburgh’s finest Georgian streets and combines country-house charm and warm hospitality with excellent personal service in a top-notch location within walking distance of many attractions. For a short break, or a business visit to Edinburgh, the Royal Scots Club is a delight.
The club is in the heart of Edinburgh, within easy walking distance of Princes Street, Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Mile and Waverly Rail Station.
As a Member of CountryClubuk, you enjoy complimentary reciprocal membership of the Royal Scots Club and reciprocal members’ privileges to stay and to visit. Country, non-militarty members pay from £120 joining fee and £330 per annum.
Please call Member Services on 020 7399 2960 to check availability and reserve your rooms or visits.