Gay Friendly Edinburgh

Scotland is known for being an open, equal and inclusive country. It was recently reported that Scotland is the most gay-friendly country in Europe. Edinburgh, Scotland’s cosmopolitan capital city, is seen as a very welcoming place where diversity is celebrated.

Pride Events

Every year Edinburgh hosts the Pride Scotia March and Pride Edinburgh Festival. The event began as Pride Scotland in 1995 and has been going strong ever since. This year’s dates are yet to be announced.


Our vibrant city has lots of exciting venues to choose from. The most popular LGBT bars and clubs are located in an area known as the Pink Triangle, found between the east end of Princes Street and the top of Leith Walk. The most well known gay club is CC Blooms on Greenside Place, but there are many more.
Other popular areas at night include the Grassmarket for traditional pubs and student bars and George Street for cocktail bars and chic clubs.

Edinburgh Attractions and Events

Edinburgh is a truly beautiful and historic city, with so much to keep you busy during your stay. Top attractions include Edinburgh Castle, Royal Yacht Britannia and the National Museum of Scotland. There’s a brilliant and varied calendar of festivals to take part in, such as the Festival Fringe, International Festival, Edinburgh’s Christmas and Hogmanay New Year celebrations. There’s also a great selection of theatre, music, comedy and art on offer all year round. You can search for LGBT events on The List.

The Dunstane, the perfect base

The Dunstane is a 4 star boutique gay friendly hotel. We offer luxury accommodation near Haymarket, a short stroll to the city centre attractions and venues and a quick bus or taxi ride to the main gay clubs and bars. We are famous for our friendly Scottish service and delightful Orcadian features (as our hotel is owned by a family from Orkney). What’s more, we host a high class dining experience in Skerries Restaurant, complete with whisky tasting sessions in our Stane Bar. Check out our latest offers and if you need any help don’t hesitate to get in touch.