The winner of the UK’s best holiday destination 2016 is...

If you will be staying in the UK this season, don’t fret. There are plenty of places to get a tan, have a romantic getaway or an adventure right here in your back garden (so to speak).

A recent survey by Pegasus Marine Finance asked UK holidaymakers where they would be spending their summer getaway. Given the choice of destinations for city adventures, country breaks, romantic weekends, (or just to spend some time out for that matter), the results revealed a dark horse as the winner.

None other than the Scottish capital of Edinburgh (cue Scotland the Brave with the Scottish flag waving and Edinburgh Castle in the background).

The city was the favourite among most of those surveyed, beating English rivals Brighton, Manchester and London. 

It isn't difficult to see why Brits chose this stunning city as the setting for their summer fun, with an abundance of festivals and summer events taking place in its streets, from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to the famous Edinburgh Military Tattoo

  The Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2010 (photo from

The Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2010 (photo from

And if you find yourself in Edinburgh looking for a drinking den, here are a few of the best bars and pubs the city has to offer.

  • The Bon Vivant - This dimly lit cocktail bar is one of the city’s hidden treasures. The cocktails are served with great presentation and the atmosphere is cosy but still trendy.

  • Tonic - It’s easy to see why this establishment has earned its cool kid badge. Close to George Street, Tonic keeps true to what it does best: mixing a mean cocktail and delivering a party. Go along for the party atmosphere and of course, the delicious cocktails. 

  • Bennet’s Bar - A historic, old-timely pub with beautiful features like stained glass and   curved dark wood shelves. It’s earned a good reputation for its selection of craft beers and real ales, and also stocks a large range of single malt whiskies.
  • The Sheep Heid Inn - This charming pub gives you the feeling of being in a cosy country inn, when you are in fact still in the city. Said to be a firm favourite among past monarchs and poets, the pub boasts a range of beers and ales, open fires, squashy cushions and a beer garden. 

There is no need to go abroad for summer, just take a hint from your fellow Brits and head to Edinburgh instead. And if you are in need of something to spice up your Scottish texting game, download Scotmoji for everything Scottish.