Scotland’s ‘Hotel of the Year’ has announced an exclusive private dining experience for romantic couples wanting to celebrate this Valentine’s Day.   

Permanently berthed on Edinburgh’s vibrant waterfront, Fingal is not just a luxury five-star floating hotel. The ship’s Lighthouse Restaurant holds two AA Rosettes for culinary excellence, providing a classic setting for diners with all the glamour and style of a superyacht, but with an air of old-world Art Deco luxury ocean liner elegance.  

Fingal was crowned ‘AA Hotel of the Year Scotland 2023-24’ by the internationally recognised Automobile Association (AA) earlier this year.  

On 14 February, Fingal will also be swinging open the door to the former captain’s command room, ‘The Bridge’, to create extra room for romance for couples in search of the ultimate private dining experience.  

The Bridge will offer an intimate candle-lit space for couples to enjoy a mouth-watering menu expertly crafted by the team of chefs in the ship’s galley kitchen. From here guests can enjoy waterfront views from a totally unique perspective, soaking up the relaxed atmosphere in what was previously the ship’s busy command centre. 

Fingal has captured travellers’ hearts as one of the top 25 most romantic hotels in the UK and Channel Islands on the prestigious Tripadvisor list of most ‘Dreamy stays that couples love’.   

Open to non-residents for Afternoon Tea, dinner and cocktails, Fingal’s Lighthouse Restaurant & Bar also offers a choice of eight self-contained private dining booths.  Fingal’s 22 luxury cabins are each named after Stevenson lighthouses, inspired by Fingal’s nautical heritage.  

Re-launched as a luxury hotel in 2019, the former Northern Lighthouse Board (NLB) tender is owned and operated by the award-winning team at The Royal Yacht Britannia, which is located just 10 minutes away.   

Fingal’s double-height ballroom and bridge provide dedicated dining spaces for private events, corporate celebrations and weddings. Fingal is located opposite the new Port of Leith tram stop, which offers a direct and quick transport link between Leith and Edinburgh city centre.  

To book ‘The Bridge’ onboard Fingal for the ultimate private dining experience this Valentine’s Day, call Fingal’s reservations team on 0131 357 5000. 

Fingal’s Valentine’s overnight stay package, starts from £478 per night, based on two people sharing a cabin on a bed and breakfast basis only. This special Valentine’s package includes a bouquet of flowers ready waiting in your cabin with a selection of decadent chocolates. 

For more information on Fingal and the ship’s ultimate Valentine’s overnight stay package, visit or call Fingal’s reservations team on 0131 357 5000. 

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