Organising a hen weekend can be tricky. From endless hours Google searches to working your way through pages upon pages of the same old hen party packages, you might feel like you’re getting nowhere.
Luckily for you, we’ve rounded up some great hen weekend ideas in destinations around Scotland: Glasgow, Arran, Aberdeen, Perthshire, the Highlands, Edinburgh and Falkirk. Choose from a cocktail-fuelled shopping weekend to a fun-filled glamping experience, each one with suggestions on where to eat, sleep, drink and party (and even ideas for that dreaded morning-after!).
GLASGOW | Perfect for a girly weekend
WHERE TO STAY
You’ll love the Village Hotel Club Glasgow. Located just across the River Clyde from the city centre, the hotel has its own spa and double rooms. You can have arrange a late check out until 1pm too if you feel you may be a little tender from the celebrations!
Looking for a more relaxed feel? Then check out the Fraser Suites Glasgow, serviced apartments in Merchant City. You can come and go as you please!
CitizenM in Glasgow is also a pretty cool place to lay your head. Stylish and sleek, this hotel is a nice middle-of-the-road priced place, and really near all of Glasgow’s nightlife.
WHAT TO DO
The spa at Blythswood Square Hotel is a dream!
Get into the groove with an ABBA dance hen party in Glasgow, learning some moves to the supergroup’s chart-topping hits!
The city is loved for its fantastic shopping; the Glasgow Style Mile is filled with designer and high street stores if you feel like treating yourself to a new purchase during the weekend.
Fancy a spa day with class? You’ll love the chic surroundings of Blythswood Square Spa, the most luxurious setting in Glasgow. Book a package and pamper yourself before a big night out on the town!
WHERE TO EAT + DRINK
Delicious breakfast dishes at Hutchesons City Grill
Start off your weekend in Glasgow with a gorgeous brunch at Hutchesons City Grill. Book their Bubbles and Brunch menu and enjoy freshly baked pastries, orange juice, choice of brunch dish plus a bottle of prosecco for £25 per person.
You’ll enjoy a short cookery masterclass with time to enjoy your own main course with a glass of wine or a beer, then move through to the cocktail bar where you’ll try your hand at cocktail making with a master mixologist! After that, you’ll be transported by taxi to The Corinthian Club to continue your evening in style!
If you think your hen would prefer a more traditional meal, Arta in Glasgow’s Merchant City accommodates a sit down meal for hen parties with the option of cocktail masterclasses, dance classes and even murder mysteries!
WHERE TO PARTY
Bring out your inner Beyonce in one of Hummingbird Glasgow’s private rooms; the Glitter Room is a karaoke pod, complete with a dedicated server to keep your glasses topped up all night.
LIFE Glasgow offers booth packages from £100, whoch include a bottle of Absolut vodka and mixers, plus optional sharing platters.
Book your seats for a real show at the Riding Room, with live cabaret! You’ll find live sets, burlesque and magic here seven nights a week.
TOP TIP | For smaller groups looking for a quieter drink, don’t forget about the city’s West End. Ashton Lane has a lovely selection of quirky pubs and bars off the iconic cobbled street.
ARRAN | An idyllic countryside retreat
WHERE TO STAY | Auchrannie Resort is a two four-star hotels with 84 rooms, 30 self catering luxury lodges, three restaurants and a spa. You can take your pick of hen party packages, from spa breaks to adventure weekends!
WHAT TO DO | Enjoy the fun of the island with outdoor activities including archery, rock climbing, Segways and even a high speed boat tour of Arran. For the ultimate adrenaline rush, have a go at paragliding with Flying Fever Paragliding School – not for the fainthearted!
If you don’t feel like experiencing the great outdoors quite so closely, see the island via your own private chartered 4×4 Mercedes Unimog on an Arran Safari.
More of a creative type? Try your hand at your own ceramic designs at Pots and Pieces and create a hen weekend keepsake. Stop by for a wee dram and tour of the Arran Whisky distillery to finish the day, or to calm the nerves if you’ve been paragliding!
WHERE TO EAT | You have plenty of choice within the resort itself: Cruize Bar Brasserie offers pizza, pasta and burgers, Brambles Seafood and Grill is great for a scrumptious meal and eighteen69, serving a unique twist on Scottish tapas, ideal for sharing after a fun-packed day.
There’s also the option for your group to privately dine, allowing you to pre-select a personalised menu and put on your own music. If you would prefer to venture out, you are only a ten minute walk from the centre of Brodick and its welcoming bars.
WHERE TO PARTY | If you opt to stay in one of the luxury lodges, the resort can organise an evening of Singstar and pampering for you to party the night away. Just say the word and they will deliver a Playstation, bubbly, chocolates and some ESPA goodies, and can even organise take-away food from Cruize Bar Brasserie.
For the ultimate girly night in, you can have a beautician available for the hens to have manicures and facials – glasses of bubbly optional (but recommended!).
HELP MY HANGOVER! | For a relaxing day, choose the ASPA Island Escape package which includes a full day spa experience, two treatments, a glass of prosecco, lunch and full use of the spa facilities.
TOP TIP | Contact the hotel before your stay to organise a people-carrier pick up from the ferry and transfer to the resort. For information on ferries to and from Arran, visit the Calmac website..
Find out more about having your Scottish hen weekend at Auchrannie Resort, Arran.
ABERDEEN | An indulgent best friend weekend
WHERE TO STAY | For a hen who loves her lavish luxury, Malmaison Aberdeen encompasses an intimate yet opulent feel. We love the Malmaison Aberdeen Bed and Bubbles package, because every room should come with a glass of bubbly!
WHAT TO DO | For the ultimate sweet tooth satisfaction, become a chocolatier for the day. You were made for this job!
Cocoa Ooze hosts private chocolate making workshops for up to 30. Your group will learn how to make truffles and chocolate bars and experiment with flavours. Taste testing is a crucial part in making the chocolates, of course, and whatever you make on the day you will be able to package and take home with you – yum!
Following your chocolate fix, we think a ladies who lunch afternoon tea is a must. The Chester Hotel’s Ruinart Afternoon Tea is seriously scrumptious, served with a glass of Ruinart Rose.
WHERE TO EAT | Of course there are many fantastic restaurants in Aberdeen, but if you want to enjoy Malmaison’s stunning surroundings, they can arrange a private party in their VIP boudoir with a glass of fizz, three-course meal and half a bottle of wine per person. Go on, treat yourselves!
WHERE TO PARTY | If you’re not too full to go out for the night, then head to contemporary venue Soul, set in an old church. With a newly launched cocktail menu of traditional favourites and twists on classics, you can enjoy your drink in the lively atmosphere with a resident DJ playing your favourite songs. Turn it up!
HELP MY HANGOVER! | Open from 10.30am on a Sunday, if you’re up early enough you can grab brekkie at gorgeous eaterie Rye & Soda Aberdeen, before heading home. Spice things up with Huevos Rancheros or try the cafe’s signature Ancient Grain porridge, made with quinoa, chia, millet and spelt and topped with deliciousness like peanut butter, banana and maple syrup. Serious comfort food!
TOP TIP | Set some time aside for shopping while you’re there; Aberdeen has some great shopping with multiple shopping centres and independent boutiques.
PERTH | Ideal for adventurers!
Each dome sleeps 2 and is equipped with spacious interiors, furnished with high quality and essential extras from a wood burning stove to bean bag seating, LED lamps, and a private BBQ and picnic area. Take note, you do need to bring your own crockery and cutlery, bedding and towels.
WHAT TO DO | For the thrill seekers amongst you, on-site activities include sailing, canoe hire, an 18-hole putting green and archery to name a few of the many fun activities available.
If that’s not quite got your blood pumping then other activities can be organised off-site like white water rafting and quad biking! You can see more information about these on the Loch Tay Vacations website. We love the idea of a Highland Safari which can be tailored to suit your hen party needs. While you’re there, the Red Deer Centre will suit the nature loving hens among you.
WHERE TO EAT | Within the clubhouse, there’s The Bistro Restaurant serving evening meals from 5pm until 9pm, with a private hire option. You can also arrange for a takeaway if you would rather have a chilled evening back at your dome.
If there’s a budding chef in the party then why not use your dome’s own BBQ or, what we would recommend, exclusively hire the fire pit which accommodates 20-30 people giving plenty of room, with a covered BBQ area to enjoy group dining (just don’t forget the marshmallows!).
WHERE TO PARTY | This hen weekend takes a more laid back approach, so enjoy a few drinks under the stars with your closest girl friends before your big day. Bring some games and enjoy getting away from it all.
HELP MY HANGOVER! | Breathe in the fresh Scottish air and take a boat trip along the pretty loch. Just make sure that you avoid choppy waters!
TOP TIP | There is no electricity in the dome so this is not for hens who can’t live without their hair straighteners or phone charger! If you love the location, but need a little more of your home comforts, there are other accommodation options available. We love the Premium Wigwam with Hot Tub.
SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS | blow the budget!
WHERE TO STAY | Aldourie Castle. It may not be entirely budget friendly, but you’re a Queen on your hen weekend. You deserve a treat! The castle sleeps 28 people, perfect for a large hen group.
WHAT TO DO | Take in the amazing surroundings! Safe in the knowledge that the castle and grounds are yours and yours alone for the duration of your stay, you can indulge in the finer things in life. With everyone from a spa experience to a cocktail masterclass available, you won’t know what to do first!
You even have access to a private marina over Loch Ness, and a massive selection of outdoor activities including dolphin spotting.
WHERE TO EAT | Aldourie Castle is fitted with a commercial galley kitchen, perfect for a private chef to cater for you. The second floor of the Castle is also fitted with a Nursery Kitchen, an ideal backdrop for creating a meal for smaller groups. Looking to dine out during your stay? You are only 15 minutes away from the vibrant city of Inverness, with a selection of great restaurants and bars. You can also arrange for afternoon tea.
WHERE TO PARTY | Umm, you have a whole castle, all to yourselves. A princess pyjama party is the obvious choice! Organise a stylish sleepover with your best girls – seven-year-old you would be green with envy!
We suggest lashings of Edinburgh Gin and a game of hide and seek Narnia-style through the amazing castle.
HELP MY HANGOVER! | oTake some time out and enjoy the huge en-suite bathroom in the Lady Grey bedroom, a bride-to-be’s dream! High up in a turret, slip into cosy dressing gowns, sip champagne (hair of the dog is the best cure, right?) and await your personal pamper experience.
TOP TIP | Remember, the weekend can be created fully bespoke to what you want, so put your own personal twist on this castle experience to make it truly unforgettable.
FALKIRK | Get glam in your party pad!
WHERE TO STAY | The Coach House in Glenbervie House Estate. Located on the same estate as popular Scottish wedding venue Glenbervie House Hotel, this luxurious house sleeps up to 12. The venue comes equipped with the latest technology, from Wi-Fi to entertainment systems, plus your very own hot tub with sumptuous outdoor seating for the ultimate party weekend.
WHAT TO DO | For a fun afternoon, the nearby Xtreme Karting centre will have you and your hens competing to cross the finish line. We love the hen party who had the bride as Princess Peach with her hens as Mario and Luigi racers!
For a hilarious afternoon with your hens, try out your best moves with some burlesque dancing at the Charm School in nearby Falkirk, sure to go down a treat after one or two cocktails!
The great thing about The Coach House’s location is that you are almost midway between Glasgow and Edinburgh; a short train journey and you can be enjoying either city.
WHERE TO EAT | Arrange a private chef to come and prepare a night-in meal or there also luxury food and drink hampers available.
The nearby areas have plenty of restaurants for your group to enjoy. La Banca is a tapas restaurant located in the town centre on Falkirk, around 10 minutes from the house, with a delicious cocktail menu too. It even has a function room available for a cocktail masterclass and buffet.
Behind The Wall is popular for food too (and their famous Drumstick lolly cocktails) plus the newly opened Cafe Corvina is located just outside the town centre, within walking distance to the bars and clubs.
WHERE TO PARTY | You can bring the party to The Coach House! Set the glamorous scene with The Edinburgh Fun Casino Company who can give you your very own casino night, complete with full size casino table, professionally trained croupier, bottle of champagne and personalised fun money!
Keep the VIP feel with your own pop up bar; for a minimum of 10 hens, Solid Liquids will make four cocktails per person for £29 and your hen goes free when mentioning SWD.
If you want to venture out, a short taxi journey will have you in Falkirk’s town centre with clubs and bars. Hen party-friendly Sportsters is open until 3am on Friday and Saturday with a private function room available, as well as its adjoining City nightclub for some cheesy dance floor moves. The Orchard Hotel’s bar is also a favourite for a friendly party atmosphere, with a beer garden and quirky interiors.
HELP MY HANGOVER! | Get some fresh air and take in the sights in nearby Stirling including Stirling Castle and the Wallace Monument, or go visit The Kelpies. Too much walking? You could always take a trip on the Millenium Link, a Re-union Canal Boat moored at The Kelpies which will then take you on a private cruise along the Forth and Clyde Canal.
TOP TIP | If you have forgotten any fun fancy dress or hen party decorations for a big night in, Party Rocks in the town centre has you covered.
EDINBURGH | Play tourist for the weekend!
WHERE TO STAY | No19 the apartment is in a great location and sleeps up to 14. A luxury self-catering venue, there will be plenty of room for everyone to enjoy their weekend with quirky interiors that’ll set a selfie off perfectly.
We love the idea of a Perfume Making Masterclass, a great group activity creating your signature scent for a girly afternoon. Or, why not get your hens making their very own fascinator? Made By Hens craft parties offer different packages and can come to your accommodation or arrange one of their parties at a city centre hotel venue.
WHERE TO EAT | For delicious dishes with an exotic twist, Tigerlily on George Street is a great pick. They have a designated a cool online events planner too if you want to create a night to remember and there are also various lunch and dinner packages, ranging from cocktails and cheerleader classes to luxury champagne arrivals and entry into the Lulu nightclub. Come for the food, stay for the party vibes, yummy cocktails and seriously stylish interiors. (There is also a pretty fab overnight deal that you might love which includes dinner, The Takeover Package).
For a more unusual way to start the night, try a murder mystery evening. Blue Murder Events operate fabulous nights of ‘whodunnit’ fun in various Edinburgh city centre hotels with a three course meal included, a great way to get all the hens involved!
WHERE TO PARTY | It’s hard to know where to start with Edinburgh – you really are spoilt for choice. The Three Sisters Edinburgh’s Land of the Hens party package is a real all-rounder. This includes decorations, dinner, VIP reserved seating and a variety of packages to choose from. Go for the Cocktail Extraordinaire package which includes a karaoke machine!
HELP MY HANGOVER! | Laugh away your sore head in Camera Obscura, a world of illusions and mind-boggling attractions. Just remember to pre-book to make sure all of your group can gain entry together.
TOP TIP | If you’re planning an August hen weekend, book well in advance and expect to pay more for accommodation as this is when the city is at its busiest with the Edinburgh Fringe.
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