Fingal was originally built in 1963 to help maintain Scotland’s lighthouses. She was retired 17 years ago and after a hefty £5 million restoration opened her doors in January this year. The ship has only 23 cabins, each named after Scottish lighthouses. These are represented in each room by the beautiful embossed headboards with a nautical map showing the location from where each cabin takes its name. We stayed in Hyskier, one of 8 luxury cabins opening up onto the deck. Inside the rooms are all totally unique in shape and size, adapting to the contours of the ship, with curved showers fit into the bows of the boat beneath deck and spiral staircases to maximise space.
The ship offers afternoon tea and supper only so we spent the afternoon exploring the local area, stopping at local fish restaurant- Fishers, for lunch before making our way back to robe-up in the softest of gowns with a glass of champagne and local artisan chocolate from the mini bar. Emerging freshly showered, smelling of Whiskey and Water from the Noble Isle scented bath products we make our way above deck for a cocktail followed by supper in The Lighthouse Bar. A cheese board and bottle of red later we roll into bed thoroughly happy.
The following morning we feast on a full Scottish breakfast, and I try haggis for the first and most likely last, time. Fingal is an ideal destination for a completely unique stay and the perfect introduction to a mini break on the water.
THE CHECK OUT
ACCOMODATION CATEGORY: Luxury floating hotel
ROOMS: 23 rooms and suites
ROOM PICK: Any, but we love the rooms that open onto the deck
RESTAURANT/BAR: Breakfast is included in your rate
FEEL: Titanic on a smaller scale
RATES: Starting at £300 per night
LOCATION: A 10 minute drive from Edinburgh city centre