All aboard

Fingal, the UK’s most luxurious super-yacht hotel, is a new and bright star in the Scottish hospitality firmament berthed in Leith. She is dazzling, as one would expect from a sister ship to The Royal Yacht Britannia. She is also a former service vessel for the Northern Lighthouse Board and ship and lighthouse references abound - from the radiant glass lift shaft to individual light fittings and taps.

Private quarters

Each of the 23 cabins and duplex suites is named after a Stevenson lighthouse. Exquisite suede headboards are embroidered with the relevant nautical map and beds are dressed with throws designed to depict a lighthouse beam stretching over the sea - from designer Araminta Campbell, whose weaving studio is a rope-fling from the foredeck. Handrafted, leather upholstered wardrobes mimic travelling trunks with internal storage compartments in the door. The extensive Skerryvore presidential suite, named after the tallest Stevenson lighthouse, includes a secret door to an adjoining room … for secret service, staff, lovers etc. It is a lot of fun … but never at the expense of comfort and style.

From the galley

Food on board is fit for royalty … really. The team at Britannia have learned a thing or two about luxury dining in the last 20 years and in this setting they take things to a new level. The Lighthouse Bar is a luxurious space – with a shimmering silver ceiling and full height windows – ideal for breakfast, afternoon tea, cocktails or supper. Hire the Bridge Deck, a 10-person dining room, for an intimate dinner party, or go large and take the ballroom … a deluxe double height space entered via a princess-worthy curved staircase. Don’t let any of this take your mind off the food though, all of which is utterly divine.

Shore leave

Book a private tour of Britannia to get the full flavour … the Sun Lounge reveals a few interesting tales (the Duke of Edinburgh forgot to close the deck door of Her Majesty’s favourite room one day, and the entire place was flooded). Almost all of the furnishings are original, including the grand piano, and clocks have been respectfully stopped to mark the moment The Queen disembarked for the final time in 1997.

Travelling first class

Sometimes it is worth mentioning the bathrooms… and this is one of those times. Showers are lined with mosaic tiles in shimmering greens and suites have sumptuous freestanding baths. Noble Isle has supplied lotions and gels - with poetic fragrance names such as Whisky & Water (with extracts of malted barley from Balvenie distillery), Rhubarb Rhubarb and Willow Song. Elsewhere: the toasty slippers are princess-and-the-pea thick; there are bouquets of fresh flowers in every room; and iPhone junkies will appreciate the Chromecast facility on the TVs. Even on a short stay you are likely to get to know the handful of staff – who are helpful, friendly and clearly enthused to be aboard the majestic Fingal.

Prices start at £300 for two people in a classic cabin with breakfast. Two-course suppers from £22. Find out more or book at