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Whether you’ve visited Edinburgh before or are new here, being away from home can be stressful. After rushing between meetings, answering your constantly ringing phone, and dealing with other work crises, you’ll certainly want to make time for some R&R.

Instead of secluding yourself in your room, why not get out and enjoy one of Edinburgh’s many independent gyms? Not only does physical activity release endorphins to make you feel happier, but you’ll also feel refreshed and relaxed once you’ve worked off some of your stress. Enjoying a refreshing drink after a good workout is one of the best feelings in the world. We guarantee that a good workout will make you feel ready to take on the world again.

We’re proud to support local businesses and can recommend a number of wonderful independent gyms and clubs in Edinburgh. These smaller gyms are great because they offer customers a personal, individually-tailored approach to help you get the most out of each session. Some of Edinburgh’s independent gyms are even run by champion athletes, such as the Edinburgh Boxing Academy, which is owned and operated by Scottish boxing champion Sam Heron.

Due to Edinburgh’s compact size and excellent public transport, you’ll be able to easily access the gyms from The Scotsman Hotel’s central location on North Bridge, it’s just a short walk to Princes Street where you can catch a bus to your gym of choice.

Watermans guide to best independent gyms and clubs in Edinburgh

Ask at the front desk for more transport advice or for more information on local gyms check out The Best Independent Gyms & Clubs in Edinburgh.