Edinburgh - Murrayfield (Capacity: 67,500)

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There is nothing more rousing than a packed stadium of Scottish fans singing Flower of Scotland before kick-off. Murrayfield has built a reputation for being the ground where tournament favourites' Grand Slam hopes are dashed. This season, after a disappointing World Cup was compounded by a mauling by the French in the pool stages, Scotland's performance will come under scrutiny from the home fans.

There is nothing more rousing than a packed stadium of Scottish fans singing Flower of Scotland before kick-off. Murrayfield has built a reputation for being the ground where tournament favourites' Grand Slam hopes are dashed. This season, after a disappointing World Cup was compounded by a mauling by the French in the pool stages, Scotland's performance will come under scrutiny from the home fans.

Tel: 0131 346 5000

Website: www.sru.org.uk

HOW TO GET THERE

By air: There are numerous flights to Edinburgh from London and other regional airports. Easyjet, BA and bmi all offer competitive fares. Edinburgh airport is approximately 15 minutes drive from the stadium. Rail: GNER - www.gner.co.uk - offer an hourly service between Kings Cross and Edinburgh Waverley with a journey time of about 4 hours. Book early for cheaper fares. From Waverley or Haymarket station in the town centre, it is a short taxi journey or a 15 minute walk to the ground.

WHERE TO STAY

The Caledonian (Princes Street, Tel: 0131 459 9988, www.caledonianhotel.co.uk) This Edinburgh landmark is still a favourite with dignitaries and fans with deep pockets. Rates from £155.

Albany Hotel (39-43 Albany Street, Tel: 0131 556 0397) A quiet, elegant hotel close to Princes Street and a walk to the stadium. Rates from £75-95

Ailsa Craig Hotel (24 Royal Terrace, Tel: 0131 556 1022) Basic rooms but close to the city centre. Good value option. Rates start at £45 for a single and at £75 for a double.

WHERE TO EAT

The Witchery (352 Castlehill, Royal Mile, Tel: 0131 225 5613). One of Edinburgh's most popular and classy restaurants.

Mussel Inn (61 Rose Street, Tel: 0131 225 5979) Excellent seafood in the heart of town.

Hadrian's (Balmoral Hotel, 1 Princes Street, Tel: 0131 557 5000) Unpretentious venue with popular bistro style cooking.

Outsider (15-16 George 4th Bridge, Tel: 0131 226 3131) Sumptuous Old Town restaurant with notably reasonable prices.

WHERE TO DRINK

The Three Sisters (139 Cowgate) Major rugby venue with big screens.

Last Drop Tavern

(74 Grassmarket) Always lively over the international weekend.

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