Written by Alexandra Stewart Friday, 07 March 2014 13:56
Glasgow is well known for its thriving music scene, with a multitude of venues, bars and cafes supporting the humble musician. Many famous names have spawned from this creative city and built up their careers by gigging in many of Glasgow's top spots. Narrowing the list down to just five is near impossible, but here are five venues that any keen critic has to visit:
Written by Emma Poulton Parley Friday, 28 February 2014 08:41
Whether you're after croissants and crêpes, or bangers and black pudding, Edinburgh has a mouthwatering array of breakfast eateries to seal the deal on your next visit. Here's our top five picks:
Written by Emma Poulton Parley Thursday, 20 February 2014 16:03
Edinburgh's watering holes are as diverse as its inhabitants. The very well trodden paths of George Street, Cowgate and The Grassmarket may be your first port of call when you're new to the city, but once you're ready to live as the locals do, check out our top five suggestions of residents' favourites.
Written by Dayna Turnbull Friday, 14 February 2014 16:09
There's only a few days left before half term arrives and parents all over start wondering what to do to keep the kids quiet. However, Edinburgh has more than enough to keep the family entertained. Here's a handful of tips from us.
Go back to school
The National Museum of Scotland is one of the UK’s Top 10 visitor attractions, and in the Top 20 of the most visited museums and galleries in the world! You can go back to school – Viking school that is! Or discover the mysteries from Ancient Egypt. From fantastic galleries to games and new events, there's fun to be had for all the family.
Written by Gareth K Thomas Wednesday, 05 February 2014 10:52
Valentine's Day is nearly upon us. So for those lucky souls that not only find themselves head-over-heels in love, but also in the wonderfully romantic Edinburgh, here's our top 10 tips for a weekend chocked full of love!
- Get some culture
- A romantic meal for two
- Get scared
- A stroll around the Botanic Garden
- Get lost in a great story
- Get down to Leith
- Explore Edinburgh's Castle
- Catch a movie
- Get some fresh air
- Head to the seaside
Edinburgh is home to some fantastic cultural experiences, and something to suit all tastes and types. For the artistic among you, why not pop along to The Scottish National Gallery, situated in the heart of Edinburgh and home to one of the best collections of fine art in the world, and try your hand at Life Drawing (classes on Saturday 15th of February start at 10.30am & 2pm).
It a cliche, but nothing beats a candlelit dinner in a fancy restaurant. And Edinburgh has a great selection to choose from. Our suggestion would be Castle Terrace, run by local boy Dominic Jack it's one of Edinburgh's growing number of Michelin star restaurants.
A city steeped in history can't get by without the odd ghost or ghoul, and Edinburgh is definitely no exception. Mercat Tours offer some fantastically terrifying late-night tours, sure to have you jumping into each others arms, or screaming embarrassingly.
The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is beautiful at any time of year, and starting on February 14th you can go on a walk with a Garden Guide to experience the fantastic collection of specialist Snowdrops and discover other early flowering plants that herald the onset of spring. For colder February days, step into one of the indoor spaces including a glasshouse, restaurant, cafe and coffee bar.
On Saturday evening, before your romantic meal, head along to the Scottish Storytelling Centre to hear the tale of love from ancient India. The Queen Who Flew Through the Sky to Seek Her Beloved starts at 7.30pm.
Opportunities abound in Leith, and it's the perfect place for a romantic afternoon out. Options include the great bars and restaurants (with lovely views of the water), and the option to take a walk along the waterfront. One not to miss is Mimi's Bakehouse, with a great selection of award-winning cakes and treats.
The imposing castle is a must-see for any weekend trip to Edinburgh, and from the 14th to 17th of February you can hear genuine renaissance tunes played during your visit.
A classic date night staple, in a fantastic venue. One of Edinburgh's fantastic boutique cinemas, the Cameo offers a choice on Valentine's Day; Breakfast at Tiffany's or, for those looking for something a little different, Only Lovers Left Alive.
Take a walk up to Arthur's Seat for a breath of fresh air and a fantastic view of the city. Time it right and get a view at sunset for a romance overload!
If the sun decides to shine, take the opportunity to head out of Edinburgh and visit North Berwick. Less than an hour away by car, you'll find yourself strolling on one of the beautiful beaches, or maybe even heading out on horseback.
Written by Alistair Grant Tuesday, 12 March 2013 10:04
What with Glasgow recently playing host to the Glasgow Film Festival and the annual celluloid extravaganza that is the Edinburgh International Film Festival not due for another three months or so, you could be forgiven for thinking a trip to the west coast is your only option if you wish to indulge your cinematic cravings in the capital this spring. Fear not, however – Edinburgh actually has a lot to offer in the way of motion picture thrills and spills.
Choosing a cinema can be as important as choosing a film. After all - get it wrong, and you face paying upwards of a fiver on an uncomfortable and frustrating experience. It‘s for this reason that it’s maybe worth knowing a bit about the local cinemas before you venture out into the city in search of your next fix of cinematic entertainment.
Written by Alistair Grant Friday, 15 February 2013 14:18
Edinburgh is a beautiful place; a cultural smorgasbord of old and new, wild and refined. Full of stunning scenery and an array of enticing attractions, it’s unlikely you would ever find yourself at a loss for things to do during the day - but what about when the sun goes down?
Thankfully, as well as being one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, Edinburgh is also a fantastic city in which to hit the town and soak up the nightlife. With a variety of bars and clubs on offer, there really is something for everyone; whether you’re after a quiet conversation over drinks or a raucous evening dancing in a dingy cellar to the latest chart anthems, Edinburgh has it covered.
Written by Alistair Grant Thursday, 07 February 2013 21:20
Edinburgh is a romantic city – albeit a windy, chilly one at this time of year. With its cobbled streets, mysterious, twisting closes (a Scots term for alleyways) and ancient buildings steeped in stories, it is a city full to bursting with romance and mystery. The city of Walter Scott, Robert Louis Stevenson and, for a few years at least, Robert Burns, it’s a place where the imagination can run wild and where the streets teem with life and activity. Simultaneously a modern, cosmopolitan capital and a breath-taking glimpse into the ancient past, there really is nowhere else like it.
Thus, Edinburgh is the perfect city in which to spend Valentine’s Day. It might not be able to offer the warm, balmy weather of many European destinations, but the bracing northern breeze and dramatic, overcast skies have an allure of their own which is nigh on impossible to resist. Besides, the cosy cubby-holes and warm hearths of the Old Town and the trendy restaurants, shops and bustling bars of the New Town offer plenty of retreats from wintry gusts.
Written by Gareth K Thomas Saturday, 14 July 2012 09:08
Our Facebook page is packed full of the latest updates, tips and advice for anyone travelling to one of our fantastic locations.
Here's a taste of what's been on there recently:
- Heading to this year's Edinburgh Fringe Festival? There's 2,695 shows in this year's programme! Here's 50 shows, recommended by The Scotsman's Arts Editor, to get you started...
- Thinking of visiting Edinburgh Foodies Festival? Get a 1-day pass for 2 people for just £9 (must be used on Friday 10th of August) or a 3-day pass for 2 for £15 with this Travelzoo offer.
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- Heading to this year's Edinburgh Festival Fringe? Download the free, official iPhone app to buy tickets for any of this year's 2,695 shows! [Also available for Android]
- Scotland's First Minister, Alex Salmond, is in California for the premiere of new animated movie Brave, expected to boost tourism in Scotland by £140m. Look out for some common (and unusual!) misconceptions about Scotland...
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Written by Mark Howitt Friday, 23 December 2011 08:59
There is some debate as to when pantomimes actually began: some historians say that they were introduced to England in the early 18th century, others reckon that it wasn't until 1804 when Cinderella was performed at Dury Lane, London. Regardless, Christmas just wouldn't be Christmas without a trip to the pantomime. And, if you're in Edinburgh for the festive season, there's quite a choice.
The daddy of them all is the annual Kings Theatre panto which this year is ... Cinderella! It's probably fair to say that it is far removed from the version staged in London 207 years ago but if it's traditional 'boo', 'hiss' entertainment that you're after then this is the one for you. Allan Stewart, Andy Gray & Grant Stott are past masters at this stuff and you won't be disappointed.
- Doing the Edinburgh Festival
- Calm Before the Storm
- Things for kids to do in Edinburgh
- Traffic-free cycling in Edinburgh
- Accidental beer set to take off as brewer plans to expand
- Best places to soak up the Fringe
- Fringe kids' shows you must see
- Pick of the Fringe: shows you must see
- What's what in Edinburgh festivals
- Surviving Edinburgh in August
- Get lost in the Traquair maze
- Pullman heads Book Fest line-up
- Kids' holiday events at Lauriston
- Insider tips to Edinburgh Fringe
- Stockbridge ducks race for charity
- Why locals love Princes St Gardens
- A walk down Victoria Street
- Cultural life exists outside EH1
- Where everyone knows your name
- Retro charm of Portobello
- Up and coming Edinburgh musician
- An angel in St Stephen Street
- Day out at Cramond beach
- Why we love Leith
- 'Silver thread in a ribbon of green'
- Victorian 'bath' prepares for 21st century
- And now for something different
- World's most expensive bottle of whisky?
- Sheep Heid offers touch of magic
- Share a love of cheese at Mellis
- Float away your troubles
- On what it means to be Scottish
- 'A year at an Italian table'
- Farm day out proves winner
- Cafe St Honore proves hidden gem
- Why we love the Scott Monument
- The best hot chocolate in Edinburgh?
- What to do in Edinburgh on New Year's Day
- Why Turner brightens every Edinburgh January
- Turn paper into birds of paradise
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