Edinburgh Travel Tips
Scotland's capital, Edinburgh, has a magic that seldom fails to captivate visitors. Modern sophistication melds with staunch tradition from both ends of the social spectrum to create a unique whole, built in noble stone in the most spectacular of settings. It is no exaggeration to describe it as one of the most lovable, and livable, cities on the planet.
Exploring the city on foot is a delight, and is always punctuated by views: the majestic castle clinging to its volcanic crag, Arthur's Seat like a chunk of the Highlands dropped into town, or the glimmering Firth of Forth.
Written by Philippa Burne, UK, September 2011
I don’t know about you, but I am a complete sticky beak when it comes to
looking inside buildings, especially those not generally open to the
public. I don’t usually go as far as pretending I’m ...
Written by Philippa Burne, UK, February 2012
They arrived in December and already these eight-year olds are the sweethearts of Scotland. The first giant pandas to live in Britain for nearly twenty years, Tian Tian (Sweetie) and Yang Guang ...
Written by Philippa Burne, UK, September 2012
As soon as you step off the train at Edinburgh’s Waverley station you can feel it: the history – and the haunting. This is a city with stories to tell. Perhaps its the presence of Edinburgh Castle ...
Written by Zoe Smith, United Kingdom, January 2013
As Scotland ’s capital and main transport hub, Edinburgh ’s
historic buildings, vast green spaces and steep cobblestone streets
make a fascinating backdrop to set your sightseeing to. Whether ...
Written by Zoe Smith, United Kingdom, February 2013
Scotland ’s vibrant capital does its hard-partying reputation proud as the host for a number of important Scottish festivals and celebrations (including the legendary 4-day New Year ’s ...
Written by Zoe Smith, United Kingdom, March 2013
A popular day trip from Edinburgh, just 15km from the city center, the majestic ruins of Linlithgow Palace hold a special place in Scotland‘s history, serving as a royal residence for Scottish ...
Until May 27th, 2012 Scotland’s National Museum has a ground-breaking exhibition of Egyptian mummies featuring the latest technologies which are unlocking their secrets. The exhibition features ...
Bringing in the New Year is done a little differently in Scotland and the Scottish capital is well known for hosting some of the liveliest New Year’s Eve events in the world. Called Hogmanay by the ...
Written by Philippa Burne, UK, April 2012
The Scots have one foot in their modern city and one foot in their pagan past – that’s why we love them. Annually, they celebrate the coming of spring with the Beltane Fire Festival on Calton Hill ...
Written by Philippa Burne, UK, July 2011
is not the first place I think of going to the beach. But on the other
side of Arthurs Seat from the city centre is the suburb of Portobello,
which has a long beach fronting onto the ...
Edinburgh ’s Royal Botanic Garden was established in 1670—that’s an impressively long time ago, when Charles II was King of England , Scotland , and Ireland , just after the short period ...
Every major city has great galleries, and every country has its national gallery with a few key pieces of major international art of different periods. So it can seem a bit of a cliché to say ...
Written by Philippa Burne, UK, October 2011
There’s just something magical about islands. I’m not sure what it is. I love the sea and I love the idea of solitude, although I doubt I’d like the reality of being Robinson Crusoe. Elba is an ...
Scotland is the home of golf. No matter where the original roots of the game may have sprung from, be it the Romans, the Chinese, the French or even the English, there’s no doubt that the game as we ...
There are few more rewarding ways to uncover Scotland’s myths and legends, than paying a visit to the capital’s Scottish Storytelling Centre. An award-winning public building set on Edinburgh’s Royal ...
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