Rock House

Even though I live in Edinburgh myself, I really enjoy having a nose around the various accommodation options in the city. From 5 star hotels to charming homely holiday lets, I love seeing what the city has to offer. So as you can imagine, I didn’t have to be asked twice when I was invited along to the Instameet at the newly refurbished Rock House!

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Fashioning a Reign at the Palace of Holyroodhouse

2016 marks the year of the 90th birthday of Her Majesty The Queen, which is an important landmark event for Edinburgh. The Palace of Holyroodhouse, her official residence in the city, is marking the occasion by celebrating her 90 years of style with Fashioning a Reign – a special collection that charts The Queen’s life in beautiful outfits worn throughout her life.

The exhibition officially opened on the 21st April, The Queen’s 90th birthday, but I was invited along recently by the Royal Collection Trust to a special private viewing of the display, which I was absolutely delighted to attend.

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Drawing the Royal Mile with Edinburgh Sketcher

Anyone who has been in Edinburgh for any length of time and has a Twitter or Instagram account will no doubt have heard of Edinburgh Sketcher. The talented chap (IRL name Mark Kirkham) has accrued a formidable social media following and enchants folk from far and wide with his unique and charming hand-drawn pictures of the city.

I was excited to hear that he’s teamed up  with Mercat Tours (the same folk who do the Doomed, Dead and Buried Tour)  to offer a special storytelling and sketching tour of the Royal Mile. I’ve been a huge fan of his work as far as I can remember, so when I was offered a place on the tour through my work I absolutely leaped at the chance.

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Loch Ness and the Highlands

I know what you’re thinking. Why is a website about Edinburgh talking about Loch Ness and the Highlands? Well, Edinburgh is a fantastic base from which to explore the rest of Scotland. I’m hoping to show this in my new “A Day Trip to…” series, which will cover some of the top places in this fine country that can be quite easily seen in a day from Edinburgh, and you can be back in the city for dinnertime!

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