Hurrah! The warmer weather is finally here. There’s nothing I love more when the temperatures rise to sup a refreshing g&t, so when I was asked a couple of weeks to go on Gin Journey, a brand new gin tour of Edinburgh… well, let’s say I didn’t have to be asked twice!
Tuk Tuk has a pretty awesome reputation in Edinburgh, and for good reason. Its Indian tapas style dining experience is one of the most notable in the city, and it prides itself in serving up authentic Indian food.
When it’s the weekend and it’s sunny and you’re feeling the lazy Sunday vibes, a visit to the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art is a must. Unlike its sisters the National Portrait Gallery and the The Scottish National Gallery, it is a little further out of town, but it’s definitely worth the trip.
As a local, I love showing off my hometown. Like me, Rabbie’s Tours call Edinburgh home and they are just as keen to show visitors around, so they have started up new Rabbies City Tours to do just that.
I’ve been trying to improve my photography game recently so I was really excited to join Will and Chris from Iconic Photo Tours to explore the city a couple of weeks ago.
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!
Mr Bug and I were asked by the folks at Fort Kinnaird if we wanted to try out Chiquito, one of the new restaurants that has opened fairly recently in the complex as part of the big revamp of the shopping centre. Having been before and being fairly impressed by the changes, I was excited to go back and see what else the new food offering had to offer.
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.
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.
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!