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January 27, 2016


EDINBURGH

Jan – Feb MANIPULATE FESTIVAL http://manipulatefestival.org/about/

Contemporary puppetry and animation and physical theatre

 

Feb EDINBURGH MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL http://www.edinburghmountainff.com/aboutus.htm

Promoting adventure through film, lectures and exhibitions

 

March GASTROFEST http://www.sciencefestival.co.uk/whats-on/gastrofest

Food festival

 

April BELTANE FIRE FESTIVAL https://beltanefiresociety.wordpress.com/

Gaelic May Day festival half way between spring and summer

 

July SCOTTISH REAL ALE FESTIVAL http://www.sraf.camra.org.uk/

Scottish ale festival

 

August EDINBURGH FRINGE FESTIVAL https://www.edfringe.com/

Edinburghs famous fringe festival. Performance, comedy, poetry and much more

 

August EDINBURGH MILITARY TATTOO http://www.edintattoo.co.uk/

Miliatary tattoos performed by people from 48 different countries

 

September RIDING OF THE MARSHES http://www.edinburghridingthemarches.co.uk/

Over 250 horses culminate in riding from The Royal Mile to the Mercat Cross

 

October SAMHAIN FIRE FESTIVAL https://beltanefiresociety.wordpress.com/samhuinn-fire-festival-2014/

Traditional event celebration at the time that we now call Halloween

 

December HOGMANY http://www.edinburghshogmanay.com/

New years as the Scots do it!

 

GLASGOW

Feb GLASGOW FILM FESTIVAL http://www.glasgowfilm.org/festival/gff_information

Film festival

March 2016- Jan 2017 MOMENTS IN HISTORY, BRITISH MEDALS http://www.gla.ac.uk/hunterian/visit/exhibitions/exhibitionprogramme/momentsinhistory/

Exhibition of war medals

 

March 2016-17 AYE WRITE! GLASGOW BOOK FESTIVAL http://www.ayewrite.com/Pages/default.aspx

Celebrating Scottish authors, books and poetry

 

April GLASGOW RESTAURANT FESTIVAL http://glasgowrestaurantfestival.co.uk/

Celebrating Glasgows Restaurants

May GOUROCK HIGHLAND GAMES http://www.gourockhighlandgames.org.uk/

Traditional Highland Games

May CARMUNNOCK HIGHLAND GAMES http://www.carmunnockgames.org/

Traditional Highland Games

June BEARSDON AND MILNGAVIE GAMES http://www.bearsdenmilngaviehighlandgames.com/about-the-games/

Traditional Highland Games

June SHOTTS HIGHLAND GAMES http://www.shottshighlandgames.org.uk/

Traditional Highland Games

June LESMAHAGOW HIGHLAND GAMES http://www.lesmahagowhighlandgames.com/index.asp

Traditional Highland Games

June GLASGOW SCIENCE FESTIVAL http://www.glasgowsciencefestival.org.uk/

Science Festival

 

July – August MERCHANT CITY FESTIVAL http://www.merchantcityfestival.com/Pages/default.aspx

Multi arts street based festival in Glasgows Merchant City

 

August WORLD PIPE BAND CHAMPIONSHIPS http://www.theworlds.co.uk/Pages/home.aspx

Pipe band championships hosted this year in Glasgow

 

November EUROPEAN CURLING CHAMPIONSHIPS http://www.worldcurling.org/european-curling-championships-2016

Olympic sport of curling comes to Glasgow for 2016 European championships

 

 

DUNDEE

All year CRAFT SUNDAYS @DCA http://www.dca.org.uk/whats-on/workshops/craft-workshops

Selection of craft workshops each Sunday from screen printing to book binding to digital video editing

 

Jan – March SCOTTISH SNOWBELL FESTIVAL http://www.barnhillrockgarden.org.uk/

amongst other venues also close by

Enjoy the entering change of season with  selction of beautiful walks through idyllic Scottish surroundings

 

Feb DESTINATION SPACE SHOW http://www.dundeesciencecentre.org.uk/local/events/event.php?eventgroupID=53&categoryID=9

Explore what life is like for a space crew

 

Feb – March DRY SLOPE SKI/SNOWBOARD LESSONS http://www.ancrum.com/activities/dry-slope-skiing

Dry slope snowboarding and skiiing lessons

 

Feb – April SKI TOURING http://www.ancrum.com/activities/ski-touring

Learn how to ski in the great outdoors in the Scottish mountains

 

Feb – April ALPINE SKIING http://www.ancrum.com/activities/alpine-skiing

Alpine skiing adventure in Scotland

 

May IGNITE DUNDEE http://www.ignitednd.co.uk/

Celebrating the creativity of Dundee through a programme of exhibitions, performances, workshops and more.

 

June STRATHMORE HIGHLAND GAMES http://www.strathmorehighlandgames.co.uk/

Highland games

 

June THE ANGUS SHOW http://www.theangusshow.com/index.php

Angus cattle and horse show

 

August ABROATH SEA FESTIVAL http://www.arbroathseafest.co.uk/

Celebration of fine food and the sea

October – November DUNDEE FILM FESTIVAL http://www.dca.org.uk/

Film festival

 

All Year INDOOR CLIMBING CENTRE http://www.averticalworld.co.uk/#_=_

Try climbing whatever the weather!

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October 1, 2015


 

Having spent a good chunk of time in Glasgow for various events in the past I developed a certain affinity for the city. It’d been a good few years since my regular visits to Glasgow and I felt a certain calling to revisit again. Upon remembering Edinburgh Fringe was on the call for a visit to Glasgow came louder. Only an hour commute on the train and in off peak hours costing just over £12 round trip it’s a logical choice giving you the opportunity to enjoy two great Scottish cities.

I’ve wanted to go to Edinburgh fringe since I knew what it was but costs and not thinking about it until the last minute meant not being able to find somewhere affordable to stay. Now is the time to start thinking about next year and who knows I might have to throw myself into the hustle and bustle and stay in Edinburgh for a night or so next Fringe. But having pined for Glasgow it was there I needed to be based.

At first on driving into Glasgow it can seem like a bit of a grey city in comparison to Edinburgh’s quaintness, however this I assure you is not the case. There’s a lot of grandeur and majesty and yet still a down to earth gritty northern spirit

Transport to Glasgow from many areas of the UK is bountiful. Whether it be plane, train or automobile. We travelled up from Leeds and if you have the time would recommend the drive, cutting through the lakes and driving by Hadrian’s wall made the slightly delayed arrival much more worthwhile.

Chose the Malmaison to stay in with its nice central location and ease of access to train station. Amongst the many high quality central hotels to choose from. A short walk down the hill we found the Grill on the Corner However after the 6 hour drive a leg stretch was much required so we took a stroll and soaked up the great Glaswegian atmosphere, on our ambling we happened across a pub with possibly the largest selection of whiskey I’ve ever seen in such a small place. The Pot Still has that homely and welcoming small local pub vibe, with a large selection of ales both on draft and in bottle and traditional pies such and haggis and macaroni to boot. But ready for a more substantial dining experience after enjoying refreshment we continued to amble on our way. An excellent wine selection and good selection of steak cuts, however not the best place if you have vegetarian diners with you.

Awakening in the morning to a rather interesting BBC UK weather report informing us the weather f or the UK would be rain everyone we decided a warm and substantial breakfast was needed and after fueling up, bundled up in cosy clothes and braved the rain whilst making the short stroll to the train station. Strolling through Glasgow in the rain didn’t take away from its magnificence, almost bringing a refreshment to the old statuesque buildings. In true British style before we’d even completed our short train journey the sun was out and the rain drops had disappeared (you can never be too prepared in this country- layers are key!). Edinburgh has always been a busy tourist hub and the Fringe festival made it even more so. Paper recycling point would be useful though as it doesn’t take long to collect your body weight in flyers with the massive influx of information of shows and performances and various events happening, it’s not about being in a rush. Take time, walk slow, take it in and then go sit down with a beverage and your newly gained vast amount if literature and digest the information and options. With a vast range of both free and pay to see events and shows from comedy to poetry slams to talks on social change and society. Laughter maybe the best medicine but it’s always good to have food for thought.

And an appetite is certainly what you get with all that visual and mental stimulation and who thought laughter could make your belly rumble. Prices are slightly increased because of the festival in a lot of places but there’s still plenty of affordable options. As we were making a full day of it decided to have our big meal at lunch and get fueled up for the day. To be in Scotland and not have at least one whisky would be bad manners so we tested a whisky flight with our late lunch. Having a ‘flight ‘of drinks is always a good way to try beverages in our modern pub and bar atmosphere. We had a selection of 4, one from each of the main whisky making areas. The staff were really knowledgeable about all the selections and helped point us in the right direction. Being right on the Edinburgh mile Whiski it was great still soaking up the action whilst having a kick back and good conversation. The food menu had a great selection for both meaties and veggies alike with a super delicious vege haggis and a melt in the mouth venison.

On one of the great things about Edinburgh Fringe is it’s really an event for everyone be you a family, a group of friends or even a lone traveler the Fringe has a lot to share and show. The Edinburgh book festival also happened to be on at the time and added another level to the crowds.

Trains run late as close to midnight however the last train between Edinburgh and Glasgow ( or in fact any last train from most cities worldwide) tends be be jam-packed so id recommend planning departure earlier, though a pre booked taxi or chauffeur service if you wanted to stay later wouldn’t be unfeasible.

Taking one last stroll in the morning sunshine to say goodbye to Glasgow was what felt like a way too early departure and the contrast between the craze of colours and information sounds and smells in Edinburgh made Glasgow seem somewhat tranquil and rather comforting. So it was with a heavy heart that we departed Glasgow feeling like we hadn’t got to appreciate its true embrace, but hey that just means we’ll have to go back for more! And if memory serves me correctly Glasgow gets quite magical towards Christmas so keep your eyes peeled.

 

 

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Edinburgh, one of the United Kingdom’s most famous cities. Steeped in history and beauty. Several days could be spent just walking around this majestical city before even considering activities to do.

With regular trains from all key cities in the UK, Edinburgh is easy to get to. The scenery makes the short journey even pleasurable.

Having taken advantage of an early morning train was fantastic arriving into the city with a full day ahead to embrace. After a brief taxi journey to our temporary home The Murrayfield Hotel for the next few days we then ventured out back into the city centre making use of Edinburgh’s fantastic public transport system. With a day rider costing only £3.50 and this giving you use of the trams and the buses out to the coast and nearly as far as the airport the other way one thing you certainly can’t complain about is value for money – do remember to have change though as the bus drivers can’t give change, however this is no problem on the trams as you can pay cash or card just make sure you do this before hopping on to prevent a fine.

Decided to have breakfast in the city centre to make to most of our first day there. So after checking in and getting settled into the room we certainly had rumbling bellies. The City Cafe was recommended by the hotel receptionist and as this had been on my list of go to places I thought why not give it a try. We certainly weren’t disappointed with a full large Scottish breakfast with tea or coffee coming in at only £8.00 and having a vegetarian option (complete with veggie haggis) the rumbly bellies soon became stuffed ones. If you’re feeling in the holiday spirit you can even get a jug of beer to have with your late breakfast. Decorated in a ‘diner’ style that was funky but not over the top. Black and white tiled floor and booths with red sparkly tables it creates a nice atmosphere without feeling clichéd.

Much of the first day was spent acclimatising, it had been years since I’d last been in Edinburgh and my return instantly made me wish we’d been able to stay longer. Plenty of shopping available whether its boutique or charity shop chic all tastes are covered for be it budget or bling. We walked up to Edinburgh castle and although we didn’t go on the tour the view available from the top were stunning and well worth the stroll up the Royal Mile, watching the changing of the guards was also a worthwhile cultural treat.

All that walking sure leads to a thirsty pallet so on our walk back to the bus a stop off at The Mitre Bar was most welcome. A lovely relaxed traditional city centre pub with a slightly older but friendly crowd.

One of the many compliments I can give The Murrayfield is the quality of not only the service but also the food. A lovely continental selection plus cooked options we were spoilt for choice. This gave me a good standing for the afternoon of viewings ahead

Just one house down from the Murrayfield Hotel is Murrayfield House, recently renovated to a high standard the quality still is maintained between the two buildings whilst providing a unique and specialised experience. The Murrayfield hotel has recently undergone renovations in the majority of its rooms and although we weren’t staying in a recently renovated room the room didn’t look tired and was still up to the standard you’d expect.

The G1 group owns several venues and hotels in Edinburgh and it was great to see this diversity within the range. From the stunning traditionally Scottish Ghillie-dhu which offers a relaxed bar type menu in the day with a set menu also being available in the evening. With private booths and cosy snooks it’s a great place to gather with friends or family. Upstairs the amazing auditorium space is breath taking and steeped in history including the organ from when it was originally a church many moons ago.

Next on route a short stroll away was the The Grassmarket hotel a lovely hotel right in the Grassmarket with the rooms decorated with Edinburgh magnetic maps on the walls so you can plan your visit and the rather quirky touch of a Beano instead of a bible in each room. The Grassmarket has a young and funky edge, perfect for those who like things a bit different but still with an air of class.

Stay Central is a much younger crown, quality hasn’t been exchanged for fun but it’s very much targeted to big groups going away together and the younger ‘backpackers’ clientele but with a bit more style and panache. One room even sleeping 9 and having treats such as ping pong table, dart board and flat screen TV’s with each bed as well as a stocked fridge, if you really want to treat yourself they can also arrange hot tub hire for this room.

The final stop was The Inn on the mile and just over the road from our finishing point the previous day of The Mitre Bar. A recently refurbished hotel, is the small boutique style jewel in the crown of what’s to offer. With a pub underneath and 8 bedrooms upstairs this provides right slap bang in the centre accommodation. By this time bellies were rumbling and we headed back to the hotel to freshen up for the evening. Deciding to venture back into the centre as a couple places on Grassmarket had caught my eye earlier on in the day. Now normally I like to have a traditional dining experience of wherever I’m at but we found ourselves in a lovely Italian bistro Gennaro, it was too late to enjoy the outside seating however the restaurant itself provided a lovely cosy and relaxed bubbly atmosphere. I like a kick to my food so was really pleased when I asked for some extra chilli they had a selection of options from homemade oils to dried chillies and sauces – I like a spicy option! The walk back to the late night bus on a warm Edinburgh evening was beautiful and with buses running all night getting a taxi isn’t a worry. One thing I will definitely try next time I’m back is Edinburgh’s rickshaws or pedicabs as they’re also known and we met two ‘pedicabbers’ in training, what a relaxing way to see the city though not for your ‘driver’, I’m not sure I could do those hills on one, so good on ‘em!

The last day was taking slightly easier, using the great new tram system to get into the city centre from the hotel which like the buses takes a very short time and is also a walkable distance. Though you will get mixed views from the locals as to whether they like the trams or not. Strolling up the royal mile was lovely and brought many lovely memories back from previous visits. Though we didn’t experience the tour of Edinburgh castle we did appreciate its magnificence and were lucky enough to be there for the changing of the guards, there’s something also about hearing bag pipes and being on top looking over Edinburgh that makes the experience somewhat magical. With Camera Obscura only slightly down the hill we decided on that as our next experience. Camera Obscura is an amazing experience, not only stunning views of Edinburgh but many mind bending optical illusions that really made you think and what’s great is you can go and come back so we nipped to The Jolly Judge for a lovely spot of pub grub and then went back to finish enjoying camera obscura. The menu is simple toasties, sandwiches and soups and a great selection of ales (some of the best homemade soup I’ve ever had) We enjoyed both the food and ale greatly and coming in at well under £20 for the two of us, who could complain.

It was now time to collect luggage and make our return journey however with the transport system working so well we found ourselves with a little extra time on our hand so thought it would be rude not to stop in and experience The Brewdog Brewery Bar. The staff have an extensive knowledge of the products and even have influence on new brews that are made. It’s a funky place but somewhere good for an after work drink, taking someone on a date a night out with the friends or even the family, they also do a selection of hot bar food to help you soak the beer up if the ale flights of delight can’t help you make your decision.

This brought a somewhat sad end to our journey in the time we’d been there both had really fallen in love with the city, to the point of considering moving! So I encourage you to go embrace Edinburgh and trust me what I’ve shared with you is only the tip of the iceberg

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