A Walk through Literary Edinburgh

Ferguson Statue at Canongate Kirk

Edinburgh is the world’s first UNESCO City of Literature, as it serves up a delicious array of libraries, bookshops, historic authors, literary monuments, and scenic tours. In the 1700s, Edinburgh was the heart of the Scottish Enlightenment, and it gained the nickname “Athens of the North” for its classical architecture and reputation for producing literary and scientific geniuses. Three hundred ... Read Full Article

Edinburgh’s Royal Mile

two handsome pipers on high street with st giles cathedral in the background

Few places in Scotland encapsulate the country’s history, culture, heritage and architecture like Edinburgh’s Royal Mile. Stretching gently down from Edinburgh Castle, curled up like a gigantic stone sleeping dragon at the top end, to the majestic Baroque Palace of Holyroodhouse at its lower end, the Royal Mile is an esplanade to be savoured with a diverse and entertaining series of museums, ... Read Full Article

Best Places to Stay in Edinburgh

23 Mayfield Gardens

Lets have a look at some of the best places to stay in Edinburgh for all sorts of budgets. But, first things first. If you are planning on visiting Edinburgh during the festival months of August and September, make sure you book accommodation in advance. The town is at its buzzing best during these months but finding a last minute room may be next to impossible. Particularly if you are operating ... Read Full Article

The Best Places to Eat (and Drink) in Edinburgh

The Royal McGregor

One of the better lines from the movie, So I Married An Axe Murderer, is when Mike Myers’ character says, “I think most Scottish cuisine is based on a dare.” While certainly not a universal truth, who could argue that the Deep Fried Mars Bar was not the result of a sober conversation.  But, overall, Scottish food gets a bad rap. Edinburgh is not short on culinary delights. Whether you are ... Read Full Article

Magical Edinburgh

The view from atop Arthur's Seat

  Simply put, the Royal Mile never gets old. This famed stretch of cobbled road running through the heart of the Scottish capital is the traveler’s epicenter for all things Edinburgh. Stretching out from the Royal Mile like branches of a river, winding streets and narrow closes all begged to be explored. Even a short walk around Edinburgh will take you past cozy pubs, world-class museums, ... Read Full Article

Best Pubs in Western and Central Europe (well…some of them!)

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  Usually, the thought of a tasty, ice cold brew at the end of a long trek is what keeps even the most intrepid traveler fueled and focused when life on the road gets a little hard going. Thankfully, pretty much everywhere you go in Europe you’re up to your waist in world-class brew, and better yet, a veritable variety of amazing venues in which to relax, unwind and meet great people while ... Read Full Article

Scotland Tourist Information

rob roys grave

  Scotland is the one of the nations comprising the United Kingdom and it is home to some of the country’s best nature preserves and scenic views.    With a few major cities, much of the country has a rustic, rural feel.  The largest city is Glasgow, home to a thriving music scene, whereas its neighbor Edinburgh is the capital and site for the world famous Edinburgh Fringe.  Tourists flock ... Read Full Article

Quick Eats in Edinburgh

baked potato shop

Edinburgh is a city full of life and activity. Given the many attractions and activities available, it can sometimes feel as though there just are not enough hours in the day to take full advantage of ones time in this beautiful city. A resolution to this problem comes from the bevy of options for accessible food choices and quick eats in Edinburgh. Most visitors to Edinburgh have heard of ... Read Full Article

Winter Ice Skating in Glasgow and Edinburgh, Scotland

Glasgow on Ice

Traditional outdoor winter ice skating has soared in popularity in recent years, both amongst children and families, those just wanting to have a go on the ice and, of course, the serious skaters. Each year, special outdoor rinks are installed in various locations throughout Scotland to indulge one's skating passion. Like England and Wales, some excellent outdoor skating venues can be found in ... Read Full Article

Tour Edinburgh’s “Real Mary King’s Close”

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Edinburgh’s Royal Mile is well known for having great views, shops and restaurants, not to mention historic sites like Robert Knox’s House, Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood House. But far beneath the City Chambers building on the High Street is a world long-since abandoned. Across the street from St. Giles’ Cathedral is a small entrance to The Real Mary King’s Close. When the Edinburgh city ... Read Full Article