A taste of Scotland at the Scotch Whisky Experience

A taste of Scotland at the Scotch Whisky Experience

On a night in December 2014 when the weather outside was frightful, I was delighted to be welcomed to the Scotch Whisky Experience, along with a group of travel bloggers for the Edinburgh Travel TweetUp (#EdinTravTweetUp).  The team there made us all very welcome, and had a few surprises for us as they prepared for the 2015 Year of Food and Drink.

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Bring in the New Year in Edinburgh #blogmanay

Bring in the New Year in Edinburgh #blogmanay

It’s been a while since I’ve written about spending New Year in Edinburgh – mainly because we’re usually booked well in advance.  We’re all booked up again this year, so don’t delay if you’re looking to bring in 2016 in Edinburgh.

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Edinburgh’s Green Spaces #EdinHour

We like to participate in the Edinburgh-centric Edinburgh Hour on Twitter  – it’s a good way to connect with others around the city and find out more about what’s going on.  If you’re thinking about visiting Edinburgh, it can be a good opportunity to find out more about local businesses and places to visit or events.  There’s a schedule for each month’s chat, and a theme with questions to keep the conversations flowing.  All you need to join in is to tag your Tweets #EdinHour.

In March 2014, the theme is Green Edinburgh, and we’ve been taking a look at some of our favourite green spaces in preparation for the chat.

Q1. Of Edinburgh’s many miles of traffic-free paths, which one’s best for a great day out, or just getting to work?

We like the Water of Leith Walkway, particularly the section between Stockbridge and the Gallery of Modern Art.

green spaces gallery modern art

From the city centre, it’s also pleasant to walk by the Union Canal from Fountain Park.

A walk by the canal, Edinburgh

Q2. How do you or your organisation reduce, reuse or recycle, what green measures have you taken?

We have a green policy for Craigwell Cottage, and Sandcastle Cottage in Crail.  We help guests by providing re-cycling facilities in the cottage as there is no collection from our historic building.

Q3. Which of Edinburgh’s 145 parks and many green spaces do you love for relaxing, frisbee throwing or finding a quiet corner to read?

We’ve chosen 5 which we’d recommend to our guests visiting Edinburgh:

Calton Hill

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Holyrood Park

visiting holyrood park, edinburgh

Royal Botanic Garden

Glorious colours at the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

Inverleith Park

Inverleith park

Princes Street Gardens

 Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh by 2edinburgh

Q4. Which environmental projects, big or small, have enhanced Edinburgh and what issues do we need to address in the future?

We were happy that the Twelve Monuments Project included repairing the Burns’ Monument on Regent Road as it sits above the garden of Nether Craigwell and we didn’t want it to fall down!

burns Monument edinburgh


We’re eager to see the High School Yards Steps off the Cowgate repaired as they provide a speedy route from the Cowgate up to The Dovecot Studios and the Stag Espresso Café there.  We also like the projects which take care of things like restoring street lights.

Edinburgh Farmers’ Market – every Saturday

Edinburgh Farmers’ Market – every Saturday

Stock up on the best local produce at the regular Farmers’ Market in Edinburgh

With Edinburgh Farmers’ Market on every Saturday throughout the year, our weekend break guests are in for a treat when they stay at Craigwell Cottage. It’s a great place to sample the best of local food and drink, and meet some of the producers to find out more.

You can get to Edinburgh Farmers’ Market by walking up the Royal Mile until you reach the Hub (the HQ of Edinburgh Festival at the start of Castlehill).  Then take Johnston Terrace on your left and continue down until you see Castle Terrace on your right.  You will have walked beneath the south wall of Edinburgh Castle on your route.  You can return there for a visit after you have had breakfast or lunch at the Farmers’ Market.

Farmers' Market every Saturday in Edinburgh

Even if you don’t feel like rustling up a meal while in residence at Craigwell Cottage, you can graze on prime local food at the market itself – breakfast on delicious baked goods, lunch on take-away prime Scottish buffalo burgers or pork rolls, or open up some dressed crab and eat straight from the shell, as we saw some visitors do at this morning’s market.

Scotland has an abundant larder of top quality food, and you’ll find a wide variety on offer each week at the Farmers’ Market.  Check their Facebook page to find out who’ll be there each week.

We enjoyed making a quick lunch by following Andrew Fairlie’s recipe for Cullen Skink (buy smoked haddock and leeks at the market), with bread rolls – there will be lots of different types to choose from.  You can find out which bakers will be there on the website too.

Farmers' Market every Saturday in Edinburgh where you can buy leeks haddock bread

We hope that you enjoy sampling the best local food and drink at the market.  If you go along during your stay, do let us know what you’ve enjoyed and if you have any particular favourites.

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