A Taste of Scotland at the Scotch Whisky Experience

A Taste of Scotland at the Scotch Whisky Experience

On a night in December 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 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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Robert Louis Stevenson Day – 13 November 2013

Since the first “Previously…Scotland’s History Festival”, the number and range of events being staged to market Robert Louis Stevenson Day has been growing, and this year the events take many forms – from a morning walk to Swanston, to readings of his poetry for children, to afternoon tea and an hour of lively discussion.  My personal choice of events would be to go on the walk at 10:30; followed by a visit to the Writers’ Museum at 2 pm; then a quick sprint downhill to 17 Heriot Row for Afternoon Tea and a Talk; with the day being rounded off by the discussion at the Royal College of Physicians at 7 pm.

This is of course, just the beginning of an extravaganza of exploration into Scotland’s History – what events will you be going along to?

former home of Robert Louis Stevenson

The door to 17 Heriot Row, Edinburgh

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Scotland’s History Festival: Previously…

We’d love to welcome you to Craigwell Cottage if you’d like to spend a short break in Edinburgh during November – an ideal time to come as the city gets ready to celebrate the festive season, with Light Night being on 24 November this year.

Nigel Planer and Ian Rankin at the 2011 History Festival

Nigel Planer and Ian Rankin at the 2011 History Festival

The great indoors – #ScotlandHour November 2013

Wild winds in Edinburgh

Autumn breezes in Edinburgh

This month’s #ScotlandHourTwitter chat is about the Great Indoors: Visitor Attractions & Museums – and of course, a Hallowe’en special.

As the weather turned wild and windy on Sunday during our weekend walk through Inverleith Park after a trip to the Royal Botanic Gardens, we thought “The Great Indoors” was indeed a good theme!

Ideas for the great indoors if you’re heading for a short break in Edinburgh:

  1. Within a mile of Craigwell Cottage, there are so many visitor attractions you can walk to.  In our research for #ScotlandHour, we took a look at the ASVA Website which has a list of Scottish Visitor Attractions which you can search by location.  There were more than 20 within a mile of EH8 8DR  (our postcode).
  2. As the seasons change, there are fabulous opportunities to take advantage of sunny spells in the weather for walks around the city.  The Royal Botanic Gardens has several cafés on-site, which means you can pop indoors, or steam gently in the giant glasshouses while sheltering from the elements.
  3. Find a pub with a cosy fire and enjoy being indoors after your bracing walk.  We found at warm fire and a warm welcome at the Blue Goose Country Pub (opposite the Water of Leith Visitor Centre).  We’re on the lookout for more to recommend.
  4. Sample some real hot chocolate at The Cocoa Tree in Bruntsfield.
  5. Spend a day exploring the National Galleries on the mound and have refreshments at The Scottish Café – a whole day and no need to go outdoors as you walk between the Scottish National Gallery and The Royal Scottish Academy via the Hawthornden Link.

What are your favourite recommendations for visitors to spend time indoors in Edinburgh?