Monthly Archives: April 2011

REVIEW – The Edinburgh Pass

Edinburgh Spotlight tests out the Edinburgh Pass The Edinburgh Pass is the top tourist attraction pass for those visiting Edinburgh. We thought we would use our local knowledge and give a shot at cramming in as much as possible to get value for money.         You can buy the pass online, at one of the various Visit Scotland Tourist […]

PHOTO – Views from The Balmoral Hotel, Princes Street

The Balmoral Hotel is a beautiful building that sits at the end of Princes Street.  As Edinburgh residents, we’ve not had the need to stay there, but often wondered what the views from the rooms would be like. We were delighted to be allowed to photograph our surrounds from the Balmoral’s roof today and couldn’t […]

REVIEW – Nelson Monument, Calton Hill, Edinburgh


Magnificent views from Nelson Monument The Nelson Monument is in honour of Admiral Lord Nelson’s victory and death at the battle of Trafalgar on 21 October 1805. The monument was erected in 1807 and stands 30 metres high.  There are 143 steps to reach the top of the public access and a further 27 that […]

EVENT – PickOne weaving classes, Edinburgh

Try out the skill of weaving at local art studio with James Donald James Donald runs hand woven textiles company PickOne.  Using a 32 shaft computerised Louet Megado 130 Loom, he creates some wonderful pieces.  James holds weekend courses for people to try out weaving, which focuses on weaving an individual and wearable scarf.  After a successful […]

REVIEW – Hopetoun House, South Queensferry


Hopetoun House is a grand estate set on the outskirts of Edinburgh.  The 6,500 acres of land is glorious at any time of the year, but extra special when the sun is shining. You can visit the house and gardens, or just the gardens to enjoy one of the nature walks.  The House is open […]

VIDEO – Urban Ducks at Charlotte Square

This pair seemed quite comfortable on the pavement outside Charlotte Square Gardens yesterday! We hope they enjoyed their visit and ended up somewhere safe and more suitable for ducks! Tweet

DAYTRIP – A climb up Berwick Law, North Berwick

We do love to be beside the seaside and a trip to North Berwick beckoned over the long Easter weekend.  It’s a beautiful town with several attractions and beaches worth visiting, but the purpose of this visit, was to climb to the top of Berwick Law which stands at a modest height of 187m/615ft Blessed with […]

DAYTRIP – Culross

Across the water for a day in Culross As much as we love Edinburgh, it’s always nice to escape the city boundaries and explore nearby towns and villages. Our chosen destination for the day was Culross, a former royal burgh in Fife.  Haar prevented us enjoying the Firth of Forth views that you can normally experience, but […]

REVIEW – Malleny Garden, Balerno


Worth the trip to Balerno for this stunning garden Malleny Garden is a National Trust for Scotland property situated in Balerno. This beautiful 400 year old garden is free to enter for those that are members of the NTS, but non-members can pay the admission price of £3.50 into the donation box.  Concession and family […]

FEATURE – My Home Supper Club, Edinburgh

Update June 2011 My Home Supper Club continues to grow in popularity and recently received a glowing review from Edinburgh food blogger, Katey Lee. The next two events at Aoife’s home are sold out, but there’s two coming up in August with perfect timing for those visiting Edinburgh for the Fringe. 6th August – Indian […]