Things to do

FEATURE – Things to do with kids in Edinburgh

Live in Edinburgh and dreading the next school break already? Visiting Edinburgh with your children? Here’s some of our suggestions that come with our full recommendation. 1. Visit the excellent Camera Obscura on the Royal Mile.  Allow the kids to explore and learn on this very hands-on tourist attraction. Adults will also love the exhibits and […]

Things to do with kids in Edinburgh

FEATURE – 18 places to walk in Edinburgh in 2018

Edinburgh is brilliant for lovers of the outdoors. You don’t even have to leave the city to find some beautiful green spaces to blow the cobwebs away. One of the most striking things about the city is not just the enormous number of parks, but the sheer quantity of people enjoying using them. Here are 18 […]

Edinburgh in the spring

INFO – Dates for Edinburgh’s 2017 Festivals

  Edinburgh Spotlight loves living in ‘Festival City’ and already has all these dates in its 2017 calendar.   International Science Festival  1 – 16 April 2017 The International Science Festival features a host of fun and educational events, lectures and attractions celebrating all things scientific. TradFest Edinburgh 26 April – 6 May 2017 Edinburgh’s […]

By Dave Stewart

Red, Red Rose Street Festival, 21 – 27 January 2017

RED, RED ROSE STREET FESTIVAL PROGRAMME ANNOUNCED Organisers of Red, Red Rose Street today confirmed the full programme of events for Edinburgh’s newest Festival, which will run from Saturday 21 to Friday 27 January 2017, expanding the traditional Burns Night into a week-long celebration of the words and music of the world-renowned Scottish bard. Supported […]

21st - 27th January 2017

Edinburgh Doors Open Days, 24th & 25th September 2016

We love the excellent Doors Open Days held across Scotland. In Edinburgh the doors will be open to the public on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th September 2016. The events are run by the Cockburn Association. Fascinating buildings are opening their doors over the weekend for free. Some will be for the first time, some […]


10 free Edinburgh summer events 2016

Edinburgh has so much going on throughout the year, but in the summer, there are so many events to choose from, it’s hard to fit them all in! Here’s our pick of Edinburgh events not to miss this summer and all of them are free. 1. The Gumball Rally, Sunday 1st May After visiting Edinburgh for […]


PHOTOS – Dean Village, Edinburgh

Dean Village is a beautiful part of Edinburgh which we love exploring. Even though we walk through the tranquil village on a weekly basis, we always seem to spot something new, or take a photo from a different angle. It’s walkable from the West End of town / Princes Street a screen shot of Dean Village is below. Use […]

Dean Village

REVIEW – Iconic Tours (Edinburgh)


Updated July 2015 – Will and Chris now also offer private walking tours and smart phone tours in Edinburgh and around Scotland. December 2015 – We took a night photography workshop tour and loved it (links to full review). I recently took an Edinburgh photo tour with Iconic Tours after seeing their pictures on social media and reading glowing reviews from both […]

Edinburgh Castle through gravestones.

The Real Mary King’s Close

The Real Mary King’s Close is buried deep beneath Edinburgh’s Royal Mile. The city’s deepest secret; a warren of hidden streets that has remained frozen in time since the 17th Century. There is nowhere in the world quite like Mary King’s Close. It can be a strange concept to understand – back in the 1600’s, […]

The Real Mary King's Close

Shetland ponies in Braehead Park

We posted the above photo of the Braehead Park Shetland ponies on our social media channels last week and it was extremely popular. You can also visit them, but please don’t feed them as they’re on special diets to keep them healthy. To get there, head to the Barnton junction, take a right onto Whitehouse […]