Things to do

REVIEW – Nelson Monument, Calton Hill, Edinburgh

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 are private.  The viewing platform is […]


REVIEW – Camera Obscura, The Royal Mile


Edinburgh residents and six Australian tourists have a ball at Camera Obscura Edinburgh’s Camera Obscura has a 150 year old observatory with a roving mirror that projects a 360 degree panorama of the city. The rest of the displays and interactive exhibitions drop you into a world of illusion and warped images. Last week, with […]


BOOK REVIEW – City Walks Edinburgh, Margot McMurdo

City Walks Edinburgh, a new book to help you discover the city City Walks Edinburgh is a new book that will help you discover the streets and buildings of Edinburgh. Written by Margot McMurdo, a qualified Blue Badge Scottish Tourist Guide who is highly experienced and locally-based in Edinburgh. There are 15 walks covered in […]

FEATURE – Highlights of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile and Holyrood Park

The Royal Mile runs through the heart of the Old Town and is a must for any visitors to the city. As residents of Edinburgh, we have walked up and down the street hundreds of times over the years, but there is always some small detail that we notice every time we explore the area. […]

PHOTOWALK – Arthur’s Seat and Holyrood Park, Edinburgh

A walk up and around Arthur’s Seat is one of the best free things you can do in Edinburgh   We love Arthur’s Seat and have previously written about  a walk around the extinct volcano and also when it has been covered in snow. Although we regularly walk the circuit around Arthur’s Seat, we decided that in […]


FEATURE – 15 places to walk in Edinburgh in 2015

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’s 15 […]


REVIEW – Our Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh


Our Dynamic Earth is declared a hit by our mini-spotlight members Last week, we took two mini-spotlight members aged 7 and 12 to Our Dynamic Earth. TORRENTIAL rainfall, giant blocks of ice and frozen wasteland… no, not the Scottish summer we’ve just had, but some of the experiences you will encounter on a visit to […]

FEATURE – 10 things to do in Edinburgh (non-Fringe)

We understand that some Edinburgh residents will be less than enthralled at the prospect of the coming weeks with the madness and traffic jams that ensues. Here is our guide to finding some peace in Edinburgh, away from Fringe performers demanding you accept their flyer for a show you have no intention of seeing.  All of our […]

NEWS – Pandas to return to China?

A row has broken out between Edinburgh Zoo and the Panda Goodwill Association of Beiijing, after visiting delegates from the Chinese capital found that Tian Tian and Yuang Guang – the panda pair whose arrival has recently proven so popular with visitors – are suffering due to the unseasonably warm and sunny Scottish weather. Days […]

FEATURE – Visiting the pandas at Edinburgh Zoo

How to visit the pandas at Edinburgh Zoo Giant pandas Tian Tian and Yang Guang moved to Edinburgh Zoo in December 2011. Tian Tian (meaning sweetie) and Yang Guang (meaning sunshine) have been seen by over 100,000 visitors so far. Due to their overwhelming popularity, the zoo has an appointment system in place to visit the […]