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  1. Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival

    Enjoy a dram? Appreciate good food? Know great scenery when you see it? Then there is one place in Scotland you have to be in spring, and that is the world famous and world class Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival. I’m writing this as I swirl in the vortex of its nefariously fun mayhem and I’d like to heartily welcome…

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  2. Paisley Abbey & Town Hall © John Cooper

    Paisley – A True Cultural Colossus

    Paisley for me has always been an unusual place. Unusual in a good way – as Scotland’s largest town has always felt more like a city. Ever since the days when I passed through as a wee boy – heading from Glasgow to the Firth of Clyde ferry ports – Paisley has felt vital and important. It came as no surprise to…

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    Foxlake Outdoor Festival 2017

    Love getting active outdoors? Love great music? Love top notch comedy? If it’s yes to all three then you will absolutely love East Lothian’s Foxlake Outdoor Festival. Last year’s inaugural event was hugely successful, and this year’s promises to be bigger and better than ever. In short Foxlake Adventures is Scotland’s first cable wakeboarding park. It also has the UK’s…

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  4. Santa’s Grotto (c) Lloyd Smith

    5 Reasons You Have to Visit Edinburgh’s Christmas

    Everyone knows all about Edinburgh’s world famous Hogmanay celebrations. This nefarious party swirls through the capital for days on end and is a massive draw for Scots and overseas visitors alike. But what about Christmas in the Scottish capital? Have you even heard of Edinburgh’s Christmas? Edinburgh’s Christmas as an event is a much more recent creation than the Hogmanay extravaganza,…

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  5. Marion, Mohammed and Guisers © Scottish International Storytelling Festival

    Scottish International Storytelling Festival

    Everyone loves a good story and this October there will be even more stories swirling around the Scottish capital than normal. This UNESCO City of Literature will be bursting with creativity and narratives as the Scottish International Storytelling Festival explodes into town. This literary extravaganza – which has been running since 1989 – will bring a wealth of stories to Edinburgh’s ancient…

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  6. © Edinburgh Oktoberfest

    Say Prost to Edinburgh’s Oktoberfest!

    Love a party? Love German beer culture, but cannot afford the time and expense of a trip out to Munich for Oktoberfest? Well don’t despair, as help is at hand in the shape of Edinburgh’s very own Oktoberfest. Edinburgh Oktoberfest 2016 will see a riot of German beer, food and music bring in flagons of Bavaria to the Scottish capital…

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  7. Top Tips for Families in the Festival City

    It’s that time of year again when the world’s biggest festival rampages its way through colourful streets of the Scottish capital. It is not really just one festival, but rather the Edinburgh Festivals, a rich collage of family friendly entertainment. We’ve just been in to preview a few of the top family shows. Festivals City There is a mass of choice…

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  8. Linlithgow Palace © Robin McKelvie

    McEwan’s Party at the Palace

    Scotland these days boasts myriad festivals at a range of dramatic venues. There are no more dramatic places to catch a festival, though, than Linlithgow Palace. This ancient seat of the Stuart kings, birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots, is one of Scotland’s most spectacular historic sites and this summer it’s playing host to that most family friendly of festivals,…

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  9. How to get the most out of this year’s T in the Park

    It’s that time of year again when Scotland’s biggest music festival – and for me still the best in the country – bashes into Perthshire. I try to go every year and if you’ve not been for a few years I’d recommend you head there again. T in the Park today is a very different event to the first one,…

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  10. Highlights of our #Blogmanay 2015/2016 Theme Week

    We hope you all had a great Hogmanay 2015 and New Year’s Day. We wish you all the best for 2016. Thank you for joining in with our #Blogmanay theme week. Here are some photo and video highlights. Slainte! [View the story “#Blogmanay was great!” on Storify] Looking for travel info on the go? Check out our brand new mobile website….

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  11. Loony Dook – World’s Craziest New Year Event in Photos

    These days Edinburgh’s Hogmanay is a world famous, multi-day fiesta that offers myriad events. None are more fun – and certainly none are more wacky – than the legendary Loony Dook. I live in South Queensferry so I have been to countless Loony Dooks, but each year I still have to do a double take when over a 1,000 hardy…

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