City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland


Edinburgh Trams Counting on Fair Play

City Chamber count GV

The count of votes in a single city centre ward got underway beneath the gilded ceiling and magnificent wood pannelling in City Chambers earlier today with candidates, agents, friends and

Edinburgh City Council Report: How We'll Pay For the Trams

Following the 30th June decision to press ahead with building a curtailed tramline to St Andrew Square, and yesterday's announcement that private company Turner &

Less Than A Quarter of Electorate Vote in Edinburgh By-election

Less than a quarter of the electorate turned out for yesterday's City Centre ward by-election. The seat was narrowly held by the SNP party candidate Alasdair Rankin.

Whither Now For the Forest?

Forest entrance

Freewheeling arts collective The Forest have put out a strongly worded press release expressing how "stunned" they are at the decision to remove them from their venue at the end of the run of the Fringe.

City Centre By-election Topics Dominated by Edinburgh Trams

In the run up to the Edinburgh City Council by-election tomorrow (Thursday 18th August) there have been three main hustings eve

How's Your Festival Going?

Fliering in dressing gown on Middle Meadow Walk

We're around about the half-way mark of the Edinburgh Fringe (if you include preview dates), and I thought it would be a good time to take stock of how this year's Festival is going.

International Festival Announces £8 Ticket Deals

Yesterday being 8th August, or 8/8, the Edinburgh International Festival press office released a cute press release announcing £8 ticket deals for under-26 year olds. Sounds like excellent value, if you qualify (proof of age required).

Pleasance Boss Unveils Plans Ahead

Fringe 2011: Anthony of Pleasance Puts Head on the Line

It was the Pleasance's turn to launch their programme yesterday (Saturday). Walking to the launch in Pleasance Grand theatre you get a real sense of just what an expansive complex the Pleasance Courtyard venue has turned into. 

Over a quarter century of the charity piling back all its profits into its operation means that there are now theatres and bars everywhere at Pleasance Courtyard.

Fringe Previews: C Venues, Gilded Balloon, Bedlam Theatre

Fascinating Aida

Day one of the Fringe: it's been a warm, bright day in Edinburgh today.

Fringe 2011: Just the Tonic and Underbelly Mix It Up

Worbey & Farrell play Für Elise while making cocktail

Fringe minus 1. It's late, and a few hours from now more venues start rolling out their preview shows: Thursday sees previews from C Venues, the Bedlam, Zoo, and the Gilded Balloon to name a few. So I should be in bed.

Tour De Edinburgh Fringe Venues Around Midnight

Arches going up on the high Street

It has begun. The Edinburgh Fringe is upon us. Officially the Fringe doesn't kick off until the 5th August, but there is already a multitude of preview shows on at Gilded Balloon Teviot, The Pleasance, C Venues, Assembly George Square, to name a few of the venues.

Edinburgh Trams Continue their Unabated Waste of Money

It scarcely seems possible that at a time when the Edinburgh tram project is under such scrutiny for its profligate spending, that news emerges that the

Edinburgh Tops Credit Card Expenditure - Forget Edinburgh Trams!

It was reported today that Edinburgh City Council has topped the UK league table for credit card expenditure for public bodies with a sum of £355,000 as an average spend  for each of its 171 cards!   This puts it way top of the league of card expenditure with the next highest being Kent County Council with a meagre £108,400 per card.

George Square's Triple-tented Nostalgia Trip

Spiegel Tent in George Square

With the sun still with us it seemed like an opportune time to investigate the recently erected tented village at George Square.

Half Price Tattoo Preview Tickets On Sale Monday

Pipes and drums at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Half-price preview tickets for the hugly popular Edinburgh Military Tattoo at Edinburgh Castle go on sale tomorrow morning (10am, Monday, 25th July). The preview performance is on the 4th August at 9.30pm.

Crowds Descend on Grassmarket For Jazz Fest Mardi Gras

Jazz Fest 2011: Dancing ladies

The crowds were out for the Edinburgh Jazz Festival Mardi Gras in the Grassmarket today. After weeks of overcast, wet weather, and the recent deluge that, in Morningside, saw flash floods washing cars down the road and pedestrians wading waist-deep up the street, the festival organisers must have breathed a collective sigh of relief that the event was not another wash-out.

Edinburgh Trams - City Council want to increase their committment ten fold!

So far Edinburgh City Council has only put up some £27 million for the ill-fated trams project as all the rest of the money raised thus far - £500 million - is coming from the Scottish Government, that we have all contributed as tax payers.

Rough Gem, Castlehill Garden Open Late July and August

Castle Hill Garden

One of the side-effects of this unusually dreich Edinburgh Summer, is that there have been fewer people meandering around Edinburgh's parks. Take Castlehill garden: I was walking in this rough, unkempt hillscape, smack in the middle of the city under Edinburgh Castle, a couple of evenings ago. The only sign of life, apart from the distant hum of buses on Princes Street, were a few rabbits munching in the undergrowth.

Where are Edinburgh's Cross Pedestrians?

Pedestrian Signal on Queen Street, Edinburgh

In spite of its hills, Edinburgh's compact size lends itself nicely to the pedestrian. Anyone of moderate fitness can walk from one place to another quite easily within Edinburgh's New Town and Old Town and a little more energetic stretch of the legs will transport you beyond the centre to outlying Edinburgh areas such as Leith, Murrayfield, Stockbridge, and Newington.