In his introductory discussion of ‘A Military History of Scotland’ Edward Spiers was careful to point out that the book in question, some 900 pages in length, weighty in both senses and costing £150 was neither ‘definitive’ nor ‘comprehensive’, as a number of journalists had claimed.
Historic Scotland presents its third annual Community Fun Day and Dog Show aimed at all the family.
After a 40 year absence, the Portobello Regatta returned to Edinburgh's local seaside resort of Portobello in 2010. The annual race sees five person rowing boats competing over a 1.6 mile triangular course off Portobello promenade. The races start and end on Portobello beach, between Bath Street and Bellfield Street.
The low pound and the staycation trend in Britain continues to serve government heritage agency Historic Scotland well with attractions seeing unprecedented visitor numbers.
The new Photography Gallery in the recently refurbished Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh, has been named after Robert Mapplethorpe, the provocative American photographer who died of AIDS in 1989. The National Galleries of Scotland (NGS) said that the Robert Maplethorpe Foundation is giving a total of $300,000 (£190,000) over the next three years towards "innovative displays, exhibitions, research and related publications" in the purpose-built photography space.
During 2012, the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth will celebrate the Diamond Jubilee (including a public holiday coming up on 5th June) marking 60 years since Queen Elizabeth II acceded to the throne.
To commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, a special exhibition, "Treasures from The Queen's Palaces" is at the Queen's Gallery, Edinburgh until 4th November 2012.
This is a fascinating selection of paintings, portraits, jewels, books, bronze sculptures and furniture carefully sourced from nine Royal Residences.
The Edinburgh Riding of the Marches is a traditional event that sees horseback riders riding en masse from the outskirts of Edinburgh to the high street in the city centre. There are limited spaces for riders, but spectators are welcome.