City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland


A Festival Feast at the (rather posh) Pommery Champagne Bar

Just beyond the trail of tourists, buskers, actors and acrobats on the High Street, there's rather a posh place to escape the madding crowd for an hour or two. Beside St.

Photos Show Edinburgh Tram Works "On Schedule"

Tram works July '12 - Edinburgh Airport

Edinburgh Council has released a series of images showing that Edinburgh's troubled tram appears to be taking shape, with track being laid in the city ce

Fringe Feelings

Fringe Benefits

 Well it's the second day of pre-fringe previews and like every Fringe the streets are filled with characters, images and weirdos. You name it, it's out there.

Preview Day on the Fringe

2012 Fringe Images 1

 Well it's the 1st August and for many acts on the Fringe preview day. Tech shake downs, polishing of timing and general ironing out of glitches. Let the chaos commence.

Picasso & Modern British Art Exhibition Comes To Edinburgh

Picasso's Three Dancers

Pablo Picasso was a colossus bestriding the 20th century art world, but British collectors were slow to recognise his importance. The Tate didn't  purchase a Cubist Picasso until 1949, decades after the artist's pioneering work in Cubism.

Recommend a Fringe 2012 Show

The Fringe is upon us. The hordes are flooding in. Promoters and venue managers have been working through the night to get their venues set up.

Assembly Says Wear a Kilt Get In Free

Assembly is promising members of the public who come to Communicado's Tam O’Shanter at Assembly Hall at noon dressed in a kilt will receive a free ticket for the Fringe show.

Edinburgh Trams - the "gravy train" uncovered!

What Edinburgh City Council doing sending a team of tram fact finders half way round the world to Melbourne?

"Taste" Cancels as Flooding Hits Edinburgh

July in Edinburgh, and residents are cleaning up after after torrential rain turned roads into rivers and fields into swimming pools (see fo

Watch Andy Murray In Wimbledon Final in 3D

Festival Square tennis

So Andy Murray made a little bit of tennis history with his (6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5) victory over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga yesterday. Murray became the first Brit to make the Wimbledon's men's singles final since Bunny Austin in 1938 (for the women we don't have to go so far back as Virginia Wade took the women's singles title in 1977).

Free Festival Parking for Edinburgh Motorists

Parking in the city centre will be free from 5pm during this Summer's Edinburgh Festivals, from 6 August until 1 September.

Top Wildlife Photography Show Opens at Botanic Garden

Pine Marten

A new exhibition of nature photographs by 20 top British photographers is now on show at the Royal Botanic Garden.

Wimbledon and Sport Taster Sessions at Festival Square

Crowds watch Andy Murray at Wimbledon

After Andy Murray's hard-earned win against Spain's David Ferrer at Wimbledon today, tennis fans will no doubt be planning time off to see if the Scottish tennis star can shower himself in more glory when he takes on France's Jo-Wilfried Songa (a 4th seed vs 5th seed) this Friday afternoon.

July Folk Fest Fun at Scottish Storytelling Centre

July Folk Fest at Storytelling Centre

After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.” -- Philip Pullman

Edinburgh's Town Centres Team On Award Shortlist

Bruntsfield - from top of a bus

Given the monstrous mismanagement of the Edinburgh trams project, and all the accompanying pain the saga has brought citizens over the years, it's sometimes a surprise to learn that actually parts of our local authority are quite respected by their profession.

Edinburgh Book Festival Tickets Go On Sale

Edinburgh Book Festival Gardens

As tickets go on sale, a quick look at some of the highlights of the Edinburgh Book Festival which in 2012 features 800 authors in 750 events, including the ambitious Edinburgh World Writers Conference.

EIFF 2012 Best of the Fest Screenings

Toby Jones in Berberian Sound Studio

The Edinburgh Film Festival Best of the Fest programme has now been announced for Sunday 1 July.

Edinburgh Trams - Council Officials Conceal Figures for the Real Epidemic

The recent Legionella outbreak in the SW of Edinburgh has so far claimed two deaths and has been made front page news in the national press, radio and TV.   What the public is not be

EIFF Blog: "It's Almost Like Last Year Didn't Happen"

EIFF director Chris Fujiwara with Gomez

EIFF artistic director Chris Fujiwara is ubiquitous. He's maintaining a daily blog with commentary on the festival, offering up recommendations via YouTube, while trying to be everywhere on the ground for guests, delegates, and audiences alike. There he is at the Filmhouse with Tabu director Miguel Gomes (above). And there he is again in another guise at the Traverse on Sunday night, playing bass in a 90-minute concert with his Philippine band The Brockas.

Film Festival Freebies and Competitions

I'm usually one of the last people to find out about film festival freebies and competitions, but if you haven't had your head stuck in the film festival these last few days then here's a couple of