Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland, the seat of the Scottish parliament and government, the largest city by area and the second largest by population in the country.
HOTELS & RESORTS
CAIRN GROUP HOTELS
Situated in the heart of the city, on world famous Princes Street, overlooking the Edinburgh Castle and adjacent to Waverley mainline rail station, the Royal British Hotel provides an ideal venue for the business traveller and tourist alike.
Each of the hotel’s 75 bedrooms is equipped with modern amenities and many of the rooms in this majestic building as well as the Glendale Restaurant and Bar offer stunning views of the Princes Street and Edinburgh Castle which is particularly spectacular at night.
JURYS INN EDINBURGH HOTEL
Jurys Inn Edinburgh hotel, just off the famous Royal Mile on Jeffrey Street, is located in the Old Town and central to much of its beautiful architecture. Whether you’re looking for hotels in Edinburgh for business at the International Conference Centre, or touring Edinburgh Castle and the sights of historic Scotland’s capital, Edinburgh hotel means all your destinations are within easy walking distance.
SHERATON GRAND HOTEL & SPA,Edinburgh
269 guest rooms and suites feature mood lighting, media hubs and the signature Sheraton Sweet Sleeper (SM) Bed. Many guest rooms overlook Edinburgh Castle and are perfect for both business and pleasure.
THE EDINBURGH LITERARY PUB TOUR
The award winning Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour was the first literary tour launched in Edinburgh in 1996! Since then it has carried in excess of 150,000 satisfied customers on a dramatic literary trail across Edinburgh. It is regarded by many as a pioneer in its field, and a “Must-see” cultural attraction in guide books throughout the world.
Princes Street is one of the major thoroughfares in central Edinburgh, Scotland, and its main shopping street. It is the southernmost street of Edinburgh’s New Town, stretching around 1 mile from Lothian Road in the west to Leith Street in the east.
Now in its fourth decade, the Witchery was established by James Thomson OBE, in a historic building at the gates of Edinburgh Castle. At the historic heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town, the Witchery takes its name from the hundreds of women burned at the stake at the stake as witches on Castlehill during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. It is reputed that more witches were put to death on Castlehill during the reign of James VI than anywhere else in Scotland. The area around the Witchery by the Castle remains deep in history.
The Witchery occupies a substantial sixteenth Century building, Boswell’s Court, named after a former resident, James Boswell, the uncle of Dr Johnson’s biographer. It has been in continuous occupation for over four centuries, latterly as committee rooms for the Church of Scotland and as the Rectory of a nearby church. Castlehill has always been at the very centre of Scottish history; The Palace of Mary de Guise, mother of Mary Queen of Scots, stood on the opposite side of the street, a site since home to the Scottish Parliament and adjacent to some of the Witchery’s luxurious suites in historic Sempill’s Court.
A royal residence, a vital stronghold and an iconic structure, Edinburgh Castle is one of the most famous castles in the world. Known by its English name since the invasion of the Angles in 638AD, the first mentions of Edinburgh Castle occurred in 600 AD during Roman Britain, when it was called “Din Eidyn” or “the fortress of Eidyn”.
However, even before the Angles and the Romans, Edinburgh Castle’s location had served as a vital stronghold for centuries. In fact, archaeologists have found evidence of human settlement on the rock on which the castle sits as early as 900 BC, the late Bronze Age. Over the following centuries, Edinburgh Castle continued to play its role as a crucial defensive structure as well as becoming an integral part of Scotland’s history.
SCOTCH WHISKY EXPERIENCE
Located next to Edinburgh Castle, the Scotch Whisky Experience has recently undergone a major £3m tour refurbishment. how the water of life is produced and one of the experienced Tour Guides will take guests through the differences in characteristics between whiskies from the Highlands, Lowlands, Speyside and Islands. Experience the varying aromas and whether you like fruity, sweet or smoky flavours, experts will help you select the perfect dram.Tasting of your selected dram within The World’s largest collection of Scotch Whiskies. There is also a whisky bar stocking over 300 Scotch whiskies and a Scotch Whisky and gift shop.
EDINBURGH HORRORS TOUR
Edinburgh Tours will show you the haunted side of Auld Edinburgh. Horrific Edinburgh tours to Greyfriars’ Cemetery, where you will hear the tear jerking story about the wee dog, Greyfriars’ Bobby.One set of grave robbers was frightened to death and of the Covenanters who were imprisoned, tortured then murdered there.
Enter the locked Covenanters’ prison and the Dark Mausoleum, the most haunted site of them all. Capture on camera the “Sea of Faces” coming through the ancient stonework in the tomb.
THE ROYAL BOTANIC GARDEN EDINBURGH
The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) was founded in the 17th century as a physic garden. Now it extends over four Gardens boasting a rich living collection of plants, and is a world-renowne.
Without plants, there would be no life on earth. RBGE has been growing and studying plants for over 330 years, and so is perfectly placed to help document and conserve the world’s diversity of plantlife.
ROYAL LYCEUM THEATRE
Welcome to the Lyceum, home to one of Scotland’s largest and most successful producing companies. Main output is Season of high-quality drama productions, running from September to May, in the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh.
In addition, we stage a family show every Christmas and productions by the Lyceum Youth Theatre; the Scottish home of the NT Connections national showcase festival of youth theatre; host touring companies and Edinburgh International Festival shows; and we run an ambitious and acclaimed Creative Learning department.
With spectacular events, incredible bands and amazing crowds from every corner of the globe.
EDINBURGH FESTIVAL FRINGE
The Edinburgh Festival Fringe (The Fringe) is the world’s largest arts festival, with the 2012 event spanning 25 days totalling over 2,695 shows from 47 countries in 279 venues.
Established in 1947 as an alternative to the Edinburgh International Festival, it takes place annually in Scotland’s capital, in the month of August. The Fringe is a showcase for the performing arts, particularly theatre and comedy (which has seen substantial growth in recent years), although dance and music are also represented. In 2012, 36% of shows were comedy and 28% theatrical productions. Theatrical productions range from the classics of ancient Greece to William Shakespeare, Samuel Beckett and contemporary works. In 2012, 1,418 shows were having their world premiere.
The Fringe is an unjuried festival – with no selection committee, and therefore any type of performance may participate. The Fringe has often showcased experimental works that might not be invited to a more conservative arts festival. In addition to ticketed, programmed events, the Festival has included a street fair, located primarily on the Royal Mile. The Festival is organized by the Festival Fringe Society, which publishes the programme, sells tickets, and offers advice to performers.
Various Burns Suppers, ceilidhs and similar celebrations take place around the city to celebrate the birth date of Scotland’s National Bard, Robert Burns (1759-96).
2012 is the 53rd anniversary of the birth of Burns.
The ritual of the Burns Supper was started by close friends of Burns a few years after his death as a tribute to his memory.
More than 200 years after Burns there are literally tens of thousands of Burns Suppers organised around the world run not only by ex-patriate Scots, but also by admirers of the famous “ploughman poet”.
The basic format has remained relatively unchanged since the end of the 18th century.
THE ROYAL EDINGBURGH MILITARY TATTOO
The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is an annual series of Military tattoos performed by British Armed Forces, Commonwealth and International military bands and display teams on the esplanade of Edinburgh Castle in the Scottish capital, Edinburgh. The event takes place annually throughout August, as part of the wider Edinburgh Festival (a collective name for many independent festivals and events held in Edinburgh during August).
POINTS of INTEREST.
MUSSELBURGH LINKS GOLFE COURSE
Musselburgh Links was originally seven holes, with another added in 1838 and the full nine-holes coming into play in 1870. The first three holes stretched eastwards from the grandstand at the racecourse, the site of the former clubhouse of the Honourable Company.
To the right is the main traffic route through Musselburgh, onto which the Musselburgh golfers used to slice their shots, then played back to the links using brass-soled clubs. The metal plate on the ‘brassie’ wooden club was invented in Musselburgh in 1885 to deal with such shots.
At the fourth green there still stands Mrs Foreman’s Inn. There used to be a hatch in the wall through which refreshments could be passed to the early golfers
The official world record is documented as: “The Musselburgh Links, The Old Golf Course in Musselburgh, Scotland, UK, is the oldest golf course in the world. Documentary evidence proves that golf was played on Musselburgh Links as early as 2 March 1672 although Mary, Queen of Scots reputedly played here in 1567.”
TRIKE TOURS SCOTLAND
Trike Tours Scotland Ltd was established in 2006, after six years running a successful Brand Development /Marketing company “FUEL BRANDS LTD”. After travelling extensively we recognized a gap in the tourism market in Scotland.
All Chauffeur’s have a full motorbike licence and have at least 5 years experience or more of riding on Trikes or bikes of 1000cc and over.
Described as having found an innovative and thought provoking way to encourage tourists to visit and explore places of interest within Scotland. To target the tourists who want something different & fun. To effectively take people on a premium tour that propels the Scottish scenery into the 21st Century.