Royal Mile Light Show Held Over Festive Period

Throughout the Festive Period, The Royal Mile in Edinburgh will be transformed into a spectacular light show that will utilise 60,000 lights.

The show which will run from the 30th November – 24th December is sponsored by Virgin Money and Scotland’s Winter Festivals. The event will show twice daily at 6.30pm and 8.30pm. For more information click on this link Royal Mile Light Show

Things to do in Edinburgh

Coming to Edinburgh but not sure what to do? I’d recommend you check out this article: http://ow.ly/RgUXf . Washing your face with the dew from Arthur’s Seat is a must!

Edinburgh as original inspiration for Game of Thrones

Who would have thought Edinburgh was the original inspiration for Game of Thrones. For those of you that have yet to visit Edinburgh this interactive map will give you a perspective of where the various landmarks are situated. Simply click on the link below:

Game of Thrones Edinburgh

Edinburgh Hogmanay Packages Now on Sale!

Our sister group Destination Edinburgh is now selling packages for this year’s Edinburgh Hogmanay Street Party. There is a variety of hotels on offer as part of these packages so why not browse through our selection by clicking on the link below

Destination Edinburgh Hogmanay Packages

Are you a true Scotsman?

At buyakilt.com you’ll find a range of good quality traditional Scottish attire at affordable prices. So why not get into the Scottish Spirit and purchase one today and make your stay in Edinburgh that bit more authentic.

http://buyakilt.com/

 

Savour Edinburgh

Looking for a quick weekend away in Edinburgh? Love food?

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Foodies delight as Edinburgh’s top wine merchants, chefs and food and drink producers come together for an afternoon of tasty exploration at Edinburgh’s Summerhall. Following on from 2014’s sell out eent, Savour Festival welcomes a mix of artisan producers, local restaurants, craft beers, puddings purveyors, gins, mixologists and wine sellers.

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If you’re staying at our apartments already over this weekend why not check out this great event here. Just a short walk from our Southside Apartments.

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Yum!

Hogmanay in Edinburgh, Scotland

A round-up of the biggest New Years Eve celebrations in the World

The Hogmanay festival is a Scottish tradition famous throughout the world. It is when Scots joyously come together to celebrate the previous year and the new, upcoming year. Unlike many parts of the world the celebration is not solely a party for one evening on the 31st December instead the festivities last for days.

Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, is famous for holding the best Hogmanay celebrations in Scotland. Edinburgh hosts the biggest New Year’s Eve party in the world with its Hogmanay Street Party, shutting down the city centre so that thousands of people from all over the world can listen to top musicians, join together in a ceilidh dance, watch the most spectacular of fireworks displays and sing the world’s biggest rendition of Auld Lang Syne.

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The Edinburgh Hogmanay festival actually begins on the 30th December with a torchlight process starting at George IV Bridge and proceeding up to Carlton Hill to watch another magnificent firework display. With many celebrations happening on New Year’s Eve during the day, a real highlight is the Candlelit Concert in St Giles Cathedral, a must-do event.

To shift those hangovers in the morning of January 1st hundreds of people gather in South Queensferry to take part in the Loony Dook which involves diving into the River Forth, in the shadow of the famous Forth Rail Bridge, in a skimpy outfit to raise money for charity, proving that Scots are perhaps the barmiest nation of all.

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This year we totally sold out all our Hogmanay packages, so book early to avoid disappointment. Book from January 5th 2015, to reserve your 2015/16 Hogmanay packages with Glory Days and Destination Edinburgh.

 

 

For further information and other Scottish Hogmanay destination ideas look at:

http://www.visitscotland.com/holidays/seasonal-breaks/hogmanay-breaks

 

New dedicated Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo website

“We are proud to be an Official Travel Trade partner for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo and over 10,000 clients have been with us to this wonderful event and breathtaking City! Always a sell-out event, book your package now to avoid disappointment!”

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Glory Days Ltd have just launched our new dedicated Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo Travel Packages website.

St James Centre’s £850m Revamp

If you thought the trams were the only major changes happening in Edinburgh, you were wrong.  One of Edinburgh’s most popular shopping malls, St James Center, has just been nominated for a complete renovation, estimated to top a cool £850 million!

The St James Centre at the east end of Edinburgh city centre was completed in 1973, but was almost immediately condemned as an “eyesore” by critics and the public alike. The new St James Quarter site will be developed by TIAA Henderson Real Estate who own it, along with the council and The Scottish Government.stj

So what does this mean for the Centre, and more importantly, Edinburgh as a whole?

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “Today’s announcement will transform this area of the capital, creating thousands of jobs and boosting the Scottish economy.  Surrounding areas such as Leith Street, Little King Street and Picardy Place are set for major facelifts including creation of a public transport interchange which would entice more tourists and shoppers to the City.   It is estimated Edinburgh will become of of the top 5 UK shopping destinations, rivaling Glasgow.

Boasting 42,500 square metres of shopping space over three  levels, the development will also include premium office space, an apart-hotel, a theatre and 138 flats with stunning views of the Cityscape. Many new and popular shops are set to join in, among the anticipated arrivals are: Abercrombie and Fitch, Banana Republic, Kenneth Cole, Nike, Muji, J Crew, Ted Baker, Tom Ford, Sephora, True Religion and 7 for All Mankind. The John Lewis building will remain untouched despite construction work which is due to start next year, running until 2021.

Extended car parking space is set to be added also.  With 1800 bays, the new multi-level facility would have space for three times as many cars as the current St James Centre car parks, in a move designed to conveniently accommodate the vast increase in shoppers expected to be drawn to the new shopping and leisure district.

Construction work is expected to start in 2015.

Upcoming Edinburgh Events

There is so much to see and do in Edinburgh just now, it’s jam packed with exciting events! Here are just a few lined up for April:

Until Sunday 20th = Mammoths of the Ice Age at the national Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street

Monday 21st – Saturday 26th = Fame the Musical playing at the Edinburgh Playhouse

Sunday 27th = Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s Chamber Series 13:14 – Baroque Fireworks at Dovecot Studios, Infirmary Street

Until April 27th = Field of light at St Andrews Square, beautiful light based work by British artist Bruce Munro

This is just the start of an action packed summer in Edinburgh.  Lighter nights, longer days, time to enjoy a trip to Edinburgh!