Forth Road Bridge 50th Celebrations

This weekend there will round off the celebrations marking 50 years since the Forth Road Bridge opened. In 1964 the bridge opened up the city of Edinburgh to the Kingdom of Fife. However, more importantly, it made the north of Scotland much more accessible for the rest of the UK.

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The marvel of the engineering, is still gawped at by all that travel along it’s 1.6 mile stretch, was the 4th largest Suspension bridge at the time of completion. It is by far the toughest bridge of the 4 having to deal with the harsh Scottish winters and gale force winds!

Saturday the 13th will see Big Country performing and a fire river flowing across the span of the bridge, culminating in a street party in South Queensferry.

Read more at Bbc News

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.

Edinburgh International Festival Fireworks

Everyone loves a good fireworks display, and where better to see one than in Edinburgh………..and not just any old display, but the World’s largest annual Fireworks Concert!  That is some accolade, and one that Edinburgh lives up to and is proud of.  Each year, to celebrate the end of the International Festival, the City hosts a spectacular fireworks display to mark a sensational end to what has been a great month.  Set from Edinburgh Castle as a stunning backdrop it is an event not to be missed.  With the concert to take place this weekend it has inspired us to take a look at some of the best fireworks displays around the world

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-19438742

For details of this year’s end of Festival fireworks concert click here:  http://www.eif.co.uk/virginmoneyfireworks#.U_syImOOqBg

 

Sydney’s New Years Eve Fireworks

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Sydney really knows how to do fireworks in style!  Possibly one of the largest and most spectacular New Year’s Eve firework displays, it really does make for a great start to the New Year

Guy Fawkes Bonfire Night (5th November)

Remember, remember the 5th of November.  The rhyme never forgotten once told.  The day of a series of fireworks across the country, the UK celebrates this to commemorate the day Guy Fawkes, a member of the Gunpowder Plot, had a foiled attempt to blow up the Houses of Parliament.   Most places around the country have displays and it is a lovely

Bastille Day (Paris, France)

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Bastille Day is the French National Day, celebrated on July 14th each year and concluding with a spectacular fireworks display.  With the Eiffel Tower as a backdrop it really does offer an iconic display.

 

Independence Day (America – Macy’s 4th July fireworks spectacular)

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Not to be outdone by competition around the globe, it is inevitable that America would feature in a round up of the top displays around the world.  Known for all things supersized, the 4th July firework displays, and Macy’s in particular, follow suit and will not disappoint!

 

With all this to inspire you, head to Edinburgh this Sunday for 9pm and witness for yourself one of the world’s best firework displays

 

 

 

Lily Allen to headline at Edinburgh’s Hogmanay

Great news for all Edinburgh Hogmanay revellers for 2014/15.  The big announcement for this year is that Lily Allen will headline at the Concert in the Gardens.  It is fantastic news for all of our clients who have booked for this year, and it promises to be a great event as ever.

Bring in the bells Scottish style and join us for the party of all parties!

Click here to read more from the Edinburgh News website

 

 

Panda Tian Tian Expecting, Says Edinburgh Zoo

The news broke today that Panda Tian Tian is expecting a cub! The giant Panda, is displaying signs of pregnancy and all tests have suggested so.

If the news is confirmed this will be the first ever giant Panda to be born in the UK!

Read more about the news on the BBC article below

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-28755460

Visitors to next years Edinburgh Festival may have another attraction to visit at the Edinburgh Zoo.

Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

The Edinburgh Festival is now in full swing, the streets are vibrantly full of exciting sights and sounds. The main spectacle of the festival is of course the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

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The procession features military personal and acts from all over the world. Gillian and Jess from our Edinburgh office attended on Saturday night, the photo’s don’t do justice to how thoroughly they enjoyed the experience.

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The Tattoo runs throughout the month of august and ends each night with a glittering display of fireworks that lights up the Edinburgh night skyline and can be viewed across the city.

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If you haven’t had the chance to take in the Royal Edinburgh Military you really should!

Airport to Apartments, just like that!

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For all our clients arriving in Edinburgh from now – did you know you can catch the tram from Edinburgh Airport to the City? This is the ideal transport for city hotels. If you are staying at our York Place Apartments or Rodney Street Apartments you can get off at the York Pl stop just a five minute walk from the York Place apartments and a 15 minute walk from Rodney Street Apartments

Edinburgh Trams – Destination York Place

As Edinburgh Trams start with magnificent attendances on day 1 (31 May 2014) we look at it from differing views as we are residents of Edinburgh and have therefore endured all the difficulties of the development period, but as a business we are delighted that the trams finish in the City Centre at York Place where our luxury apartments are located making it a great service and experience for all our clients arriving at the Airport.

The article in the Evening News on 2 June 2014 seems to say whilst its been a difficult period for the City the trams really need to be embraced, which as a business we will do so wholeheartedly!

http://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/transport/40-000-ride-edinburgh-trams-in-first-weekend-1-3429969

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!