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    Edinburgh – a brief overview

    Arguably one of Europe’s most beautiful cities and almost certainly the most architecturally arresting in the UK, Edinburgh is a multi-levelled marvel. Climb up to the top of the castle, wander the Royal Mile and spend a day exploring the UNESCO-protected Old and New Towns. Duck into a whisky tasting, clamber up Arthur’s Seat for a taste of rural Scotland on the city’s doorstep or just kick back in any one of the town’s superb pubs.

    Visit in August and you’ll be treated to one of the world’s biggest cultural events, the Edinburgh Festivals, when comedy, literature and film fans are in raptures.

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    24 Stunden in Edinburgh: Schottisch snacken

    10:30 a.m. – Cake with a twist

    155 West Port
    EH3 9DP Edinburgh
    Scotland
    United Kingdom
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    The only way to start the day in Edinburgh is with a hearty breakfast – whether you’re a local or tourist. That’s why we begin our day in the Scottish capital with a leisurely feast in Lovecrumbs Café. To accompany the best flat whites in the city, owners Hollie and Rachel serve scones, croissants and cakes – all made from locally sourced organic ingredients.

    If you think the menu sounds boring, think again! Rachel and Hollie have perfected the art of “swoop cake swirls” and lavish a swirly topping of cream cheese on their baked delicacies, which include coconut and beetroot cake, peanut butter chocolate tart and passionfruit meringue pie with. Mmmh!

    11:30 a.m. – The castle beckons

    Castlehill
    EH1 2NG Edinburgh
    United Kingdom
    Tel: (0131) 225 9846
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    After two slices of cake for breakfast, a walk up to the castle is a good opportunity to work off those extra calories. The ascent to Edinburgh’s landmark hilltop fortress involves climbing many, many well-worn steps, but once you reach the top of Castlehill, you are rewarded by a fantastic view over the Scottish capital and beyond, to the surrounding countryside and the sea.

    But it’s also well worth taking a look inside Edinburgh Castle, which is an extensive complex comprising several museums and galleries as well as some exquisitely renovated buildings, chapels and vaults. With a little luck, visitors to the city in August may just be able to get hold of tickets for the Edinburgh Military Tattoo Festival. The month-long event hosts performances by military bands and Scots folk musicians – and bagpipes, of course, feature heavily.

    02:30 p.m. – Scots-style snack

    34 Victoria Street

    Grassmarket
    
EH1 2JW Edinburgh
    Scotland
    United Kingdom
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    After taking in so much history, art and culture, it is now high time for a typical Scottish snack. Luckily, there’s an Oink snack bar just a stone’s throw away from Edinburgh Castle. We follow the locals’ lead and order a hog roast roll with onions, rosemary and apple chutney.

    The place is tiny so small groups soon gather outside the window, munching happily, and people soon get talking – typically Scottish. Our tip: Take out a roll to keep you going as you tour the city.

    03:00 p.m. – The mountain beckons

    Queen’s Drive
    Holyrood Park
    EH8 8HG Edinburgh
    United Kingdom
    Tel +44 0131 652 8150
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    Arthur’s Seat – 251 meters high and Edinburgh’s tallest point – is located roughly 1.5 kilometers east of the city center in Holyrood Park. From the top, you have an impressive 360° view across all of Edinburgh and as far as the southern Highlands, the Southern Uplands, East Lothian and the Forth Bridge, which spans the Firth of Forth.

    But before the view comes the climb to the top, roughly an hour’s tramp along more or less paved tracks. You won’t regret the exertion. Promise! And did you remember to pack provisions? Now would be the perfect moment to enjoy a hilltop snack.

    07:00 p.m. – Pasta for peak climbers

    Jamie's Italian
    The Assembly Rooms
    54 George Street
    Edinburgh
    Scotland
    United Kingdom
    Tel. 
+44 131 202 5452
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    Knees still weak from the climb up to Arthur’s Seat? Pasta is the answer! Some of the best in the city can be had at Jamie’s Italian in the stylishly refurbished Assembly Rooms. With its lofty stucco ceilings, red walls and upholstery, golden chandeliers and oodles of industrial charm, this is the perfect place to start the evening.

    But first: food! Aside from Mediterranean antipasti and nibbles, the menu includes modern takes on traditional steak dishes, pasta – of course – as well as Jamie Oliver drinks and mouthwatering desserts. A really inviting restaurant, where diners tend to linger longer.

    11:00 p.m. – Music time

    The Liquid Room

    9c Victoria Street

    EH1 2HE Edinburgh
    Scotland
    United Kingdom
    Tel. +44 131 225 2564
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    The vaults, pubs and clubs of the Liquid Room have something for everyone, whether it’s an after-dinner nightcap, your favorite band doing a live gig or a night on the dance floor. Internationally acclaimed DJs and local newcomers spin the discs here, and the stage belongs equally to indie bands and some of the big names in hip hop. And best of all: Everyone comes together for a beer at the bar on the ground floor. Cheers!

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    Edinburgh Castle

    Castlehill
    EH1 2NG Edinburgh
    United Kingdom
    Tel: (0131) 225 9846
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0930-1800

    High up on Castle Rock, this Edinburgh fortress dates back to the second century. Most of the current buildings were constructed in the 16th century, although the 12th-century St Margaret’s Chapel is the oldest building in the city. It’s Scotland’s most popular tourist attraction, and for good reason.

    New Town

    New Town
    Edinburgh
    UK
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    A masterpiece of Georgian town planning, Edinburgh’s New Town was developed throughout the 18th and 19th centuries. Today its gorgeous townhouses play home to the city’s great and good, as well as a string of superb bars and restaurants.

    Old Town

    Old Town
    Edinburgh
    UK
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    Medieval and early modern architecture proliferates in this UNESCO-listed part of Edinburgh. Wander the narrow, winding alleys and take in majestic St Giles’ Cathedral and the long sweep of the Royal Mile.

    Edinburgh Zoo

    134 Corstorphine Road
    EH12 6TS Edinburgh
    UK
    Tel: (0131) 334 9171
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0900-1800 (Apr-Sep)
    0900-1700 (Oct and Mar)
    0900-1630 (Nov-Feb)

    Edinburgh’s zoo has always been popular. But visitor numbers have boomed since the arrival in 2011 of Tian Tian and Yang Guang, a pair of giant pandas. Keenly watched during mating season and beyond, they’re the star attraction of this superb menagerie.

    National Museum of Scotland

    Chambers Street
    EH1 1JF Edinburgh
    UK
    Tel: 0300 123 6789
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    Opening times:
    Daily 1000-1700

    Head here to get a grip of Scottish culture throughout the ages. The vast Grand Gallery plays home to excellent modern art, while the international collections look at how this small country has brought its influence to bear all over the world.

    Arthur’s Seat

    Queen’s Drive
    Holyrood Park
    EH8 8HG Edinburgh
    United Kingdom
    Tel +44 0131 652 8150
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    Situated just outside the city centre, this hulking hill is well worth climbing for tremendous views back across town. It can be strenuous, so make sure you wear appropriate footwear and take a bottle of water. It’s well worth the effort though.

    Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

    75 Belford Road
    EH4 3DR Edinburgh
    UK
    Tel: (0131) 624 6200
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    Opening times:
    Daily 1000-1700 (Sep-Jul)
    daily 1000-1800 (Aug)

    Opened in 1960, this superb space is home to the Scottish national collection of modern art. Masters including Picasso, Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon rub shoulders with some of Scotland’s finest 20th-century artworks.

    Holyrood Palace

    Canongate
    EH8 8DX Edinburgh
    UK
    Tel: (0131) 556 5100
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0930-1800 (Apr-Oct)
    0930-1630 (Nov-Mar)

    At the end of the Royal Mile, this stunning palace is the Queen’s official residence north of the border. A masterpiece of 16th- and 17th-century architecture, today the palace houses a huge collection of royal art. The guided tours are comprehensive and fascinating.

    Scottish Parliament Building

    Foot of the Royal Mile
    EH99 1SP Edinburgh
    UK
    Tel: (0131) 348 5000
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    Opening times:
    Mon and Fri-Sat 1000-1700
    Tue-Thu 0900-1830

    Beside Holyrood Palace, this modernist marvel opened for business in 2004. The debating chamber and unique offices of each MSP (Member of Scottish Parliament) make this a unique take on how parliament buildings are usually designed.

    Greyfriars Kirk and Kirkyard

    Greyfriars Place
    EH1 2QQ Edinburgh
    UK
    Tel: (0131) 225 1900
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Sat 1030-1630
    check the website, as the church closes for special events

    One of the finest churches in Edinburgh, this brooding building was first opened in 1620 and is renowned as being a key site in the continued independence of the Church of Scotland. The adjoining Kirkyard, or cemetery, is worth spending some time exploring too.

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    Snapshot Edinburgh: Fringe Festival

    Peak Period

    180 High Street
    Edinburgh EH1 1QS
    United Kingdom
    Tel: +44 (0)131 226 0026
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    Roughly two million people attend various festivals here in August and September. The most popular ones are the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

    Protected zone

    About three quarters of the buildings in Edinburgh’s old and new town are historic landmarks.

    Inspiration

    21 George IV Bridge
    EH1 1EN Edinburgh
    Scotland
    United Kingdom
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    Bestselling author J.K. Rowling began writing the Harry Potter series at the tea and coffee shop The Elephant House.

    Buckets

    The word caddy (as in golf caddy) harks back to the historical term for the occupation of water carrier in Edinburgh.

    Sláinte (Cheers)

    354 Castlehill
    The Royal Mile
    EH1 2NE
    Edinburgh
    Scotland
    United Kingdom
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    The Scotch Whisky Experience is a visitor attraction boasting the world’s largest whisky collection – 3384 bottles.

    Plug

    Castlehill
    EH1 2NG Edinburgh
    United Kingdom
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    Edinburgh Castle, the city’s main landmark, sits atop a pressure dome, a plug of cold magma creat- ed 340 million years ago.

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    Country information

    Country overview

    Few places cram in as much scenery, history and culture as the United Kingdom. England’s southwest is dominated by a rugged shoreline and swathes of open national parkland, while its sprawling and vibrant capital London dominates the southeast. Hillwalkers can take some serious hikes in the Scottish Highlands or England’s Lake District. True British wilderness remains – stark, sometimes stunning and often inaccessible, particularly in the far North of Scotland.

    Historic Edinburgh is a fascinating city to explore, while Glasgow explodes with nightlife options. Visitors to Wales can meander from the urban highlights of Cardiff to Snowdon’s jagged peaks in the north. Across the water, Belfast is reviving as a tourist destination, and Northern Ireland’s countryside is green and rolling.

    Geography

    The British landscape can be divided roughly into two kinds of terrain – highland and lowland. The highland area comprises the mountainous regions of Scotland, Northern Ireland, northern England and North Wales.

    The English Lake District in the northwest contains lakes and fells. The lowland area is broken up by sandstone and limestone hills, long valleys and basins such as the Wash on the east coast. In the southeast, the North and South Downs culminate in the White Cliffs of Dover.

    The coastline includes fjord-like inlets in the northwest of Scotland, spectacular cliffs and wild sandy beaches on the east coast and, further south, beaches of rock, shale and sand sometimes backed by dunes, and large areas of fenland in East Anglia.

    Note: The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland consists of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

    Although they form one administrative unit (with regional exceptions), they have had separate cultures, languages and political histories.

    The United Kingdom section consists of a general introduction (covering the aspects that the four countries have in common) and sections devoted to the four constituent countries. The Channel Islands (Alderney, Guernsey, Jersey, Sark and Herm) and the Isle of Man are dependencies of the British Crown. These are included here for convenience of reference.

    More detailed geographical descriptions of the various countries may be found under the respective travel guides.

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    Key facts

    Population: 64, 6 millions (2017)

    Population Density (per sq km): 261

    Capital: London.

    Language

    English. Welsh is spoken in parts of Wales, and Gaelic in parts of Scotland. The many ethnic minorities within the UK also speak their own languages (eg Cantonese, Greek, Hindi, Mandarin, Turkish, Urdu, etc).

    Currency

    Pound (GBP; symbol £) = 100 pence. Notes are in denominations of £50, 20, 10 and 5. Additional bank notes issued by Scottish banks (including £1 notes) are accepted in all parts of the UK, although some smaller shops outside Scotland may prefer English banknotes. Coins are in denominations of £2 and 1, and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 pence.

    Electricity

    230 volts AC, 50Hz. Square three-pin plugs are standard.

    Public holidays

    Below are Public Holidays for the January 2017 – December 2018 period.

    Note: Holidays falling on the weekend are observed the following Monday.

    2017

    New Year’s Day: 1 January 2017
    Good Friday: 14 April 2017
    May Day: 1 May 2017
    Spring Bank Holiday: 29 May 2017
    Christmas Day: 25 December 2017
    Boxing Day: 26 December 2017

    2018

    New Year’s Day: 1 January 2018
    Good Friday: 30 March 2018
    May Day: 7 May 2018
    Spring Bank Holiday: 28 May 2018
    Christmas Day: 25 December 2018
    Boxing Day: 26 December 2018

    All information subject to change.

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    Scotland – wild at heart

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    The great journey: the island's northeast

    The highland escapades in the lastest James Bond movie Skyfall may have boosted Scotland’s popularity, but the country has long been a dream destination thanks to its natural landscapes, time-honored golf courses and smoky scotch. We start our trip in Aberdeen and travel around the northwest, encountering loads of fish, sled dog mushers, ancient settlements built on the water and rangers who make money off of 007.

    Lufthansa tip

    Lufthansa offers three daily services to Aberdeen (ABZ) and two daily services to Edinburgh (EDI) from Frankfurt, as well as one flight daily to Glasgow (GLA) from Dusseldorf. Starting in April 2014, Germanwings will serve Edinburgh six times weekly from Cologne. To calculate how many miles you can earn on a round-trip flight, visit meilenrechner.de. lufthansa.com

    Day 1 – 
Aberdeen to Meldrum: Master craftmanship

    Margot Brodie sits in a small garret room at the Alex Scott & Co. kilt factory amid photos of her collie dog, lengths of cloth, an array of bobbins and her thimble. Over in the corner, there’s a sewing machine. Outside the window, helicopters hover like seagulls above the granite-gray port as they carry their regular deliveries of workers to the oil rigs out in the North Sea.

    The sprightly senior is just back from lunch, which she takes punctually at eleven o’clock every morning. At 75, she is not only Aberdeen’s oldest kiltmaker, but also one of the best in the country. It takes her roughly 13 hours to complete a traditional Scottish kilt; a complete set can cost anything up to 1400 pounds. She began her five-year apprenticeship in 1954, learning her craft from an army kiltmaker. Today she is still passing on what she learned.

    “Ay, ay, it’s an industry with a secure future,” she says with a mischievous grin, “I’m not planning on retiring.” Her reputation extends far beyond the city’s limits. “People from all over the kingdom order my kilts,” she tells us with visible satisfaction, “I never get bored, I really enjoy the work.”

    As if to prove her point, she takes out her measuring tape, which is 60 inches long, roughly a meter and a half. “Once someone came to me for a kilt. He was such a fatty, I had to use two tapes to measure all the way round his middle!” she laughs. She just has one regret, namely not having emigrated to Australia 40 years ago! She does fly out there regularly on winter vacation, though.

    Day 2 – Meldrum to Craigellachnie: An educational experience

    “130 yards ist not bad for your first day,” says Neil Marr, 47, my golf instructor. In front of him, a laptop displays my tee-off performance data, and later Marr analyzes on video every error in my posture – and there are quite a few. Scotland is considered

    to be the cradle of the time-honored game, and Meldrum House Club, one of Scotland’s most exclusive golfing establishments, honors its traditions to the letter. The course is over 7000 yards long (roughly 6400 m), and club membership is limited to 400 to minimize waiting times. A stone’s throw from the first tee, there’s a stately old manor house that’s been converted into a luxury hotel.

    Head coach Marr also trains the Scottish national youth team, but today he has me to contend with. A qualified sports psychologist, he keeps his true thoughts about my golfing potential to himself. “The main thing a good golfer needs in additionto mental strength, technique, physical fitness and a good diet,” says Marr, “is patience.” Wanting to do too much too soon often ends in failure. “I play less but I still improve my game,” he says,a look of surprise momentarily crossing his face. Marr seems a paragon of composure, and looks ten years younger than he is. We trundle across the extensive course in the cart, enjoying the view of endless green hills. The sun is out, the birds are singing. We would be happy to stay for another couple of days but it’s time to move on.

    We plan to end the day at tiny Knockdhu Distillery, which was founded in 1894 and is hidden away in Knock, on the fringes of the Whisky Trail, a concentration of famous distilleries inthe northeast of the country. The air here is fragrant with the smell of malt.

    Master distiller Gordon Bruce, 49, takes us straight to the large wooden washbacks and copper stills. “We are very traditional in the way we produce our whisky, and we haven’t really changed our method in the past hundred years,” he says. “The fact that it’s not mass produced is what makes our scotch so special.” To prove his point, he holds up a calculator with huge buttons and mischievously says: “May I show you our latest computer?”

    The ground outside is peaty, ideal for growing barley, and fresh, clear water bubbles from several springs. These are ideal prerequisites for an excellent scotch. Next door, the different “vintages” are maturing under the roof of a large barn in some 1200 oak barrels brought over especially from Spain or the United States. “They were originally used to store sherry or bourbon,” Bruce explains, tenderly running his fingers over one of them, “the flavor rubs off.” The warehouse is his great treasure, and as he man strides between the long rows of barrels in the gloom, his face suddenly takes on a blissful expression. “I love my work because it’s not something you can plan. Conditions change constantly and that constantly creates new challenges,” he explains. In his free time, Bruce likes to travel occasionally, “but only to cold places.” Otherwise he spends his time experimenting with whisky, blending different single malts – as you can see, for him the job really is a “vocation.” Also, he lives right across from the distillery, his workplace always within sight and reach. His eldest daughter is a master distiller at Chivas and one of very few women in the profession His other two children aren’t quite there yet. “But I’m working on it,” says Bruce with a wicked grin. Sláinte!

    Day 3 – 
Craigellachnie via Cairngorms to Glencoe: 40 best friends

    “One dog is enough to take you for a walk,” says Nici Nardini, 36. Sled dog Pandora strains so hard on her leash you know immediately what she means. And listening to the barks and feral howls of the remaining 39 huskies outside their wooden kennels, you quickly realize why the Stewarts have no neighbors. Their cottage is in a clearing in the middle of nowhere, and their only regular visitor is a stork. Alan and Fiona Stewart are in the dog sled business, and Nardini helps them out of love for the animals. Asa dog handler, she travels all over the world. The Stewarts’ son, John, earns his living as a diver on an oil platform, but he’s alsoa professional “musher” (a person who drives a dog sled team) and competes in races. That’s why he spent the last three winters in Canada. He even survived Alaska’s Iditarod, the world’s most grueling dog sled race. “You must have the animals under control at minus 50 degrees because a tumble can be fatal,” says mother Fiona, 51, who herself raced for seven years.

    In a race, a team of 16 dogs is harnessed to a sled and has to cover up to 100 miles a day. Training begins in September, and for this the Stewarts have specially designed carts with rubber wheels that the dogs pull through the woods. Few mushers can survive from their prize money alone; the races are mostly about prestige and the thrill of competition and taking part. “If I had known what I was letting myself in for when my husband brought a husky home…,” says Fiona, laughing. But on a serious note, she adds, “Living with the dogs is very different, very special. You have to devote your whole life to them.” Standing besideNici, she surveys the barking pack. Both women beam.

    Day 4 – 
Glencoe via Aberfeldy to Ballater: There can only be one!

    Since Skyfall, ranger Scott McCombie has often stood right on what is now a famous spot in Glen Etive. In the movie, Bond and his boss, M, break their journey here, and later the Highlands provide the backdrop for a showdown. The last time McCombie was here, he traded his ranger’s gear for a pinstriped suit and struck a cool 007 pose. Photos of the occasion now form part of the Skyfall exhibition the national park which opened soon after the blockbuster’s release in order to attract new visitors. McCombie is quite happy to cash in on Skyfall’s success, as the proceeds will help preserve the beautiful natural scenery here. Lone campers put up their tents beside the streams and hikers lose themselves in the vast glens. “It’s just a pity we don’t have any bears,” says McCombie. At least they have an undaunted agent.

    In the afternoon, we meet Barrie Andrian, 57, an underwater archeologist from the United States, who runs the national Crannog Center. In case you didn’t know: For reasons not yet entirely clear, back in around 500 BCE the ancestors of today’s Scots lived in wooden settlements called crannogs, which they erected as artificial islands in a lake. They likely chose this form of dwelling for protection, but possibly as a status symbol. Andrian and her team have spent many years reconstructing such a crannog – using only original parts and the then customary tools. The result is an impressive exhibit people can step inside and touch. “It’s only wood, but it is so much more, too,” says Andrian. “We are the first people to have touched this wooden floor in 2500 years. To me, it feels like we are touching our ancestors – it’s like a connection with our past.”

    Day 5 – Ballater via Stonehaven to Aberdeen: Catching peace

    This is what tranquility feels like. It’s early morning and we are in waders, standing in the fast-flowing waters of the Dee River as the first rays of the sun reach the riverbank. “It always takes about 20 minutes for people to say, “Wow, this is so peaceful,” says Ian Murray, 50, following up with: “Don’t lose my late grandmother’s handmade fly!” With three elegant swishes of his 15-foot rod, he casts his line. Soon we can see the bright bait being carried along on the surface by the current. Ian has about 100 different flies in his SUV, dozens of them homemade. He is one of the most experienced rangers in the region and takes people from all over the world to the right spots to fish. Right now, all we lack is a proper catch. What was his biggest so far? “My girlfriend!,” says Murray with a laugh. It doesn’t seem to be his lucky day today, though, not a single a salmon bites. Even if one did, this is the closed season, so we would have to throw it back. And anyway, it can also be wonderfully relaxing to catch nothing at all.

    Our last stop is Stonehaven, a pretty fishing village near Aberdeen. When we arrive, skipper Brian Wilkinson, 63, is already waiting to cast off, the engine of the Lady Gail II turning over impatiently. From the sea, we get the best view of the coast and the Dunnottar Castle ruins, and hope to glimpse a passing dolphin or whale. “Photographers usually go overboard first!” is our skipper’s greeting. We see numerous penguins waddling along the shore in front of the camera, but no mammals this time, not even out at sea. The sense of peace that follows a day spent outdoors stays with us even as we travel home. But we will certainly miss the Scottish sense of humor.

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    Nightlife in Edinburgh

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    Late night partying is a way of life in Edinburgh. The pubs are open well into the early hours, while clubs pump out tunes for just as long.

    There are also a growing number of excellent cocktail bars, serving Scottish-made liquor that’s worth staying out for.

    Bramble

    16A Queen Street
    EH2 1JE Edinburgh
    UK
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    Chic New Town basement bar serving the very best Scottish gin and whisky, straight up or as part of its amazing cocktails.

    The Drawing Room, 21212

    3 Royal Terrace
    Edinburgh, Midlothian EH7 5AB
    United Kingdom
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    Head into the Drawing Room at this stunning hotel for sweeping city views and a chance to taste a huge array of whisky.

    Cabaret Voltaire

    36-38 Blair Street
    EH1 1QR Edinburgh
    UK
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    A subterranean club with loads of nooks and crannies, live music and alternative nights, making this one of the city’s premier nightspots.

    Espionage

    4 India Buildings, Victoria Street
    EH1 2EX Edinburgh
    UK
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    Spread over five floors, Espionage hosts the best local and international DJs, spinning different tunes on different levels to suit every age and mood.

    The Abbotsford

    3-5 Rose Street
    EH2 2PR Edinburgh
    UK
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    Slip into this traditional basement boozer for a few quiet local ales and some impressive bar food.

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    Restaurants in Edinburgh

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    Edinburgh’s restaurant scene has grown massively in recent years, with creative chefs moving in and shaking up the status quo.

    The result is a slew of excellent places to grab a bite, from cosy cafés to high-end, Michelin-starred joints perfect for an end-of-holiday blow-out meal.

    21212

    3 Royal Terrace
    EH7 5AB Edinburgh
    UK
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    Price: Expensive

    French-focused, the menu here changes daily, with an emphasis on fresh ingredients – go for the full five-course experience.

    Ondine

    2 George IV Bridge
    EH1 1AD Edinburgh
    UK
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    Price: Expensive

    Just steps from the Royal Mile, this restaurant specialises in Scottish-sourced seafood.

    Contini Ristorante

    103 George Street
    EH2 3ES Edinburgh
    UK
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    Price: Moderate

    The colourful dining rooms and superb Italian food make this award-winning spot one of Edinburgh’s most memorable restaurants.

    The Grain Store

    30 Victoria Street
    EH1 2JW Edinburgh
    UK
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    Price: Moderate

    Scottish produce, including venison, pheasant and wild mushrooms, dominates the menu of this top-notch restaurant.

    Dusit

    49A Thistle Street
    EH2 1DY Edinburgh
    UK
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    Price: Budget

    Beautiful spicy Thai food that can only be matched on the streets of Bangkok, served by attentive staff.

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    The Loony Dook

    1 January 2017
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    Venue: South Queensferry

    For a quarter of a century, brave swimmers have been bringing in the New Year with a bracing dip in the Forth. Participants join a grand parade along South Queensferry’s High Street before plunging into chilly water beneath the historic Forth Bridge. The event raises enormous sums for charity, attracts large crowds of amused onlookers and is now officially part of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay celebrations. Register in advance from late September.

    Burns' Night

    27 – 28 January 2017

    Venue: Various Venues

    Robert Burns was the poet who used Scottish dialect at a time when this was frowned upon in genteel society. Now he is the much loved National Bard, and Scotsmen everywhere celebrate his life and work on the anniversary of his birth in 1759. Traditionally this takes the form of a Burns’ Night supper, an evening meal where Burn’s poetry (‘To a Haggis’, ‘Tam O’Shanter’ etc) is recited and haggis, neeps (mashed swede) and tatties (mashed potatoes) are consumed.

    Six Nations Rugby

    4 February 2017
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    Venue: Murrayfield

    International rugby teams from Scotland, Wales, Ireland, England, France and Italy meet each spring to compete in the Six Nations tournament. Even if you don’t bag a ticket, the atmosphere in Edinburgh during match weekends is electric, especially when Scotland and England are battling to win the Calcutta Cup. Two or three Scotland games take place in the city each year, attracting hordes of supporters both to Murrayfield stadium and most of the city’s pubs.

    Rat Race The Mighty Deerstalker

    11 March 2017
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    Venue: Traquair House

    Known as the toughest off-road run in the UK, ‘Rat Race–The Mighty Deerstalker’ requires participants to plough through mud filled trenches, scramble up scree slopes, and navigate the night–usually dressed in kilts, tweed, or other “appropriate” athletic apparel. After crossing the finish line, runners can stumble over to the legendary Beerstalker party tent and limber up for a bit of crowd surfing.

    Edinburgh International Science Festival

    1 – 16 April 2017
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    Venue: Many venues across Edinburgh

    To disprove the notion that science is not fun, this two-week festival of science covers most things from big bang to body language in an enjoyable format. Past topics have included new powers to control human behaviour, why 70% of Americans believe in angels, and a taste test to spot the difference between basic and premium wine. The event draws around 75,000 visitors, and there is something for all levels and age groups, including plenty of hands-on stuff for kids.

    Beltane Fire Festival

    April 2017
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    Venue: Calton Hill