Is it a Bike?  Is it a Raft?  Is it Boat?  No, it’s Akwakat!

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It’s early on a Friday morning; we wake up and anxiously check the weather.  Our planned outing on the canal will be so much better if the weather holds out. The forecast for the week was pretty bleak but today stood out as the brightest, driest day – unlike our first booking in April which … Read more…

Edible Gardening – The Royal Botanic Garden helps us plan ahead for this growing season

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I’ve spent so many hours wandering around the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh,  enjoying the fresh air and foliage, no matter what the season.  I’ve read the plaques and little signs but I’ve never taken the time to find out the history of the Garden or to find out more about how they manage to provide … Read more…

Guest Blog: My Return to Meadowbank Velodrome by John Gow

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This month we have an extra special Guest Blogger, my hubby!!  My husband has been a keen cyclist since the 80’s, competing on the road and even making the Scottish National Team for the track.  Living near Dundee, he only had access to a concrete velodrome so had to travel to Meadowbank in Edinburgh to … Read more…

CAR-FREE FUN – Granton Harbour to Queensferry to Inchcolm Abbey; by bike, boat and foot

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It’s amazing what you can squeeze into one day!!  Our ‘car-free’ day was a photographers delight so even if you don’t fancy the bike ride I’m sure the coastal views, bridges, boats, nature and wildlife will inspire you to check out even just a few segments of our epic day out! My Edinburgh ‘to-do’ list … Read more…

Hidden Door Festival – a Peek into the World of Art, Music and Culture

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It seems like only yesterday that I was watching a video released by the organisers of the recurring Hidden Door Festival (first launched in 2010)  which led us up and down the streets of Edinburgh – eventually revealing the secret location for this year’s culture, art and music event – the Market Street Vaults.  I … Read more…

Guest Blog: A Glimpse of Edinburgh’s Many Faces by Bike Path; By Claire Connachan

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This month’s guest blogger is Claire of  ‘Claire Cycles  – Adventures of an Edinburgh pootler’.  A convert to the world of the bicycle for commuting, utility and leisure, she’s been cycling around the city for just under two years and is keen to encourage more people to jump on their bikes. Claire took advantage of … Read more…

The Lanterns of the Terracotta Warriors, Presented by the University of Edinburgh

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An Impressive Display of Culture, Colour and Lights… ­29 January – 7 February 2014, 4pm – 9pm Quadrangle, Old College, South Bridge, EH8 9YL Entry is free A few weeks ago I watched a documentary about the Terracotta Warriors unearthed in the Xi’an province of China in 1974.  Could you imagine being a farmer, just … Read more…

Arthur’s Seat – WARNING: Contains photos that may make you want to climb a (small) mountain!!!

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You can’t do a blog called ‘Healthy Edinburgh’ and not include a hike up Arthur’s Seat.  In case anyone out there doesn’t know what Arthur’s Seat is – it’s an extinct volcano right in the heart of Edinburgh, with the main peak (Arthur’s Seat) sitting at about 250m.  The adjacent small peaks and Salisbury’s Crag … Read more…