Hogmanay – Discovering Scot:Lands

We have a map - but no directions - must spin the wheel for more clues...

The official Edinburgh Hogmanay celebrations culminated in a wondrous free event that turned the Old Town into a giant living gameboard and all participants became ‘explorers’ – spinning a wheel to get a map to our next land of discovery where we would be rewarded with art and music representing a region of Scotland.  As … Read more…

Winter Walk: Water of Leith, Dean Village

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Strolling along the Water of Leith on a Sunny winter day – from Comely Bank to the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.  Free Fun – free parking on Sunday, Free entry to museums and free to walk along the Water of Leith!! For 2013, the Christmas and New Year’s weather was pretty dismal – … Read more…

Cramond Island Walk – Edinburgh’s Riviera

Cramond Stones

When we decided to finally move from central Scotland into Edinburgh we were overwhelmed trying to decide what area to settle down into.  We loved the areas of Broughton, Stockbridge, Morningside, Bruntsfield, Marchmont, and The New Town but couldn’t find the right combination of space, parking and price.  So, we ventured to new territory around … Read more…

A Sneaky Peek through Open Doors in Edinburgh

Stewart's Melville College

If you were wondering what all the blue balloons and banners were doing tacked up on door frames throughout the city; this past weekend was Edinburgh’s turn to open doors to about 127 of its buildings as part of the Scotland-wide Doors Open Days.  I look forward to this every year but each year something comes … Read more…

Urban Step Class – No Such Thing as a Normal Walk in Edinburgh!

The First Step

Edinburgh is built on seven hills and that can mean only one thing – if you want to walk or cycle – you need to master the climbs!  But in Edinburgh it’s not just steep sloping streets you have to contend with – there are also STEPS…..lots of STEPS!!!  Most old towns in Scotland have … Read more…

Nettles Sting!!! – Weeding along the Water of Leith

Volunteers at work

Well, you learn something new every day.  Today I learned several things: 1 – I learned what Himalayan Balsam looks like 2 – I learned that it likes to grow amongst nettles 3 – I learned that NETTLES STING!! I learned my lessons while volunteering for the Water of Leith Conservation Trust.  They help keep … Read more…