Author: Andy Hayes

Another Reason to Visit Leith: Wallace’s Arthouse

Another Reason to Visit Leith: Wallace’s Arthouse
I’ve got a new hotel recommendation for you, one that’s slightly off the beaten path. It’s a new boutique B&B in Leith, of all places – a neighbourhood that you will not find at the top of most people’s recommendations.  However, I’ve always been a big proponent...
May 3rd, 2010 | Edinburgh | Read More

Lions, Tigers, and Bears in St Andrews Square

Lions, Tigers, and Bears in St Andrews Square
If you’ve been to Edinburgh’s St Andrews Square recently, you might be surprised to see it’s a busy place – in fact, it’s looking like the animals from Edinburgh Zoo have escaped and have setup camp! Welcome, The Lion of Scotland Chilling out just north of the statue in...
May 1st, 2010 | Edinburgh | Read More

Wilderness Scotland Shortlisted for Wanderlust Award

Wilderness Scotland Shortlisted for Wanderlust Award
Looking for a suggestion on a tour operator to head up to the Highlands and Islands of Scotland?  Well we’d like to share a recommendation as well as extend a warm congratulations to Wilderness Scotland.  Why?  Well, they’ve been shortlisted for a Wanderlust World Guide Award, which is...
April 29th, 2010 | Edinburgh | Read More

Moo Cafeteria: A Cafe/Restaurant with Soul

Moo Cafeteria:  A Cafe/Restaurant with Soul
I first found out about Moo Cafeteria via social media – while I’m an active user on Twitter and Facebook, this is the first time a local establishment has caught my eye purely via social networks.  First impressions of Moo – at least digitally – are very impressive.  The cafe...
April 27th, 2010 | Edinburgh | Read More

Get Your Heels and Head to Glasgow, Ladies

Get Your Heels and Head to Glasgow, Ladies
Are you an Edinburgh lady who lunches?  Do you like sex… and the city? If you loved Sex and the City: The Movie, then you no doubt know that the sequel is coming out this summer.  We’ve got a hot tip on a great party to celebrate, and it’s over in Glasgow.  We’ve talked about...
April 25th, 2010 | Edinburgh | Read More

Photo Friday: Lauriston Castle

Photo Friday: Lauriston Castle
Today’s photo Friday stop is a great yet often overlooked stop in North Edinburgh:  Lauriston Castle Lauriston Castle is a little-known mansion that’s out in Cramond, Edinburgh’s “beach” as it were, so you can start or finish your Lauriston tour with a stroll along the...
April 23rd, 2010 | Edinburgh | Read More

Edinburgh Daytrips: Scotland’s Best Country Park Re-Opens

Edinburgh Daytrips: Scotland’s Best Country Park Re-Opens
A bench with a view – that’s Drumlanrig Castle in the distance. It’s been awhile since we discussed daytrip recommendations from Edinburgh – in fact, I think our last exploration was to the city of Pitlochry for the Enchanted Forest.   Today I’d like to suggest something...
April 22nd, 2010 | Edinburgh | Read More

Save Big Bucks this Summer: the Scottish Hertiage Pass

Save Big Bucks this Summer: the Scottish Hertiage Pass
The folks over at Historic Scotland, the government body tasked with preserving many of the nation’s historic architecture, monuments, and buildings, has just announced a new product that certainly looks like great value for money.  It’s called the Scottish Heritage Pass, and for those visiting...
April 20th, 2010 | Edinburgh | Read More

Going against the Grind at the Grind House

Going against the Grind at the Grind House
I’ve been lamenting the lack of good cafes with wifi in Edinburgh that are close to my flat.  One of my personal favourites seems to have shut off their Wifi and hoping nobody notices.  (I did.)  As we know I’m very impartial to Artisan Roast who has the best coffee in Edinburgh, but there’s...
April 18th, 2010 | Edinburgh | Read More

Photo Friday: Old Town Sightseeing

Photo Friday:  Old Town Sightseeing
Today’s TGIF photo Friday is a great shot of some of the serendipitous things you’ll find in the Old Town: This particular sign is one of the random signs found near one of the entry points for the Vaults, a series of small tunnels and rooms found underneath the Old Town.  This sign...
April 16th, 2010 | Edinburgh | Read More

Edinburgh Airport Springs into Summer

Edinburgh Airport Springs into Summer
Two weeks ago we had heavy snows in the outskirts of Edinburgh, and now there’s sunshine and warm.  But that could all change between the time this was written and when you’re reading it! Regardless, I though I’d share some great news about new Edinburgh airport routes being serviced...
April 15th, 2010 | Edinburgh | Read More

Relax in Luxury, Seattle Style, at the Fairmont Olympic

Relax in Luxury, Seattle Style, at the Fairmont Olympic
Seattle is a fantastic city, a true gem in the Pacific Northwest.  With all the great things to see and do in Seattle, it is hard to find a way to improve on the classic Seattle experience.  But why not treat yourself enjoy the city’s most luxurious hotels, the Fairmont Olympic.  It’s...
April 12th, 2010 | Seattle | Read More

Literary Edinburgh – The Best Things To See for Bookworms

Literary Edinburgh – The Best Things To See for Bookworms
I’ve mentioned that the libraries of Edinburgh are an under-acknowledged tourist attraction, but the fact is that Edinburgh is a city with strong literary links.  It was UNESCO’s first City of Literature and many famous authors call it home, including J. K. Rowling, writer of the Harry Potter...
April 11th, 2010 | Edinburgh | Read More

Photo Friday: Edinburgh’s Big Wheel

Photo Friday:  Edinburgh’s Big Wheel
We’ve got several months until Christmas, but just seeing this photo reminds me why Edinburgh is an it destination for Christmas. The wheel is in Princes Street Gardens and is the centrepiece of Edinburgh’s Christmas market.  The wheel gets some good competition though between Christmas...
April 9th, 2010 | Edinburgh | Read More

Edinburgh’s Best Mexican Cuisine: Garibaldi’s

Edinburgh’s Best Mexican Cuisine: Garibaldi’s
Edinburgh has a few Mexican restaurants, and I don’t like most of them.  Mexican is one of my favourite cuisines, so I’m rather particular, and few places make the cut.  My preferred haunt, though, is an unlikely choice:  the cheesy and somewhat offputting underground joint, Garibaldi’s. The...
April 7th, 2010 | Edinburgh | Read More

Another Edinburgh Secret: The Signet Library

Another Edinburgh Secret: The Signet Library
Its windows face the Royal Mile and it is steps from many of Edinburgh’s best and most popular attractions, but the venue few know about it.  What is it?  It’s the Signet Library. What Is It? The Signet Library is a library hall and wing of the amazing Georgian Parliament House, which...
April 5th, 2010 | Edinburgh | Read More

The Hotel Vancouver: The Heart of Vancouver

The Hotel Vancouver: The Heart of Vancouver
The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, known locally as Hotel Van, is a Vancouver institution.  It’s not just another hotel: it’s part of the skyline, it’s a meeting place and favourite haunt, and it’s one of the few pieces of Vancouver historical architecture the city has left.  I...
April 5th, 2010 | Vancouver | Read More

Photo Friday: Halifax Bank of Scotland Headquarters

Photo Friday: Halifax Bank of Scotland Headquarters
One of the key features of Edinburgh’s “skyline”, if we were to call it that, is the gorgeous architecture of the (former) HBOS Headquarters. The building is no longer the Halifax Bank of Scotland (HBOS) Headquarters since the company was bought by Lloyds Banking Group last year, but...
April 2nd, 2010 | Edinburgh | Read More

Medieval Edinburgh

Medieval Edinburgh
Medieval Edinburgh (which is the Old Town part of the city) was in some ways a very different place than it is today, and in other ways it’s not changed a lot.  For example, many of the city’s older buildings remain, and the medieval water system was used up until the 1990s.  A few other...
March 31st, 2010 | Edinburgh | Read More

Best New Place in Scotland: Missoni Hotel in Edinburgh

Best New Place in Scotland: Missoni Hotel in Edinburgh
The annual Civic Trust Awards have announced their latest winners, and Scotland has bagged two winning establishments.  Besting other noteworthy entries such as the new University of Edinburgh Informatics Centre also in Edinburgh, the Missoni was noted for its “high quality” design, even...
March 29th, 2010 | Edinburgh | Read More