How To Plan A Scottish Wedding

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010
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Planning a wedding can be fun but at the same time it can be very stressful. Especially if your wedding is not going to be any normal wedding and you are choosing to use a theme or to involve traditional elements. These can make planning your wedding just that little bit trickier. So here are a few tips if you are planning a wedding in Scotland.

To get your wedding to resemble the weddings of Scotland old, you need to select the right venue. Throughout Scotland, there are castles, manor houses and hotels on lochs that all scream Scottish style. Many wedding venues in Scotland specialise in traditional ceremonies and hosting weddings that create special days that you will remember forever. What sets Scottish venues apart from other places is the historic value they often carry, along with the magnificent views and locations. Stoked in history, from kings and queens to battles, there is a magic that is capture in these historic venues, that emulates class and style. (more…)

Edinburgh – Tips And Hints For Tourists

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

Edinburgh boasts to be among Europe’s most beautiful cities. It grasps the enchanting rocky panorama typical for Scotland, and tightly entwines it with the buildings and ancient monuments that can be found there, creating a successful and sophisticated mix of traditional and contemporary. This can be seen clearly in two of the city’s most famous names. Owing to the presence of neo-classical architecture, Edinburgh was known as ‘the Athens of the North’, well seen within its historic landmarks and abundant national heritage. On the other hand, Edinburgh is also regarded as ‘Auld Reekie’ (Scots for Old Smoky) , which would likely point people to the large quantity of pubs and bistros, and the constant nightlife and late-night parties, and also the soccer.

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Edinburgh – Athens Of The North

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010
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The capital of Scotland, Edinburgh is the country’s second largest city after Glasgow. Located in the south-east of the country, Edinburgh owes its rugged setting to many Medieval and Georgian style architecture and is often considered one of the most picturesque cities in Europe.

Edinburgh replaced Scone as the capital of Scotland in 1437 and altogether has around 4,500 listed buildings in the city. A census taken in 2001 noted the population as 448,625. It’s one of Europe’s major tourist attractions bringing nearly 1 million visitors a year and is the second most visited destinations in the UK after the city of London. (more…)

Edinburgh Stag Weekends – Ideas For Memorable Stag Weekend In Edinburgh

Saturday, November 14th, 2009
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Edinburgh is the capital town of Scotland and is unquestionably one of the most popular places for a stag night. The exercises and the exercises held in this stunning town are some of the highest quality in terms of fun and value for money. If you wish a wild stag night then you should unquestionably consider a stag night in Edinburgh.

The town is probably most infamous for its annual Edinburgh Festival which is a four week long festival celebrating life, music, film and more. Thousands upon thousands of people head to Edinburgh throughout the festival and it runs for about four weeks from early August. Apart from the obvious fun for example cinemas, bars and nightclubs there are many things you can add to your stag night to do list in Edinburgh. (more…)

Kilt Dance

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009
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Words ‘Scotland’ and ‘dance’ for many immediately conjure up mental pictures of swinging kilts. These aren’t just cliches: since the 18th century, dance has always had an important place at all levels of Scottish society and even today, it is still very much a living tradition.

There are generally three different styles of Scottish traditional dance: ceilidh dancing, country dancing and Highland dancing.

The first one is the most accessible form of our traditional dancing. The basic dances are all fairly easy to master, are few in number and comprise mostly round-the-room and set dances. The emphasis is firmly on having fun and being sociable – there is none of the regulation and competition that marks the other forms of traditional dance and the dress-code is invariably ‘come-as-you-are’. Key ingredients of a good ceilidh include enthusiasm, a good band, and usually – but not essentially – drink.  (more…)

Scotland’s Music Scene

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009
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Scotland is fast becoming one of the key places for producing musical talent. Not only is it shown in the new up and coming musical talent but through the history of this cosmopolitan country. There has always been a dedication to music with many music venues and festivals all taking place in this buzzing and growing place.

New talents that have emerged over the past few years are bands like Biffy Clyro, Texas, Travis, The Fratellis, Franz Ferdinand, that have all seen worldwide fame. (more…)

Edinburgh – city with great history

Friday, June 19th, 2009
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Edinburgh, against the appearance, is not the biggest city of Scotland. But it’s still its capital. Although Glasgow is the biggest Scottish town it’s typical  industrial town, that’s why it wouldn’t be a best place to represent Scotland on the world.

Edinburgh has become a capital of Scotland in 1437 year, and since 1999 it is also a base of Scottish Parliament. Due to its closeness to England Edinburgh was during hundreds of years attacked by English army. Scottish people who wanted to feel safer had built defensive walls. They were functioning till XVIII-century when Scotland united with England as a supreme country. Political life has stopped, London was major town those days. But cultural life was in its best.

In late XVIII-century town was divided into two parts – old and new. Those part were splitt by Princess Street Gardens. In XIX century the old town was devastated by a huge fire. Nowadays its a heart of medieval part of Edinburgh where most important monuments of Scotland are situated like in example Holyrood Palace, St Giles Cathedral and John Knox’s house. The main street of this part of Edinburgh is Royal Mile that connects Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace. It’s a main point of tourists trips. (more…)

Edinburgh Capital Of Scotland

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009
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The capital of Scotland since the mid 1400’s, Edinburgh is situated in the south-east of Scotland, close to the North Sea. Steeped in history, full of grandeur and with a vast array of culture, Edinburgh is the perfect location for people of all ages and interests.

Sighted as one of the most scenic and beautiful places in the whole of Europe, Edinburgh is home to over 4,500 grade listed buildings, many showing the fantastic Georgian architecture off superbly. These buildings range from small, historical venues in the main centre to great castles in the more rural areas, all adding to the fantastic Edinburgh charm. (more…)

Scotland’s music scene

Monday, January 26th, 2009
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Scotland is fast becoming one of the key places for producing musical talent. Not only is it shown in the new up and coming musical talent but through the history of this cosmopolitan country. There has always been a dedication to music with many music venues and festivals all taking place in this buzzing and growing place.

New talents that have emerged over the past few years are bands like Biffy Clyro, Texas, Travis, The Fratellis, Franz Ferdinand, that have all seen worldwide fame.
There are many acoustic artists like Amy Macdonald, Leon Jaskson, and even in her twenty odd years of recording, Annie Lenox is still as popular as ever with her music being recognisable in nearly every country. Amy Macdonald is a young female artist that is renowned for her acoustic guitar gigs that have burst onto the musical scene in the past year. In Scotland, there is a free reign to experiment and play with music with the people being open minded and receptive to new sounds. With all of this talent coming out of Scotland, it is no wonder that it is now being recognised as one of the front runners for new music that is able to capture the attention and heart of the nation. (more…)