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New Town hotel is taking steps to get rid of plastic

A SIMPLE product switch is set to dramatically cut plastic waste at a top Edinburgh hotel. By swapping individual L’Occitane bottles of shampoo, shower gel, conditioner and body lotion in favour of topped up large bottles, Nira Caledonia will save 400 cubic metres of plastic waste each year – enough to fill the load-space of 62 standard-size Ford Transits. It comes...

Edinburgh Castle high up the Instagram list

According to research conducted for Expedia Edinburgh Castle is one of the most Instagrammable Sights in the UK, coming in at number 7, just ahead of Glencoe. The research totted up the number of Instagram posts and unique hashtags over the year to determine the results and found that Edinburgh Castle was photographed on the social media site 294,255 times...

Caledonian Sleeper unlocks gateway to Scotland’s islands

Some clever joined-up thinking might temptingly lead to some West Highland first-class eating, drinking and panoramic feasting courtesy of Caledonian Sleeper’s latest announcement. Scenic connoisseurs, island-hoppers and railway buffs can be well chuff-chuffed as they travel to the northern isles looking to experience the tranquillity and beauty of Scotland’s islands and the West Highlands. This summer's experience is now enhanced...

The Bay Hotel – Fife Riviera on our doorstep

  I tried to do some mental arithmetic a while back: how many people do we know who’ve been to Disneyland? A lot, it turns out. Do I feel a shred of guilt that I haven’t treated my seven year old daughter Anoushka to such delights. Maybe a smidgen. So to make up for not spoiling my darling child enough,...

Is this Edinburgh’s most romantic hotel bedroom?

Lovers of all ages are being invited to check-in to what has been called Edinburgh’s most romantic hotel room – at a boutique city centre hotel which was newly refurbished  in 2018 after a devastating fire. Nira Caledonia reopened its doors to the public just in time for summer following a £1.4 million intensive project to restore half of the...

All aboard for inaugural steam rail route

A chance to step back in time and travel by steam train on Scotland’s newest scenic rail route as well as cross the iconic Forth Rail Bridge is back on the timetable this summer. Passengers will have the opportunity to travel on a train hauled by a Black Five steam locomotive when it travels for the first time on the...

Nira Caledonia – newly refurbished in the New Town

Nira Caledonia reopened on Thursday with a ribbon cutting ceremony, some fizz and canapés. It has been closed for a nine month refurbishment following a fire last year in Gloucester Place. The work entailed 3 km of cabling, 300 litres of paint, 2000 square metres of carpet and 1092 square metres of wallpaper. The result is a stunning boutique hotel with...

Travel – Taking the Wine Trail in New York State

Not many people readily associate New York with good wine. California has done a good job of self-promotion for their wines alongside tourism, and shown how you can combine the two. Napa Valley and small towns like Healdsburg are lovely places to visit. But on the eastern side of the American continent...

The Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square opens new spa

Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square is offering a new level of relaxation and rejuvenation with the launch of the city centre’s latest spa and health club in Charlotte Square. With a menu of carefully curated activities and therapies, with second to none equipment and products, The Spa at The Principal brings an elevated experience of health and fitness to guests and...

Market Street hotel now officially open for bookings

‘First footers’ at Edinburgh’s hottest new arrival to receive exclusive discount Edinburgh’s new Market Street hotel officially opens this week for bookings – giving guests the chance to be the first to stay and experience one of the city’s most anticipated new arrivals. Those ‘first footing’ the new hotel, situated...

Travel – It’s a New York State of mind

For a getaway this winter you could do no worse than go to New York State. It is easy to get to from Edinburgh, and if you turn the typical New York break on its head then it could be relatively cheap, leaving you more cash for fun and shopping. My suggestion to you is to fly with Norwegian Airlines on...

Official launch at new hotel at Edinburgh Airport

The new Hampton by Hilton Edinburgh Airport hotel just a short distance from the terminal held a press launch last week. The hotel welcomed press, influencers, stakeholders and friends of the brand to the new six storey, 240 bedroom hotel for a ‘halfway to the Fringe’ themed celebration. With...
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