The Best Nightlife Recommendations in Edinburgh

As Scotland’s second most populous city, Edinburgh is alive day and night, filled with places to dine out and to dance in, to listen to music and take part in gaming. This is as true on Princes Street at the heart of the city, as it is at the outskirts of Edinburgh. The first step on a night out is, of course, to eat and you will find cafes and restaurants that cater for a variety of tastes.

O’Oliviero at Grassmarket, Old Town, is open until 11pm. Its menus include steak, fish and chicken dishes, in addition to Mediterranean recipes based on Parmesan cheese, olive oil and tomatoes. It also offers patrons a comprehensive wine list. Hendersons Vegan Bar on Thistle Street is open until 9pm, Sunday to Thursday, and until 10pm on Friday and Saturday. It offers a range of meatless and delicious dishes, accompanied by vegan wine and beer, coffee and cake. For a truly unusual dining experience, go to The Witchery by the Castle, which offers an incomparable range of starters and main courses, seafood and local meats.

Combine dining out with throwing dice at the Genting Casino Fountain Park. Do not forget to register online before you go and be aware that everyone under 25 must carry ID. Book a table for the Fahrenheit Restaurant, the latest booking 11pm, and choose from a variety of Scottish dishes. The restaurant price includes a bar drink and a complementary £5 bet. Gaming patrons have access to the Late Bar, and activities include American roulette and blackjack. Learn to Play packages are available to gaming novices or you could practice beforehand at an online casino such as casino.netbet.co.uk. The casino stays open until 6am.

Situated in the atmospheric vaults of its South Bridge premises, is Whistlebinkies Live Music Bar. It opens at 5pm every evening and entry is free. Live bands play every night and events include the Open Mic contest on Monday, when patrons provide the entertainment. The bar serves a wide range of draught and bottled beers and lagers, and Highland, Islands, Islay and Speyside whiskies, not to mention whisky blends. Join the young night time revellers flocking to the Lulu Bar and Nightclub on George Street. Opening at 10pm, the bar serves over sixty cocktails and a range of wines, beers and vodka. DJs play house, hip-hop and disco music, and dancing ceases at 3am.

The nearby Why Not nightclub opens at 10.30pm and dancing lasts until 3am. DJs play RnB, dancehall and club classics. A dress code is in operation, with no sportswear, boots or tracksuits allowed. Less trendy but still stylish is the Jazz Bar on Chambers Street. In spite of the name, various types of music are played, including funk, soul, electric, blues and roots. The bar opens at 5pm on weekdays, but you can enter at 1.30pm on Saturday. Patrons hand over cash at the entrance (no cards), which goes directly to musicians. There is a continuous bar service.

Other evening entertainment in Edinburgh includes theatre and live music. The Royal Lyceum, King’s Theatre and the Edinburgh Playhouse offer year-round programmes. The Traverse Theatre offers more contemporary and experimental productions. Classical music lovers will find programmes at Usher Hall, the Assembly Rooms and Queen’s Hall.


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8 Most Luxurious Wedding Destinations

If you are planning a fairytale wedding with no expense spared there is an endless choice of locations and venues both here in the UK and far flung location around the world. Here we have listed 8 of our most favourite wedding venues where you can indulge yourselves and your guests.

Highlands of Scotland

Located in the foothills of Ben Nevis, Inverlochy Castle is surrounded by some of Scotland’s most stunning scenery. The hotel is a beautiful 19th century castle swathed by sumptious evergreen trees and views of the nearby loch.

America

New York library, set in the Manhattan cityscape, provides a theatrical experience, with elegant architecture and potential for great wedding photography. The internal space is spectacular, and a wonderful backdrop for floral creations and wedding themes.

Africa

An African safari wedding dazzles the senses: a gigantic sun, an expanse of game reserve, and the crescendo of a choir as you marry next to a river or watering hole. Mara Serena Safari Lodge blends luxury with the enchantment of the Masai Mara.

Indonesia

Indonesia has an exotic climate, friendly welcome and traditional standards of service with a number of 5 star hotels in Jakarta. Ayana Midplaza Jakarta located in the heart of Jakarta’s vibrant Jalan Sudirman central business district hosts luxurious weddings in their breathtaking Grand Ballroom.

India

India has a tradition of large scale weddings – grand, glorious affairs. The fabled City Palace of Udaipur is part of a complex of palaces. Located on the banks of Lake Pichola, the decadence and impressive architecture make this a luxurious and unforgettable setting.

Dubai

The Burj Al Arab in Dubai is the epitome of modern opulence, occupying it’s own island, and overlooking the Arabian Gulf. It offers the standards of luxury and service you would expect in the world’s only 7 star hotel, with weddings even available on the 212 metre high helipad.

England

Once the home of King Henry VIII, Hampton Court Palace is situated amongst acres of manicured gardens, alongside the River Thames. This historically rich setting features Britain’s greatest medieval banqueting hall. Guests can wander through the palace and grounds and enjoy drinks in the immaculate Privy Garden.

Italy

The splendour of it’s buildings and landmarks make Rome one of the most popular wedding destinations. The exquisite Palazzo Brancaccio is in the heart of Rome, surrounded by a natural park and featuring the ‘Little Palace House’ – a richly decorated and furnished venue set in the middle of a pond.


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How to Make Your Trip to Inverness Great

Scotland is a stunning country, perfect for road trips, for cottage retreats, and for exploring. It has dramatic, stunning landscapes and picturesque cities. It has legend, and history, and even its fair share of mystery. No trip to Scotland is wasted, but you need to know what is around and what you can do in order to make the most of it. Inverness, in particular, is a highlight that everyone should go see, as it is the largest city in the Scottish Highlands, and, more importantly, it is the cultural capital. That is why, to ensure that your trip to Inverness and the surrounding areas is perfect, you should follow this guide:

  1. Visit the Castles

One thing that the UK has in abundance is castles, forts, and roman remains. For those travellers who come from other countries, particularly those in North America, this can be a huge point of interest for you. Go visit the castles and enjoy the history of each and every one of them. They are beautiful, some intact, others in ruin, but they are each worth a visit. 

  1. You Must Hike

The Isle of Skye has some of the most stunning landscapes in the world. It is also a day’s trip from Inverness, making it the perfect extension to your trip. If, however, you want to stay more local, there are many areas around the city for hikes. If you aren’t the hiker, just go for a scenic drive. The landscapes are incredible, and missing out on them is a huge waste.

  1. Enjoy the Delights of the City

Inverness is the cultural capital of the Scottish Highlands, meaning you won’t have to venture far to have a great time. From shopping to eating, to going out for a night, it has it all. Visit the galleries, the museums, and the distilleries. There is so much to do, so go and have some fun. 

  1. Enjoy Your Downtime

Rushing, however, is sure to tire you out and make you miss out on the feel of the Scottish Highlands. That is why you should enjoy your downtime. Take longer to explore. Sit longer during your lunch. The feel of the city is as important as what you do in it. When you go home to bed, disconnect with some live casino Unibet, a movie, or anything else. This will give you the time to absorb what you have seen, and done, and will let you start your day anew the next morning.

Inverness is a great destination for any traveller, whether you make it the only destination on your trip or a pit stop on a grand tour of Scotland. Remember to diversify your visit, have fun, learn some history, hike, see the landscapes, shop, and enjoy your downtime. The more you cater your itinerary to you, the better your trip will be. Just remember to leave some room for spontaneity!


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How To Find The Perfect Property For Your B&B

For many people owning their own bed and breakfast is a lifelong obsession, but few people consider how tricky it can be picking the right type of property for the job. The very best property for your B&B needs is likely to be one that is in the right location, at the right price and also one that meets all of your desired business criteria and needs. Here are our top tips when it comes to finding the perfect property to fulfil your dreams and open up your very own B&B:

Chat With An Estate Agent

In order for you to make the very best informed decision that you can about your future B&B property, it is important to find out all the information you can about the area you hope to set it up in and the way that the market operates. Many estate agents offer specialist help in finding B&B properties for their clients, for example Fenn Wright estate agents in Sudbury. Be sure to ask all the relevant questions so that you know exactly what you are heading into.

Consider The Property Size

It can be all too easy to get caught up in the moment and forget that the property you are looking at is actually going to act as both a home and a business, so it is very important that you find a property that is comfortable for both yourself and your family as well as offering adequate room for guests. Ask yourself how many bedrooms and bathrooms you will need and where you will eat meals etc.

‘Zoning’

Something to enquire about when looking for a property that you hope to use as a future business is whether the property is laid out in a way that it can be used for the purpose it is intended for. Zoning is something that varies depending on your location, it covers anything that relates to the way that land is used. Here are some examples zoning types to be aware of; commercial, residential, home based and seasonal usage. Zoning is also important as it can impact on the tax rate of your property too.

Legalities

Depending on where you hope to set up your business, it is important to check if there are any legal matters to take into consideration. This can include permits, registrations, training and certification and inspections. Speaking to local bed and breakfast owners will really help to make sense of the local legalities and will help to find out what it is like working in the area.

Scout Out The Area

The UK has one of the largest tourist industries in the world and employs over 1.4 million people in 180,000 businesses. It is safe to say that there is plenty of opportunity to become successful in this field, but this also comes with added competition. The very best B&B’s offer everything that a tourist may need which is why it is important to check out the area you hope to build your business in first and establish who your competition is. Similarly, setting up a B&B in a remote area can offer both fantastic benefits for those looking to explore further afield but can also limit your chances of attracting people to stay. Consider each of these situations in order to make the most of the opportunity.


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Best Whisky Tours To Enjoy In Inverness

Inverness has long been a fantastic place to visit and enjoy the very best of the Scottish Highlands. As the northernmost point of the UK, Inverness has always made for a fascinating journey for those wanting to catch a glimpse of such an extremity. This part of Scotland is also reported to have the highest quality of life, which makes it popular with students and visitors alike. Once you have taken the time to check out the beautiful Inverness Castle grounds and have exhausted all sight-seeing and shopping opportunities then it may well be time to go on a whisky tour!

Why is Scotland so famous for their whisky?

For so many people whisky is the symbol of Scotland and this is partially as a result of whisky being at the heart of Scotland rebelling against the English taxman. For two hundred years there were outlaw distillers working in the north of the border preparing the alcoholic beverage. From the 18th century where Scotland has 8 legal distillers and 400 illegal ones to now being an industry that is respected and worth billions of pounds, whisky’s significance in Scotland is unlikely to change any time soon.

Today there are 98 active whisky distillers in Scotland with each of them having their own twist and variety of ingredients that make their whisky special. As whisky makes up a whopping 85% of all Scottish food and drink exports, it is clear that the Scots know what they’re doing when it comes to the famous beverage.

The Glen Ord Distillery, Muir of Ord

When it comes to being a key player in the development of distillery, The Mackenzies of Ord are a very prominent group of people. In 1820 Thomas MacKenzie leased land for the distillery that still stands today to be built and helps to bring some life into the area in now stands in. The distillery worked in providing employment for the area and was powered by two water wheels – water flowing from nearby lochs would power them. The distinctive characteristics of the whisky that has made this distillery so popular stems from water being taken from the cuckoo well in the area. The Glen Ord Distillery has varied opening hours depending on the season, so be sure to check before you pay a visit.

Tomatin Distillery, Tomatin

The Tomatin Distillery has been producing whisky since 1897 and has become so famous due to its utilisation of the soft water that plays a key part in its production. The Tomatin Distillery is a more glamorous whisky tour option offers a wide range of tours and award winning malts to try. The tours here are very interactive and can involve filling your own bottle with whisky to watching a film, whisky tasting and much more!

Do I need my EHIC card to travel to Scotland?

While you will not likely need to bring your EHIC card with you when travelling to Europe from the UK, those who wish to travel to Scotland from other European countries should certainly consider applying for an EHIC renewal.

Whisky is such a prominent part of Scotland’s past, so why not invest in its future by checking out some of Inverness’s favourite whisky distilleries while you are here?

 


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