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Days Out

3 days in Edinburgh? Here’s the best way to spend them

SPENDING just three days in a major European capital takes a lot of careful planning. Luckily, we’ve got you covered.

Karen Gillan will be patron of an expanded programme for young people at the Edinburgh International Film Festival this year.

Karen Gillan to be Edinburgh film festival's figurehead for young people

Doctor Who star Karen Gillan has agreed to be the figurehead of a dedicated string of events for young people at the Edinburgh International Film Festival this summer.
Artistic director Donald Shaw is at the helm of the 25th Celtic Connections, which launches on Thursday.

Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund to be opened up to Celtic Connections

Glasgow’s long-running winter music festival will be able to access an Edinburgh Festival funding pot for the first time.
Local residents have complained about the effect that sites such as AirBnB are having on their communities.

AirBnB proposes 90-day curb on Edinburgh lets - except during Festival

Short term letting hosts in Edinburgh would be restricted to renting out their properties for just 90 days a year - outwith peak festival periods - under proposals put forward by industry leader AirBnB.

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VisitScotland director Paul Bush is one of Scotland's leading festivals and events experts.

Scottish festival organisers told they may have to rely on crowdfunding in future

Festival and event organisers may have to rely on crowd-funding campaigns and donations from philanthropists to keep running in the face of the public spending squeeze, one of Scotland’s leading industry experts has warned.

Les Charmettes.

Travel: Park yourself in the Charente for a family-friendly French getaway

For years, the UK’s love affair with France has been conducted largely in three distinct, and very different, locations – Brittany, the Riviera and the Alps.

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Luxury flats for rent in Edinburgh right now

If money is no object and you want to spend some time in the capital, then take a look at these luxurious properties for rent

A tourist tax has been backed by a former council leader. Tourists on the Royal Mile/High Street, Edinburgh during the 2017 Edinburgh International Festival.

Ex-council leader backs Edinburgh tourist tax

A HOTEL tax in the Capital would boost tourism, create jobs and strengthen the economy, according to former city council leader Donald Anderson.

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Playa de La Malagueta, Malaga, Spain. Picture: Francesca Be/Wikimedia Commons

Best January flight deals to sunnier climes from Scotland

ONCE the festive period comes to a close talk begins to turn to a ‘Dry January’, but when it comes to the Scottish weather there really is no such thing.

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Debate over Edinburgh tourist tax rages on

Industry experts and the city council remain at logger heads over a tax that could help the cash-strapped Capital the right to levy a fee on tourists.

Miscanti Lagoon near San Pedro de Atacama, Chile. Picture: Luca Galuzzi/Creative Commons

The best places to go on holiday every month in 2018

The best destinations to visit each month in 2018.


Edinburgh on alert for 80mph Storm Dylan

STORM Dylan is expected to cut a path through Edinburgh and the Lothians with locals being warned to batten down the hatches for one of the fiercest weather fronts of the winter so far.

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Camel trekking is a feature of Sidi Kaouk beach.

Travel: Sample fine food and architecture in this charming African gateway

It’s not just in the geographical sense that Morocco is the gateway to Africa.

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9 of the best winter walks in and around Edinburgh

You can always blow away the cobwebs this winter with a scenic walk on a crisp, frosty day.

Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron in "Star Wars: The Last Jedi." Picture: David James/Lucasfilm via AP

7 things to do before Christmas Day

‘CHRISTMAS is coming and the goose is getting fat...’ as the old song goes, but with just under a week to go, here are seven things to do before the big day arrives...

Culture secretary Fiona Hyslop says the government has been 'working relentlessly' to mitigate Creative Scotland's decline in lottery income.

Creative Scotland wins extra funding to offset lottery slump

Arts quango Creative Scotland is set to get an extra £6.6 million a year from the Scottish Government to offset the impact of a slump in National Lottery funding.

Video: 15 photographs showcasing Scotland’s winter scenery

The weather outside might well be frightful, but a little snow effortlessly turns Scotland into a winter wonderland.

The Sensimar Arona Gran Hotel and Spa, Tenerife.

Travel: Satisfy your need for some sun with new year break to Tenerife

As the nights darken and the air grows crisp, a yearning for the heat of the sun becomes something of a British past time.

Christmas at the Gendarmenmarkt.

Travel: A sparkling taste of Christmas in Germany’s capital city of contrasts

As the snow began to fall and the sparkling lights glistened on the wooden roofs it was easy to see why thousands of people visit the continent’s Christmas markets each year to add festive sparkle to the seasonal celebrations.

A man attempted to smuggle 11kg of drugs through the airport. Stock image

Man ‘attempted to smuggle 11kg of cannabis’ through Edinburgh Airport

A 24-year-old man has been jailed for 18 months at Edinburgh Sheriff Court for attempting to smuggle approximately 11 kilos of cannabis through Edinburgh Airport.

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