Due to COVID-19, all in person events are cancelled, and attractions are closed

Edinburgh’s Koolyst City Guide

We love Edinburgh – it’s charm, history, cobbled streets, architecture, and it’s many festivals, including the world renowned Edinburgh Festival Fringe where our city becomes a culture hub for the whole month of August. Scotland’s Capital is full of amazing bars, cafes and restaurants, along with many theatres, museums and art galleries. You will be sure to enjoy some friendly Scottish hospitality when you visit.

Why not head along to the National Museum of Scotland, or visit the Palace of Holyroodhouse, or if you are feeling adventurous you can even climb Arthur’s Seat. Immerse yourself in the history of Edinburgh with a guided ghost tour, or learn all about Burke and Hare and their body snatching ways at Edinburgh Dungeons. And, if you are a Harry Potter fan then you are in luck, as Edinburgh is where it all started.

Edinburgh Online

Here we are sharing some fabulous local businesses who are embracing the new challenges and are serving our community during lockdown and beyond. We are sharing where to buy takeaway food & drink, activities that you can enjoy online, virtual family fun, and where to purchase non grocery items & more.

Pie Not?

Stephen Lindsay, a qualified Chef with over 20 years’ experience in the restaurant and event catering industry, saw, that whilst the humble pie continued to be a popular choice – there was a real lack of quality in Scotland. His passion for food set him on the journey to create the perfect pie, a high […]

The Restoration Yard

In the heart of Dalkeith Country Estate there is Restoration Yard. Relax, replenish and restore in this gorgeous courtyard and converted 18th century stables that play host to a beautiful a la carte restaurant with a view, a store that is packed to the rafters with fashion, interiors, books and gifts and a wellbeing lab […]

The Drip

​The Drip operate as a small, independent coffee company, serving their produce from two converted Police Information Boxes in the heart of Edinburgh – Tollcross & Morningside. The Morningside location is open during lockdown for takeaway with social distancing applied. Click HERE for the online store where you can purchase bags of their bespoke coffee blend – delicately […]

News & Reviews

Socially Distanced Cinema, Raves, Comedy and More Set to Take-Off Across the UK

Three of the UK’s biggest dance music promoters have partnered up to launch DRIVE IN EVENTS: Tom Ketley [FLY Open Air, Scotland] Steffan Chelland [Time Warp, Bristol] Richard Ince [Woodland Dance Project, UK] As we begin the easing of lockdown it has become clear that social distancing will still exist for many months into the […]

Valvona & Crolla Elm Row Store Reopens

Valvona & Crolla’s 19 Elm Row store has now reopened. They are Scotland’s oldest Delicatessen and Italian Wine Merchant founded in 1934 where you will find Italian fruit and veg, cakes and biscuits, and an extensive range of cheese, champagne, cookery books, coffee, tea, kitchenware, pasta, rice, salami, sausages, oil, vinegar, port, dessert wine, whisky and […]

Curb the Boredom and Be Creative With Skillshare

Skillshare is an online learning community with thousands of classes in design, business, tech and more. Anyone can join the millions of members in their community to learn cutting-edge skills, network with peers and discover new opportunities. They are currently offering a free two month trial. We discovered Skillshare only last month, and signed up […]

Carol Vorderman’s The Maths Factor is Now FREE!

Carol Vorderman’s The Maths Factor normally costs about £2 per week, but they are offering it for free for the duration of the school closures. The Maths Factor is an online maths tutoring site for 4-12 year olds, and they are keen to offer their services at no cost at this time, in order to keep kids […]

King’s Theatre Redevelopment Paused

Capital Theatres, the charitable trust which runs the Kings Theatre Edinburgh, today (Thursday March 26, 2020) announced that the redevelopment project scheduled to start in September 2021 will be temporarily paused due to the impact of the coronavirus.  Capital Theatres will now explore the potential of starting the project 12 months later, in September 2022. […]

Edinburgh Science Festival Cancelled in Response to Covid-19 Pandemic

Following close monitoring of the ever-changing situation regarding the global spread of COVID-19 and having held discussions with key partners, Edinburgh Science is sorry to announce the decision to cancel this year’s Edinburgh Science Festival, scheduled for 4-19 April. With the Festival less than three weeks away from opening and a programme of over 270 […]

The Best of Edinburgh

The Best Things to do in Edinburgh with Teenagers

Edinburgh is a city with so many diverse things going on. It’s great for little kids and adults, but we are always being asked for suggestions for family fun with teenagers. Below are just some of our suggestions to keep the older kids off their phones, and in the present:- Foxlake Adventures Located just outside […]

15 of the Best Spots to Get that Instagram Shot in Edinburgh

If you are an avid Instagram user, then you will know the phrase “it’s all about the ‘gram”  – this means getting the perfect shot for your grid, and going to great lengths to make sure it’s Instagram-worthy. We all know that Edinburgh is stunning, so below we have created a list of where we […]

The Best Escape Rooms in Edinburgh

Escape Rooms are vastly becoming a popular way to spend time having fun with friends or with family. We have rounded up some of the best that Edinburgh has to offer. But the question is, can you escape? Department of Magic What trip to Edinburgh, home of medieval witches & wizards, would be complete without […]

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