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1.  All-Rooms

This site lists discount hotels throughout Britain, together with useful directories for many of the locations including Edinburgh.  The directories on this site give addresses and telephone numbers for restaurants, accommodation, museums, theatres, colleges, universities,  libraries, culture, etc.

2.  Bo'ness and Kinneil Railway

Bo'ness, about 20 miles to the west of Edinburgh, is the home of the Scottish Railway Preservation Society. 

SRPS operates Scottish Rail Tours and a the Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway.  This preserved steam railway linking Bo'ness on the Firth of Forth and Birkhill with its preserved fireclay mines, 3.5 miles to the south-west.

The railway operates a daily service in July and August and at weekends for the remainder of the year.  There are special events throughout the year, including  Easter Egg Specials, Diesel Gala, Santa Steam Trains,  Days Out with Thomas.

3.  Capital City Challenge  -  10km Run and 1.5 km Fun Run

The event, taking in Meadowbank Stadium, Queen's Park, Edinburgh Old Town and Princes Street will be held on 21 September 2003.  Those wishing to enter must do so by 9 September 2003.

4.  Christmas in Edinburgh

For further details of Events in Edinburgh in the weeks leading up to Christmas see the  Edinburgh's Christmas web site.

5.  City Visitor

This is a site that gives some useful contact details (telephone no. and map;  also email address and web address if available) for many Edinburgh businesses.  The companies are grouped by category - hotels, restaurants, type of shop, etc.

6.  CowParade Gala Auction

Almost a hundred life-size fibreglass cows decorated the streets of Edinburgh for ten weeks from May 2006.  This was Edinburgh's CowParade - an event that has been held in different cities around the world in recent years.

The cows are to be sold in a Gala Auction at Prestonfield House Hotel on September 7, 2006.  This web page gives details of the Gala Auction.

7.  Doors Open Day

Edinburgh's Civic Trust, the Cockburn Association, helps to promote and finance this day, on which the owners of about 60 public buildings in and around Edinburgh will open their buildings, free of charge, to the public. 

Different districts select their own date for this event each year.  Edinburgh has chosen Saturday 25 September 2004.

Details of addresses and times for each of the buildings open this year, together with brief background and architectural details are available:

-  in a leaflet to be published by the Cockburn Association, Trunk's Close,  55 High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1SR.

-  At this page on the Cockburn Association's web site.

8.  East Coast Sailing Week

Granton Harbour in Edinburgh on the Firth of Forth is to host East Coast Sailing Week - a week of sailing races beginning Sunday 18 July 2004.  For further details see the East Coast Sailing Week web site.

9.  Easter Play

This  web site gives details of the Easter Play to be held in five locations in West Princes Street Gardens on the afternoon of Easter Saturday, 26 March 2005.

10. Edinburgh 247

  Darren Moore's Edinburgh 247 web site includes:

-  Today's top news headlines.

-  Bus and train timetables.

-  Cinema listings and  "What's On in Edinburgh?".

-  Edinburgh pictures that can be sent as email postcards.

11.  Edinburgh Accommodation & Travel

This site includes an Independent traveller's toolkit for Edinburgh which lists accommodation by category:  hostels, B&B, 2/3 star hotels, 4 star hotels, etc. with a brief comment on each of the accommodations.  The site also gives information Edinburgh airport, Edinburgh transport and tours.

12. Edinburgh & Lothian Tourist Board

This web site provides information on accommodation, transport and events in and around Edinburgh.  The Tourist Board is based at the East End of Princes Street, close to the exit from Edinburgh Waverley Station.

13.  Edinburgh CowParade

The Edinburgh CowParade will be in Edinburgh for ten weeks from May 15, 2006.  About a hundred cows will be decorated and placed around the city's streets.  For further details, see the official Edinburgh CowParade site

14.  Edinburgh Festivals

Many festivals are held annually in Edinburgh.  Here are the dates and links to web sites for some of the festivals in 2007. Some of the web site links may be the same in subsequent years.

10 Aug - 2 Sep 07

Edinburgh International Festival

 5 Aug - 27 Aug 07

Edinburgh Festival Fringe

 11 Aug - 27 Aug 07

Edinburgh International Book Festival

15 Aug - 26 Aug 07

Edinburgh International Film Festival

27 Jul - 5 Aug 07

Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival

 3 Aug - 25 Aug 07

Edinburgh Military Tattoo

1 Sep - 2 Sep 07

Edinburgh Mela

   26 Jul - 2 Sep 07

Edinburgh Art Festival

   2  Apr - 15 Apr 07

Edinburgh International Science Festival

   12 Aug - 14 Aug 07

Edinburgh Interactive Entertainment Festival



A record 1,697,293 tickets were sold for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe through their box office in 2007, a 10.8% increase on 2006.

More tickets would have been sold 'at the door'.

There were:

-   31,000 performances

-   18,626 performers

-     2,050 shows

-        250 venues

Edinburgh Evening News, August 28, 2007, p.3

15.  Edinburgh Half-Marathon

See the Edinburgh Half-Marathon web site for further details of the Edinburgh Marathon half-marathon to be held in spring 2006

16.  Edinburgh Hotels

This site by Kevin Ireson gives details of Edinburgh hotels.  It provides online booking.  It also has links to other Edinburgh sites for details of churches, historic buildings, galleries, restaurants and "What's On in Edinburgh?".

17.  Edinburgh Marathon

See the Edinburgh Marathon web site for further details of the Edinburgh Marathon to be held on 12 June 2005.

18. Edinburgh Past and Present

This is a new non-commercial web site set up by Morris Skilling, Craiglockhart, Edinburgh, to record his interest in Edinburgh.  The site has drop-down menus at the top of each page, with links to pages covering:

     -  Past:        Stories of Old Edinburgh
                         Haunted Edinburgh
     -  Present:  Attractions, Places to Visit
                         Free museums and galleries.

19.  Edinburgh Photo Trails    NEW

With  this new web site (set up in 2010) Graham Gaw tells me that he hopes to "recreate the Edinburgh Fuji photo Trails laid out in the city in 1993 and seemingly long since forgotten".

I have occasionally found small plaques embedded in the pavements in Edinburgh suggesting spots that photos might be taken from.  I assume these plaques are part of the Edinburgh Fuji Photo Trails.

Graham's web site also includes a few of his photos taken on these Photo Trails.

20.  Edinburgh-underground

The Edinburgh-underground site has been set up by a group of enthusiasts to display some of the group's photographs taken underground, in and around Edinburgh, of places that might not otherwise be seen: the nuclear bunker, monks' cave, clay mine, copper mine, etc.

Alternatively, for parts of underground Edinburgh that are open to the public, please see the Real Mary King's Close web site below.


21.  Festival of the Sea, 2003

For over 50 years the Edinburgh Arts Festival has been held in August, accompanied by a far larger Fringe Festival.  Edinburgh is also host to a several other Festivals, including a Science Festival, Children's Festival, Jazz Festival, Book Festival and Film Festival.  This web site, provided by The Scotsman newspaper, gives more details.

In 2003, there will also be a Festival of the Sea to be staged at Leith Harbour from 23 to 26 May.

22.  Great Scottish Walk

This is the site for details of the Great Scottish Walk  -  a 12-mile charity walk in Edinburgh on 20 June 2004, from Queen's Park to Meadowbank Stadium via the Old Town of Edinburgh, Princes Street Gardens and Leith.

23.  MTV Europe Music Awards

The 10th Anniversary MTV Europe Music Award Ceremony is to be held at Leith Docks, Edinburgh on 6 November 2003. 

This event is primarily aimed at the music industry, but other music events will be held in Edinburgh to coincide. For more info on the Award Ceremony, see the MTV web site.

24.  Mansfield Traquair Trust

This web site gives details of when the murals by Phoebe Anna Traquair on the walls of the Mansfield Traquair Centre, formerly a Catholic Apostolic Church at Mansfield Place,  Broughton, Edinburgh can be viewed.

25.  Maps of Edinburgh today  -  Multimap

This site provides maps of Edinburgh (and elsewhere in Britain) to match a post-code that is entered.  It also has links to web-cams in Edinburgh.

26.  Mary King's Close    NEW

This Real Mary King's Close site gives a brief description and photographs of the Warren of closes, or narrow streets, hidden underground beneath Edinburgh City Chambers in the Royal Mile.

These closes have now been opened to the public as a visitors' attraction.  Please see this web site for details of tours.

27.  National Galleries of Scotland

The National Galleries of Scotland have four galleries in Edinburgh, including:

-  The National Portrait Gallery with its collections of paintings and photographs.

-  A gallery at the foot of the Mound, that is now undergoing refurbishment as part to the Playfair Project, prior to hosting an exhibition of Claude Monet's paintings, beginning August 2003.

28.  New Year in Edinburgh

For further details of events in Edinburgh around the New Year, see the Edinburgh's Hogmanay web site

29.  Science Festival

The Science Festival is an annual event in Edinburgh, to be held from 3rd to 24th April 2004.  It will have a good range of exhibitions, talks and events for children.

For further details, see the science festival web site or telephone (0)131 556 5588.

30.  The Santa Run

Edinburgh's Christmas events in 2004 will include The Great Scottish Santa Run in West Princes Street Gardens on 12 December 2004.

Proceeds are for charity.  Further details and entry forms can be found on The Santa Run web site.

31.  Scotland for Visitors

This web site from Blair Logie has images of Scotland -  castles, landscapes and other photos.

There is also a section on the history of Scotland which Blair hopes will grow, with the inclusion of some guest articles.

32.  The Scott Monument

This page on the SCRAN web site is the place to look to find out more about the 64 statues from Sir Walter Scott's novels that are featured on the Scott Monument in East Princes Street Gardens.

This site gives images of each of the statues and details of where they are located on the monument.

33. Space Shuttle  NEW

This page from the NASA web sites gives the times when the Space Shuttle will be visible from Edinburgh.

34.  Travel Information  - Public Transport

The Traveline web site provides impartial advice on planning a journey by bus, coach or train, whether it be to Edinburgh or elsewhere in Britain.  The site includes a Journey Planner into which you key in  'from', 'to' and when you wish to travel.

35.  TripTutor  -  Travel Guide  NEW

This Edinburgh Travel Guide includes:

-  a brief history of the city

-  advice on travel.

-  weather information, and current weather.

36.  What's On in Edinburgh?  -  Edinburgh Guide

This site may be of interest to visitors to Edinburgh and people living locally, It gives details of Arts, Entertainment, Business, Sports, Travel, Tourism, etc. with links to many other Edinburgh sites, including maps of Edinburgh.

37.  'Wikipedia'  -  A free online encyclopaedia  -  Edinburgh

This section of the online encyclopaedia, Wikipedia, covers the history of Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven, and gives brief details of some of Edinburgh's famous residents.

38.  Weather - Edinburgh  NEW

Here is the 5-day weather forecast for Edinburgh, from the BBC web site.

38.  Weather and Times  NEW

I have found this Time and Date web site to be helpful.  It gives:

-  the current time in Edinburgh (and in many other cities).

-  times of sunrise, sunset, moon data.

-  distances from Edinburgh to other cities.

-  forecast of weather for the next week.

40.  Weather Forecasts - Scotland

This Scotland Snow Forecast site has some useful maps showing forecasts of expected rain, snow, temperature, wind and cloud throughout Scotland over the next few days.

41.  Web Cameras in Edinburgh

This CamVista web site has links to several cameras situated around the centre of Edinburgh  -  both web cameras (with the views refreshed every 3 to 5 seconds) and streaming cameras (showing moving pictures).

42.  Your Edinburgh  -  City of Edinburgh Council

This is a site provided by City of Edinburgh Council.  It has lots of useful links to other web sites for Edinburgh Arts, Leisure, Transport, History, etc.



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