Spectacular humpback whale in front of Edinburgh Castle

Spectacular humpback whale in front of Edinburgh Castle

Picture by Adrian Plumb

The moment a humpback whale breached from the water in front of Edinburgh Castle has been captured by a photographer. Birdwatcher Adrian Plumb got more than he bargained for when he caught an “image of a lifetime” while looking for a tiny bird. Birdwatcher snaps surprise whale shot in front of castle. The mammal was spotted surfacing against the striking backdrop in the Firth of Forth. He managed to capture spectacular pictures of a humpback whale in front of Edinburgh Castle. The huge mammal was swimming in the Firth of Forth while Adrian looked on from Kinghorn in Fife.

A number of the huge mammals were pictured in the Firth of Forth over the weekend, with some sightings also reported on Monday.


New Evening Term for Languages Starting January 2018!

New Evening Term for Languages Starting January 2018!

Our new term for evening language classes will begin on 22nd January 2018

Our language centre is centrally located in Edinburgh’s West End and has a relaxed yet professional atmosphere for an enjoyable learning experience. We also provide free tea & coffee, Wi-Fi and a comfortable student’s lounge. inlingua’s world-renowned teaching method was established in 1968 and has been proven to get results time and time again.

  • Lessons in small groups (max. 10 per class)
  • Qualified teachers who are all native speakers of the target language
  • A lot of speaking practice
  • All course materials included (including a book and CD for beginners)
  • Classes for all abilities – no mixed-level groups
Click here to see a full list of the languages we offer!


Timetable 22nd January – 12th April 2018

Our language lessons take place once per week from 18.30 – 20.00

The full cost is £180 per term (£15 per evening incl. material and refreshments)

Contact us to enrol!

Try lessons in a selection of our languages for free!

Visit us on one of our Open Evenings and try a class for yourself!  Open Evenings on Monday 15th and Tuesday 16th January 2018. Before the term begins we invite you to come and try a 45-minute lesson at our language centre. If your language doesn’t appear on the list, feel free to come along to chat with a teacher and have a look around!

Monday 15th January:

  • Croatian (18:00)
  • German (18:00)
  • Polish (18:00)
  • Spanish (18:00)
  • Russian (19:00)
  • Portuguese (19:00)
  • Italian (19:00)
  • French (19:00)
  • Japanese (19:00)

Tuesday 16th January:

  • German (18:00)
  • Norwegian (18:00)
  • Turkish (18:00)
  • Gaelic (19:00)
  • Swedish (19:00)
Book your tickets here!
Happy St Andrew’s Day 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Latha fèill Anndrais sona dhuibh 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

Happy St Andrew’s Day 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Latha fèill Anndrais sona dhuibh 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

St. Andrew’s Day is here, giving us a chance to celebrate and remember the patron saint of Scotland. The date is being marked by a Google Doodle – but who was St Andrew and is today a public holiday for people living in Scotland?

St. Andrew’s Day (or in Scottish Gaelic, ‘Là Naomh Anndrais’) is a bank holiday in Scotland, marking the country’s patron saint. It’s the feast day of Saint Andrew and is celebrated on the 30th November each year. Saint Andrew is the patron saint of Scotland, and St. Andrew’s Day is Scotland’s official national day.

Although most commonly associated with Scotland, Saint Andrew is also the patron saint of Greece, Romania and Russia. In Germany, the feast day is celebrated as Andreasnacht (“St. Andrew’s Night“), in Austria with the custom of Andreasgebet (“St. Andrew’s Prayer“), and in Poland as Andrzejki (“Andrews”).

St Andrew’s Day, the perfect excuse to try all the traditional Scottish meals! 


For St. Andrew’s Day you’ll certainly see the national flag everywhere. However, do you know the origin of the Scottish flag? According to legend, in 832 A.D. King Óengus II (or King Angus) led the Picts and Scots in battle against the Angles, King Angus and his men were surrounded and he prayed for deliverance. During the night Saint Andrew, who was martyred on a saltire cross, appeared to Angus and assured him of victory. On the following morning, a white saltire against the background of a blue sky appeared to both sides. The Picts and Scots were heartened by this, but the Angles lost confidence and were defeated. This saltire design has been the Scottish flag ever since.

How to say ‘Happy St Andrew’s Day’ in Scottish Gaelic

To really get into the the St Andrew’s Day spirit you should say: Latha fèill Anndrais sona dhut when you want to say it to one person and Latha fèill Anndrais sona dhuibh when you want to wish a Happy St Andrew’s Day to a group of people.


24 Doors Of Advent: Edinburgh’s Locked Doors Open To The Public

24 Doors Of Advent: Edinburgh’s Locked Doors Open To The Public

The free event 24 Doors of Advent returns from 1 – 24 December, allowing you to peep behind usually closed doors throughout the city during advent!

Discover an exciting new place each day, as this real-life advent calendar takes you through a different door throughout December, as Edinburgh opens its doors to showcase the unique buildings in the city.  So forget the snowman-shaped chocolates in paper calendars and enjoy the new discoveries. Check out the list below to reveal information on the site opened each day and make your countdown to Christmas even more fun than usual!

This year’s doors include John Sinclair House, Victorian School Room, McEwan Hall, Trinity House, Burns Monument, Mansfield Traquair, BT Murrayfield and Lauriston Castle.

Please note that some events and tours must be booked in advance.

1 December – Historic Environment Scotland
2 December – Dovecot Studios
3 December – The Victorian Schoolroom
4 December – Lady Haig Poppy Factory
5 December – McEwan Hall
6 December – Dance For All Studio
7 December – Heart of Midlothian, Tynecastle Park
8 December – Trinity House
9 December – Robert Burns Monument
10 December – Mansfield Traquair Centre
11 December – BT Murrayfield Stadium
12 December – Stills
13 December – Scottish Storytelling Centre
14 December – Georgian Antiques
15 December – Holyrood Park Education Centre
16 December – The Scottish Parliament
17 December – Edinburgh Printmakers
18 December – Edinburgh Festival Theatre
19 December – Lauriston Castle
20 December – St Cecila’s Hall and Music Museum
21 December – National Records of Scotland, HM General Register House
22 December – Drumsheugh Baths Club
23 December – Filmhouse
24 December – Church of St John the Evangelist

*Guided tours available at some locations

20 Things to do & see on the Royal Mile

20 Things to do & see on the Royal Mile

Edinburgh’s Royal Mile is the heart of Scotland’s historic capital. A short walk away is the Grassmarket, an area steeped in the city’s colourful history. The Royal Mile runs through the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town, connecting the magnificent Edinburgh Castle, perched high on a base of volcanic rock, with the splendorous Palace of Holyroodhouse, resting in the shadow of Arthur’s Seat. The Mile is overlooked by impressive, towering tenements, between which cobbled closes and narrow stairways interlock to create a secret underground world.