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.


Edinburgh International Film Festival from 21st June to 2nd July 2017  

Edinburgh International Film Festival from 21st June to 2nd July 2017  

Inaugurated in 1947, the same year as the Edinburgh International Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival is the world’s longest continually-running film festival.

Edinburgh will welcome in June the 71st edition of the Edinburgh International Film Festival. In Scotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archeology, the Festival will celebrate its 70th birthday alongside Edinburgh’s other iconic festivals, Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Edinburgh International Festival.


This anniversary will be the opportunity to both look back at memorable cinematic achievements, as well as delving into what is new and exciting in contemporary moving image culture.

The programme is available here 

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Scotland’s National LGBTQI Festival on Saturday 17th June

Scotland’s National LGBTQI Festival on Saturday 17th June

At inlingua we embrace cultures, diversity and love. We are proud to support Pride Edinburgh.

Save the date Pride Edinburgh will be on Saturday 17th June 2017. The venue for this year is going to be base at EUSA Teviot House and Potterrow venues.


Pride Edinburgh exists to promote equality and diversity and protect the future of the LGBTQI community in Scotland. The traditional Pride March provides a platform for politicians, community activists, and most importantly individuals turn out to march through the streets of Edinburgh to celebrate Pride. The Festival has LIVE Music, Health and Community Fair and lots more. Pride Edinburgh takes place in Edinburgh every year.


Pride Scotia March Route:

  • 11:00: March Assembles at Parliament Green, Scottish Parliament, Royal Mile Edinburgh.
  • 11:30: Speeches from Invited Guests and Speakers
  • 12:00 March Moves off.

Moves off heading south along Horse Wynd, Turning Right into Queens Drive, Then Right into Holyrood gait, Then Left in Holyrood Road, ahead directly into the Cowgate, Along the Cowgate, Turning left into Candlemaker row, Continuing ahead in Bristo Place. Left into Potterrow. March Arrives in EUSA whilst vehicles continue to Charles Street entrance.

  • 13:00 March Arrives at Teviot Row House and Potterrow Dome where pride day events commence.

Free accessible transport at front and read of March for those unable to walk all or part of the route.


Main Stage Line Up:

From 13:30

  • Stooshe
  • Garry Greig
  • Caitlyn Vanbeck


Check out the official website official www.prideedinburgh.org.uk for times, locations for all of our events!
Programme available here

HappyPride2017 !

Game of Thrones pop up bar to return to Edinburgh

Game of Thrones pop up bar to return to Edinburgh

Game of Thrones fan rejoice, Blood & Wine, the show’s themed pop-up bar, will return in Edinburgh on July 4th 2017 following a hugely successful first run in January this year.

This Bar In Edinburgh Is The Perfect Gathering Spot For "Game …

This Bar In Edinburgh Is The Perfect Gathering Spot For Game of Thrones Fans

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A girl has been given a second chance. There will not be a third.From Tuesday 4th July until the end of August our doors will open,
From Tuesday 4th July until the end of August our doors will open, wine will flow and heads will roll. Once again, find us in our cosy Tavern below
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Blood & Wine offer drinks inspired by Games of Thrones. They will once again open its doors to coincide with Game of Thrones’ anticipated 7th season and Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival. The bar will offer an extensive selection of drinks sourced from within the pages of A Song Of Ice & Fire and an atmosphere. Edinburgh’s response to Blood & Wine and Survive, which followed, was so good that the brains behind the concept, The Pop Up Geeks, have decided to expand the menu and create a more immersive drinking experience for the summer dates, meaning guests will get a true taste of the Seven Kingdom.

Our Maesters have sifted through scrolls, trawled through parchments and painstakingly sampled the many wines, ales and spirits within the pages of George R.R Martin’s ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ series to source the finest that the Seven Kingdoms have to offer.

So come along and taste your way through the Seven Kingdoms, but remember, when you play the Game of Thrones, you drink or you die.

Valar Morghulis!

Open Tuesday to Friday

  • Tuesday         5pm – 1am
  • Wednesday    5pm – 1am
  • Thursday       5pm – 1am
  • Friday            5pm – 1am


Volunteering in a charity shop:  good for your English, your CV and your community.

Volunteering in a charity shop: good for your English, your CV and your community.

Are you looking for more ‘real-life’ opportunities to speak English? Want to meet more native speakers? Trying to apply for a job but don’t have any experience of working in the UK? Then read on…


First of all, what is a charity shop?

A charity is a non-profit organisation that raises money and awareness for different causes, such as research for a disease, or animal welfare, or the protection of vulnerable people. Charity shops are shops where people can donate clothes or household objects they don’t want, and the charity then sells them to the public. (You can find some great bargains!) All money raised in charity shops helps support the charity’s cause.

Where can I find these charity shops?

All over Edinburgh! There is even one opposite Inlingua (The British Heart Foundation). It would be best to find one in a location that’s convenient for you, like close to your accommodation.

What sort of work would I have to do?

There are many different tasks you can do in a charity shop, such as: operating the till; sorting the donations; organising the shop; and creating the displays. There is lots of variety in the shift and plenty of people to talk to, so you won’t get bored!

How often would I have to work?

Volunteering is flexible so you can often choose your hours to fit around your schedule. Typically shops will ask you to work once or twice a week, for 2-4 hours at a time. It’s best if you are staying in Edinburgh long term (4 weeks or more), so you can become a regular part of the team.

Do I need to be eligible to work in the UK?

No! As it is voluntary work, anyone can do it.

Volunteering means working for free, right?

It does – you won’t get paid for working in a charity shop. However there are many other benefits you can get from this experience, such as:

  • Improving your English through contact with native speakers
  • The chance to learn some new skills
  • Experience working in the UK (volunteering looks great on your CV!)
  • The knowledge that you are helping a good cause

Count me in! How do I start?

First, choose the shop you want to work in, preferably near to your accommodation or Inlingua. Go in and tell the manager you are interested in volunteering – he/she will give you a form to fill out. Once you have completed the form, take it back to the shop and the manager will arrange an induction with you to show you how everything works.

Happy volunteering!

13 Best Places to Picnic in Edinburgh

13 Best Places to Picnic in Edinburgh

There’s no denying it – Edinburgh looks stunning in the sunshine. So make the most of the good weather by enjoying the great outdoors. We’ve listed the best places to enjoy a picnic in the city.

1. Princes Street Gardens


It is the most central park in Edinburgh and definitely one of the busiest parks in town when it is sunny. In the shadow of Edinburgh Castle, the Gardens were created in two phases in the 1770s and 1820s. Both run along the south side of Princes Street and are divided by The Mound. East Princes Street Gardens run from The Mound to Waverley Bridge and cover 8.5 acres (34,000 m2). The larger West Princes Street Gardens cover 29 acres (120,000 m2) and extend to the adjacent churches of St. John’s and St. Cuthbert’s, near Lothian Road in the west.

The Gardens are the best-known park in Edinburgh, having the highest awareness and visitor figures for both residents and visitors to the city. Various concerts and other events are held at the Ross Bandstand including the Festival Fireworks Concert, Men’s Health Survival of the Fittest, and during the city’s Hogmanay celebrations.


2. The Meadows


The Meadows is a large public park in the south of the city centre. It consists largely of open grassland crossed by tree-lined paths, but also has a children’s playground, a croquet club, tennis courts and recreational sports pitches. It is bordered by the University of Edinburgh’s George Square campus and the Quartermile development on the site of the old Edinburgh Royal Infirmary to the north and Marchmont to the south. To the south-west, it becomes Bruntsfield Links where there is a free, public pitch and putts golf course. It is one of the best places in the city to organise BBQ with friends!

3. Royal Botanic Garden


Just one mile from city centre, the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh offers visitors peace and tranquillity amongst 72 acres of stunning scenery.

4. Harrison Park

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Harrison Park is at the heart of a lovely community, shared by dog walkers, children, picnickers and duck feeders. It’s gorgeous in the summer and stunning in the autumn. It sits beside Union Canal, so throw down your blanket and get the sandwiches out and watch the world go by!

4. Granny’s Green – The Grassmarket

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Nestled right under Edinburgh Castle, this spot on a summer’s evening is perfection! You are surrounded by little cafes and bars, so this is a great spot for an impromptu picnic. Located in The Grassmarket, it can get quite busy so get down early and enjoy the sun all day!

5. Calton Hill


One of the seven hills of Edinburgh, it’s well worth the short steep walk with your picnic to the top of Calton Hill. The historic site is in the centre of the city and overlooks the Scottish Parliament at Holyrood. With such vast and stunning views down over the city, Calton Hill is popular with picnic-ers on the rare Edinburgh sunny day.

6. Blackford Hill


Blackford Hill is towards the south of the city and popular with dog walkers and weekend hikers. From here you can see Edinburgh Castle, Calton Hill and, on a clear day, all the way out across the Firth of Forth.

7. Inverleith Park

Inverleith Park was made for picnics. Meticulously manicured grassy parkland, lovely trees, and a resplendent sundial garden all add to the appeal. Once more, those looking to congregate in large groups, toss a ball about, meander over the quaint wooden bridge, or explore surrounding flora and fauna, will be in their element. Such a prime spot demands a perfect picnic.

8. Portobello Beach

Portobello is a coastal suburb of Edinburgh. Once known as a beach resort, it is located three miles (5 km) to the east of the city centre, facing the Firth of Forth, in eastern central Scotland. Although historically it was a town in its own right, and is often seen as such by its inhabitants, it is now a residential suburb of Edinburgh, with a promenade fronting on to the wide sand beach. It lies between the suburbs of Joppa and Craigentinny.


9. Cramond Beach


A bracing trip to the sea front

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Enjoy the feel of an old fishing village which the suburb of Cramond still retains. There is plenty of history to see in the area too with Cramond boasting one of the longest known periods of human settlement, and refreshments are available at the nearby pub or the nice coffee shop.

10. Arthur’s Seat

Arthur’s Seat may be a predictable choice and yet, it still never ceases to enrapture the people who walk it. Every time something new arises, whether it’s an added entity in the skyline or an uncharted route graced with new but equally astounding views. If lugging a picnic to the top doesn’t sound like too much of a headache, the vision of the city (and beyond) will erase all images of arduous power walking. That, and some surprisingly delicious Scottish BBQ from Reekie’s Smokehouse. Perfectly placed nearby, this family-run eatery is a winner in the meat, coffee, beer and cake game. Quick and easy, consider this a wonderfully spontaneous kind of Scottish picnic experience — no fuss, no frills — just good food and views.


11. Pentlands


Star in your own film and escape for a picnic in the Pentlands. Rolling hills, picture-perfect streams and views worth knowing about make this an ideal spot to throw down that checkered blanket and soak up the serenity. Adventure junkies will see this as an exploration opportunity, which may or may not cut into valuable eating time. Budding romanticists, on the other hand, will see this as a blissfully remote location. Strategically placed at the foot of the Pentlands is The Secret Herb Garden. This herb nursery hosts a café filled with produce harvested on site, along with various jams, chutneys and jellies.

Near Edinburgh, there is also some great spots!

12. North Berwick


13. Yellowcraig


Yellowcraig is a natural cove beach with spectacular views to the 1885 lighthouse on Fidra Island, the inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson famous tale Treasure Island.