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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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!

[Vlog] 20 Things to do in Edinburgh

[Vlog] 20 Things to do in Edinburgh

Come along with us as they explore the top attractions and things to do in Edinburgh, Scotland city tour. They shared their 20 things to do in Edinburgh travel guide features the best activities, museums, restaurants, shopping, nightlife, food and entertainment venues in the city along with numerous suggestions for tours that will make your stay in Edinburgh unique and memorable.



20 Things to do in Edinburgh, Scotland Travel Guide:

  1. Edinburgh Castle
  2. Scotch Whisky Experience (suggestion)
  3. Royal Mile Old Town for souvenir shopping
  4. Edinburgh Walking Tours (Ghost Tour, Literary Tour, etc)
  5. Eat Traditional Scottish food: Haggis, neeps & tatties (suggestion: Whiski Rooms)
  6. Holyrood Palace (Official resident of British Monarchy)
  7. Holyrood Abbey and Garden
  8. Edinburgh Gin Distillery (suggested tour)
  9. National Museum of Scotland
  10. Princes Street Garden
  11. Dean Village (underrated place to visit)
  12. Calton Hill and Arthur’s Seat
  13. Scott Monument for great views of Edinburgh
  14. Royal Botanic Garden not far from New Town
  15. Food Tour (suggestion: Eat Walk Edinburgh)
  16. Wynds and closes in the Old Town of Edinburgh
  17. St. Giles Cathedral
  18. Scottish National Gallery Museum
  19. Scottish National Portrait Gallery Museum
  20. Nightlife in Edinburgh (pubs, live band or a ceilidh)

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20 Reasons to Study in Edinburgh

20 Reasons to Study in Edinburgh

Edinburgh’s four world-class universities offer programmes from undergraduate to PhD level, in disciplines ranging from Classics to Particle Physics.

Students come from more than 150 countries across the globe to study with world-leading academics in a city that has a long history of encouraging life-long learning and innovation.


Courses offered are flexible, and students are well supported on their journey towards qualifications that are respected throughout the world, and accredited by more than 100 professional bodies. Students who study in Scotland’s capital city take advantage of work placement opportunities and are sought after by employers. Teaching and research quality in Edinburgh is excellent and recognised internationally, and the city’s universities and their departments frequently rate highly in league tables.

A qualification from one of Edinburgh’s four universities can be the foundation of a truly great career.