Scotland voted the most beautiful country in the world

Scotland voted the most beautiful country in the world

Rough Guides, the leading publisher of travel and reference guides, tasked its readers to choose the top 20 most beautiful countries in the world, and Scotland came out on top, ahead of Canada and New Zealand. The readers voted Scotland as “the most beautiful country in the world”

 

Citing the country’s “wild beaches, deep lochs and craggy castles” the poll found Scotland to be more attractive than Canada, New Zealand, Italy and England, of course. We are delighted that Scotland has received this remarkable accolade from Rough Guide readers, but of course it will not be a surprise to anyone who has encountered our wonderful country.

10 most beautiful countries in the world following the poll

  1. Scotland
  2. Canada
  3. New Zealand
  4. Italy
  5. South Africa
  6. Indonesia
  7. England
  8. Iceland
  9. USA
  10. Wales

To read more about the awards head to https://www.roughguides.com/gallery/most-beautiful-country-in-the-world

World Languages Evening Course Schedule from 26th September

World Languages Evening Course Schedule from 26th September

Our new evening term will begin from 26th September 2017!
If you cannot see your language or level on the list please get in touch with us.

Arabic Croatian French Gaelic German
Beginner Wednesdays 6.30 – 8pm
Post-Beginner
Pre-Intermediate
Intermediate

 

  Hungarian Italian Japanese Polish
Beginner
Post-Beginner
Pre-Intermediate
Intermediate

 

Portuguese 
(European)
Portuguese 
(Brazilian)
Russian Spanish
Beginner
Post-Beginner
Pre-Intermediate
Intermediate

Try a lesson for free on Tuesday 12th September (Monday 10th for Gaelic) – book your place here!

 

Edinburgh Jazz Festival Carnival Parade [Sunday 16th July 2017]

Edinburgh Jazz Festival Carnival Parade [Sunday 16th July 2017]

This Sunday do not miss the chance to see hundreds of performers in a parade through the centre of Edinburgh as part of the city’s Jazz Festival Carnival! Music, dance, costumes, circus acrobats, puppetry from all over the world!

 

Thousands of spectators will join to create a carnival atmosphere in the city centre on Sunday as hundreds of performers gather to kick start the festival season. Now in its sixth year, the Festival Carnival is limbering up for its biggest year yet growing from 20 carnival performers leading the festivities in 2012 to over 800 this weekend!

 

 

KalentuRa (Netherlands), Edinburgh Samba School, Enjoy Street Theatre (Italy), Beltane Fire Society, 3 Points (Spain), Edinburgh Chinese Community Festival Group, D’Art (Netherlands), Anansi, Pep’s Circus (France), Pulse of the Place, Messy Jam (England), Samba Resille (France), Artscape (South Africa), Circus Alba, Brass Aye, Think Circus & Hoop Addicts, Edinburgh Chinese Art and Culture Community and many more.

 

 

Exotic costumes, rhythmic sounds, giant puppets, drum groups and street performers of every description, creating a Carnival atmosphere in the centre of Edinburgh. Over 800 performers will take part in this amazing spectacle.

Free admission, thanks to City of Edinburgh Council.

  • 2.30pm Parade from The Mound to the West End of Princes Street
  • 3.30pm-5pm Performances in Princes Street, Princes Street Gardens

Please see below the full lineup including timings and zones:

Take part in the carnival! 

Participate in the Carnival parade by wearing a costume or being a steward and have one of the most exhilarating experiences.

Check out the official Facebook Page here

A story of 30 years: from Erasmus to Erasmus+

A story of 30 years: from Erasmus to Erasmus+

The original Erasmus began in 1987 as an exchange programme that gave higher education students a taste of life and learning abroad. In 30 years an estimated 9 million people will have taken part, 600,000 of them from the UK. Today, Erasmus+ offers opportunities across Europe and beyond to individuals and organisations in education, training, youth and sport.

The UK National Agency is celebrating this special year in 2017 and you will find all the information and resources you need below to be a part of this 30 year anniversary!

Did you know…?

From 1987 to 2017, an estimated 600,000 people from the UK studied, trained or volunteered abroad through Erasmus+. The scheme started in 1987, when fewer than 1000 pioneering UK university students studied abroad in ten countries.

Over 30 years UK participation* has involved:

  • 307,700 higher education students
  • 129,000 education staff and youth workers
  • 101,900 youth exchanges and volunteers
  • 58,800 vocational training learners

One-in-four Erasmus students meet their long-term partner whilst abroad, according to an EU study.

Since the launch of Erasmus+ in 2014, 2,910 projects in the UK have received funding of 363 million euros**. Between 2014 and 2020, Erasmus+ will provide opportunities for more than 4 million people from Europe and around the world. You can find more detailed statistics about UK Erasmus+ applications, projects and participants here.

*According to European Commission estimates and UK National Agency statistics
**Figures correct at February 2017

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

 

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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

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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.

Relive Our 4th inlingua Unplugged!

Relive Our 4th inlingua Unplugged!

Last week, we hosted our 4th inlingua unplugged to celebrate Edinburgh’s diverse cultures. We had an eclectic mix of live music/ Featuring acoustic sets from some of our favourite local artists.