How to navigate the city and find our school in Edinburgh?

How to navigate the city and find our school in Edinburgh?

Image credit: Flickr, Hec Tate

Getting to Edinburgh and inlingua is easy, no matter where you are coming from or how you choose to travel. On this article you’ll find general information about how to get to the city of Edinburgh, and details of how to navigate the city and find your inlingua school.

 

Getting to Edinburgh

 

By air

Edinburgh International Airport receives daily flights from more than 20 UK and 40 European airports, as well as daily transatlantic flights. Flights from international destinations are also scheduled throughout the week. The airport is about 12km from the city centre. The 30-minute journey can be easily made using the frequent airport bus or tram services, or by taxi.

By rail

Edinburgh has excellent rail links throughout the UK. The East Coast mainline, which links Edinburgh and London King’s Cross, is the UK’s fastest intercity railway: you can travel between the cities in around 4 hours. Or, if you prefer to travel overnight, a sleeper service runs between London Euston and Edinburgh Waverley 6 nights a week.

There are great links to other cities too. The journey to Glasgow only takes 45 minutes, while York, Newcastle, Inverness or Aberdeen can be reached in about 2 hours. All trains arrive at Waverley Station in the centre of the city, although some trains also stop at Haymarket, which is a smaller station in the West End.

By bus

If you are travelling on a budget, buses are often your best bet. Edinburgh is well placed on the Scottish motorway network so getting here is easy with regular bus services from all major UK cities. Buses and coaches arrive at St Andrews Square bus station in Edinburgh’s city centre.

By car

Travel times by road are less than you might think. From the south: Birmingham is about 5 hours away; Manchester and York, 3 hours; Newcastle, 2 hours. From the north: Inverness is about 3 hours away; Aberdeen, 2 hours. Route information for drivers can be found on the RAC or AA websites.

Getting around the city

 

Edinburgh is a compact city and is easy to get around on foot, by bike or by public transport.

Travelling by public transport

Edinburgh and its surrounding suburbs are well served by two local bus companies. A tram service also operates in the city centre. The main public transport used in Edinburgh is the bus. You will see the famous double-decker buses everywhere.

SINGLEticket

Adult: £1.60
Child: 80p

Ideal for infrequent users. SINGLEtickets are available from your bus driver. When boarding the bus let the driver know the type of ticket you require and then place the correct change into the red fares box. Please have your correct fare ready as our drivers do not have access to cash and cannot give change.

DAYticket

  • Adult: £4.00
  • Airport Day ticket: £9.00

A day ticket is perfect if you wish to take the bus several times a day. With this option, you have access to all buses in Edinburgh for one day and you can of course use them as often as you’d like to. The day ticket costs £4.00 and you can buy it directly to the first bus driver also.

Ridacard

  • One-week card: £18.00
  • Four-week card: £54.00
  • One-year card: £630.00

It is the best option for regular travellers. You can choose from a one-week card and a four-week card. With the Ridacard you will have unlimited travel on bus and tram, day and night. The Ridacard has to be purchased to one of the Travelshops from the Lothian buses (situated on Hanover Street, E London Street or on Market Street).

 

Finding inlingua Edinburgh

 

We are based at 40 Shandwick Place, Edinburgh, EH2 4RT, United Kingdom.

inlingua Edinburgh

What is the weather like in winter in Edinburgh?

What is the weather like in winter in Edinburgh?

The weather in Edinburgh is well-known for being unforeseeable. In one day, it’s common to experience all the seasons that you have in one year, whether you are in Summer or in Winter ! So don’t forget to bring an umbrella in your bag-pack and a raincoat.

During the winter (November, December, January and February), the temperatures range from about 2-6 degrees Celsius in Edinburgh. It occasionally snows and it’s sometimes also very windy. But if you wear a good winter jacket, it will be alright. Also, wear some good boots against the cold and the snow.

Another thing that must be said: in Winter, it usually gets dark at around 4pm…(as Edinburgh is a city near the Arctic circle).

If there is any snow in the city, it’s the perfect place to spend Christmas time: View from Arthur’s Seat:

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Another sunny day in Winter: winter time at Calton Hill:

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Image Credit: The City of Edinburgh Council, Flickr

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