🔥 Black Friday 2017 is TOMORROW: Get 20% Off! 🔥

🔥 Black Friday 2017 is TOMORROW: Get 20% Off! 🔥

Black Friday, the shopping extravaganza, is TOMORROW. The monster shopping event, which started in the US, is a major date in the UK’s shopping calendar as people snap up bargains in preparation for Christmas. This year we wanted to offer you a very special deal!

Friday 24th November Only!

 

Get 20% off and no booking fee on any daytime English course booking of one week or more.

How can I get the 20% discount?

Please contact us via our website or call us and quote the code #BlackFriday2017

Terms and conditions

  • Daytime courses only
  • Booking for courses taking place in 2017 or 2018
  • Maximum of 3 students per booking
  • Application form needs to be received by midnight on Friday 24 November 2017
  • Payment needs to be received by midnight on Monday 27 November 2017
Why Winter is the Perfect Time to Visit Edinburgh

Why Winter is the Perfect Time to Visit Edinburgh

Photo credit: Marketing Edinburgh

During the winter months in Edinburgh, you will have not only the possibility to experience seasonal events, but also the opportunity to re-discover the city from a new point of view. From the Christmas market to New Year’s day, Edinburgh has so many different things to do, you will surely find something you love…

Shopping

Victoria Street, Edinburgh

The two most famous places to go shopping in Edinburgh are undoubtedly Princes Street and George Street. But the beautiful Victoria Street in the old town is also a great place to find a variety of shops, bistros, restaurants and cafes. It also has its very own dedicated Christmas Shop which is open all year round!

The Christmas Market

Edinburgh Christmas Market

The Christmas Market (also called the European Christmas Market) takes place each year from 19th November until the 7th January and is located on East Princes Street Gardens. This market is said to be quite romantic. There, you can buy food, drinks, gifts and crafts from around the world.

Walks in the snow

The Meadows is a large public park. Sometimes, during winter, it’s beautifully covered by the snow and children (but also adults) usually like to play there. There is also the Royal Botanic Garden which is nice to see and walk in when there is snow.

The Meadows

Edinburgh’s Christmas and Hogmanay
Jenner's Christmas Tree

Edinburgh New Year (known as Hogmanay in Scotland) and Christmas are the biggest and most famous events taking place in winter. During those days, many events and activities will run in and around the city. If you want to have more information on the activities taking place during this time, please have a look at this blog.

Theatre, Ballet, Pantomime…

Cavall, Vall d'Incles, Andorra.

Edinburgh also has a wide range of different cultural activities for the winter. On the programme: theatre, ballet, circuses and pantomime. Whichever cultural event you would like to watch, you certainly won’t be disappointed. Just remember to book your tickets early! Black Beauty at The Traverse thatre is a famous classic tale which will be performed on stage during December in Edinburgh.

Make a Christmas wreath

Christmas market

On 17th and 18th December, you can learn how to make your very own Christmas wreath from scratch with at Lauriston Castle. During the workshop you will create a beautiful giant wreath using fresh greenery grown at the castle. See more details here!

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

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