With Edinburgh festival 2011 sashaying into the spotlight, there are many celebrations designated in this year’s festival brochure. With a unique explosion of creativity being, this year’s festival offers an opportunity for everybody to look forward to this event with a lot of enthusiasm and surprises! Displaying a variety of entertainment, new talents and also established names, those of whom who are on a trip to Scotland are sure love the country’s festivals and programmes. With a collection of independent festivals taking place in the same city at the same time, this largest cultural event in the world is everybody’s favourite. Here’s a look at some of the top festivals and entertainments in the country…
- Edinburgh Art Festival will be conducted at various venues and will be held from August 4th to September 4th, 2011. Featuring big game group shows with plenty of space for British and Scottish emerging talents to showcase their skills.
- Edinburgh Festival Fringe runs from 5th to 29th August, 2011, portraying an array of cultural performances including dance, comedy, and circus. Burlesque has also being added to the most awaited cabaret which is a definitive category of entertainment. The festival will be conducted at various venues across the city.
- Edinburgh International Book Festival, a festival of big ideas will be conducted from August 13th to 29th, 2011 that will unveil a selection of international authors, Scottish novelists, top non-fiction scribes, children’s writers and a series of interesting innovations.
- Edinburgh Military Tattoo is a festival of martial music, entertainment, ceremony and theatre which will take place from August 5th to 27th, 2001. With a series of military drum performances performed by International and Commonwealth military bands; one will be able to learn about Scotland’s tradition.
- With the festival on the go, the Edinburgh’s watering holes will be overflowing with drinks offering a special treats in10 of the best cocktail bars namely Bon Vivant, The Raconteur, Bramble, Under the Stairs, Dragonfly, Reverie, The WestRoom, Bond No9, Underdogs and Bar Missoni.
- Apart from just enjoying, each day of the week can be looked at different aspects and one among them is the best literary haunts in Edinburgh. These prominent places is known to have inspired writers like JK Rowling and Ian Rankin and are Edinburgh Books, Inky Fingers @ Forest Cafe, Literary Salon at The Wash, Edinburgh International Book Festival, Analogue Books, Elvis Shakespeare, Scottish Poetry Library, Scottish Storytelling Centre, The Oxford Bar and Spoon Cafe Bistro.
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Engineer Sir Robert McAlpine who designed Glenfinnan Viaduct situated in Scotland would have been proud if he had lived to see his construction being recognised all over the world due to it being pictured in many of the Harry Potter movies! The Viaduct which was built in 1897–1901 offers fans of the Harry Potter series to enjoy a trip in the Jacobite Steam Train which was transformed into the Hogwarts Express in the movies.
Known to be a part of the railway line that connects to the West Highlands of Scotland to its largest city of Glasgow and then to its capital of Edinburgh, the Viaduct has grown to become a hideout for thousands of Harry potter fans all over the world. The steam train which offers a ride through the rail line has been depicted in many movie scenes such as the flying car sequence and the one which shows the Hogwarts Express crossing over the viaduct. Not alone does the viaduct add to the glory of Glenfinnan but the place itself has many accolades to its credit.
The author of Harry Potter, JK Rowling has cast her influence all over Scotland and especially in Edinburgh where she began writing this world renowned series of book. Many of her ideas were raised from the beautiful surroundings, the cities and castles of this exotic country Scotland. Here’s a great link for Harry Potter fans.
With the completion of the book and the final series of the movie set to roll out this month, it would be hard for many to accept the fact that there won’t be any entry into the magical world in the future. But don’t worry it’s never fading with Scotland showcasing many of its Harry Potter havens which offers a growing series of prolonged excitement by just watching and exploring these wizardry haunts. So hurry to Scotland and make it a magical celebration with the final movie of the series!
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The summer months are here and here’s a list of the most popular summer coach tours of Scotland. The Highlands coach tours are always in demand during the summer, clearly the best time to enjoy the Highlands, Loch Ness and the castles in all their glory.
Travel Scotland’s `Most popular tours of Scotland’ are as follows:
1. The most popluar tour is the ‘3 Day Highlands and Skye coach tour‘, which departs daily from Edinburgh 7 days a week throughout the summer months, and includes accommodation in Inverness – the capital of the Highlands. It’s also available departing Glasgow.
2. The ‘5 day Highland Explorer Tour‘ departs Edinburgh runs 6 days a week and also visits the stunning scenery of the far north, the Cairngorms and a whisky distillery. Again, it’s also available from Glasgow.
3. ’The Best of The Highlands 4 Day Coach Tour‘ is essentially what it says – a four day coach trip to a variety of Scotland’s finest scenery, from the far west to the far north coast of Scotland, plus the Isle of Skye. Also available 6 days a week in the summer months departing from Glasgow.
4. Travel Scotland’s most popular day tour is the ‘Loch Ness, Glencoe and Highlands minicoach tour‘ with Rabbies Tours – a 5 star tour company.
5. The “Scotland in a day tour” covers the magnificent beauty of Rannoch Moor, Glencoe, the Great Glen, Loch Ness (for some Nessie hunting!), and Pitlochry. The tour runs every day throughout the year. They also run the tour daily from Glasgow.
All tours welcome children aged 5 and over and for further details on accommodation, hotel deals and tonnes of tips visit www.scotland.org.uk.
The new tracks on the £330m Airdrie to Bathgate rail linking Edinburgh and Glasgow will create almost 130 new jobs. The track which is due to open in December will offer jobs like drivers, ticket examiners and station staff for Scots and is the same as the one which had operated in Scotland for 25 years
Though there was a dispute between the RMT rail union and the First ScotRail in the recent months on the fact that it may jeopardize the safety of the passengers, it is all settled now. The union had also said that it will urge the minister to ensure a guard on every service of the new link.
Designed in order to complete the ‘missing link’ between the communities in Glasgow and Edinburgh, the company declares that it is safe and is same as that which has operated in Scotland for 25 years.
The use of public transport will be beneficial with the new rail Airdrie-Bathgate. It also seems that this new form of employment will profit the economy as a whole.
The worst winter weather and the cash cuts have severely affected the conditions of roads in Scotland this time. Scotland have had the worst winter this year in 30 years. The motoring groups and politicians have warned nearly fifth of carriageways in some areas are in urgent need of repair.
The state of 36 per cent of the routes was classed as either “urgent” or as deteriorating so fast that they will need to be repaired within the next two or three years.
There is another worry spreading as the major public spending cuts will further worsen the massive road repairs backlog, with an extra £45 million a year required just to stop the situation getting worse. Compensation claims from motorists for damage caused by potholes has also soared, putting further pressure on cash-strapped councils.
If the delay in patching up the potholes continues, the maintenance load will only increase and work will become costlier, more complex and more disruptive. Some experts have opinionated that the delay can affect the nation’s prosperity since Scotland’s road network is an essential utility in bringing tourists to the country.