Edinburgh’s International Storytelling Festival – Accommodation Deals + VIDEO

The truly magnificent and entertaining International Storytelling Festival 2013 hits the streets of Edinburgh from Friday 18th to Sunday 27th October. Storytelling events at many venues across Scotland’s capital city will be thrilling, exciting and inspiring audiences of all ages – check out the video below for a taste of what to expect from this superb festival.

The 2014 International Storytelling Festival in Edinburgh looks at the role of bards and vagabonds in recording and communicating some of the most important stories from Scotland’s distant history. Festival organisers have also invited some of the world’s best storytellers and story historians to Edinburgh to entertain and educate local audiences.

You can view the complete Scottish International Storytelling Festival programme here.

If you’re planning a visit to the International Storytelling Festival in Edinburgh, then you should stay a night or two to soak up the atmosphere of the festival and the city.

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Travelling Essentials: How to Avoid Over Packing?

Travelling for vacation or business purposes is both fun and stressful, and packing is one of the reasons that causes stress. When preparing for your trip, you want to make sure that you wouldn’t forget any important item. However, this principle leads us to literally bringing all the contents of your house that could possibly fit into your luggage.
Over packing has several disadvantages. You might pay extra in the airport and you will not have energy to enjoy your vacation since it’s already drained by a heavy hand carry.

Here are the guidelines on how to avoid over packing:

1. Avoid bringing unnecessary outfits. If you destination is a tropical paradise, then there’s no need for you to bring sweaters and warmers. It is important to determine your itinerary so you’ll be aware about the proper attires that you should bring. No need to bring different pairs of shoes to match the color of your outfit. Remember, this is a vacation not a fashion show.

2. No need to bring the entire contents of your bathroom. In case of emergency, it’s okay to add personal items into your suitcase such as toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo, conditioner, a soap, and a feminine. Just make sure that these items are miniature sized suited for travelling. Avoid bringing your entire skin care products. You can keep up with your beauty regimen once you got home.

3. Get rid of bulky reading materials! You will be on a vacation, so for once, come back to reality and leave the fictional novels behind. This is the time for you to have fun and not to sit on one corner and get hooked on a book. You can bring one piece of reading material in case you got really bored or you can just download e-books. Just don’t bring the entire set of Harry Potter.

4. No room for extraneous gears and gadgets. Bathrobes, towels, hair dryers, curling and flat irons, extra blankets – seriously, do you really have to bring this all? Either you’re planning to stay on a hotel or hostel, it’s a certain that they are complete with these items. You can always rent or buy the things you need instead of filling your entire suitcase with nonsense. In addition, it will give your suitcase extra room for souvenirs.

5. Don’t stock too many food items in your luggage. Many of us fear that we might not like how the dishes taste on other locations so we overpack our luggage with instant food items. That’s why it’s important for you to conduct a research about the local foods being offered in your travel destination and if there are nearby restaurants or fast foods that offer signature American recipes. But for sure, you can find McDonald’s anywhere.

6. Avoid bringing different sets of authentic jewelry. Although it might not occupy a lot of space on your luggage, it can put you on an untoward situation. Your jewelries is a great attraction for pickpockets, and worst, your entire luggage might be stolen. Always remember to keep a low profile whenever you’re going out of your comfort zone.

Author Bio:
Sarah Grace Del Rosario wrote this article. She is a travel ambassador and blogger from Jurnii’s Rv Rentals. They offerarizona rv rental to those looking to travel around the United States. Despite her busy schedule, she never forgets to indulge in her wanderlust.

Hotels Near The Scotch Whisky Experience – Latest Deals On Accommodation – VIDEO

The Scotch Whisky Experience has become one of Edinburgh’s most popular tourist attractions with visitors from the UK and abroad. A lot of money and creativity has been put into making this a stylish and sophisticated attraction.

Jump onto the whisky barrel ride and you will be given an interactive tour around a replica distillery to see how whisky is made and to experience all the heritage behind the ‘water of life’.  At the end of the fascinating tour you will see the largest collection of Scotch whisky in the world and a chance to sample some uisge beatha (Gaelic for whisky) – children can enjoy another classic Scottish drink, Irn-Bru. See the video below for a taste of the Experience.


There is a wide range of tours to choose from to suit your group, budget and time. The Experience has a brilliant shop with loads of whisky related gifts for that special person back home, or for yourself, more importantly. Those looking for a fine dining experience in the Old Town should take a look at enjoying an elegant Scottish meal at the Amber Restaurant within the whisky complex.

Everyone has their own unique preference when it comes to whisky but many people don’t know how to discover their prefect dram of whisky. The whisky experts and guides at the Experience will show you what tastes and flavours to look out for from whiskies from the different regions of Scotland, to help identify your perfect single malt whisky.

If you would like to visit a working whisky distillery, the nearest is the lovely Glenkinchie Distillery by Pencaitland, East Lothian, 20 miles south east of Edinburgh city centre. Glenkinchie is a fine example of a Lowland whisky, with an attractive spicy long taste. You will need a car to get to the distillery as there is no train station or bus stops nearby.

The Scotch Whisky’s location at the top of the Royal Mile puts it next to loads of great hotels and apartments. For all the latest nearby Accommodation Deals simply click on the button below and search 100s of travel websites for the lowest room rates at once.


Accommodation Near The National Library Of Scotland – VIDEO

The National Library of Scotland is a beautiful building on George IV Bridge, in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town. This was once the Advocates Library, but is now the national depository for books, and an important centre of research and literature in Scotland. The National Library is open to everyone and entry is free. Anyone can register for a library card to start using materials in the reading rooms.

The National Library is the place to visit if you are particulalry interested in learning more about Scotland, its people and its history. The library has an extensive archive of books (7 million), letters, maps, manuscripts and documents, so if you are visiting to do some research please be sure to spend some time beforehand planning our visit using the various online resources available from the library website.

The National Library of Scotland is one of the best places to start researching your Scottish family history. The library has detailed personal records from Scottish censuses, gravestones, passengers lists, voters rolls and notices of deaths, births and marriages.

The library has a permanent exhibition showing papers and letters from the John Murray publishing company, featuring writings by Lord Byron, Charles Darwin and Jane Austen. The library also has regular and fascinating temporary exhibitions on a wide range of topics. Visitors can also enjoy some of the huge archive of film owned by the national library. These videos give an interesting insight into Scottish life over the past century and more.

Other highlights not to miss, is a copy of the First Folio of Shakespeare and a copy of the Gutenberg Bible.

Tip: The National Library cafe is a popular place with local workers and visitors looking for a quite place to relax and enjoy a light meal or refreshments. Nip inside to escape from all the maddening crowds round the corner on The Royal Mile.

If you are coming to Edinburgh to do some research or study at the National Gallery of Scotland and require nearby accommodation, simply click on the button below for all the latest local accommodation deals.

Accommodation Near Edinburgh City Art Centre – Video

If you come out of Edinburgh Waverley Station from the Market Street exit, you will see the the fab City Art Centre directly across the street, at 2 Market Street. The City Art Centre focuses on displaying the finest of Scottish art, new and classic, along with international contemporary pieces in the centre’s six galleries over six floors.

I particularly enjoy the City Art Centre as you never know what to expect, there can be anything from ancient Roman relics to manga comic art on display. The gallery has a great selection of fine art presenting views of Edinburgh over the centuries, which is as much a history of the city as a history of Scottish art.

The gallery buildings have a long history, was once used as a warehouse by The Scotsman newspaper, and more recently used as a fruit and vegetable market (make sure to also check out The Fruitmarket gallery directly opposite the City Art Centre).

The City Art Centre contains almost 5,000 pieces of Scottish art across all the mediums, including paintings, sculptures, water colours, photographs, textiles, and drawings. The centre has regular temporary exhibitions featuring some of the most unique, varied and important pieces of art from Scottish and international artists.

Admission to the gallery is free, but please make a donation if you can. There may be a fee to enjoy some of the special exhibitions.

The City Art Centre is also one of the main venues for the superb Edinburgh Art Festival held every August across the city. See the video below showing the work of Ross Sutherland at the City Art Centre as part of the recent Edinburgh Art Festival.

The gallery is owned by Edinburgh Council who offer an interesting and fun programme of events for families, schools and youth groups. Typically these events are free but you may need to book ahead to ensure a space. Click here for the latest events.

The City Art Centre cafe is very relaxing and certainly worth popping into if you are in for a look or just need somewhere near Waverley train station to meet up – or just to have a break from all the station works currently going on. There is also a gallery shop if you are looking for a gift that’s a bit more original than you will find at all the local tartan shops.

If you are attending an event at the City Art Centre, or just want to stay near Edinburgh Waverley train station, then check out all the latest accommodation deals by simply clicking on the button below.