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It has been a long time coming, but the Edinburgh tram will finally embark on its first ever journey with passengers later on today (March 8th). Taking a half mile journey from Islington to Edinburgh airport, the service will welcome a host of government officials, including Transport Minister Keith Brown. The tram is, however, still very much a work...
Love is in the air for the giant pandas at Edinburgh ahead of the big bears’ breeding season, and they are bringing in more crowds than ever to the Scottish capital’s famous zoo. A huge rise in visitor numbers was reported over the weekend, with more than 8,000 flocking to watch the pandas, compared with 6575 last year – a rise of 20 per...
A fascinating photography exhibition opened in Edinburgh over the weekend, offering the chance to see the plants and animals of the world when put under a microscope. It is a great example of the diversity of exhibitions you could enjoy during your stay in any of the hotels in Edinburgh. Taken from the recent publication Green Universe: A Microscopic...

Hopes raised over Edinburgh panda mating

Posted by on February 18, 2013
Perhaps the most famous recently introduced attractions in Edinburgh, two giant pandas from China, have begun to display important changes in their behaviour, which experts believe are a sign that they will finally mate when the new season comes around. Tian Tian and Yang Guang, whose names translate to Sweetie and Sunshine respectively, have proved...
Filed in: Edinburgh
Tom Kitchin – the talented chef proprietor of Michelin-starred Edinburgh restaurant The Kitchin – is to open a pub restaurant in the Scottish capital with esteemed colleague Dominic Jack. The new venue – which will be situated in the former San Marco restaurant on Mary’s Place in the Stockbridge area of the city – is yet to be named. Revealing...
Filed in: Edinburgh, News
Tickets for the Beltane Fire Festival 2013 are to go on sale soon, organisers have confirmed, as preparations gather pace for one of the most popular festivals on Edinburgh’s annual events calendar. The unique festival – which celebrates the beginning of the summer season – takes place on 30 April and draws on inspiration from ancient Gaelic traditions...
Filed in: Edinburgh, Festivals
Watch out music-lovers, the Edinburgh International Harp Festival is returning to the Scottish capital this spring. The popular festival – which will consist of six days of wonderful concerts, classes and workshops with the harp – will be returning to the Scottish capital from 5 – 10 April. Some of the biggest harpists from around the world will...
Filed in: Edinburgh, Festivals
A new archive containing information on the residents of Edinburgh has surfaced online, showing what life was like in the capital more than 100 years ago. Called the ScotlandsPeople, it is a free online service which The National Records of Scotland feel will be an insightful tool for both city residents and visitors alike. While users can have the...
Edinburgh’s renowned culinary landscape has welcomed a new venture from celebrated Scottish chef Mark Greenaway, who opened a new restaurant in the Scottish capital last week. The award winning chef moved from his previous residence at No. 12 Picardy Place in November and is now plying his trade at 69 North Street – the trendy space of the former...
It’s nearing fertility season for the giant pandas residing at Edinburgh Zoo, with keepers announcing they have begun to carry out fertility tests on Tian Tian in the hope of seeing panda cubs in the spring. It’s an exciting time for everyone connected at the zoo, with the tests giving an insight as to when Tian Tian’s hormones begin to peak,...