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Gin in Edinburgh

Before Gin became a beloved beverage distilled in Edinburgh, Scots used to import its precursor 'genever' from the Netherlands, in the 16th, 17th and 18th century. As more genever was imported and even more smuggled in, this fashionable liquor became Edinburgh distillers favourite spirit and the started producing it close to hand. Unfortunately, Edinburgh Gin industry slowly declined, giving more space to whisky, making the latter a popular 20th century drink. Edinburgh’s last gin distillery, Melrose Drover, closed in 1974, an the city’s relationship with the gin trade was over.

But do not despair, because a new generation of gin distillers brought back this old tradition to the capital.

So, let's have a look at favourite bars, pubs and tours in Edinburgh, great for all gin lovers.

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Providing you with the best holiday addresses in Edinburgh for over 10 years!

We are so excited to be celebrating our 10th anniversary this year! Celebrate with us and you will have the chance to win one bottle of the multi-award winning, marvellously mixed Pickering's GinThis iconic gin, hand crafted in the heart of Edinburgh, has been kindly gifted to us for this special occasion!

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Some people enjoy going to the stadium and feel the atmosphere of a rugby match first hand. Others, like me, enjoy watching the match on a nice screen while drinking a pint!

From Rugby to any other sport, these Edinburgh bars are brilliant places to watch sporting events.

 

Teuchters

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My personal favourite. Great place for anyone who loves rugby! If you are passionate about rugby and then this is the right place to go. The atmosphere in this cosy pub is great, the hand-pulled ales are fantastic, bar food is delicious and the staff is very friendly!

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Newingtonis easy to fall in love with. Vibrant and leafy, this residential area is a 20 minutes walk from Edinburgh Roayl Mile. The Victorian architecture and the many independent restaurants and boutiques give Newington a charming and relaxing feel, without all the tourists piling down like in the city centre.This area starts directly beyond the Old Town (where the Royal Mile is) were attractions, bars and restaurants congregate. The Meadows are its beautiful "back garden" and the city centre is within easy walking distance.

What are the best things to do that only locals know about?

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Edinburgh is one of the best tourist destinations when it comes to family attractions. Of course, the Edinburgh Castle is the most popular, but there are many other attractions that can bring great fun to your kids' day. 

One of the things you will always need to consider when visiting Edinburgh, is the weather. Sometimes there are rainy days, sometimes we might have sunny days, and some other days we have all the four seasons in one! That is it one we have selected the best indoor and outdoor activities for a fun-filled family day within the Scottish capital.

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Whisky - The National Drink

Edinburgh and Whisky share together a long and fruitful history. Some records show how 'uisge beatha' (Scottish Gaelic for Whisky) was produced in the capital around the 1500 by the Guild of Barbers and Surgeons. Since then, copper-pot stills have kept on distilling malt whisky (single malt), grain whisky and blended whisky for all the world to enjoy.

During recent years, In Edinburgh more and more people have paid attention to Gin and up-and-coming Rum, but Wishky is still Scots' and tourists favourite. So, where would we go in Edinburgh to learn about and delight our curious palates with Whisky?

These are our favourite bars, pubs and tours in Edinburgh.

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You can’t visit Scotland, and Edinburgh, without making a stop at a distillery or brewery. Whether you prefer whisky, gin or beer you need to dive into the secrets of hand crafted beverages and distilling process.In the past 10 years, distilleries and breweries have become more accessible as people’s palates are becoming more sophisticated and new beverages are created.

Edinburgh is definitely the place to experience all these unique and sophisticated beverages. Let's take a look at our recommendations on our three protagonists; Whisky, Gin and Beer.

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It's February! As usual, Edinburgh has plenty of entertainment to offer and things to do. You can enjoy the fascinating Chinese New Year experience in Edinburgh, from the Giant Lanterns at the Edinburgh Zoo, to a Chinese New Year music concert in Usher Hall. If you love rugby, then this is your month. From the exciting Rugby 6 Nations to the Scottish Fan Fest, a great event to watch rugby while enjoying traditional Scottish food and drinks. If you want to experience something breath-taking then go to the Cirque Bersek or the light installation, Lumen.

So many things to do in the shortest month of the year! Have a fantastic February in Edinburgh.

 

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The Victorian Townhouse

The Scotsman fell in love with our stunning Victorian Townhouse and they decided to write an article about it. Each room has its own personality, making this glamourous house a stunning city boutique, ideal for anyone who wants to have a memorable experience.

But what did the Scotsman think of our townhouse?

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From festivals and fun activities to traditional celebrations and top events, make January memorable with the best things to do in Edinburgh. See what’s on.

 

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Burns Night

Every year, on the 25th of January, true Scots celebrate Burns night in commemoration of the national Bard's life, 'Robbie' Burns. Some events feature whisky, traditional Scottish food, poetry and dancing.

Being a unique and traditional Scottish celebration, we warmly recommend anyone who visits Edinburgh to take part in the festivity.

 These are the things that The Edinburgh Address recommends to do for Burns night in Edinburgh. 

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It's Christmas Time! Visit Edinburgh in December to enjoy the fairytale city, go to the Christmas Market, the Christmas Tree Festival and so much more!

Special advice from The Edinburgh Address: pack your down jacket.

 

The Giant Lanterns of China - Edinburgh Zoo

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From December 1st, the RZSS Edinburgh Zoo will display the Giant Lanterns of China, an installation of over 450 lanterns all around the zoo trails. Featuring a Panda, Lions, Dragons, be amazed by the magnificence of those lights.

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We all love a fun and relaxing holiday. When children are entertained and happy, parents can relax. Edinburgh is excellent for families, with a wide range of attractions perfect for kids of all ages.

Let’s have a look at the 6 best indoor attractions to visit together with your children.

 

1. Dynamic Earth

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Photo Credit: Our Dynamic Earth Website

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In the previous article we saw the best indoor activities in Edinburgh for families and children see here now it’s time to talk about outdoor activities!

Of course, we all know that the Scottish weather can be Dreich (Wet, dull, gloomy, or any combination of these) but when it’s nice and dry there are many fantastic outdoor activities for families and children.

 

Let’s have a look at the best outdoor activities in Edinburgh

 

1. Edinburgh Zoo

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At The Edinburgh Address we do not only care for beautiful holiday homes, we are all about our local culture!

All our guests visit Scotland for its natural beauty and historical wealth. However, some want to explore more and are curious about the traditional Scottish cuisine. Everyone is familiar with haggis - maybe not so much with what is made of - but there is so much more to try and foodies who enjoy hearty home meals and sophisticated dishes will love what Scotland has to offer.

Our private chef Steven went digging for some of the typical Scottish dishes, so here they are – and they are, in their own way, scrumptious!

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Edinburgh's favourite Foodies Festival is back this Christmas! It will run from the 24th to the 26th of November at the EICC. This festival is for all kinds of food aficionados, from foodies that love cooking, to people who just enjoy Christmas!

Watch and Learn

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This year MasterChef winners, Great British Menu stars and top Scottish chefs will share their best recipes and top tips. If you love baking, Great British Bake Off winners and top patisserie chefs will do just that, creating fantastic cakes and treats! Do you want to learn more Christmas recipies? Great! Take part to the 12 Top Tip festive masterclasses.

The current holiday let market is more challenging than ever, especially in Edinburgh. According to a research conducted by the Scottish Green Party, about half the homes just in the EH1 postcode will be holidays lets by 2050. This figure could be quite concerning for owners as it represents a lot of competitors and potentially less earnings.

And the market is not only the only challenge. Today's holidaymakers have high expectations when booking a property: interior design, features, connectivity, accessibility, security, cleaniness, and the list goes on. As an owner, it is essential to provide your future guests with an unique property.

How to make my property stand out from the hundreds others available? How to make sure people will click the “book now” button and become my future guests?

The Edinburgh Address

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Scotland first match will be against Wales in Cardiff, then come back in Edinburgh to play home against France and England in rounds two and three.

Scotland’s last two games will be played away in Ireland and Italy.

This year Scotland will play home only for two games, one less compared to the last year championship. In 2017 the Scots hosted Ireland, Wales and Italy, achieving spectacular wins in all the three home games.

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This year Scotland will host Samoa, New Zealand and Australia in the fastest-selling Autumn Tests ever!

 

 -SCOTLAND v SAMOA-

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The magic of Christmas in the centre of a fairytale city.

 

EDINBURGH’S CHRISTMAS

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When? From 17th November

Where? Princes Street Gardens, St Andrew Square and George Street

Running from November to January, Edinburgh’s Christmas is one of the most popular Christmas celebrations in UK.

This year you will enter a magical wonderland with the biggest and brightest events and entertainment you have ever seen!

Spin around on a charming Carousel in Princes Street Gardens or skate on the Ice Rink in St Andrew Square.

 

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