Just a few ideas for Edinburgh today – if you fancy.

It is hard to come to Edinburgh and know where so start.

If you are looking for something  a bit different though. Saturday is  The Farmers Market  on Castle Terrace which makes you feel like you are in the south of France not Edinburgh. Then for the duration of August, right beside the market is the West end Fair which sits on the corner of Lothian road and Princes Street opposite the Caledonian hotel. A perfect place to get something unique to take home. There are textiles, bags, jewellery, and lots of great bits and pieces. There are literally dozens of stalls and lots of smiling faces to welcome you in. I popped in the other day and ended up getting some xmas shopping – odd  frankly. I am more of a Christmas eve shopper but I can recommend it from the ‘smug forward thinking shopper’ routine.

Then whilst you are at the West End stroll along to the West End Village  which consists of a few streets packed with one-off unique boutiques, shops, coffee shops. Well worth the 2 minute walk to get there – similar to Victoria Street this area fills you with hope that ‘the man’ is not taking over the world.map for west end fair

Whilst we’re at it Thistle Street in the centre of the city which runs parallel to between George Street and Queen Street – also packed with great shops and restaurants. toady there is a special MIH jeans event  at Jane Davidson a chance to get a pair of jeans that don’t make my bottom look like three walrus wrestling in a duvet cover. I’m going.

Get out of town to East Lothian for a walk on the beach and a look at the ladies Golf Championship at Archerfield – flying the flag is local lass Catriona Matthews. Or up to Perth for the Horse Trials. Let’s hope they’re not found guilty.

Last but not least – best bars in town? Look no further – here’s the list. CLICK HERE

If you’re fringing enjoy – if you’re you now have an informed choice.

Whatever you are doing, let’s hope the sun keeps shining.


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