Edinburgh Tattoo descends on Glasgow

The streets of Glasgow thrummed to the sound of pipes and drums on Tuesday as the Edinburgh Military Tattoo descended on the city. The Scottish capital’s showpiece military event sent more than 600 performers westward to wow the Glasgow public with everything from colourful flying water dragons to a Bollywood dance troupe with a tartan …

Ice ice baby

Presenting, Boston’s Frost Ice Bar – hand crafted cocktails served in glasses made of ice, from a bar made of ice, to your table made of…well, you get the picture. A bit like the Ice Hotels of the North (but with more alcohol), this year round cocktail bar features magnificent ice swan booths,  chandeliers, seats, …

Fire in the Rain: The Samhuinn Festival

As fine rain fell from darkening skies, the old cobbled stones of the city once again became a swirling parade of fire. Dancers gathered in the dark, torches were lit, and the Beltane Fire Society emerged whirling from the shadows to share their winter celebrations with the city. Banned by the local church for over …

Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2013

The Fringe is back! I popped along to the Edinburgh Military Tattoo preview last night to see it in and what an incredible performance it was. Check out the photo highlights from the night and look out for Cruachan the pony mascot making his debut appearance. He did very well for his first time, though …

Edinburgh Cup photo highlights

If there was a sudden shortage in the country’s tweed supplies today, it might be due to what was possibly the entire nation’s collection of tweed jackets flocking to Musselburgh for the races. Flirting in great abundance with elbow patches, feathered hats, bow ties and Pimm’s, the East showed her more refined side today for …

Queen Margaret University costume showcase

From small wooden puppets searching for humanity to six foot grasshoppers who like to live in giant peaches, it’s a fairy tale world of inspiration out there for our city’s young designers. And this year it seems the students from Queen Margaret University have traversed through all of it. With flowing silk dresses from Peter Panand …

Loony Dook in pictures

Thousands of smurfs, giant bananas and saltire-coated swimmers descended on South Queensferry to start the New Year in true Scottish style. The annual Loony Dook saw over a thousand brave souls plunge themselves into the freezing waters of the Forth, cheered on by locals and visitors from all over the world as part of Edinburgh’s …

Street life: into the city’s homeless shelters

Out of the darkness they come, filing through the church doors one by one, all silent, all weary, all marked by the day. The first man in makes his way straight through the hall, not looking at the waiting tables or hot meal made for him, but collapsing immediately instead onto a mat on the …

City pauses to remember the fallen on Remembrance Day

Row upon row of small white crosses stand silently to attention as the piper plays, as though each solider they represent has heard the call to duty once again. Around them the people of the city gather, heads bowed, children hushed as the words that have been read out loud for decades haunt the air. …