WTF is Hogmanay?!

Author: , January 11th, 2014

Edinburgh - Adam GroffmanWhen I was invited to celebrate New Year’s in Edinburgh, Scotland last month, I was more than a little nervous. Scotland in the winter? An outdoor street party for NYE? In the winter? In Scotland? They must be crazy.

Well yes. Turns out they are indeed crazy. And that’s just how I like my New Year’s Eve celebrations.

I’ve spent NYE in a few different foreign cities, but this year’s NYE in Edinburgh was the first time I purposefully traveled to a different destination for the annual holiday. Scotland famously uses the Scots word “Hogmanay” for New Year’s Eve (just as in Germany, the day is called “Silvester”). No one really knows where the word comes from, but it’s survived throughout the ages. Either way, Hogmanay in Edinburgh has become a big deal over the past years. Scotland has historically put on a good party for Hogmanay, and in recent years Edinburgh has upped their game with a massive outdoors street party: live music, festival foods, traditional Gaelic ceilidh dancing and a massive fireworks display.

Authored by Adam Groffman. See the Full Story at Travels of Adam here.

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My First Day in Edinburgh

Author: , October 19th, 2013

Edinburgh Bagpiper - Carlos MeliaI have arrived last night to Edinburgh, Scotland. This was my first fay walking around this charming city, exploring the district of Leith and then walking by Prince Street, the North Bridge, Royal Mile and the Edinburgh Castle.

In Edinburgh till Tuesday when I board the luxury train, The Royal Scotsman for five days across Scotland. Special thanks to Delta Airlines Business Class, Orient-Express, The Balmoral Hotel and Nira Caledonia for hosting me. Plenty to come!

Authored By Carlos Melia – See the Full Story at The Carlos Melia Blog

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Hundreds Celebrate Edinburgh Gay Pride

Author: , June 15th, 2013

Gay Pride Flag San FranciscoPride Scotia featured a pride march today with hundreds participating. Gay Star News reports:

Pride Scotia kicked-off earlier today, with a colorful march outside the Scottish Parliament participants made their way through the old town, all the way to Bristo Square. The atmosphere was festive with people sporting costumes, while some participants appeared wearing bridal veils in support of the last push to legalize marriage equality in Scotland. The bi-annual march aims to promote equality and diversity, as well as highlighting LGBT rights issue in Scotland, focusing this year on gay marriage.

Scotland’s Parliament is getting ready to take up the marriage equality bill.

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The United Kingdom’s Top Five Gay Friendly Cities

Author: , April 6th, 2013

EdinburghPlanning a trip to the United Kingdom? Gay Web Source has a list of gay friendly cities in the UK:

The UK is one of the best places to be gay thanks not only to laws protecting and promoting equality, but a fairly liberal-minded population. Saying that, there are definitely some cities that offer more for the gay traveler than others – here are five of them.

Manchester: While Queer As Folk may be over a decade old, there’s no denying that Manchester’s Canal Street is considered one of the finest places in the country for a gay night out. There really is something for everyone, with lesbian bars such as Vanilla and Coyotes, the all-male Eagle Manchester, or the very mixed and cheap as chips G-A-Y Bar. With many places to stay near the Gay Village you can party for as long as you want without having to worry about making it back to bed.

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New Women’s Music & Arts Festival Launches in Scotland in August

Author: , March 23rd, 2013

McGal Festival - ScotlandJust got this information on a brand new women’s festival taking place just outside of Edinburgh, Scotland in August:

We are proud to announce ‘The McGal Festival’ is ready to go! The first and only Lesbian Music & Arts Festival for Scotland. Scotland’s first women’s weekender. Sure to be a brilliant camping get together, held between 30th Aug to 1st Sept at Fordell Firs, Dunfermline (20 mins from Edinburgh) featuring great female artists from around the UK and adrenaline pumping activities!!

The weekend will include fantastic live music, comedy, workshops and Films. We’re going to give attendees a whole lot more too! Zip wire, Abseiling, Climbing Tower, 3G King Swing, Archery, Bungee trampoline, Underground caving, Camp fire session, Adventure play and soft play for kids, Inflatables, Gladiator duel, Grass sledging, Sumo Suits……and l don’t think we’re even finished at that! There would be something for everyone and of all ages! Don’t leave your pooch at home as we’re dog friendly friendly too.

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Discover Gay Scotland – Edinburgh

Author: , June 24th, 2012

No trip to Scotland would be complete without a trip to Scotland’s capital city. With a population of just over 477,000 it is a relatively small, compact city but contains many of Scotland’s National institutions, it is the seat of the Scottish Government and there are a large number of museums and major visitor attractions. An architectural gem, the city enjoys UNESCO world heritage status as much for its buildings and vistas as its geographical location and imposing castle. Edinburgh is truly a festival city; there are festivals and major events taking place throughout the year culminating in the week long Hogmanay celebrations to mark the New Year.

Edinburgh has a vibrant gay scene centred around the top of Leith walk, “the Pink Triangle.” All the bars and clubs are in easy walking distance. Each one offers something different; so whether you want music, real ale or good food, you will find a bar to suit.

We can’t promise the sun but if you want more than sitting on a beach, although we do have stunning deserted beaches and jaw dropping scenery, here is your chance to wear a kilt and dance at a gay ceilidh – you’ll have a ball.
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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Straven Guest House, Edinburgh, Scotland

Author: , February 25th, 2012

Straven Guest House, Edinburgh, ScotlandPeriodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

We (Mac and Marian) do it all so you get the BEST SERVICE – we hope it shows. Our guest house is in Edinburgh’s seaside quarter – sunny Portobello.

Best of both worlds – a peaceful residential area with lovely seaside walks and village atmosphere yet only 20 minutes to City centre. We are proud holders of the Gold award for Green Tourism so we are eco-friendly, Gay friendly, all culture friendly – and just generally friendly!

For B and B in Edinburgh enjoy a comfortable bed, breakfast choices to die for all served with – GOSH – a GSOH. What more do you need? Our Edinburgh B&B rooms are each individually styled but all share the same high standard of facilities.

Why pay city centre prices when you can stay in a peaceful and relaxing seaside location just a 20 minute bus ride away from all the hustle and bustle?

See the Straven Guest House Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in Southern Scotland

Featured Gay Friendly Tour Operator: Black Kilt Tours, Edinburgh, Scotland

Author: , February 11th, 2012

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in Southern Scotland

Black Kilt Tours, ScotlandWant to tour the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, but hate those large, impersonal tour buses? Then Black Kilt Tours is the place for you.

We’ll help you explore Scotland’s rich, ever-changing scenery, our diverse cultures, and the region’s unique cuisine and culinary scene; all with your own discreet driver/guide and a flexible timetable.

We can help you plan your ideal holiday in Scotland for you, your partner and maybe even a few friends. Experience Glasgow or Edinburgh’s gay nightlife in the “pink triangle”. Or explore the great outdoors, walking, climbing, fishing, or whitewater rafting

We’ll accommodate your own tastes and desires, whether that means staying in five star luxury, or at gay owned and friendly Scotland bed and breakfasts. You could even try camping in the Scottish wilds – it’s up to you.

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Heriott Park, Edinburgh, Scotland

Author: , February 3rd, 2012

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in Edinburgh

Heriott Park, Edinburgh, ScotlandStewart Thom and Gary Turner invite you to visit their home, Heriott Park, which is located just over 1 mile north of Edinburgh city centre. Although the guest house is not exclusively gay, you can be sure of a warm welcome from your hosts whatever your orientation.

Heriott Park was originally 3 terraced townhouses and now trades as a 16 bedroom guest house and also self catering vacation rentals. Some period features in the guest house have been retained to evoke the atmosphere and splendor of over 100 years ago when the property was built. The tastefully appointed bedrooms all have private shower/bathrooms and come equipped with televisions and tea/coffee making facilities. Items such as hairdryers and ironing equipment can be borrowed from reception. The front rooms enjoy panoramic views of the Edinburgh skyline including Arthur’s Seat, Calton Hill and Edinburgh Castle, whilst the rooms to the back of the house have a peaceful view of the garden.

There is a good range of rooms including double, twin and family rooms sleeping from 3 to 5 people. A discounted rate can usually be quoted for single occupancy. Guest house rates are inclusive of a full British Breakfast but those who prefer a lighter option will find plenty to choose from on the menu.

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Ardmor House, Edinburgh, Scotland

Author: , January 18th, 2012

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in Edinburgh, Scotland

Ardmore House, Edinburgh, ScotlandThank you for visiting and considering Ardmor House for your trip to Edinburgh! Our house is the perfect base to explore the city, whether you’re visiting for business or pleasure.

Here’s a brief summary of what we offer:

  • Gay owned, straight friendly accommodation
  • In the heart of the city
  • Lovingly restored Victorian house with contemporary ambience
  • 4 star Scottish Tourist Board rating
  • 5 beautifully appointed en-suite rooms
  • Delicious breakfast with choice of Scottish, continental, vegetarian options and more
  • Exclusive reduced rate membership passes to Virgin Active Health Club for those who are feeling energetic!
  • Free parking
  • No smoking throughout.
  • Free wifi.The house is owned and managed by myself (Robin!) and my partner Barry- when he’s not hard at work running his own catering business!- oh and our lovely housekeeper Tracey- one of us will be here to make your stay as enjoyable as possible. From greeting you on arrival, helping you with useful advice on getting around and the best things to do and see whilst here, to serving (and cooking!) breakfast!

    See the Ardmor House Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here