Restaurant review: Norn, Edinburgh

While a modern Nordic influence is undeniable, this exciting new eatery in Leith – with its ever evolving menu – definitely has its grounding in Scotland, says Carine Seitz

Restaurant review: Timberyard, Edinburgh

Housed in a 19th-century warehouse, this family-run eatery – with its unusual ingredients, clever cooking and imaginative drinks menu – makes for a memorable night out, says Carine Seitz

Spa review: Fletcher’s Cottage Spa, East Lothian, Scotland

A bath in a hut in the midst of a Scottish estate may not be everyone’s cup of herbal tea. But, says Carine Seitz, it’s just one of myriad reasons why this spa is the ultimate pampering hotspot

How I survived my first Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Drunken casts, power failures, unfinished scripts – nothing has been able to stem the flow of talent rushing to Edinburgh every year since August 1947. Issy D’Arcy Clark meets the theatrical and comic leading lights who first found fame at the Fringe

Six acts to watch at the Edinburgh Fringe 2016

With over 3,000 shows descending on Edinburgh during August for the biggest arts festival in the world, it can be difficult to know who to see. Matt Hutson picks six overseas acts that are worth making time for in your festival schedule

Seven of the most curious places to eat in Scotland

From Michelin-starred haute cuisine to award-winning fish and chips, Philip Wilson tucks in to some of the quirkiest dining experiences in Scotland

Scotland: The Gleneagles Hotel, Perthshire

Once described as the Riviera of the Highlands, this five-star pile offers old-style grandeur in abundance but with plenty of contemporary twists, says Philip Wilson

The world’s ugliest (but most compelling) tourist attractions

For every swoon and snap garnered by the Taj Mahal and Niagara Falls, there’s a less attractive tourist site failing to get the recognition it deserves. Ben Groundwater rounds-up eight not-so-pretty places requiring a second look…

Place your bids: High Life’s charity auction 2015

The second High Life annual charity auction is packed with luxe and money-can’t-buy experiences, from meeting Jonathan Ross at his chat show to hanging out with Team Sky in Italy. All lots start from just £50 — so what are you waiting for?

Five of Britain’s most dazzling Christmas light displays

Break into the Christmas swing of things with these spectacular (and in some cases, unusual) festive light displays

Dave Cornthwaite: five adventures for under £500

Dave Cornthwaite quit his job to skateboard across Australia. Since then he has pedalled a tandem bicycle from Vancouver to Las Vegas, paddleboarded the Mississippi River and trekked across the Atacama Desert... all on a budget. Here he suggests five bold, brilliant breaks that anyone can do — and that won’t cost the earth

Keith’s connections: Edinburgh

Our regular column by a frequent flyer*. This month, why Edinburgh means business

Five hotels in historic buildings

Hidden behind a Gothic church, housed in a former bank and a building that MI6 used during in World War II… these unique hotels are all about original design, striking architecture and old world charm

Scotland: North Coast 500

It was back in 1988 that The Proclaimers first belted out Scotland’s alternative national anthem. Now a new 500-mile route through the Highlands promises to be the country’s answer to Route 66. While it may lack the sunshine and classic diners of the US, there’s nowhere more visually impressive. Peter Geoghegan hits the road

Scotland: Hotel du Vin, St Andrews

She’s no Tiger Woods, so Katie Gatens is relieved to discover there’s more to St Andrews than golf as she cosies up at this boutique hotel on the Scottish coast

Seven comedy acts not to be missed at Edinburgh Fringe 2015

With over 3,000 shows and events, it’s difficult to know where to start at the epic comedy extravaganza — especially if you’re a newbie. Lucky for you, Matt Hutson knows seven acts that are guaranteed to make you laugh out loud

21 British landmarks for the 21st century

When we asked our readers to name the iconic sites that define Britain today, the long list ran to thousands, from Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage to Big Ben. Simon Calder and our expert panel met to debate the final cut

Podcast: 21 landmarks for the 21st century

We sifted through thousands of votes to come up with a long list of 40 landmarks, to be presented for consideration by a distinguished panel of judges. Here’s what happened when they met to whittle it down to just 21

Justin Rose’s hole in one hit list

The first English player to win the US Open in four decades, even 
for Justin Rose it’s not all about bunkers, birdies and bogeys; his favourite courses feature mountains, distant islands and greens reached only by helicopter. He exclusively reveals to Tim Hulse his top places to tee off

Restaurant review: V Deep, Edinburgh

With inventive Punjabi-British dishes and a selection of craft beers on tap, Scottish broadcaster Hardeep Singh Kohli’s latest foodie venture is a far cry from your typical curry house. Carine Seitz digs in to see what all the fuss is about

UK: Cromlix, Perthshire, Scotland

Caroline Egan discovers ace service at Andy Murray’s country house hotel near his hometown of Dunblane — complete with a tennis court (of course) and a restaurant overseen by Albert Roux

Seven places to celebrate Burns Night around the UK

Hardeep Singh Kohli recommends the top seven destinations around the UK to mark the occasion

Edinburgh: The Rutland Hotel Apartments

Busy families will love this boutique hotel's practical and stylish apartments in the heart of the Scottish capital, says Carine Seitz

Six essential ingredients for a Scottish Hogmanay

Fire ceremonies, raucous sing songs and a freezing cold swim — welcome to Scotland’s own brand of New Year celebration

Now, new, next: Bee hotels

Ianthe Butt gets the buzz on the latest hospitality trend: bee hotels

Open-jaw travel: Edinburgh to Glasgow

Simon Calder gets a taste of spiritual Scotland, flying into Edinburgh airport and out from Glasgow

Eight of the UK's best botanic gardens

Spring is in sight and Britain has some of the best botanic gardens in the world to get out and enjoy it in. Alexandra Groom picks the best

Edinburgh: arts and culture guide

Rosamund West, editor of Scottish arts magazine The Skinny, takes a virtual wander around her hometown's cultural highlights

Five alternative cities with Christmas markets

Warm your hands with mulled wine and fill your pockets with stocking-sized treats in these Christmas-friendly cities

Keith's connections: Scotland

A new column by a frequent flyer*. This month, Keith gets a taste of summer in Scotland

Edinburgh's hidden literary heritage

Edinburgh's literary legends are many, but they aren't always easy to find out about. Author and tour guide Allan Foster asks why

Your Edinburgh Festival Fringe survival guide

You're heading to the Edinburgh Festival, the UK's annual hub of new theatre, music and comedy. But where do you head first? Blogger Katie Brennan has done the legwork for you — here are her tips

10 of the best family adventures

Emily Payne rounds up a flurry of imaginative family holidays inspired by classic stories from page and screen

Edinburgh: The Witchery by The Castle

As romantic as a city hotel can be and in a magical location, The Witchery is an Edinburgh institution and takes decadence to another level, says Carine Seitz

Edinburgh: Hotel du Vin

An 18th century asylum in Edinburgh's Old Town is now home to the Hotel du Vin, where comfort is key and even the smallest details have been considered, says Carine Seitz

Eight of the best Edinburgh shops for quality gifts and souvenirs

Step away from the Highland cow keyrings and drop that itchy tartan scarf. Blogger and former Edinburgh resident Kash Bhattacharya tracks down the best shops to pick up quality Scottish souvenirs

Edinburgh: The Caledonian, a Waldorf Astoria Hotel

With its fabulous views of the city, first-class dining and luxurious bedrooms, Edinburgh's Caledonian is a grand hotel indeed, says Ianthe Butt

Restaurant review: The Pompadour By Galvin at The Caledonian, Edinburgh

Decadent from its décor to its desserts, The Pompadour By Galvin at The Caledonian does pomp and ceremony beautifully, says Lucy Thackray

Edinburgh: Dalmahoy Country Club and Hotel

Balancing a manor house feel with modern luxuries and within easy reach of the city centre, Edinburgh's Dalmahoy estate offers a taste of Scotland's heritage, says Lucy Thackray