JUNE 2014 in Edinburgh

Our eyes, ears and mouth guide of top tips for things to do in Edinburgh this June 2014

Do: The Edinburgh International Film Festival 

The longest continually running film festival in the world.  Established in 1947, the Edinburgh International Film Festival is renowned around the world for discovering and promoting the very best in international cinema - and for heralding and debating changes in global filmmaking. Intimate in its scale, ambitious in its scope, and fuelled by pure passion for cinema in all its manifestations, EIFF seeks to spotlight the most exciting and innovative new film talent, in a setting steeped in history.

The 2014 Festival  will run from 18-29 June. This year will see a FOCUS ON GERMANY strand at the Festival which aims to shine a light on Germany’s most inventive filmmakers with screenings of new and retrospective films. 

18 - 29 June | Screens around Edinburgh | edfilmfest.org.uk

See:  John Byrne | Sitting Ducks

John Byrne, who was born in Paisley, is one of Scotland’s most versatile and accomplished artists and writers. Sitting Ducks will explore and celebrate his highly innovative and richly varied portraiture. It will includea rich and varied selection of drawings, paintings and multi-media works from across his career, which depict friends and family as well as famous sitters, such as Tilda Swinton and Billy Connolly.

14 June − 19 Oct  | The Portrait Gallery | nationalgalleries.org/

Do: The Royal Highland Show 2014 

Thousands of people from all walks of life flock to the ‘Highland’ to enjoy the finest food, the best of countryside pursuits, a unique shopping experience from many small and artisan retailers not found on the high street, as well as many that are, and the chance to get up close to pedigree farm animals, horses and rare breeds of every shape and size.

This is your opportunity to really connect with the countryside and the rural ‘good life’, discover the world of farming and enjoy the fruits of all that farming labour through the best of Scottish food and drink.

19 - 22 June | Royal Highland Centre | royalhighlandshow.org

Enjoy: Gardening Scotland 2014

Gardening Scotland is the National Gardening and Outdoor Living Show

If you want to find the best plants, catch the latest gardening trends, find a designer to transform your own garden or ask the experts about anything from growing vegetables to keeping bees, then this is the one Show that you won’t want to miss!

30 May - June 1 | Ingliston | gardeningscotland.com

Drink: Bramble

You could easily miss Bramble from the street. A bit of artificial grass constituting a smoking area and a small spray-painted logo are all that distinguish this fantastic basement cocktail bar from the clothes-alteration shop above it. Visit after work and some charming barmen will happily deal with your indecisiveness, coercing you into ordering something delicious while discussing the relative merits of the members of the Wu-Tang Clan. Visit on Friday or Saturday night and you'll find some of Edinburgh's beautiful people occupying Bramble's many cubbyholes. A great place for a date when it's quiet, or for posing when it's busy. 

Mon–Sun  |16A Queen Street | bramblebar.co.uk.

Shop: The West End Village

The West End and Haymarket is defined by the landmark buildings of the Caledonian Hotel and the House of Fraser department store at one end, and by Haymarket station to the West Between them lies a network of vibrant Georgian streets that support a fascinating array of independent boutiques, award-winning retailers, buzzing bars and contemporary restaurants.

Daily | Edinburgh’s West End  | westendedinburgh.org

Eat: The Lobster Shack

Worth a day out of the city to the seaside at North Berwick Harbour

This charming little eaterie offers the sea's most plentiful bounty in a stunningly delicious and affordable way. You can sample beautiful lobster, succulent langoustine, sweet crab, meaty mussels and line-caught mackerel cooked to your liking, right before your eyes. The Lobster Shack is also fully licensed so you can enjoy it all with a cold beer, a crisp glass of wine or even champagne

Daily 12 - 8  | North Berwick Harbour | lobstershack.co.uk

Enjoy: The Gumball Rally 2014 

After an incredible 15th Anniversary Rally between Copenhagen and Monaco, Gumball 3000 is revving things up for 2014. With a route kicking off in South Beach, Miami and finishing in the party capital of Ibiza

Leaving skyscrapers behind for lochs and highlands, drivers will roar through Scotland before heading south to the home of Gumball – London. From there it’s across the channel to the slick chic of Paris, then through France and Spain to the stunning city of Barcelona. The home stretch will be just a short drive and ferry ride to the finish line in Ibiza, ready for an explosive finale celebration weekend.

7 - 8 June | The Mound | gumball3000.com

Discover: The Dean Village

The Dean Village is a tranquil green oasis on the Water of Leith, only five minutes walk from Princes Street. In the past the village was the centre of the milling of water mills and the remnants of the industry can still be seen today. Look out for mill stones and carved stone plaques with baked bread and pies. Follow the walkway along the Water of Leith and you will come to the impressive Dean Bridge designed by Thomas Telford, and the classical temple of St Bernard's Well.

The most striking building in the Dean Village is Well Court, recently restored with the help of Edinburgh World Heritage. Built in the 1880s as model housing for local workers, it adds to the picturesque charm of the area.

Daily | Edinburgh City Centre  |  ewht.org.uk

Eat:  Tuk Tuk 

Since opening Tuk Tuk has brought a dash of modern India to this corner of  Edinburgh’s Tollcross. On offer is a westernised take on the Indian street food delivered in small bowls, saucepans and tin plates by Tuk Tuk wallahs dressed in black aprons and dazzling orange T-shirts. The well-lit interior spread over three rooms resembles a trendy work canteen with a touch of shanty-town chic – lots of exposed metal, scaffolding and distressed wood. From a fun menu featuring over thirty dishes including chicken lollipops and Mumbai burgers, you are urged to pick three or four per person.

Daily | 1 Leven Street, Edinburgh | tuktukonline.com