JULY 2014 in Edinburgh

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

Visit:  National Museum of Scotland

And after you have enjoyed the many exhibits, take in The National Museum of Scotland rooftop garden This secret little rooftop garden gives you panoramic views of the city. Ask a museum guide to give you directions as they don't go out of their way to advertise it on the signage. 

Daily | Chambers Street | website

Enjoy: Edinburgh International Magic Festival

Edinburgh International Magic Festival is a new addition to the programme of Edinburgh Festivals designed to bring back to the stage amazing, live, magic shows, which are rarely available for the general public these days, and let audiences rediscover the seldom experienced states of awe and wonderment.

28 June -4 July | City wide | website

Discover: Dr Neil’s Garden

Dr Neil's Garden is one of the most remarkable gardens in Scotland today. Lying next to the twelfth-century Duddingston Kirk, where the lower slopes of Arthur's Seat meet Duddingston Loch, this secluded garden is the result of the imagination, dedication and sheer hard work of Drs. Andrew and Nancy Neil. It has sometimes been called Edinburgh's Secret Garden. Many people find it more than a mere garden, and - both before and since the garden was created - this spot has to many been a place of inspiration (artistic, literary, and spiritual), and for meditation and contemplation.

Daily ’til dusk | Duddingston Village | website

Drink & Visit: Glenkinchie Distillery

Visit the picturesque distillery, home to the Edinburgh malt - Your visit begins in the unique exhibition on the original Malting Floors, home to the renowned model distillery. You will then be met by a guide and led through the distillery production area, learning how to make the  'water of life'. To finish your tour, you are welcomed into the bar for a tasting.  Daily tours from Edinburgh call 01875 342 012 to make your reservation.

Daily | Glenkinchie Distillery, Pencaitland | website

Shop: Corniche

If your taste runs more to Vivienne Westwood Anglomania than Diane von Furstenberg, you will want to check out this UK Designer Store of the Year. A discreet presence on Jeffrey Street where the Royal Mile turns into Canongate, it has labels for the guys as well, such as Comme des Garcons and Masnada Men. Scottish designers are well represented here, too.

Mon - Sat | 2 Jeffrey Street | website

Eat: The Atelier

The Atelier restaurant provides modern European food with a Scottish accent. Travel broadens the mind. Matthew and Mattias, the gourmets, have galloped all over the continent, to bring the best of contemporary cosmopolitan Europe back to Scotland, back to The Atelier Restaurant. They’ve flavoured their finest finds with a touch of Caledonian innovation, and served up a menu to tempt, savour and delight.

Daily | 159-161 Morrison Street Haymarket | website

Enjoy: The Jazz  Festival 

The Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival have announced four headline acts for the 2014 festival - Van Morrison, Jools Holland with special guest Mel C, Bill Wyman and a Mandela Day Concert  This year’s festival opens on Friday 18 July, recognised worldwide as Mandela Day, and the event will be marked by a concert at Edinburgh’s Festival Theatre featuring three of South Africa’s greatest musical acts.

18 - 27 July | Across the city | website

See:  Generation

GENERATION is a major, nation-wide exhibition programme showcasing some of the best and most significant artists to have emerged from Scotland over the last 25 years.

The programme traces the developments in art in Scotland since 1989. It shows the generation of ideas, of experiences, and of world-class art on an unparalleled scale by over 100 artists in more than 60 venues. The artists within GENERATION came to attention whilst working in Scotland, helping to create the vibrant and internationally recognised contemporary art scene that exists here today.

The art that has emerged from Scotland during this period is characterised by its diversity, rather than by one particular style or dominant trend. GENERATION offers an opportunity to see art that is innovative, thought- provoking, imaginative, at times beautiful, at others challenging, but always inspiring.

28 June - 31 Oct | Across the city | website

Eat: Bloombox

Perfect for a city picnic this summer Bloombox will be offering fresh, leafy green, seasonal salads topped with edible flowers and delicious homemade dressings sourced from Edinburgh’s local organic farms. Ms Bloombox will be cycling around the city at lunchtime using social media to broadcast her location.

Daily | Across the city | website

Drink:  The Lucky Liquor Co

A cocktail menu of 13 drinks, based upon a back bar of just 13 spirits (and only 1 gin) may give the impression of scrimping, a lack of knowledge or simply a place bereft of imagination. All of these couldn't be further from the truth. This is a place where a lot of thought and imagination has gone in to crafting drinks that marry unusual flavours in delightful and surprising ways. It’s a place where they take great time and care in creating their own liqueurs, their own syrups, their own tinctures and even their own garnishes.

Daily | 39a Queen Street | website