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Need a break? Read our guide on the best ways to travel on a budget

10 Sep 2014

Some tips on travelling the world for cheap, including couchsurfing, hitchhiking and charity work

Travel Bus, train, plane – however you chose to travel to your destination, make sure you get the best cut-price deals by checking Skyscanner, STA Travel and StudentUniverse before you leave. If you go by bus, Megabus operates in the UK, Europe and…

Six of the best: a guide to budget eating in Glasgow

10 Sep 2014

The finest low-price cafes, restaurants and eateries in the city, including Martha’s and Old Salty’s

Under £5 Babu Bombay Street Kitchen This player in Glasgow’s vibrant pop-up street food scene also has this city centre café-takeaway. Excellent Indian food (with nods to the local diet) starts early with breakfast chapatti wraps, on to delicious…

Six of the best: a guide to budget eating in Edinburgh

10 Sep 2014

The finest low-price cafes, restaurants and eateries in the capital, including Oink & Illegal Jack's

Under £5 Bollywood: The Coffee Box This old police box is a cheap curry stop and mini arts space where cooked-to-order food is extra impressive given the cramped kitchen conditions. Samosas, rasam soup and chicken and veggie curries can be enjoyed al…

Student Guide 2014: The best student bars in Edinburgh

10 Sep 2014

Featuring Wee Red Bar, Sandy Bell's, Pear Tree House, The Earl of Marchmont, Bramble and Bar Soba

Sure, student union bars are cheap – but which are the best ones? In the capital, Edinburgh College of Art’s Wee Red Bar is a gem. As well as low-priced drinks, look out for upcoming club nights Jackhammer (techno), Mjölk (Swedish indie) and longtime…

Student Guide 2014: The best student bars in Glasgow

10 Sep 2014

Featuring Vodka Wodka, The Art School, Bloc, Nice'n'Sleazy, Tingle Shooter Bar, Flat 0/1 and Lucky 7

Before you start venturing into town, it's worth noting that Glasgow’s university campuses are home to some great student bars too. The QMUnion Champions Bar shows endless live sport, alongside comfy sofas, pool tables and cheap beer. Jim’s Bar is where…

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The best private dining rooms in Edinburgh

3 Sep 2014

Seven memorable venues for bespoke dining occasions in Edinburgh

Merge Edinburgh’s reputation as a fine food destination with its historic buildings and dramatic architecture, and the opportunity to eat well in some truly distinctive venues is there to be grabbed. We highlight some of the most distinctive private…

Smoak, Nusou, Wild Rover, The Laughing Stock and more compete in British Street Food Awards 2014

26 Aug 2014

Whitmuir Organic Farm, The Big Blu and Scoff are also among the Scottish contenders

There’s no denying that street food has been having a moment for the past couple of years. There’s been an explosion of food trucks popping up all over the place in the past year, culminating in a thriving movement in Scotland which covers all the bases…

Forth Bridges Festival 2014 celebrates 50 years since construction of Forth Road Bridge

17 Aug 2014

Celebrating the Forth Road Bridge's half decade

It just so happens that this year of historic events happening in Scotland will also see the relatively minor but not inconsiderable 50th anniversary of the Forth Road Bridge arrive, even as the Firth’s third bridge, the Queensferry Crossing, rises from…

Festival 2014 to host a series of cultural events to celebrate the Glasgow Commonwealth Games

15 Jul 2014

Live music, film, comedy, film and fashion events to coincide with the Games

Glasgow Green Live Zone One of Glasgow’s most iconic city parks will be transformed into a huge home for the duration of the Games. The Living Room hosts the main stage, with themed days celebrating the music of Commonwealth Cultures (Thu 24 Jul)…

The Vintage @ Drygate: destination drinking and dining in Glasgow

15 Jul 2014

The team-up between Tennent's and Williams Bros is an impressive and expansive cathedral to beer

Anyone drinking or dining out recently can’t fail to have noticed the rise of craft beer and independent breweries, not only across Scotland but globally. Such a phenomenon has this market become that mass producers are getting involved, too – hence…

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Family activities during the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games

15 Jul 2014

A series of interactive workshops planned including the Big Big BIG Sing and Get Scotland Dancing

With music, theatre, art, dance and more all crammed into Glasgow’s Commonwealth cultural celebrations, it’s tempting to sit back, observe and absorb as a passive spectator. But get out there and get involved as an active participant, and you’ll be sure…

Vintage Glasgow returns for second year to coincide with 2014 Commonwealth Games

15 Jul 2014

A weekend of fashion, music and dressing up as part of the Merchant City Festival

We predict the 2014 look du jour over at the Athletes’ Village will be going very big on Lycra singlets, tech-filled running shoes and racerback sports bras. Meanwhile, down in the Merchant City, the fashion will be feeling far more nostalgic. Over two…

Gallery: eye-catching food vehicles

15 Jul 2014

The iconic cars, trucks and tuk tuks keeping you fed and watered around Edinburgh and Glasgow

If you spot any more, tweet the pic to @thelistmagazine and we’ll add them to our ever-growing Facebook album.

20 unmissable events during the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games

9 Jul 2014

With so much going on during the Commonwealth Games, we round up the highlights to sprint along to

Queen’s Baton Relay Various locations across Scotland, until Tue 22 Jul Look out for additional cultural and sporting events taking place along the route to ensure everyone is part of the build-up to the Games. The Marathon Storytelling Cycling…

Explore Glasgow on foot with a guide to the city's walks

9 Jul 2014

Routes through the top green spaces to get away from the crowds

With a name derived from Gaelic meaning ‘dear green place’, it’s no wonder that Glasgow is heralded as one of the greenest cities in Europe. It’s dotted with over 70 recreational parks and gardens, so those wishing to explore this city on foot (or bike…

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Top day trips from Glasgow to escape the 2014 Commonwealth Games

9 Jul 2014

Take advantage of the city's west-coast location with a visit to Scotland's lochs and islands

Within touching distance of Scotland’s Highland hills, expansive golden beaches and historical treasures, Glasgow is well placed for days out beyond the city. Scotland’s first of its kind, the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park is a…

The Kitchen at Glasgow Green's Live Zone to showcase best of Scottish cuisine during the 2014 Commonwealth Games

9 Jul 2014

Vendors including world famous Loch Fyne seafood, Churchill's vension and Genius Gluten Free

Banish all thoughts of big event catering where prices are high, food quality is low and waste is mountainous. Glasgow 2014 is dedicated to showcasing the breadth and depth of quality produce from Scotland’s larder with a focus on sustainable and…

Famous locals reveal their favourite places in Glasgow

9 Jul 2014

Featuring Mark Nelson, Peter Ross, Kirsty Logan, Lauren Mayberry and Tracyanne Campbell

Mark Nelson, Comedian ‘My favourite place in Glasgow is the Barrowlands Ballroom. For the bouncy floor and the roof that sweats and the fact you can buy 16 cans of Tennent’s off a guy at a desk. For the fact that every single important band has played…

Hush Hour event invites people to disconnect from social media

20 Jun 2014

Monthly night at the Lucky Liquor Co invites people to disconnect from social media for an evening

The concept is simple, elegant and somewhat unusual in this climate of hyper connectivity: all you need to do to be part of Hush Hour is to bring along a book and the desire to read it. The lush cocktails served at Lucky Liquor Co are an optional (and…

How Scottish firm The Chocolate Tree developed a pioneering approach to chocolate-making

19 Jun 2014

Chocolatiers develop bean-to-bar chocolate making by sourcing quality, ethically sound cocoa beans

When the packaging of any chocolate bar posher than a Dairy Milk talks of ‘carefully selected beans’, ‘sustainable sourcing’ and ‘fair pay’ to cacao farmers, it isn't easy to pin down what these claims actually mean. For Ali & Friederike Gower of The…

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Leffe launches search for the best gourmet bar snack in the country

5 Jun 2014

Michelin-starred chef Kevin Love judges competition and shares his own recipes

Pubs have upped their game in recent years. Gone is the era when a pub's 'range' consisted of bitter, lager, Guinness and - for something a bit unusual - cider. Instead, you'll frequently find a wide selection of high-quality draught and bottled beers…

An island guide to Islay, affectionately known as 'the Queen of the Hebrides'

22 May 2014

Or, as it’s even more affectionately known to whisky fans, ‘the one with all the distilleries on it’

For anyone who enjoys a good single malt, this island in the Scottish inner Hebrides (the most southerly one, just west of the Mull of Kintyre, and south of Jura) is essentially a very picturesque whisky theme park. There are eight working whisky…

Travel: Seaview Cottage – stay in a former master whisky distillers home on Islay

22 May 2014

Hire a self-catering cottage with some of the best views - and smells - for whisky lovers

It’s not often you pray for pouring rain on holiday, but when it helps to ease the guilt about staying indoors while you’re staying somewhere unusually picturesque, a torrential downpour starts seeming perversely welcome during a stay here. Particularly…

Preview: The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust's Scottish Game Fair 2014

22 May 2014

Once again, this year’s Scottish Game Fair will be hosted by Scone Palace with the 3 day fair kicking off on Friday 4 July. The countryside showcase, run by the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust, invites all ages to participate in the festivities which…

Restaurant review: Aizle gives Edinburgh its first taste of 'bistronomie'

20 May 2014

The city's first 'neo-bistro' requires diners to surrender control of their menu choices to the chef

When Aizle arrived in early April this year, a lot had to be explained carefully. Aizle rhymes with hazel, we were advised, and the word itself was Scots for 'spark'. A 30-year-old Scottish chef, Stuart Ralston, and his American partner Krystal Goff, an…