SEPTEMBER 2014 in Edinburgh

Enjoy: Forth Bridges Festival 2014

The Forth Bridges Festival is a Scotland Homecoming 2014 Signature Event which will attract over 100,000 local, national and international visitors over a 10 day period. This new festival will celebrate the iconic Forth Bridges and will mark the 50th birthday of a remarkable feat of engineering and one of Scotland's most recognisable landmarks - the Forth Road Bridge.

4 -13 Sept | South Queensferry | Website

Eat: Ting Thai Caravan

The soot-coloured exterior is dark, the signage is understated. It's insouciantly cool and low-key inside, with communal wooden tables, a wall of gig posters and The Stooges, The Undertones and Nick Drake on the stereo. The menu is an encyclopaedia of tempting sounding goodies, where beef is always crispy and pork is forever sticky. There are categories including Rice & Noodle, Soup Bowl, Other Box, Sides, Beer/Wine Snacks and Small Box.

Daily | 8-9 Teviot Place | Website

See: John Ruskin | Artist and Observer

John Ruskin (1819-1900) is remembered as Victorian Britain's leading art critic and as the champion of JMW Turner. But he was also an outstanding artist in his own right.

His exquisitely detailed drawings and watercolours were the result of an intense and passionate artistic impulse. This landmark exhibition, for the first time, provides a comprehensive overview of Ruskin's extraordinary artistic output.

4 July - 28 Sept | Scottish National Portrait Gallery | Website

Enjoy: Beer Tasting 

Innis & Gunn have fabulous new premises on Randolph Crescent and have recently launched a programme of events to showcase not only their beer but their venue as well.

The beer tastings, which will take place every last Saturday of the month until the end of November, will allow you to find out about how the distinctive oak-aged beer style was discovered by accident, taste a selection of 4 of beers including at least one sesional or limited edition.

Saturdays 'til end Nov | Randolph Crescent | Website

Visit: The Ryder Cup 2014

This is only the second time that Scotland has hosted the Ryder Cup, the first being at Muirfield in 1973 and it's an event not to be missed by any fan of golf.

23 - 28 Sep | Gleneagles | Website

Shop: Multrees Walk 

Multrees Walk: The definition of luxury shopping in Edinburgh. Home of Scotland's only Harvey Nichols, Nespresso, Louis Vuitton, Michael Kors, Anne Fontaine and many other exclusive fashion brands mean the Multrees Walk shopping experience is second to none. Home to directional young fashion brands like Reiss, G-Star, Links of London, and Kurt Geiger as well as established luxury labels like Hugo Boss and the British classic Mulberry.

Daily | New Town | Website

Teatime: Bar G&V

Invented by the seventh Duchess of Bedford to curb her hunger pangs between breakfast and dinner back in the 1800's, afternoon tea has become quite the thing to do when enjoying a leisurely hour or two with your friends and loved ones... Enjoy a dazzling array of fancies and delights with fizz and tea at the G&V Royal Mile Hotel.

Daily | George IV Bridge | Website

Visit: Primordial - SuperNaturalBayiMinyjirral

Acclaimed contemporary Australian artist Danie Mellor devises an intriguing exhibition that navigates between his own highly evocative works on paper developed from selected objects in the World Cultures Collection of National Museums Scotland, and his own indigenous and European heritage.

1 Aug - 23 Nov | National Museum of Scotland | Website

Drink: Sandy Bells

There are no frills, but if you're looking good Whisky and Beers in a traditional Scottish pub that draws everyone from bus drivers to philosophers (the University of Edinburgh is nearby), this is the place. Sandy Bell's is one of the great folk music venues in Edinburgh, known by musicians and lovers of traditional music worldwide. Local musicians have been keeping the spirit of traditional music alive here for over half a century.

Daily | Forrest Road | Website

Discover: Edinburgh Doors Open 

Doors Open Day is your chance to explore some of Edinburgh's architecturally and culturally significant buildings - all for free. From heritage landmarks to the city's newest architecture, Doors Open Day offers free access to properties that are either not usually open to the public or would normally charge an entry fee. The event also offers the public an opportunity to find out more about the capital's public buildings.

27 -28 Sep | Citywide | Website