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5 Things to do in Edinburgh (for the remainder of) this April

5 Things to do in Edinburgh (for the remainder of) this April

The Edinburgh Collection | 5 Things To Do In Edinburgh


Well, what’s left of it anyway.

While April may be drawing to a close, there is still plenty to do in Edinburgh. Whether you’re in Edinburgh with a partner, family or even by yourself, this list of activities and events will be sure to give your something to do during your visit.

Trad Fest   |   26th April  – 7th May

The Edinburgh Collection | Trad Fest
(Image Source: FolkLore Thursday)

‘TradFest Dùn Èideann’ is a vibrant twelve-day showcase of Scotland’s thriving traditional arts. As 2017 is the year of World Heritage, there will be special events taking place.

Beltane Fire Festival   |   30th April

The Edinburgh Collection | Beltane Fire Festival
(Image Source: The List)

Celebrate the first signs of summer with this fiery reimagining of the ancient Celtic festival of Beltane. and

The Adams Family   |   20th – 29th April
(Festival Theatre)

The Edinburgh Collection | The Addams Family
(Image Source: EdTheatres)

Everyone’s favourite kooky family are now on stage in this spectacular musical comedy as it makes its UK premiere in Edinburgh.

Monkey Business   |   Until 23rd April
(National Museum of Scotland)

The Edinburgh Collection | Monkey Business
(Image Source: National Museum Scotland)

Get up close and personal with our tree-swinging ancestors and discover all there is to know about the primate world at this family friendly event.

Athens of the North   |   Everyday

The Edinburgh Collection | Athens of the North

April celebrates World Heritage Day. With World Heritage Status, discover how Edinburgh became the Athens of the North.

Shackleton’s lost whisky

Shackleton’s lost whisky

The Edinburgh Collection | Shackleton's Lost Whisky


The story of the spirited explorers once lost hundred-year-old whisky

There is nothing quite like the feeling of finding something valuable that you had previously considered lost, is there? We have all panicked and turned our homes upside down in search for that family heirloom or, for that loose change that slipped out of your pocket.

But this story is not one of loose change or priceless heirlooms. This, for us Scots, is about something much, much more valuable. Whisky.

In the winter of 2007, a team from the New Zealand Antartic Heritage Trust were trying to restore Shackleton’s old hut in the Antarctic. While they were hard at work, in the harsh, unforgiving climate, they found something. Something that none of them would ever have expected to find. The team had accidentally discovered five cases of hundred-year-old McKinelay whisky, belonging to the famed adventurer Shackleton himself. The strange thing was, these cases of whisky were buried apart from the other food and drink rations. So, it is a popular belief that Shackleton was saving them for a celebration. But, why would he leave them behind? Again, it is assumed that in 1909, when Shackleton and his crew were attempting to reach the South Pole, a harsh storm interrupted their challenging, courageous quest. Forcing them to abandon their celebratory whisky, and like loose change, it was thought to be lost for good.

Shackletons Crew
Shackleton’s Crew -From left: Frank Wild, Ernest Shackleton, Dr Eric Marshall and Jameson Adams. (image source: Wikipedia)

To find the actual whisky of one of the most famous explorers and real man’s man is one thing, to taste it? A whole other experience. Luckily, and remarkably, this was made possible via extracting the whisky. Which, was no easy task. As inevitably, ice had got into the cases, leaving some bottles broken. There was worry that some of the corks could have come into contact with the alcohol, which would have caused it to degenerate. Whyte & MacKay, who bought the Mackinlay, managed to retrieve a sample of the whisky with a syringe and with that the hundred-year-old sample, they were able to find out the ingredients of Shackleton’s chosen whisky and, replicate it.

Unsurprisingly, Whyte & Mackay had a massive

wave of publicity as many Shackleton fans, and Whisky fans eagerly anticipated the release of the whisky. The master blender of the distillery described the find as “a gift from the heavens”.

Shackletons Whisky
Shackleton’s hundred-year-old whisky (image: NYT)

Only a few people got to taste the whisky as it was only re-released as a very-limited-edition. Which left many asking the question “What did it taste like?” Well, “Cold.” Yes, that was one of the official descriptions of the important, hundred-year-old spirit of a famed adventurer.

Did you know that Ernest Shackleton once lived in one of the townhouses that now makes up Channings Hotel? We have kept some of the original decors and have memorabilia around the hotel.

You can stay in his old townhouse by booking one of our Shackleton Suites