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Chase away the 'January blues' this month in Edinburgh

03 January 2017

The partying and excesses of the festive season are over and for most of us it's back to work - it's no wonder that January can feel to some like the gloomiest month of the year! If you're feeling the cold and getting the ‘January Blues’, don't fear, because we're kicking off the year with a misery-busting list of things to do in Edinburgh:

Run off your Christmas indulgences

Calton Hill Run Image Credit Edinburgh Running Tours

[Image Credit: Edinburgh Run Tours]

If fitness is on your New Year resolution list, then maybe we can help you along. The novelty of a new gym routine can wear off fast, why not mix it up a little and take advantage of the great Edinburgh outdoors? Exercise releases endorphins - the 'happy hormone' - so dust off those trainers and get running! There's a variety of running routes throughout Edinburgh where you can capture the best views, find a quiet retreat from the hustle and bustle, or challenging hills which will really test those calf muscles.

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Have a bit of retail therapy

Shopping With Orange Dress

Take advantage of those January sales while they last. You're probably all shopped out after Christmas from buying gifts for everyone else, but the January sales offer the perfect opportunity to buy yourself a present. Treating yourself or family members to something new to wear or use. A bit of retail therapy can lift even the lowest of spirits and it will be even sweeter if you capture a bargain from the sales!

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Treat yourself to a bit of luxury pampering

Guerlain Spa Waldorf Credit Facebook

[Image Credit: Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian - Facebook]

The first month of 2017 doesn't have to be rubbish. Little treats can make all the difference. Sometimes the feel-good factor has to come in the form of indulgence. Why not treat yourself to a luxurious afternoon spent receiving a treatment at Guerlain Spa at Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh The Caledonian or the equally relaxing Balance Spa and Beauty at The Roxburghe Hotel Edinburgh? If it's a facemask, massage, or even a detoxing steam you're looking for, head no further than these two city sanctuaries to get away from it all.

Read our Luxury Guide to discover the perfect day out in Edinburgh>

Fill your belly with a good breakfast 

Contini Porridge Credit Contini Facebook

[Image Credit: Contini Facebook]

What better way to start your day then with a good hearty breakfast. If in doubt, eat. That seems to be our winter motto - so why not invite your friends and family out on a breakfast catch up in one of Edinburgh’s cafes? Breakfast in the capital comes in all shapes and sizes. Why not opt for a healthy bowl of hot oats with honey or yogurt and fruit compote at the porridge bar at Contini Royal Mile Café? If porridge isn't your bag, why not opt for an irresistible smoked salmon bagel at Cairngorms Coffee. Take your pick.

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A bit of sea air at South Queensferry 

Bridge View ED

Get some sea air to refresh and uplift your spirit at South Queensferry. If it’s a wild weather day simply wrap up in warm with waterproof outdoor clothing and enjoy the experience of being outdoors. If it’s a blue-sky day, enjoy the bright lights and the contrast of winter scenery against the Forth. A short time spent outdoors, amid nature, each day can help to beat the winter blues. While you're at it, you can admire the magnificent structures of the two existing Forth bridges and the soon to be completed Queenferry Crossing.

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Make some new friends at the National Museum of Scotland

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Are your kids plagued with post-festive boredom? Take them along to the National Museum of Scotland, where they can get up to some Monkey Business in this fascinating exhibition. Discover more than 50 new taxidermy specimens and articulated skeletons of monkeys, apes, lemurs, lorises and bushbabies, alongside models, interactives, photography and film. 

With this and lots more happening in Edinburgh this January, there is no reason for a dull winter in Scotland's capital! 

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