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Chase away the 'January blues' this month in Edinburgh

03 January 2018

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 resolutions list, then maybe we can help you along. The novelty of a new gym routine can wear off fast, so mix it up a little and take advantage of the fact you're in Edinburgh - the UK's greenest city. 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 challenge yourself with the city's hills which will really test those calf muscles.

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Have a bit of retail therapy

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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

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

The first month of 2018 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 and spa day? If it's a facemask, massage, or even a detoxing steam you're looking for, click below for a run down of some of the perfect ways to a day of pampering in Edinburgh.

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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 your choice of a range of delicious topping options at Contini George Street - available for breakfast 7 days a week. Or if porridge isn't your bag, Cairngorm Coffee offer an irresistible smoked salmon bagel. 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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Explore the Giant Lanterns of China

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This winter, RZSS Edinburgh Zoo is home to The Giant Lanterns of China, an installation of over 450 dazzling giant lanterns that are illuminating the Zoo for 50 awe-inspiring nights.

The Giant Lanterns of China festival explores three themes: China, RZSS Edinburgh Zoo, and the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland’s (RZSS) worldwide animal conservation work. Featuring 211 animal-themed lanterns, a 19-foot high and 115-foot long Chinese dragon, and Chinese heritage symbols alongside flowers, insects and fauna, The Giant Lanterns of China illuminate January's dark nights with magical wonder and cheer

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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