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Win an Exclusive Edinburgh Tour with Ian Rankin

Win the chance to explore Edinburgh’s legendary literary heritage with best-selling author and local resident, Ian Rankin OBE.

To enter simply add your full name and email address. Competition closes on 9th January 2022.

Win a trip to Edinburgh to explore the city’s legendary literary heritage with best-selling author and local resident, Ian Rankin OBE - including return travel, accommodation and additional experiences in Edinburgh.

Forever Edinburgh has launched a new competition offering a pair of literature lovers a once-in-a-lifetime prize – the chance to explore Edinburgh’s literary heritage accompanied by one of the city’s most famous writers, multiple award-winning author Ian Rankin OBE.

Packed with character, Edinburgh’s towering spires, atmospheric Old Town and quaint cobbled closes have inspired some of the world’s best-loved writers, from Robert Louis Stevenson and Sir Walter Scott to Irvine Welsh, Alexander McCall Smith and J.K. Rowling. Such is the city’s reputation for literature that Edinburgh became the world’s first UNESCO City of Literature in 2004.

As part of The Story Never Ends campaign, the competition will see the winners walk in the footsteps of Edinburgh’s world-class writers and enjoy a unique ‘author’s-eye view’ of the city in the company of Ian Rankin, creator of the acclaimed Inspector Rebus novels.

Having toured the city’s literary hotspots with the Rebus author, the winner and their plus one will then join him for a refreshment in his favourite watering hole, the Oxford Bar. The pub, well-known to Inspector Rebus fans, is located in the city’s New Town, an area that dates back 250 years.

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In addition to the tour with Ian Rankin, the winners will enjoy:

* Return travel to Edinburgh.

* Two nights' accommodation at Yotel Edinburgh.

* Dinner at Fazenda restaurant – enjoy a delicious fusion of Scotland’s heritage and South American tradition at this restaurant on stylish George Street where the finest grilled meats are served tableside.

* Champagne lunch on board Royal Yacht Britannia – in the Royal Deck Tea Room on board the ship voted the UK’s Best Attraction.

* Lunch at The Haggis Box in the Scottish Storytelling Centre - local haggis, neeps & tatties.

* A tour & tasting at Holyrood Distillery - an hour-long guided tour of its gin and whisky distilleries, followed by a guided tasting flight in the bar. Did you know that distillery is adjacent to St Leonards Police Station, which features in Rankin’s Rebus novels?

* Tickets to Mary Kings Close – explore Edinburgh’s hidden history in this special subterranean street. Did you know that Ian Rankin’s novel Mortal Causes was inspired by the closes under the City Chambers?

 

 

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Prize Info

Forever Edinburgh has launched a new competition offering a pair of literature lovers a once-in-a-lifetime prize – the chance to explore Edinburgh’s literary heritage accompanied by one of the city’s most famous writers, multiple award-winning author Ian Rankin OBE.

Packed with character, Edinburgh’s towering spires, atmospheric Old Town and quaint cobbled closes have inspired some of the world’s best-loved writers, from Robert Louis Stevenson and Sir Walter Scott to Irvine Welsh, Alexander McCall Smith and J.K. Rowling. Such is the city’s reputation for literature that Edinburgh became the world’s first UNESCO City of Literature in 2004.

As part of The Story Never Ends campaign, the competition will see the winners walk in the footsteps of Edinburgh’s world-class writers and enjoy a unique ‘author’s-eye view’ of the city in the company of Ian Rankin, of the acclaimed Inspector Rebus novels.

Having toured the city’s literary hotspots with the Rebus author, the winner and their plus one will then join him for a refreshment in his favourite watering hole, the Oxford Bar. The pub, well-known to Inspector Rebus fans, is located in the city’s New Town, an area that dates back 250 years.

In addition to the tour with Ian Rankin, the winners will enjoy:

* Return travel to Edinburgh.

* Two nights' accommodation at Yotel Edinburgh.

* Dinner at Fazenda restaurant – enjoy a delicious fusion of Scotland’s heritage and South American tradition at this restaurant on stylish George Street where the finest grilled meats are served tableside.

 * Champagne lunch on board Royal Yacht Britannia – in the Royal Deck Tea Room on board the ship voted the UK’s Best Attraction.

* Lunch at The Haggis Box in the Scottish Storytelling Centre - local haggis, neeps & tatties.

* A tour & tasting at Holyrood Distillery - an hour-long guided tour of its gin and whisky distilleries, followed by a guided tasting flight in the bar. Did you know that distillery is adjacent to St Leonards Police Station, which features in Rankin’s Rebus novels?

 * Tickets to Mary Kings Close – explore Edinburgh’s hidden history in this special subterranean street. Did you know that Ian Rankin’s novel Mortal Causes was inspired by the closes under the City Chambers?

Terms and Conditions

* Travel to and from Edinburgh from within the UK - arrangements will be managed by Forever Edinburgh.

* 2 nights’ accommodation at Yotel Edinburgh in the heart of Edinburgh’s New Town, excluding Saturdays.

* An approximately 1-hour walk with Ian Rankin culminating in a drink at the Oxford Bar. 

* Prize cannot be exchanged for money, vouchers or alternatives.

* Whilst some food and drink is covered in this prize, not all meals will be provided.

* Open to UK residents and over 18s only.

* Prize to be taken during February 2022 on a date agreed by all parties.

* Deadline to enter: 9th January 2022.

* Winner must claim prize within 5 days of being notified by email.

 

Fazenda T&Cs:

* Winners of the competition are entitled to a full rodizio meal, a bottle of Catena Paraje Altamira between 2 guests and sharing desserts of Brazilian Sweet Treats.  

* Advance booking required.

* Subject to availability.

* Non transferable.  Prize cannot be exchanged for cash.

* Any additional costs incurred must be settled on the evening. 

* Fazenda reserves the right to change these terms and conditions.

 

The Royal Yacht Britannia T&Cs:

* Two non transferable tickets.

* This voucher has no monetary value and cannot be exchanged for cash. Any extra costs on top of the outlined amount must be paid for by the holder of the voucher.  

* The Royal Yacht Britannia reserves the right not to accept vouchers that have or appear to have been forged, damaged, defaced or otherwise tampered with.

* No responsibility will be accepted for lost, stolen or damaged vouchers.

* The Royal Yacht Britannia reserves the right to change these terms and conditions. 

 

Haggis Box T&Cs:

* The prize includes a main meal and a drink from the menu (a soft drink, alcoholic or hot drink), followed by a cake or ice cream.

* The Storytelling Centre will be closed on Wednesdays in January and February, so this prize cannot be redeemed on a Wednesday.

 

Holyrood Distillery T&Cs:

* The Prize Winner will need to be over 18, and be able to provide proof of age during their visit if requested.

* Holyrood Distillery will honour any date / time subject to availability (eg if we have no other bookings at that time, to enable exclusivity) EXCEPT exclusivity cannot be provided on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays after 2 pm. 

 

Mary King’s Close T&Cs:

* 1-hour guided tour for 2 adults, valid for one booking only, available from 1st January to 31st March 2022 – Monday to Sunday.

* This single-use voucher code is non-refundable and cannot be exchanged for cash. Subject to availability.

* Online booking in advance using the voucher code at checkout is required.

* The voucher is not valid for any special events.

 

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