Adventures, journeys, work and play are among the themes brilliantly captured by the finalists in this year’s Smithsonian.com photography challenge. You can vote for the Readers’ Choice award online; winners will be announced on 22 March
A castle in Edinburgh (but not the usual one), cinema nostalgia, up close with live music, and plenty of historic attractions – even beyond the well-known haunts, Auld Reekie has plenty to offer
Stroll up the Royal Mile and, just past the Canongate Kirk, turn into Chrichton’s Close (next to Starbucks) to discover the haven that is the Scottish Poetry Library, with tasteful modern architecture and a calm and welcoming feel. Browse poetic tomes and biographies, and do buy, at least, a greetings card from Edinburgh’s most literary little gift shop.