Travel blog apologises after claiming Edinburgh is in England

An international travel blog has apologised after posting a picture of Edinburgh - which it said was in England.

The Magical Places on Earth blog posted a photograph of Victoria Street in Edinburgh with the caption "Edinburgh, England" followed by a Union flag emoji.

Bosses behind the blog, which has more than 15,000 followers on Twitter, said they were 'deeply sorry' for the blunder and confirmed they fired the social media intern who posted it.

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One user said: "Seriously? You aren't qualified to run this account clearly", while another posted: "Would have thought that a page called 'Magical Places On Earth' would have a basic grasp of geography or, at the very least, be able to search something on Google."

Another posted: "Get back to school for your failed geography - Northern Ireland is a country, along with Wales, Scotland and England in the UK and Edinburgh is the capital of the country, Scotland."

Someone else added: "Bad mistake but good lesson on how to lose followers.

"Edinburgh is in Scotland and is not connected in any way to England.

"Buy a map or do whatever it takes to get your facts right."

The Magical Places on Earth blog posted a photograph of Victoria Street in Edinburgh with the caption "Edinburgh, England" followed by a Union flag emoji.
The Magical Places on Earth blog posted a photograph of Victoria Street in Edinburgh with the caption "Edinburgh, England" followed by a Union flag emoji.

Following the backlash, the company tweeted: "Correction, it's Scotland.

"We deeply apologise for our earlier tweet about Edinburgh.

"We just fired out social media internee.

"We are sorry."

The account holder, based in Pakistan, said they were a student and that English was not their first language.

They said they started the blog alone but got more people involved over time.

Speaking on the condition of anonymity, the blogger said: "I'm a student so I'm not getting enough time for this.

"So I hired someone from my university who contacted me first telling me he is interested in managing my accounts as an intern.

"Last night when he posted that tweet I got too many reports on my Twitter accounts.

"One of the reasons behind firing him was obviously the backlash by the crowd which was beyond hysteric."

The blogger said they were concerned Twitter could suspend the account which they "worked very hard on".

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