Take an extinct volcano, an Old Town straight from medieval times, and elegant Georgian townhouses.
Add in Michelin-starred restaurants, vibrant nightlife and a packed calendar of festivals, and you've got a city that genuinely has universal appeal. Edinburgh, you’re spoiling us.
Festivals and Events
Every August, entertainers from around the globe want to be in just one place: Edinburgh.
The Edinburgh International Festival and its rowdy upstart sibling, the Edinburgh Fringe attract thousands of performers, with shows kicking off first thing in the morning and carrying on well into the wee sma’ hours of the following day. Then they do it all again. For a month.
Street performers pack the Royal Mile and the Mound, and hundreds of free shows make it a true celebration of the arts.
Unmissable, too, is the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, a feast of international music, dance and, of course, bagpipes, played out on the stunning castle esplanade as the sun sets.
The city’s reputation as a festival capital spans the seasons – head there at New Year for Edinburgh’s Hogmanay; three days of fire, music and celebrations culminating with a packed street party, ceilidhs beside the castle and awesome fireworks.
Barely a month goes by without a festival to enjoy. Visit in March for the International Science Festival, May for the Children’s Festival, June for film and July for jazz and blues and art. The Edinburgh International Book Festival in August is a must.