Spend a day at the Castle
Catch a world-famous festival
Edinburgh is known as the Festival City for a reason! There are three main annual events on every Scotsman’s calendar: The Edinburgh International Festival, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Hogmanay, but that’s not to say that there aren’t a number of other festivals throughout the year. The Edinburgh International Festival is the original performing arts event held over three weeks in August. Top performers in music, theatre, opera, dance and art come to Edinburgh so there’s sure to be something on you’ll enjoy.
The Fringe has become equally popular in recent years and is largely known for its comedy acts, although there’s everything from circus to cabaret. It’s worth timing your trip in August so you can catch these two must-see events.
Otherwise, for a New Year’s you’ll never forget, consider going to Edinburgh for the winter festive season and Hogmanay, the traditional Scottish New Year’s Eve celebrations. Over three days, the city comes even more alive with pumping street parties, firework displays and all things Scottish – including, yes you guessed it, bagpipe parades!