Scotland’s capital city is the place to be with six of Edinburgh’s twelve annual festivals taking place in August. Choosing where to go and what to do can seem like an impossible task- we offer our top tips!
Plan, plan plan!
With so much going on it is important to have a rough plan for your holiday. Tickets to well-known comedians in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and to meet famous authors in the International Book Festival sell out in advance, so if you haven’t bought them yet, go, go go! Check timings of shows to ensure that you arrive on time. The Book Festival close admission to an event at the scheduled time with strictly no late arrivals allowed.
Taking local transport?
The Lothian bus and tram app is great for choosing a route and finding out which bus will get you there. Their m-ticket app also allows you to buy tickets on your phone, avoiding the need to find £1.60 exact change for a single journey.
Don’t forget to schedule in some time to soak up the atmosphere. The Edinburgh Festival Fringe offers 100s of free shows, from theatre to magic.
For a breath of fresh air and bit of exercise, try climbing up Calton Hill or Arthur’s Seat for some of the best views of the city.
The International Book Festival has a programme called ‘Unbound’ which offers unique and unconventional book events, 14 - 29 August, in the evening.
The Edinburgh Art Festival is running throughout the month of August and features the Dazzle ship ‘Every Woman’, part of the ‘Now 14-18 project’ and owned by The Royal Yacht Britannia Trust. Other highlights range from exhibitions to live performance art.
Getting away from the crowds!
As the population doubles over the festival, if you’re looking for a break from the hustle and bustle of the city centre, we’d recommend a visit to Leith (a short 20 minute bus journey from the city centre) to see Edinburgh’s waterfront. With cafes, coffee shops and Michelin-starred restaurants, as well as views out to sea, it is the perfect place to take some time away from the buzz of the centre. Leith is also home to Scotland’s Best Visitor Attraction! The Royal Yacht Britannia, a must-see when in Edinburgh. Explore five decks and learn about life for the Royal family and the former Royal Yachtsmen who served on board.
Image credit: Kenny Lam (VisitScotland) and Ruth Armstrong.
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