City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Beltane Festival


Beltane Fire Festival

Beltane Fire Festival procession

On the last night of April and first day of May up to 12,000 people take to Calton Hill for a ritualised and theatrical pantheistic celebration to mark the arrival of Summer.

Tradfest: A Feast of Culture in the Festival City

 Tradfest, Edinburgh's newest festival, will see over twelve days of music, song, storytelling, dance, crafts, folk drama, and environme

Beltane Fire Festival 2012, Calton Hill, Review

Beltane 2012 May Queen and Green Man

‘Sacrifice the virgins!’ screamed a young lady standing next to me in the tightly packed throng, all craning for a better glimpse of what’s happening up ahead. Normally in a crowded public place, this type of loudly expressed sentiment would get you arrested, or at the very least cause a ripple of raised eyebrows.

Beltane Family Day

You've heard of the Beltane Fire Festival right? This is the little sister event. A family day on Calton Hill with workshops and a procession.

A Few Facts and Figures About Our Festival

Beltane Fire Society celebrates the coming of summer with Edinburgh's annual Beltane Fire Festival, a revival of the ancient Celtic fertility festival.

Role of the Beltane Fire Society

Beltane's White Women

Edinburgh's Beltane Fire Festival was created in its current form in 1988, the product of a small group of enthusiasts including the musical collective Test Department

Beltane Fire Festival Origins and Beltane Today

Beltane 2006 Flier

Edinburgh's Beltane festival originates from Scottish and Irish Gaelic pre-Christian times. The word Beltane is thought to have derived from a Gaelic-Celtic word meaning "bright/sacred fire."

Beltane - Interview with a Drummer

Beltane Drummers on the Acropolis Edinburgh

With its heady brew of drums, fire, theatre and pagan ritual on the top of Calton Hill, the Beltane Fire

A Description of the Beltane Ceremony Stage by Stage

Beltane 2012 May Queen and Green Man

The Beltane Fire Festival is an annual festival marking the arrival of Summer held on the top of Calton Hill.

Beltane - Interview with a Blue Man

After Hogmanay, the Beltane festival is arguably the biggest party in Edinburgh's calendar.