City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Special Days


Samhuinn Fire Festival

Samhuinn Performer by Gordon Veitch (Beltane Fire Society)

The Beltane Fire Society is best known for the Beltane Fire Festival in April, but it also hosts a Winter Festival - Samhuinn - which for the first time will be held on Calton Hill, in 2018. It's one of many fiery events that take place each year around Bonfire Night and Halloween.

Doors Open Day

Corstorphine Hill Tower (angled)

Around 120 buildings, many off-bounds to the general public during the rest of the year, throw open their doors, and gates for the annual Doors Open Day.

Storytelling Centre Showcases St Andrew's Story in Cultural Diversity Celebration

Storytelling Session_Credit Ludovic Farine

Beginning with St Andrew’s Day and running through to Burns Night, the Scottish Storytelling Centre in association with Scotland’s Winter Festivals ente

Bloodwise Reindeer Run

Run or walk 1k, 5k or 10k in the stunning surroundings of Holyrood Park, and get into the Christmas spirit with mince pies and mulled wine afterwards (or soft drinks for the young ones) with goody ba

Jan de Vries Health Festival

Jan de Vries naturopathic health store celebrates its first year anniversary in Edinburgh's West End with a week of tastings, free samples and friendly advice.

A Spoonful of Vintage

A Spoonful of Vintage celebrates its fifth birthday with a fantastic line-up of hand-picked, authentic vintage traders.

Boxing Day Bank Holiday

A Boxing Day Bank Holiday takes place on the 26th December the day after Christmas Day.

Spring Holiday: Public Holiday

Today is a public holiday in Edinburgh.

It's a local holiday, so many businesses will not adhere to it.

Council offices and libraries will be open, but schools will be shut.

Easter Monday

Easter Monday is a local public holiday in Edinburgh held on the day after the Christian celebration of Easter (Easter Sunday).

International Women's Day in Edinburgh

International Women's Day celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women across the spectrum. In 2017, the theme of the annual day is "Be Bold For Change", to step up the movement toward gender parity.