City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Visiting Edinburgh


Princes Street Clubhouse To Be Converted to Luxury Hotel

Royal Over-seas League House at 100 Princes Street is to be converted into a luxury hotel by Red Carnation Hotel Collection.

The Physician as Revolutionary

Speaker: Professor Abraham Verghese, Stanford University Medical School

Scottish International Storytelling Festival

Scottish Storytelling Centre on the High Street

As the nights draw in, the Scottish International Storytelling Festival celebrates the art of yarn-spinning and tale-telling held.

Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2019

Tattoo 2011: Scotland the Brave

For scale, no show in Edinburgh can rival the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Literally hundreds of performers, both from Scotland and bands and outfits from abroad, gather under the dramatic backdrop of Edinburgh Castle. The series of displays, which take place on the castle esplanade (an 18th century parade ground), combine breathtaking shows of military precision, often a battle re-enactment, military bands, traditional dancers, and a rousing finale of mass pipes and drums, topped by the lone piper playing from the castle battlements.

Edinburgh Festival Carnival

Jazz festival tambourine

A free, family music and dance event with a flamboyant, festive flavour, the Edinburgh Festival Carnival takes place on the opening weekend of the Edinburgh Int

Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival

Horn at Jazz Fest

The annual Edinburgh Jazz and Blues festival runs the gamut of jazz persuasions from more traditional Dixie and ragtime bands to up-and-coming stars, from big band concerts to Latin dance music. The EJBF comes the month after the Edinburgh International Film Festival and gets the August Festivals season going.

Edinburgh's Hogmanay Street Party

Edinburgh's Hogmanay on New Year's Eve

The Street Party (tickets, review) is perhaps the best-known event in the 3-day Edinburgh's Hogmanay Festival. The New Year street party is a ticketed event that in 2019-2020 runs for seven hours the length of Princes Street, with live bands, a carnival atmosphere and dancing in the street.

Festival Fireworks Concert

Edinburgh Festival Fireworks (Dave Stewart)

The Edinburgh Festival goes out each year with literally many, very large bangs, with the annual Festival Fireworks Concert.

Edinburgh International Festival

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The flagship Edinburgh International Festival (EIF) marks its 72nd anniversary in 2019. A high-brow assembly of some of the world's best music, opera, theatre, and dance companies, the festival was launched in 1947 as a stage for peace and unity in Europe after the Second World War. It was out of the Festival that the now massive Edinburgh Fringe sprung and grew in subsequent years.

Edinburgh International Book Festival

Book Festival in Charlotte Square

The temporary, tented village at Charlotte Square's Georgian garden, in the heart of Edinburgh's New Town, is the venue for the Edinburgh International Book Festival. Launched in 1983, the "biggest festival of the written word in the world" brings 900 or so writers, poets, thinkers, politicians, photographers and artists from 60 countries to debate, discuss, argue and inspire. The book fest includes a major programme of children's book events.