City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Special Days


Buy Nothing Day UK

Shoppers of the world are being asked to put down their carrier bags on what is traditionally one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year, put up their feet and/or do something fun and free for the  annual Buy Nothing Day.

Historic Scotland to Offer Thousands of Free Tickets to Heritage Sites

Knight at the castle

Thousands of free tickets to historic visitor attractions from the Border Abbeys to Skara Brae and Maeshowe in Orkney are being given away to celebrate St Andrew's Day

Summer Solstice (Sunrise and Sunset)

Charlotte Square under Solstice Sky

The Summer Solstice is the point at which the sun reaches its highest point in the sky in Edinburgh. It falls at 4.54pm on 21 June bringing the longest day of the year. In Edinburgh, this is a total of 17 hours and 37 minutes of daylight.

Winter Solstice (Sunrise and Sunset)

Calton Hill in snow

The Winter Solstice, the point at which we are tilted furthest away from the Sun in Earth's Northern hemisphere, is at 10.22pm on 21 December in 2018.

Bonfire Night

Fireworks scatter with blue and yellow tracers

Other countries go crazy at Halloween. In Britain, not just Edinburgh, Bonfire Night, also known as Guy Fawkes Night, is marked with fiery celebrations across the land.

Remembrance Sunday

Poppies

Remembrance Day, also known as Armistice Day or Poppy Day, commemorates the sacrifices of members of the armed forces and of civilians in times of war.

Armistice Day

Armistice Day, also known as Remembrance Day, or Poppy Day, commemorates the sacrifices of members of the armed forces and of civilians in times of war.

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