City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Special Days

Valentine's Day

Chocolates, flowers, romantic getaways, candlelit dinners, cinema dates and holding hands in the

Disabled Access Day - Edinburgh

Disabled Access Day is a national event.

St. Andrew's Day

Edinburgh Castle on St Andrew's Day 2010

St. Andrew's Day commemorates Scotland's patron saint and is a Scottish Bank Holiday, although employers are not obliged to give employees time off. St. Andrew's Day is marked on 30th November every year. If that date is on the weekend, the St. Andrew's Day Bank Holiday takes place on the following Monday 1st or 2nd December.

Spring Bank Holiday in Scotland

Spring Bank Holiday in Scotland, although in Edinburgh Victoria Day is marked more widely.

2nd January Bank Holiday

One of two Scottish Bank Holidays that are observed at the beginning of January.

Further info about Scottish Bank holidays

New Year's Day Public Holiday

The new year starts with an extra day off work (for most).

St Andrew's Day Ceilidh

Two ceilidh dances, celebrating St Andrew's Day, with serial ceilidh dance organiser and caller Ken Gourlay, HLI ceilidh band and piper.

TradFest Edinburgh · Dùn Èideann


Launched in 2013, TradFest is Edinburgh’s main multi-arts festival dedicated to Scottish culture, traditional, Gaelic and folk arts.

Victoria Day - Edinburgh Public Holiday

Victoria Day is a public holiday in Edinburgh. The day harks back to the heyday of the British Empire, with the cause of celebration a British monarch, Queen Victoria, who died over a hundred years ago. Queen Victoria was born on 20 June 1819 and died on 22 January 1901 after a 63 year reign.

Robert Louis Stevenson Day

Robert Louis Stevenson

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894), Scottish essayist, poet, man of letters, novelist and travel writer, became an international celebrity for his classic tales Treasure Island, Kidnap