Hot Tips for Edinburgh

Morag Midsummer


Edinburgh in Summer

Edinburgh feels fresh even in the heat.

Probably because you can see slivers of the sea (well.. the Firth of Forth) from many places in the city. 

1. Festivals Non Stop

This city has it all. Everyone loves the Fringe in August for a good reason, and this year its back! But there are also festivals in July worth visiting too.

Here's a guide:

15-24 July: Jazz & Blues
16-17 July: Cycling
22-31 July: Food Festival
28 July - 28 Aug: Art Festival
5 - 29 Aug: Fringe Festival
5-14 Aug: Fringe by the Sea
5 -27 Aug: Royal Military Tattoo Festival
5 - 29 Aug: The International Festival
12 - 20th: Film 
13 - 29th: Books
19 -20th: Indie Beer
26 - 28: Connect Music Fest

Read about them all here. 

2. Wild Green Spaces

The sun sets late in summer in Edinburgh, and its the best time to explore Arthur's Seat and all the wilderness in Holyrood Park.

The park is wild and expansive and there are some steep drops so please do be careful after dark. Read it all here.

If you love nature and are really looking for spectacular scenery, you can go a bit further afield and be rewarded with coastal views. Here are 10 of the best.

3. Get Chills

There are may ways to chill out.. one way is giving yourself the actual chills by taking a walking tour of the cemeteries, sites of public executions, or haunted underground tunnels of Edinburgh.

The stories are fantastic, the guides are knowledgeable. Yes, it really is worth it!

Mercat Tours are some of the best and run a few different tours.