Edinburgh is known as the world's Festival City. People come from all across the globe to experience its inspiring, open-minded atmosphere and share their passion for art, culture and ideas.
We want you to make the most of your time in Scotland, and this year Edinburgh has some exciting events, performances and spectacles for you to enjoy - it may just give you some holiday inspiration!
The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo
Against the famous backdrop of Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is an annual event performed by British Armed Forces, Commonwealth and International military bands. It takes place on the esplanade of Edinburgh Castle annually throughout August as part of the Edinburgh International Festival.
On average 217,000 people see the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo every year, and it has sold out in advance for the last decade - if you're interested in visiting, purchase your tickets early!
Edinburgh Festival Fringe
The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is one of the largest art festivals in the world and takes place every August in Scotland's capital city. The festival began in 1947 with 8 theatre groups and has grown steadily ever since, showcasing acts such as Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, Rowan Aitkinson and various members of Monty Python. In 2012 the festival spanned 25 days, totalling over 2695 shows from 47 countries in 279 venues!
Thousands of performers travel to Edinburgh to showcase their talents and build their careers. With no selection process, any type of performer may participate. It's not uncommon to find Shakespearean theatre and comedy shows performing side-by-side. But that is the spirit of the Fringe, and you won't truly know what it's all about until you experience it - so why not join in the celebration this year?
The Edinburgh Film Festival
Established in 1947, the Edinburgh Film Festival is renowned around the globe for discovering and promoting the very best in international cinema. The June festival is intimate in scale but generates quite a buzz in the city, spotlighting the most exciting and innovative new film talent.
Notable films that were featured at the Edinburgh Film Festival are An Inconvenient Truth, The Hurt Locker and Tsotsi, to name a few.
The Edinburgh Jazz Festival
The Edinburgh Jazz Festival is the longest running jazz festival in the country. It was established in 1978 by banjo-player Mike Hart to promote Scottish talent and has grown ever since.
The 10 day programme runs from 19-28th July this year and attracts a spectacular line-up of world-class musicians around the globe. With big band orchestras, lively pub sessions and even a Mardi Gras parade, the Edinburgh Jazz Festival provides plenty of opportunities to hear jazz and blues in all their wonderful glory.