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11 THINGS TO DO FOR SELECTED DATE RANGE

Edinburgh Military Tattoo

August 04–26, 2017 • event

A memorable representation of dance, military pageantry and music as part of the Edinburgh Festival

Edinburgh Festival Fringe

August 04–28, 2017 • event

A unique blend of thousands of known and less-known artists performing a wide variety of shows in smaller venues around the city

Horse Flat Racing Season

April–September  • activity

Musselburgh Racecourse provides year round great racing action with 27 racedays

Langoustines, Crabs and Lobsters

April–November  • food

The search for the tastiest langoustines, crabs and lobsters will take you to the most beautiful scenery of Scotland

Edinburgh International Festival

August 04–28, 2017 • event

The Festival is a showcase of world's best music, dance, theatre, and opera in Edinburgh every August

Scotland Berries Season

July–August  • food

Eat freshly picked berries at local farms in Scotland during the berries season

Crab Apple Jelly

April–October  • food

Crab apple jelley with peanut butter makes for a delicious sweet-sour sandwich

Haggis

July–January | January 25 • food

Sheep's insides are sewn into its stomach, boiled, and served with "tatties and neeps" and a glass of Scotch Whisley for Burns Supper

Scotch Pie and Bovril

August–April  • food

A football match cannot do without a piece of warm nourishing mutton pie and a glass of hot beef-flavoured Bovril

Golf Season

April–September  • activity

The golf season welcomes every passionate golfer to practice their swing or to enjoy the wide range of tournaments

Lemon Sole

June–September • food

The fillet dish tastes best with a Mediterranean sauce

19 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

Hogmanay

not in rangeDecember 30–January 01 • event

Hogmanay is a unique way to celebrate the New Year with torchlights, bonfires, fireworks and loads of music and whiskey

The Burry Man

not in rangeAugust 11, 2017 • event

Follow the Burry Man throughout the streets of Queensferry as he drinks whisky and spreads good luck

Braemar Gathering

not in rangeSeptember 03 • event

The Gathering is famous for its hospitality, friendship, multitude of events and the presence of the Royal Family, and it's only a 2-hour drive from Edinburgh

Rugby in Edinburgh: Six Nations Cup

not in range • activity

Scots love for rugby cannot be exaggerated. Visit the game of one of the oldest championships to witness it all!

Beltane Fire Festival

not in rangeApril 30 • event

Celebrate the arrival of summer with music, bonfires and uninhibited behaviour

Burns Night Celebrations

not in rangeJanuary 25 • event

Scotsmen respect their national poet and commemorate his legacy by cooking his favourite meal on his birthday

Seasonal Meats

not in rangeSeptember–November  • food

Discover the freshest meats and vegetables locally produced and indulge your sweet tooth with the best seasonal fruits

Burntisland Highland Games

not in rangeJuly 16, 2018 • event

Burntisland Highland Games the second oldest games in Scotland, and are a perfect opportunity to have some quality time

Snowdrops Bloom Time

not in rangeFebruary–Mid-March  • nature

Winter is a perfect season to wander through Scotland’s woodlands and gardens to admire the blossoming snowdrops

North Berwick International Highland Games

not in rangeAugust 05, 2017 • event

Dancers, world-pipe bands and other stunning events make North Berwick Highland Games the perfect place for a day full of fun

The Loony Dook

not in rangeJanuary 01 • event

It is the perfect event if you have the urge plunging in icy waters while facing horrific weather conditions

Stirling Highland Games

not in rangeAugust 19, 2017 • event

Multiple fun events combined with stalls full of local products are the main attractions at Stirling Highland Games

Ceres Highland Games

not in range • event

Ceres Highland Games are the oldest and most cheerful events celebrated in Scotland

Boxing Day

not in rangeDecember 26 • event

Age traditions remain alive though a bit different from the past

Oysters

not in rangeSeptember–mid-April • food

Once the very Roman emperor deemed Scottish oysters as the best shellfish in the world

Apple Season​

not in rangeSeptember–February  • food

Apple pancakes, traditional​ Scottish apple scones and unique apple soup are the highlights of this delicious season

Haddock

not in rangeSeptember • food

Cold-smoked, hot-smoked, dried, canned, frozen, served with chips, drowned in milk, or in a Scottish soup—so many ways to eat Haddock

Rhubarb

not in rangeJanuary–June  • food

Sour rhubarb is made into crumble cakes and meat sauces, but the best way to enjoy the fruit is to simply dip it in sugar and eat it raw

Swans

not in rangeOctober–March  • nature

During winter Scotland hosts these elegant guests from Iceland and Siberia