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Best time to visit Edinburgh

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Best time of year to visit Edinburgh

Summer months perfectly align with the best time to visit Edinburgh. They are the warmest, but they are also the busiest. Side by side in August, Edinburgh International Festival and Edinburgh Festival Fringe offer you the best exhibitions and shows. Be ready to meet the Burry Man on the streets of Queensbury, just offer him a drink and you'll be blessed. The low season roughly between October and March also has something to impress you with: fewer tourists and lower prices. And January will introduce you to a magic poetry by Robert Burns and his favourite Haggis and whisky.

11 THINGS TO DO IN EDINBURGH (DECEMBER 29 - JANUARY 07)

Edinburgh Christmas Market & Winter Festival

Edinburgh Christmas Market & Winter Festival

November 19, 2022–January 3, 2023 • event

A winter wonderland in the heart of a fairytale city

Hogmanay (New Year's Eve)

Hogmanay (New Year's Eve)

unconfirmedlate December 2022–early January 2023 • event

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

Christmas Lights

Christmas Lights

November 17, 2022–January 3, 2023 • event

Edinburgh celebrates the most wonderful time of the year

The Loony Dook

The Loony Dook

January 1 • event

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

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle

all year round • activity

A stunning historic fortress is an unmissable attraction on your visit to the Scottish capital

Oysters

Oysters

September–mid-April • food

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

Scotch Pie and Bovril

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

Haggis

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

Apple Season​

Apple Season​

September–February  • food

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

Swans

Swans

October–March  • nature

During winter Scotland hosts these elegant guests from Iceland and Siberia

Rhubarb

Rhubarb

January–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

30 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

Beltane Fire Festival

Beltane Fire Festival

out of rangeApril 30 • event

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

Edinburgh Festival Carnival

Edinburgh Festival Carnival

out of rangeJuly 17, 2022 • event

A free flamboyant music and dance event

Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Edinburgh Military Tattoo

out of rangeAugust 5–27, 2022 • event

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

Braemar Gathering

Braemar Gathering

out of rangeSeptember 3, 2022 • 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

Heather

Heather

out of rangeJuly–September/October (best in August) • nature

Purple heather blooms on ornate open Scottish fields, heathlands, wetlands, and forests

The Burry Man

The Burry Man

out of rangeAugust 12, 2022 • event

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

Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Edinburgh Festival Fringe

out of rangeAugust 5–29, 2022 • event

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

Burntisland Highland Games

Burntisland Highland Games

out of rangeJuly 18, 2022 • event

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

Edinburgh International Festival

Edinburgh International Festival

out of rangeAugust 5–29, 2022 • event

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

Rugby in Edinburgh: Six Nations Cup

Rugby in Edinburgh: Six Nations Cup

out of rangeFebruary 11, 2023 | March 12, 2023 | March 18, 2023 • event

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

Burns Night Celebrations

Burns Night Celebrations

out of rangeJanuary 25 • event

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

Seasonal Meats

Seasonal Meats

out of rangeSeptember–November  • food

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

North Berwick International Highland Games

North Berwick International Highland Games

out of rangeAugust 6, 2022 • event

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

Horse Flat Racing Season

Horse Flat Racing Season

out of rangeApril–September  • activity

Musselburgh Racecourse provides year round great racing action with 27 racedays

Langoustines, Crabs and Lobsters

Langoustines, Crabs and Lobsters

out of rangeApril–November  • food

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

Ceres Highland Games

Ceres Highland Games

out of rangeJune 24, 2023 • event

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

Stirling Highland Games

Stirling Highland Games

out of rangeAugust 20, 2022 • event

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

Crab Apple Jelly

Crab Apple Jelly

out of rangeApril–October  • food

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

Boxing Day

Boxing Day

out of rangeDecember 26 • event

The occasion has nothing to do with fists and punching, but rather boxes full of gifts

Scotland Berries Season

Scotland Berries Season

out of rangeJuly–August  • food

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

Snowdrops Bloom Time

Snowdrops Bloom Time

out of rangeFebruary–mid-March  • nature

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

Halloween

Halloween

out of rangelate October 2022 • event

Celebrate the transition from summer to winter in a traditional Celtic way

Comic Con Scotland

Comic Con Scotland

out of rangeOctober 8–9, 2022 • event

One of the largest cosplay events in the UK

Cowgate St. Patrick’s Festival

Cowgate St. Patrick’s Festival

unconfirmedmid-March 2023 • event

Celebrate Celtic heritage and culture

Edinburgh Marathon

Edinburgh Marathon

out of rangeMay 27–28, 2023 • event

Fast and flat, this race can easily become one of your favorites

Lemon Sole

Lemon Sole

out of rangeJune–September • food

The fillet dish tastes best with a Mediterranean sauce

Haddock

Haddock

out of 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

Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF)

Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF)

out of rangeAugust 12–20, 2022 • event

Every June, the city enjoys a fortnight of cinema screenings and related events. EIFF is recognised as the world's longest continually-running film festival

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

unconfirmedlate January–early February 2023 • event

The largest Lunar New Year celebration in Scotland

Golf Season

Golf Season

out of rangeApril–October  • activity

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

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