Best time to visit Edinburgh

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Edinburgh Military Tattoo

August 03–25, 2018 • event

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

Edinburgh Festival Fringe

August 03–27, 2018 • 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 03–27, 2018 • 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

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

Crab Apple Jelly

April–October  • food

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


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

Golf Season

April–October  • 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



December 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

August 10, 2018 • event

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

Braemar Gathering

September 03 | September 01, 2018 • 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

February 03, 2018 | February 04, 2018 | February 10, 2018 | February 11, 2018 | February 23, 2018 | February 24, 2018 | March 10, 2018 | March 11, 2018 | March 17, 2018 • event

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

Beltane Fire Festival

April 30 • event

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

Burns Night Celebrations

January 25 • event

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

Seasonal Meats

September–November  • food

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

Boxing Day

December 26 • event

Age traditions remain alive though a bit different from the past

Stirling Highland Games

August 18, 2018 • event

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

Snowdrops Bloom Time

February–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

August 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

Ceres Highland Games

June 30, 2018 • event

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

The Loony Dook

January 01 • event

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

Burntisland Highland Games

July 16, 2018 • event

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


October–March  • nature

During winter Scotland hosts these elegant guests from Iceland and Siberia


September • 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

Apple Season​

September–February  • food

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


September–mid-April • food

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


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