Newsflash – ‘Edinburgh Summer arrives’ and we couldn’t be happier! No idea how long it will last (knowing the unpredictable nature of Scottish weather) but we’re making the most of it while we can. That means a cold G&T in the garden, summer clothes dug out the wardrobe and jumping on the 26 bus straight to Portobello beach.
Edinburgh Summer Arrives
The magnificent views from the top of Arthur’s Seat are even better on a day like today. Clear skies mean you can see for miles! We have out fingers crossed that this weather is around for some of the amazing event coming up in the next few months. From concerts at the castle to the Highland show, Edinburgh is the place to be for summer 2016.
The Royal Highland Show
From the 23rd-26th June the Royal Highland Show returns to the Royal Highland Centre at Ingliston. This is the 176th Royal Highland Show and it’s a fantastic day out. Fun for all the family with Equestrian events, farriery and sheep shearing competitions and hundreds of livestock, from ponies to cows, shown in-hand. There is the delectable food tent, live music and trade stands selling everything from art to tractors! It’s a great day out, last year was brilliant but freezing cold (in June!) so fingers crossed for more Edinburgh summer weather…buy tickets for the Royal Highland Show here.
Concerts at the Castle
First up is the legendary Simply Red on the 14th July, followed the next night by the Stereophonics on the 15th and 16th July. The Esplanade gets a truly Scottish invasion with Runrig on the 23rd July before the epic Edinburgh Military Tattoo takes over from the 5th to the 27th August. Can’t decide which one we’re most excited about! You can get tickets here.
The highlight of the Edinburgh summer is undoubtedly the Edinburgh Festivals! The International Film Festival arrives first from the 15th-26th June alongside the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival. The Edinburgh Art Festival runs from the 28th July to the 28th August and then it gets really busy!
The 5th August is the start date for the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, Edinburgh International Festival and the BIG one – the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. All running till the end of August.
Finally there’s the International Book Festival from the 13th-29th August and the Edinburgh Mela on the 27th and 28th August. We’re exhausted just typing all this out! Find out more about all of these festivals on the Edinburgh Festival City website. You should also take this opportunity to book our Festival Break special offer!