When’s the best time to visit Edinburgh?

When's the best time to visit Edinburgh?


Edinburgh’s calendar of events and wealth of attractions mean it’s brimming with possibilities whenever you visit. Depending on your passions in life and how you unwind on a city break, we know just the season to make the journey north of the border. Foodie or rugby fan or culture craver, here is when minicabit thinks is the best time to visit Edinburgh.

The darling drams of May

Whisky fans can indulge in a spirited celebration of Scotland’s best known beverage during the final weeks of May. Enjoy both the Edinburgh Whiskey Stramash and the Edinburgh Whiskey Festival this month. The city also boasts a fine selection of local brews, and real ale fans can sample a wide selection of local offerings at the Edinburgh Beer Festival in July. Leave the car behind. Download the minicabit app to get a quote to bring you and your beer buddies back to your accommodation safely.

Heritage haggis and a feast of farmer’s fare

For a rich savoury taste of Scotland you can’t beat sampling local haggis or square sausage.  Edinburgh’s local producers and chefs are also keen for you to savour many more Scottish delicacies. Dine out in the cities eateries during October’s Restaurant Festival, or if you fancy braving the crowds in August, there’s a fringe just for you – the Foodies Festival brings you the full country food fair experience complete the demos and tastings.

A mighty month for culture

What you can’t see at one of Edinburgh’s August cultural spectaculars isn’t worth seeing. From traditional displays like the Royal Military Tattoo, to celebrations of diversity brought alive at the Mela to the combined might of Edinburgh’s International Festival with laughter laden comedy fringe – the city is bursting at the seams with entertainment during the summer holidays.

Lothian landscapes and highland habitats

Volcanic remains, wide waterways and heathy terrain attract a unique procession of creatures throughout the year to excite nature lovers. Check out Edinburgh City Council’s Month by Month Wildlife Guide. Bio-diversity Week in May celebrates Edinburgh’s own ecosystem and its relationship with local cityscapes. The Royal Highland Show is a must see if you enjoy exploring country pursuits and rural trades.

Year-round city scene

Walking around the city the well preserved evidence of Edinburgh’s fascinating history is impossible to miss. Take a walking tour to understand the city’s journey to becoming Scotland’s capital. Edinburgh has the perfect blend of gift shops, big brands, malls, seasonal markets and designer boutiques for essential retail therapy during your trip. Save your feet for dancing though as Edinburgh truly sparkles with nightlife from the raucous Old Town to hip and trendy George Street. Be prepared for a big night out if you’re there for Hogmanay or Burn’s Night!

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