6 things to do in Edinburgh this summer
Looking for things to do in Edinburgh this summer?
One of the best things about living in Fife is its central Scotland location – which means you can travel to many of the country’s best attractions easily, including the iconic city of Edinburgh.
So, we have put together some suggestions of things to do in Edinburgh this summer, from learning about the city’s gruesome past to experiencing the frenzy of the Fringe.
Visit Edinburgh Castle
A visit to Edinburgh would simply not be complete without a visit to the world-famous Edinburgh Castle. The Castle looms over the whole city, providing a stunning backdrop to Princes Street and beyond. This historic building is one of the oldest fortified places in Europe, with a rich and royal history full of exciting stories.
Tickets can be bought online at a special discount, allowing you to skip the queue.
Experience the Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Madness descends on Edinburgh every August with the arrival of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The Fringe is the largest art festival in the world and is the ultimate showcase of creative performance – from comedy, to drama and dance. Featuring performers from every corner of the planet, this is an unmissable thing to do in Edinburgh this summer. Find more details and see the programme for this year on their website.
Marvel at Jupiter Artland
Jupiter Artland is one of the city’s lesser-known treasures. Located only 25 minutes from the centre of Edinburgh, this contemporary sculpture park and art gallery hosts regular guest exhibitions in addition to its mesmerising outdoor displays.
Set over 120 acres of woodland and meadow, it also hosts its own weekend-long art and music festival in August, where you can camp in its beautiful surroundings.
Be spooked at Mary King’s Close
Edinburgh’s hidden history is revealed at The Real Mary King’s Close, an attraction which features a journey through 400 years of history hidden underneath the Royal Mile. Ghastly myths are explored and authentic truths are revealed in the preserved 17th century streets of the Close, guaranteeing a fun day out - even if the weather is a bit damp!
Scale Arthur’s Seat
Edinburgh’s most famous natural landmark, Arthur’s Seat is located a short walk from the Royal Mile and offers superb views across the city from its peak. Taking a hike along this ancient volcano is one of the best outdoor things to do in Edinburgh. It sits within Holyrood Park, home to the Queen’s Holyrood Palace, and is situated directly beside the stunning Salisbury Crags.
It is well worth the trek up to the top of this 251m high hill, but be warned - it is a steep climb so wear sensible shoes and take some water.
Get cultured at the Scottish National Gallery
The Scottish National Gallery is perfect for a wet-weather day out, offering a chance to see some of the world’s greatest art in the heart of Edinburgh. The building itself is a work of art, designed in the neoclassical style and dating from 1859.
Admission is free, and we highly recommend catching a glimpse of the world-famous painting by Sir Edwin Landseer, The Monarch of the Glen, as a highlight of your visit – it is truly awe-inspiring!
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