Edinburgh in August transforms itself from prim Scottish capital to artistic throng. Festival fever doesn’t let up until the International Festival’s final firework fizzles out in early September. With six major festivals competing for attention, Edinburgh Festivals holidays require quality Edinburgh Festivals hotels for some dedicated sleeping time.
Where the world comes to perform
From airy Queen’s Hall’s late-morning recitals, Edinburgh International Festival (EIF) days are packed with orchestral concerts in the (newly refurbished) Usher Hall and dance, opera and drama in the Edinburgh Festival, King’s, Playhouse and Royal Lyceum Theatres. The festival ends with the Bank of Scotland Fireworks Concert in Princes Street Gardens, which is spectacularly visible from across the city.
Now, for many, the reason to be in Edinburgh in August, the Fringe runs a week ahead of EIF and takes over every nook and cranny. Comedy, shows, music and dance throng the streets and, on the second Sunday, the Meadows for Fringe Sunday.
The Military Tattoo is Edinburgh’s most spectacular August offering. On the Castle Esplanade, British services display teams and ensembles are joined by international colleagues for quick-fire manoeuvres and marching bands, poignantly followed by a lone piper from the Castle battlements and late-night fireworks.