Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland and boasts a long-standing history that dates back to the medieval era. Home to a number of incredible attractions, none more so than Edinburgh Castle, the city is a festival of activity and attracts thousands of tourists from all over the world each year. The castle itself sits atop a huge hill and overlooks the entire city.
One of the highlights of the year is the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, which takes place once a year and is a fun-filled evening designed to celebrate the finest British, Commonwealth and International military units – it’s well worth a visit. However, here are a number of other events and monuments that continue to attract people to Scotland’s greatest city.
The Fringe Festival
One of the highlights of the calendar, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival is a celebration of comedy. The Fringe Festival is the world’s largest celebration of arts and the United Kingdom’s best comedians, along with other performers, travel to Edinburgh for a truly fun festival for the whole family. While some shows may not be suitable for young viewers, there are plenty of things to do for children throughout the period. The event usually takes place in August and lasts for an entire month so if you are planning on visiting Scotland next summer, it may be wise to visit at the hottest time of the year to benefit from the added buzz and vibe of the Fringe Festival.
Home to Scottish Premiership side Heart of Midlothian, Tynecastle Stadium is an impressive sight. If you’re a huge football fan, you will be able to see one of Scotland’s elite clubs playing in one of the oldest stadiums in the country. Hearts are currently third in the Scottish Premiership and sit just six points behind leaders Celtic after 11 matches. While the Glasgow side are expected to go on and win the title, Robbie Neilson’s men are priced at 9/2 at the time of writing to be the next best team in the Scottish football betting markets and the hostile Tynecastle crowd will certainly help Hearts to win matches this season.
Her Majesty’s Yacht Britannia is the former royal yacht of Queen Elizabeth II and was in service from 1954 to 1997. One of Edinburgh’s most famous landmarks, you are able to visit and take a look around this spectacular sight and get a taste for one of British history’s finest attractions. The boat plays host to a number of special events throughout the year and you can even dine on the yacht. If you enjoy your national history, it’s well worth a visit and there are plenty of mini attractions to provide entertainment for the whole family.