Edinburgh is Scotland’s compact, the hilly capital. It has a medieval Old Town and elegant Georgian New Town with gardens and neoclassical buildings. Looming over the city is Edinburgh Castle, home to Scotland’s crown jewels and the Stone of Destiny, used in the coronation of Scottish rulers. Arthur’s Seat is an imposing peak in Holyrood Park with sweeping views, and Calton Hill is topped with monuments and memorials.

Edinburgh, Gaelic Dun Eideann, capital city of Scotland, located in southeastern Scotland with its centre near the southern shore of the Firth of Forth, an arm of the North Sea that thrusts westward into the Scottish Lowlands. The city and its immediate surroundings constitute an independent council area. The city and most of the council area, including the busy port of Leith on the Firth of Forth, lie within the historic county of Midlothian, but the council area also includes an area in the northwest, around South Queensferry, in the historic county of West Lothian.

Easy to get around by bus, Edinburgh is built on a human scale. This is a city that repays close inspection so the best way to get to know it is on foot. There are amazing views, hidden courtyards, secret gardens and stunning architectural details to be discovered almost everywhere you look.

Think of Scotland and the words ‘International’ ,‘Fringe’ and ‘Festival‘ come to mind, but it has much more to offer than just history, architecture and the arts.

As well as Edinburgh is an increasingly international city with five Michelin-starred restaurants, a rapidly growing bar/cafe culture, vibrant nightlife and a varied and accessible arts scene. You will also find plenty of the independent shops, boutiques and small galleries that make browsing an addictive pleasure.

Because Edinburgh is so compact, it is not just the city centre that is easy to explore. Try exploring a little further: to Leith or the ‘villages’ of Stockbridge, Morningside, Duddingston and Cramond, each with its own distinctive personality and attractions. There is surprising country walks in the city too, on Arthur’s Seat, along with the Water of Leith and in the Blackford and Braid Hills. With all this and now a festival in almost every month of the year, it really is always a good time to come to Edinburgh.

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Edinburgh‘s International Storytelling Festival is one of the most admired storytelling events in the world and the largest of its kind – both from a programming and participation perspective, encompassing a wealth of cultures, traditions and styles. Enchanting performances, workshops, talks and events centred around traditional storytelling. This celebration of live oral traditions and cultural diversity brings together Scottish and international storytellers and musicians, to celebrate rhythms and methods of storytelling. Inspired by the Scottish ceilidh tradition and its sense of togetherness, this is an inviting community gathering full of tales, anecdotes, music, songs and ballads. What makes it special? From storytelling performances to panel discussions, and an engaging family strand of storytelling activities around Halloween, there’s something here for all Festival-goers to get involved with. Although each event has a structure, there will always be an informal and improvised element to the performance, as the magic of live storytelling is the immediate connection between teller and listener. The Festival began in 1989 and grows every year, with more people engaging with charismatic storytellers using their words to spin bridges between worlds.

Edinburgh’s Hogmanay is one of the world’s greatest New Year celebrations. Join us for three days of spectacular events, incredible bands and amazing audiences from every corner of the globe joins to show the world how to party! Watch or join in as the enchanting Torchlight Procession passes through Old Town in Edinburgh on 30 December, before grabbing your ticket for the famous Hogmanay Street Party and a spectacular fireworks display on 31 December. There’s also a toe-tapping ceilidh and concert in Princes Street Gardens too. On 1 January brave souls can take a ‘refreshing’ (read icy cold!) dip in the Firth of Forth during the annual Loony Dook. Spectators are more than welcome to cheer the looks on from the sidelines!

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