This summer hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the world will flock to the city of Edinburgh. They will travel for one reason, The Fringe Festival. The Fringe Festival is the largest arts festival in the world. Edinburgh will be filled with hundreds of stages for the wide variety of performers.
Getting to Edinburgh from the airport is straight forward for drivers. It's only an eight minute drive on the motorway. The city is well signposted, this makes driving a breeze.
The Fringe Festival completely takes over Edinburgh. Stages are located sporadically across the city. To view the range of shows you will need a car; as walking will not allow you to cover the distance.
The festival runs from the 7th to the 31st of August. It has been coined and advertised as "the greatest show on earth." With thousands of performers and hundreds of stages. There is something for everyone.
The festival offers a comprehensive program of the different performances. As the stages are located around the city, advanced planning is essential. It is advised that drivers plan routes ahead of time. Edinburgh's roads are well organised, so getting lost will not be a problem.
The show will host the widest range of arts related performances on the planet. Featured in the festival are: Big names in the world entertainment industry, up and coming performers, theatre, dance acts, comedy, circus performers, public speaking, poets and musicians. With over 3393 different acts to choose from.
Pricing for the events varies dramatically. All tickets can be purchased online in advance. Tickets can also be purchased at the door of the event.
The festival was established in 1947, with a strong heritage of success it's not likely to disappoint. Alongside the ticketed events, street performers will hijack the city. Each displaying their own individual talents. This means the Fringe Festival will also be the largest street fair on the planet.
Edinburgh is a beautiful, historically dense city, and the capital of Scotland. Even if it wasn't the host to biggest arts event on the planet, it would be worth the trip.
Edinburgh has an Old town and a New town, both are titled world heritage sites. Overlooking the city is Edinburgh's castle. The castle is placed on top of an extinct volcano, it houses the Scottish crown jewels. The jewels can be viewed on one of many tourist tours the city offers. When taking a break from the festival there are a multitude of options to explore this beautiful city. Simply driving and exploring the architecture in the city is breath-taking.
The Edinburgh zoo is highly decorated, the only zoo in the UK to house two giant pandas. Excellent for families. A twenty minute drive from the city centre with excellent parking right outside the zoo. An entire day could be spent exploring what the zoo has to offer. The zoo looks over the entire span of Edinburgh.
Being the capital of Scotland. Edinburgh is well connected. The motorway leads to the highlands or Glasgow depending on the direction you choose to travel. Glasgow is the other major city in Scotland. The Highlands are remote rural areas, of astonishing green landscapes. Rolling mountains occupy the breadth of the Highlands. Hiring a car is the best way to explore the freedom and vastness of the highlands. Isolated, rural and simply beautiful. Not to be missed.
Scotland is definitely a top holiday destination this summer. The Fringe Festival will attract hundreds of thousands of people to the historic city of Edinburgh. The city will come alive with a huge variety of performances as it hosts the "greatest show on earth". With the highlands just a short drive away. Scotland is this summer's perfect holiday destination in Europe.