In this guide, we’ve handpicked the very best of what makes Scotland so special — both on and off the beaten path — so you can travel like an insider in Scotland!
With so many world class festivals going off in Edinburgh in August, it’s easy for the city’s smaller events to fly under-the-radar, but the vibrant Edinburgh Mela Festival has carved a niche for itself, offering an incomparable celebration of south Asian culture and heritage. Held each August since 1995, the Edinburgh Mela Festival has earned itself a reputation for cultural diversity, with its ethnic flavor and eclectic mix of world music, dance, fashion and food providing a welcome alternative to the big-name international stars and homegrown acts featured in the city’s other festivals.
The Royal Mile is the most famous street in Edinburgh; it’s packed with visitors and locals at most hours of the day. You might think that such a famous street couldn’t possibly hold any secrets – but you’d be wrong. The Royal Mile Walking Tour is dedicated to revealing the secrets that the Royal Mile does indeed still hold. It shows you some of the coolest hidden spots that are dotted along the Royal Mile.
Since 1950, the forecourt of Edinburgh Castle has hosted the annual Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Set up to raise money for charity, the Tattoo began with eight items on the programme; this year it will run for three weeks during August, with hundreds of performers representing four continents.
Standing proud over the east end of the Royal Mile, the opposite end to Edinburgh Castle, at the foot of the vast Holyrood Park, Holyrood Palace boasts a long history dating back to the 12th century and the royal palace remains The Queen’s official Scottish residence.
We’re about to spend two hours wandering around Edinburgh as the sun sets, making our way through the city’s highlights…and a few graveyards too. This is Edinburgh Haunted Walking Tour: Mysteries, Murder, and Legends, and I’ve joined to learn about the scary side of Edinburgh.