With age-old sports performed by kilted Scotsmen, troops of Highland dancers and bagpipers, and celebrations involving plenty of Scotch whisky and haggis, the Highland Games are quintessentially Scottish. A time-honored tradition dating back to Celtic times, when they served as an opportunity for warriors to test their strength, courage and endurance, the Highland Games remain one of Scotland’s biggest events, with some competitions even attended by the British Royal Family.
With its quiet cobblestone lanes and jumble of fishing boats jostling for space in the harbor, Newhaven is a world away from the busy streets of Edinburgh’s UNESCO-listed center. A former fishing village located on the Firth of Forth, just two miles north of the city, Newhaven’s maritime heritage dates to the 15th century, when it served as a royal dockyard and launched the Great Michael in 1511, the largest ship in Europe at the time.
Whether dancing to bagpipes, knocking back Scotch whisky or partying up a storm during Edinburgh’s summer festival season suits your style, you’ll find an active nightlife in the Scottish capital. Pubs, bars and venues are on just about every street in Edinburgh, but to really experience the city’s nightlife, it’s best to follow the locals. To help you plan the ultimate night out, here’s our complete guide to Edinburgh’s nightlife.
With dazzling illuminations brightening up the city, the shops full of festive decorations and gifts, and the legendary 4-day Hogmanay festivities, the Scottish capital makes a lively place to spend the holidays. Whether you want to browse the Christmas markets or join a charity Santa run; here are 5 magical ways to celebrate Christmas in Edinburgh.
With its UNESCO-listed Old and New Towns, scenic canals and famous seven hills, Edinburgh is a town made for getting around on foot, but with its rough cobblestone lanes and steep hillsides, make sure to pack your hiking boots. For an even more memorable experience, opt for one of these four unique walking tours of Edinburgh, led by expert local guides.
With everything from historic pubs to quirky theme bars and upmarket wine bars, and new bars and clubs springing up all around the city, Edinburgh’s legendary nightlife is always one step ahead. It’s not all pints of beer and shots of Scotch whiskey either – there are plenty of spots to order a daiquiri or a whiskey sour too. From award-winning bars to local hideaways, here are 5 of Edinburgh’s best cocktail bars.