Edinburgh – even better in summer

Thanks to a number of parallel festivals, Edinburgh in summer is a hotbed of artistic performances and shows, and people travel from around the world to enjoy the unique ambience of the largest cultural event in the world. Here we offer a picture preview of what awaits you in Scotland's elegant capital city.

Scotland's second most populous city lies about fifty miles north of the English border, between the Firth of Forth and the Pentland Hills. With its fine castle perched high on a rocky crag, the medieval architecture of Edinburgh Old Town contrasting with the Georgian New Town, kilt-clad pipers and a museum dedicated to whisky, the city is ready to charm and enchant any visitor at any time of year. But in summer, a number of simultaneous independent events, loosely referred to as the Edinburgh Festival, draw crowds from around the world and transform the city into the European capital of entertainment.