Every year, numerous holidays are celebrated in Edinburgh.
Below are the dates of the main events:
In Edinburgh, starting on 30 December, a torchlight parade is organized in the city. The Hogmanay Street Party, held from 30 December to 1 January, attracts tens of thousands of people each year. Bagpipe and pop music concerts precede the fireworks, set off at midnight. On 1 January, the tradition of Loony Dook encourages the brave to swim in the icy waters of the River Forth. The city also offers performances, film screenings, and parades… and, to recover from the festivities, 2 January is also a holiday.25 January: Burns Night (national)
On 25 January 1759, Robert Burns, one of the most famous Scottish poets, was born. To celebrate the event each year, the Scots gather around a traditional meal, punctuated by speeches and lectures, and eat the famous haggis, a dish prepared with stuffed mutton, about which Burns wrote, ‘Address to a Haggis'.Friday before Easter: Good Friday (national)
Good Friday is a bank holiday in Scotland (Easter Monday is this weekend's bank holiday in the rest of Britain).30 April – 1 May: Beltane Fire Festival (local)
The people of Edinburgh celebrate the coming of summer with an immense Celtic festival. Costumes, lights, and music make for a delightful night. In the morning, the crowd climbs up to Holyrood to wash their face in the dew of the park.1 May: May Day (national)
To celebrate the arrival of spring, the Scottish capital is the scene of an official parade: kilts and bagpipes are a must!Last Monday in May: Spring bank holiday (national)
Historically, banks alone were closed on this day, but it has now become a holiday for all the people of Britain.First Monday in August: Summer bank holiday (national)
August traditionally offers a holiday for workers. Be aware that it falls on the first Monday of the month in Scotland and the last Monday of the month in the rest of Britain.Last three weeks of Augus: Edinburgh International Festival (local)
Every year since 1947, when it was created to celebrate the end of the war, this world-renowned cultural event has brought together a broad variety of musical events, as well as theatre, dance, and opera.30 November: Saint Andrew's Day (national)
The patron saint of Scotland is celebrated throughout the country on 30 November. On the programme: festive meals, public performances of traditional dances and theatre, as well as pub-crawls.25 December: Christmas Day (national)
This holiday is an opportunity for Scots to gather with family around the traditional Christmas Lunch.26 December: Boxing Day (national)
A tradition from the Middle Ages, this holiday was the day when a present or gratuity was given to an employee, or a gift was given to the needy in addition to food distributions, and collections for the poor… In recent years, it has also become known as the day sales are launched in Britain.
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The Edinburgh airport is located 13 kilometres west of downtown.
The city of Edinburgh has an excellent bus network. This is the ideal means of transport to discover the Scottish capital.
The centre of Edinburgh has many narrow and one-way streets, and a limited number of parking spaces. Renting a car is only the best option if you plan to leave the capital, perhaps to visit the Scottish countryside.
Sixty bus lines (including 12 night-time bus lines) are available throughout the city and serve its main axes between 6:00 a.m. and midnight.
The price of a ticket is 1.50 GBP per adult (4 GBP for a day ticket) and 0.70 GBP for children (2 GBP for a day ticket). For the night bus, tickets are one price: 3 GBP.
Only one tramline, connecting the airport to the city centre, is currently active in Edinburgh.
The price of a ticket in the ‘city zone' is 1.70 GBP for adults and 0.80 GBP for a child. A ‘city zone' round trip is 3.20 GBP for adults and 1.60 GBP for a child; a day pass is also available at 4 GBP (adult) or 2 GBP (child).
Taxis can easily be hailed in the streets (they can be identified by their black colour and yellow ‘taxi' sign), or in areas reserved for them. They are a reliable way to get around the city, but more expensive than public transport (daytime fares are around 6-7 GBP for a three-kilometre fare in the city centre with a premium of 30 to 50% at night time).
Once you arrive in Edinburgh, don't hesitate to get in touch with tourism professionals for information and help in organising your stay.OFFICIAL CITY TOURISM SITE
Edinburgh Information Centre
3, Princes St.
+ 44 0131 473 3868
1 CHF = 0,77 GBP
1 GBP = 1,30 CHF
The above exchange rate is given for information because is variable.
Visiting a general practitioner is free in medical centres and hospital emergency services. If you are French or from the EU, think of asking for your European Health Insurance Card before you travel. Taking out supplementary health insurance is recommended if you may need to see a specialist.LIST OF OBLIGATORY AND RECOMMENDED VACCINATIONS
No vaccine is required for entry into Scottish territory.
For more information, contact the Air France Vaccination Centre:
There are no specific precautions to take in terms of food security.DRINKING WATER
Tap water is drinkable in Scotland. In some regions, however, it can taste slightly ‘peaty' and appear lightly coloured. These characteristics do not affect its safety.
In Scotland, tipping is only common in restaurants, where one generally tips 10% to 15% of the restaurant bill. In bars and taxis, tipping is not expected.