Things to do in Edinburgh during the Festival

Are you attending the Edinburgh Festival this year? If so, then we’ve come up with a mini-guide to help you have an idea of things to do in Edinburgh while attending the festival. The Edinburgh Festival is one of the most talked about festivals in the UK and is popular with locals and tourists the world over.

This year will be pretty special, because the Fringe, as the festival is known, will be celebrating its 70th year. After it’s humble beginnings back in 1947 the festival is now THE largest festival in the world. It’s a large platform where artists of every description can perform and exhibit their work.

There are lots of things to do while you’re at the festival, so you won’t be bored for a second. You can listen to traditional Scottish pipes of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. If you want laughter, then there’ll be plenty of comedy, many famous artists were discovered while at the Edinburgh Fringe, and you never know, you might find yourself watching a comedy act that’s about to be discovered. You can also attend some theatre as there’s always some excellent theatre companies here during the festival. You can also try dancing, look at some art work and even take part in an art session yourself.

As you will imagine, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the most amazing celebration of culture and art in the world, and is held in August for a period of 3 weeks. It may seem overwhelming, because there is so much to see. It may help to create a timetable of particular acts and performances you wish to see and make a note of where they are and what time they start so you’re not scrabbling around trying to find it and then end up missing it! There’ll be a lot of people there and lots of crowds so knowing where you’re going and what you’re going to see will help make it less stressful. Keep in mind that if you’re not from Edinburgh, you’re going to have the added stress of not knowing your way around, so it helps to plan ahead….and take a map!

If you find the weather isn’t that great for a trip around the festival why not pay us a visit here at Escape Edinburgh? With a unique live exit game, you’ll get to sharpen up your problem solving and observational skills. You and some friends, or family members will have to find your way out of a locked room with only 60 minutes to solve a range of puzzles and cryptic clues. Once you’ve found your way out you can tell your friends you did it – you’re a winner!

Enjoy the festival and we hope you find lots of things to do in Edinburgh at the Festival, and if you have the time and the weather isn’t too hot, come over and see us here at Escape Edinburgh – we’d love to see you here!

Places To Go In Edinburgh For Breakfast

There’s nothing better than waking up in a new city and contemplating the prospect of a tantalising plate of breakfast food. But, question is, what do you do when you’re in a city you’re unfamiliar with or only visit so often, and you want to find the best place for a hearty breakfast.

Well, we hope we’ve found the solution. A short but precise post on some of the best places where you can get a hearty breakfast. There’s many to choose from in this beautiful heart stopping city, so we’ll focus on just a few.

The King’s Wark

This gorgeous venue on the carefully chosen Time Out list is just the place to go for breakfast. It’s serves up some delicious seasonal Scottish fayre and fish is a popular item on the menu. It’s an old waterfront old venue that dates back to the 15th century with bread and fish coming from local patisseries and bakeries dotted around locally. It’s the perfect place in which to relax and give yourself an excellent start to the day.

Mimi’s Bakehouse

Located in the Shore as is the King’s Wark, Mimi’s Bakehouse is a great place to get breakfast. Local produce makes for the perfectly prepared breakfast with Ayrshire bacon for instance or Stornoway black puddings. They serve the perfect homemade porridge oats, so if you fancy something delicious for your breakfast this is one destination you should head for.

Snax Café

You’ll find Snax at West Register Street and it’s a great place to find a good breakfast. Their menu is comprehensive, and you should find something that fits the bill. It’s open seven days a week, so you can go in any time. It’s perfect, because you can get a good meal for under fiver here, great for those on a shoestring budget.

The Pantry

The Pantry is popular on social media and with good reason. Its poached eggs are to die for and their breakfasts are famous. As well as a traditional breakfast, you can have waffles or avocados instead.

The Lioness of Leith

The Lioness of Leith is on Duke Street and is also open 7 days a week with a fantastic breakfast using local produce, produce which includes their delectable smoked Scottish salmon. The weekend brunch menu is pretty special and all in all, it’s a worthy addition to our list of great breakfast venues.

That’s our top five venues for places to go for a good breakfast in Edinburgh, it’ll really start your day off well, giving you the energy and motivation to get on with the rest of your day. If you have the time, why not visit us here at Escape Edinburgh, bring your friends and family and set yourselves a challenge – escaping our locked rooms via a clever set of puzzles, games and cryptic clues.

Things To Do in Edinburgh: Beaches

This week we’re looking at things to do in Edinburgh if you love beaches. Spending your time here in this famous city will be a real joy as it’s steeped history and culture with plenty of venues and places of interest to visit. However, if you love going to the beach, you might find it’s hard to know where to look to find them, so our post today then should be helpful, as we’ve come up with our own very comprehensive list of beaches in Edinburgh. Read on to see where you can go to catch sea and sand.

Portobello Beach

This beach is only a few miles from the city and it consists of two miles of beach with sunbathing and swimming available for all. It’s won awards for its crowd drawing beach and hosts a number of events such as the Big Beach Busk with volleyball and triathlon competitions. There’s kayaking and sailing clubs and a coastal rowing club as well as a grand Victorian swimming pool. The best in beach fun for families.

Yellowcraigs Beach

This is one of the best beaches in Edinburgh, so much so it’s won the best beach for urbanites from Conde Nast Traveller. A country road through Direlton village will bring you to the Yellowcraigs beach. There’s a car park for visitors and there’s miles and miles of beach, rocks and a lighthouse. Beautiful sand dunes make this a great place for sledging, walks in the woods and with a children’s play area outside, it’s the perfect place for families. There’s also the Island of Fidra where Robert Louis Stevenson got inspiration for Treasure Island.

Cramond Beach

Again, another beach that’s only a drive away from the city centre. It’s a popular area and was once a thriving fishing community. You can take a gentle stroll and watch the boats, feed the ducks and sit back with a coffee after at one of the small cafes which overlook the promenade. You can walk along the causeway when the tide’s out and watch the many sea birds that occupy Cramond Beach, with views across the Firth of Forth to take your breath away.

Seacliffe Beach

Five miles east from North Berwick you’ll find Seacliffe Beach, it’s also south east of Tantallon Castle and you’ll have some great views. There’s the ruin of an old house, a beautiful beach that looks over to Bass Rock and a smallish harbour. You’ll also find what’s left of an old castle, so if there’s anyone in your family who’s a bit of an adventurer then this will be the ideal place to visit.

Gullane Bents Beach

The perfect family beach with walking, kite flying, windsurfing and canoeing, so if you’re into water sports, this is ideal. There’s a dune system which works wonders for small birds so if you’re fan of bird life, this is for you. There’s also a crazy golf course not far so if that’s your thing, why not pay it a visit? You’ll also find a motor museum around 3 miles south and that may be something you’re interested too.

There are other beaches in and around Edinburgh too such as Aberlady Bay, East Lothian and North Berwick. You’ll love it here as it’s a beautiful city full of wonders and when you need a break from city life, you can escape to any one of the beaches we’ve mentioned today. After you have enjoyed a day at the beach you can pay us a visit at Escape Edinburgh with your friends and family to test yourselves against our brain-teasing escape games to complete a fun day out.

Things To Do in Edinburgh: Walking

Are you looking for somewhere to walk, somewhere tranquil to get away from the bustling city? In Edinburgh, there’s plenty of places to walk and relax and we’ve chosen our favourites below. So, if you’re looking for things to do that involve walking and you’re in need of a little contemplation, then take a look at our list of parks and walks below.

Take a stroll in the Old Town & Royal Mile

Here you’ll be able to walk through a complicated maze of cobbled streets, alleyways and hidden courtyards. In the centre is the Royal Mile, a beautiful street with tenement buildings from the Reformation which will lead you on to the castle itself and the Palace of Holyrood House.

St Giles’ Cathedral has a vaulted ceiling with ornate tombs and you’ll find the National Museum of Scotland. If you go down into the vaults, you’ll find a fascinating history of Edinburgh’s poor. There’s also the Georgian House, the Scottish National Portrait Gallery and when you’ve had enough there’s George Street for some serious shopping.

Calton Hill

The easily accessed Calton Hill is home to breath-taking views of the city and also an Athenian acropolis, an unfinished monument which was made to look exactly like the Parthenon of Athens. It was built as a memorial to those who died in the Napoleonic Wars. There are some amazing views from here and the walk to it is fun and energising, with some giant steps to climb.

Princes Street Gardens

The beautiful Princes Street Gardens is a World Heritage Site and with good reason. It’s houses old and new conservation areas and is to be found in the Inventory of Gardens and Designed Landscape in Scotland. There are some beautiful plants and flowers to be found here with thousands of different types of foliage and flower. If you’re looking for some peace and quiet then you’ve found it and if you’ve brought the children, there’s a play area, café, kiosk and toilets.

Holyrood Park

This is a beautiful park with plenty to see and do with geology, archaeology and history at its centre. In fact, there’s a free exhibition for you to enjoy on all these subjects so you can learn all about Holyrood Park’s history. You climb Arthur’s Seat, find Iron and Bronze Age forts and terraces and visit a medieval ruin in the form of St Anthony’s Chapel and when you’re ready to relax, go and watch geese at Duddingston Loch.

Dean Village

A beautifully quiet oasis where you can sit and relax and spend time looking over the Water of Leith. It’s not far from Princes Street, so you don’t have to go far for this tranquil setting. There’s evidence here of water mills and you’ll see all sorts of clues, such as stone plaques and mills stones. There’s Dean Bridge too, designed by the renowned Thomas Telford. Well Court has been recently restored and is the jewel in the crown of this gorgeous little village.

5 Fantastic Team Building Activities

There are many different things you can do to try and foster goodwill and good working practices amongst your team. A lot of this can be in the workplace, but there’s a lot you can do outside the office as well. It’s a great way to not only build teamwork, but if you have new team members, it’s a great way of introducing them to your existing team and helping them to bond.

Below, we’ve listed what we think are great team building activities. Take a look and see which one you’d like to take your team to.

Scavenger Hunt

This is a great way to encourage engagement and good communication. You compete against each other in your home town or city solving a series of clues that can be anything from collecting things to taking photographs. You’ll be split into teams and have your own hunt to complete.

Boot Camp

This is a camp with a difference, it’s delivered by an ex-army & royal navy personnel and the whole thing is based on military training. There’s a lot involved with the boot camp and it’s not just the physical side of it, there’s problem solving, escape and evade, combat techniques, survival as well as skirmishing and physical fitness. It’ll break down barriers, help to bond the team and encourage communication.

Sports Day

Sports, athletics and lots of fun alongside healthy competition between your team. You can have an opening ceremony even and there’s plenty of staff to help manage the games and help your teams to have a great day. There’ll even be medals at the end.

It's a Knockout

This is based on a favourite TV show from the 70s, and even if you’re too young to remember it doesn’t matter. This is a great day out with all sorts of live events to take part in with music and plenty of equipment to make the competition lots of fun. There’s water, trees, nature and plenty of outdoor space to keep the fun going with obstacles and slippery wetness. It’s not for the faint hearted.

Escape Edinburgh

For the best in team building activities, escape is one of the best live games you’ll take part in, and it’s perfect for your team. It’s designed for groups of up to 5, and you’ll get locked in a room with 60 minutes to find a way out. It’s a little bit crystal maze, and there’s plenty of puzzles and riddles to work out before you escape. Good problem solving skills, powers of observation and of course, good communication skills will be needed to help your teams escape.

We think we’ve come up with some great team building activities which we know your team members will love, so get your team out there and create some good vibes, it’ll pay dividends in the long run.

Things To Do in Edinburgh For Free

If you’re looking for free things to do in Edinburgh or simply activities you can all take part in as a family which are free of charge, then you’ll enjoy the list we’ve provided below. We’ve tried to put together a varied list of things to do so you’ll never be bored. So, read on and see where you’ll be going.

National Museum of Scotland

One of the most popular museums in the UK, the National Museum of Scotland is a must-see for those who love history. There are well over 20,000 artefacts, and you’ll get to learn so many different things about Scotland and the rest of the world via culture, nature and science.

Royal Botanic Garden

The Royal Botanic Garden isn’t far from the city centre and within is a beautiful tranquil area of peace with over 70 acres of garden to admire and enjoy. There’s a long and impressive history dating back 300 years and there’s plenty of plants and flowers to enjoy.

Scottish National Gallery

There’s an impressive collection of fine art here at the Scottish National Gallery dating back to the Renaissance period to the 19th century. There’s plenty of work here for you to enjoy and admire such as Velazquez, Monet, Van Gogh and Vermeer and many more. It also gives offers history of Scottish painting, with work from the likes of McTaggard, Wilkie and Ramsay and many others.

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

Another art gallery equally as impressive, the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art is two buildings, One and Two, with sculpture by renowned artists such as Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore, and at the gallery itself there’s work from Picasso and Matisse.

St Giles Cathedral

A beautiful church from John Knox, St Giles comes with beautifully stained glass windows and is often referred to as the Cradle of Presbyterianism. It’s also home to the Thistle Chapel which is home to the Knights of the Order of the Thistle added in the early half of the 20th century.

Scottish Parliament Visitor Centre

Here at the Scottish Parliament there’s plenty to see on the provided tours so you can get a feel for how government is run here in Scotland. There’s a shop, café and all in all you’re guaranteed a really full and vibrant visit to one of the most important centres of Scottish politics. There’s the debating chamber where you can see them in action and there are different days for guided tours of the building as well as recess dates, where there are other days on offer to tour the building.

Discover Edinburgh’s Hidden Cycling Network

See Edinburgh by bike and enjoy the scenery. You can enjoy a bike ride at any age, and there are plenty of cycle routes in the city with off-street paths, esplanades and former railway lines where you can enjoy the beauty of Scotland while getting a healthy day out at the same time.

House Histories Trail

A walking trail which takes in some of the best World Heritage Sites where you’ll get to see a picture of old Scotland with riveting titles to their walking tours such as Auld Reekie, Athens of the North, Meet the West Enders, and Sense of Place. It’s a wonderful way of exploring Scotland’s history and if you love a little eeriness in your walking trails then try the Edinburgh Graveyards Trail.

Gorgie Farm

An outdoor resource where you can volunteer, and where your children between 8 and 12 can attend their holiday clubs. There’s educational tours too and there’s plenty to see and do here at Gorgie Farm.

Team Building Activities: What are the Benefits?

In today’s post we’re going to be looking at the benefits of team building activities. Working as part of a team is a crucial part of everyday life, especially in our working lives. If we can learn to work together better, then we can get far more done. With this in mind we’re going to go over the benefits of team building and what it can mean for you and your workplace.

Why work as part of a team?

When we work as part of a team it’s about maximising the strength, talent and qualities of each team member. As a result you will have an efficient and motivated team on your hands, all it takes is a little combined effort. Team building activities help the overall performance of the group so you get the best from each person.

Communication

Communication is key to a team performing well, by encouraging your team to work well together and build on communicating with each other, barriers are broken down and an overall better understanding of each individual's strengths and weaknesses is achieved. From there you can go forward to build on what you’ve learnt about each other and do well.

Leadership Can Be Fun

As a team, you’ll learn to identify leadership qualities in each other and find those amongst you who can contribute as leaders for the team. Team building should always encourage fun, so working together doesn’t always have to be serious and dull. 

Building Individual's Confidence

Build the confidence of each team member and you’ll get the best out of each of them, helping them to build on their individual skills and talent so they’ll improve and get better. Also encourage each team member to be ready to take responsibility when it counts, so each person will feel they can rely on each other when needed. This helps build trust and morale, helping each team member to feel stronger and more able to take on challenges. Foster respect in your team also and make it part of the culture, and that will help to build a really strong team with good connections.

Team Building Activities Are Rewarding

Although team building is a buzzword within the corporate world it should never lose its meaning or importance. Team building and team building exercises can help with activities performed by team members and help them with communication and bonding. This helps to empower each member of the team and helps them to be more motivated, and as a result more productive.

Take Them Out and Let Them Bond

Take them out of the environment in which they work to help break down barriers and foster bonding and communication. Once the ice is broken on one particular team, the benefits should outweigh any negatives, by incorporating these team building exercises into the work curriculum, so you should see a difference in every day productivity.

Long-term Benefits of Team Building Activities

With team building activities, what are the advantages and long-term benefits for you and the team you work with? It might be a slow burn, but the goal is major gains, profitability, and of course increased productivity. You will also have a team of people who are happy to work together, who achieve more than they did and need less direction. A team that’s motivated and empowered with more focus. For those reasons it’s well worth investing your time and money in team building activities

Things To Do in Edinburgh For Couples

If you’re looking for things to do in Edinburgh as a couple, then why not read our list of things to do in this wonderful city, and you’re bound to find something to suit your tastes.  

A Night at the Theatre

A versatile selection of performances awaits you, from musical theatre to opera at the National, Festival and King’s theatres in Edinburgh. A wide selection of choices for all tastes, so if you’re looking for an evening’s entertainment, then try one of Edinburgh’s impressive theatres.

Cuddle Up With a Cat

Yes, you heard, cuddle up with a cat, and we don’t mean stay at home in front of the telly. What we are suggesting however, is that you go to the Maison de Moggy and experience the unique experience of drinking tea and eating cake with a cat in your lap.

Garden Stroll

If you both love plants and the natural world, then vist the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh where they’ve been studying plants for the best part of over 300 years. There’s plenty to see and do here to keep you occupied.

Visit Museums

There are plenty of great museums here in Edinburgh, so if you like history and looking at things which have an important link with the past, then visit one of the city’s museums. 

Ice Skating

If you fancy yourself as a skater, then why not make your way to Murrayfield and have a quick skate around the ice rink. It’s a great way of spending an afternoon as a couple but remember to wear suitable clothing, something warm and comfortable.  

Visit The Stand Comedy Club

The Stand comedy club in Edinburgh is one of the best way to get your comedy fix of an evening, with a variety of different quality comedy acts. It’s a great way to spend time together as a couple too and you get to spend the evening laughing.

Ghost Tours

Mercat Tours are perfect for a good old fashioned ghost walk. You’ll find there’s a variety of different walks including ones based on Edinburgh’s history, and their team of storytellers are an expert group of people who know how to tell a story. So, if you’re in the mood for a magical afternoon or evening of storytelling mixed with ghostly tales and historically fascinating facts, then choose Mercat Tours who can help you see another side to Edinburgh.

Visiting the Zoo

Edinburgh Zoo is famous for its pandas, but it has so much more in terms of a seriously impressive animal’s collection and world-famous attractions. 

Explore Edinburgh Castle

If you love history, beautiful views and a fascinating insight into one of Edinburgh’s’ proudest and most noble monuments, then a visit to Edinburgh Castle is a must.

Climb Arthur's Seat

Climb the Holyrood Royal Park which is only a short distance from Edinburgh’s Royal Mile and you’ll be able to reach Arthur’s Seat. This is an ancient volcano which is over 200 metres above sea level, you get some beautiful views of the city from here. 

Stay in the Luxury Balmoral Hotel

Balmoral is famous for its Royal connections and it’s also a building of great historical interest with stunning views, boasting 5 star facilities and wonderful hospitality. It was once a railway hotel and it still operates as a hotel today.

Whisky Experience

A Scotch whisky tour from which you can choose a variety of different tours to suit your tastes. There’s also the Amber Restaurant which is attached to the Whisky Experience if you fancy a bite to eat.

Visit Edinburgh's Camera Obscura

This is one of Edinburgh’s oldest attractions, opening in the first half of the 19th century. There’s plenty to keep you busy with tricks, illusions, puzzles and special effects with two new exhibitions as well. You can use the camera obscura to see the city in panoramic style, this clever camera has been a source of fascination for nearly 200 years. 

Things to Do in Edinburgh For Sports Fans

If you’re a sports fan and you’re visiting Edinburgh for the first time, then perhaps you’re looking for sports venues to visit while you’re here.

Heart of Midlothian F.C.

The oldest and most successful football club in Edinburgh with a crest based on the Heart of Midlothian that is found on Edinburgh's famous Royal Mile and share their name with Sir Walter Scott's famous novel 'The Heart of Midlothian'. Hearts have won the Scottish Cup 8 times, with their latest triumph coming in a dominant 5-1 win against their city rivals Hibernian.

With one of most intimidating atmospheres in Scottish football, Hearts home stadium Tynecastle is well worth a visit on a match day. Alternatively you can arrange a tour of the stadium at another time and visit the club museum.

Hibernian F.C.

Founded in 1875 by Edinburgh's Irish community, Hibernian F.C. progressed from the overcrowded slums to become the first British club to participate in the European Cup in 1955.

The golden period in the club’s history was during the late 1940s and early 1950s when the club won three championships, 1948, 1951 and 1952, in four seasons. 

Edinburgh Rugby

Another sporting club with an eclectic history that goes back well over a 100 years. Edinburgh Rugby is a club that has had many successes and it’s an impressive sporting venue that’s well worth a visit.

Scottish National Rugby Team

The Scottish National Rugby Team play their home games at the impressive Murrayfield Stadium with the Autumn test matches and the 6 Nations particular points on the calendar to look out for if you are interested in taking in a game.

You can also tour the stadium on a non match day to see Scottish rugby memorabilia such as the Calcutta Cup, step onto the TV studio and get a feel for the atmosphere in the Scotland team changing room and tunnel. 

Edinburgh Capitals Ice Hockey

Since the end of the second world war, ice hockey has been gaining popularity in Scotland and it comes with its own rich history. It currently resides at Murrayfield Ice Rink and was founded back in the late 90s. There have been many trophies won over the years, and it’s sure to win many more as it improves each season.

Edinburgh Monarchs Speedway

This Speedway has many great terraced areas from which to see races and it also comes with its own licensed bar. You’ll also find some refreshment stalls and the obligatory shop selling the official merchandise. A great sporting venue, and if you love motorsport, then it’s definitely the place to visit during your time in Scotland.

Val McDermid Escape Room with Bloody Scotland

When the organisers of Bloody Scotland got in touch about us running a pop up escape room at the crime writing festival we were excited. We were even more excited by the idea of working with Val Mcdermid in coming up with a storyline for the escape room.

After a quick chat with Val the scene was set. Your team are a group of trainee profilers, the legendary Tony Hill could not be reached and you are first on the scene. All is not as it seems, however(is it ever?). You have been lured into a trap. With thirty minutes counting down on the explosive device there is only one thing that will disarm the bomb. The killers identity.

The Crime Scene

The Crime Scene

The teams valiantly set about determining the identity through a series of puzzles and challenges laid by the by the killer. Toying with the groups seemed to be one of the suspects favourite activities.

Thankfully most of our groups managed to save the Golden Lion and the festival itself. Although we did have one group destroy the hotel with a typo....

The groups were a pleasure to run and as a taster for escape rooms it worked really well. Thanks to Bloody Scotland and Val McDermid for letting us be part of the festival.

Things to Do in Edinburgh if You Enjoy Walking

You may be searching for ways to wind down and relax, while at the same time get some well-earned rest away from the busy city life. We’ve compiled a list of things to do in Edinburgh if you enjoy walking. There are places where you can take a leisurely stroll or a brisk walk, and capture some beautiful scenes while you’re there. Read on to find some wonderful ways of enjoying what the beautiful city of Edinburgh has to offer.

John Muir Way

Just outside Edinburgh, on the outskirts, you’ll find a beautiful 134 mile walk (you don't have to do it all!), The John Muir Way. It’s an historic and scenic route which can be taken the hard way by crossing larger section of it, or you can just take a couple of enjoyable miles and take your time. You’ll get some wonderful views so it’s definitely worth a visit.

Calton Hill

A lovely walk with buildings and monuments along the way it offers a great viewpoint over the city. The roads are paved and there are paths and tracks with surface, However, there are some flights of steps.

Dean Village

Consider pavements, roads and a riverside path on this walk with long flights of steps, with some great Georgian architecture and the National Galleries of Modern Art. This walk is circular, and as well as taking in the architecture and art galleries, how about the beautiful Dean Village itself and the Water of Leith.

Arthur's Seat

A beautiful hill walk that’s right in the city centre. It towers over the city with its rocky summit, and with its beautiful surroundings it’s a really beautiful way of just chilling out and relaxing away from the hustle and bustle of life. It’s very steep and rocky so keep this in mind before you start.

Blackford Hill & Braid Hills

Walk up Blackford Hill, all 500ft of it and then stand and admire the beautiful views of Edinburgh and Arthur’s Seat. There’s the Royal Observatory, and next to Blackford Hill there’s the Braid Hills, and from here you can see the Castle, the Forth River and the Road Bridges, and you can also see all the way to Fife on a clear day.

Union Canal

Start out at Fountainbridge and then take your route along Ratho Village and see some of the fascinating industrial past of Edinburgh. There’s some beautiful canal boats and of course, ducks, so it’s the perfectly relaxing walk you need.

We hope you enjoyed our list of beautiful Scottish walks. If you’re looking for things to do in Edinburgh, you’ll find that this is the perfect list to get you started, so we hope you like it!

Things to Do in Edinburgh During the Summer Festivals

It’s the summer season and that can only mean one thing, there’ll be plenty of festivals throughout the summer months. This will be anything from books to music, with plenty to keep you entertained and fully occupied. Many are family friendly, so you needn’t go alone, you can take everyone else along too. If you’re looking for things to do in Edinburgh during the summer festivals, then we hope our list below gives you plenty of fresh ideas.

Edinburgh Art Festival

The Edinburgh Art Festival has a great history and is now one of the UK’s largest festivals. It’s full of galleries, artist’s spaces and museums, with new art from emerging artists. Most of the festival is free of charge, so if you love art then you’ll love this festival.

Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

This year will be very special for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo because it coincides with the Queen’s 90th birthday so there’ll be plenty of celebrations. With the stunning backdrop of the Edinburgh Castle, it promises to be quite an event, so if you fancy it then visit the castle during 5th to the 27th August. 

Edinburgh International Festival

At the International Festival you’ll be treated to a series of different performances from a variety of different genre such as opera, theatre, music and dance. So there really is something for everyone. 

Fringe Festival

At the Fringe Festival there’s three weeks in August allocated to one of the largest arts festivals in the world. There’ll be unknown artists as well as better known ones. There’s everything from comedy, dance and theatre, to circus, cabaret, opera, and musicals. The Fringe has a long and illustrious history and has gone on from strength to strength ever since.

International Book Festival

If you love books, then this wonderful book festival should be just down your street There are over 700 events, as well as at least 30 Meet the Author events so there’s something for everyone, it runs from 13th to the 29th August. 

We hope you found our list of things to do in Edinburgh during the summer festivals of use. It’s a great opportunity to go out and about with the children rather than staying stuck indoors. There’s everything from music and books, to dance and theatre, so do go along and try one or two of them. The summer months won’t be with us long so do make the most of the long days and nights. 

Things To Do In Edinburgh This Summer

If you’re looking for things to do in Edinburgh while you’re here this summer, then this post should help you to choose some events to attend. There suitable for both adults and children and cover a broad range of topics, from music to history, art to comedy. You should find the list quite comprehensive, so whether you’re here for a week on business, or a fortnight on vacation, we hope you find our list useful, so read on and fill your boots with our list of things to do in Edinburgh.

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe

The worlds most famous arts festival is held in August each year for 3 weeks in Edinburgh. There’s an amazing choice of performers from comedy to dance and physical theatre, cabaret to musicals and opera. It has a wonderful history and place in the heart of everyone who attends or takes part. If you’d like to visit during your time in Edinburgh then do, it’s the opportunity of a lifetime.

Holyrood Park & Arthur's Seat

Here at Holyrood Park and Arthur’s Seat is ample opportunity to soak up Scotland’s wonderful history with over 600 acres of breathtaking landscape with Arthur’s Seat being the most famous. You’ll also find St Anthony’s Chapel which is a 15th century medieval chapel and Duddingston Loch. There’s plenty of bird life as well as geological facts which may be of interest. A definite must if you love history and architecture.

Princes Street Gardens

The Gardens are open to the public with access from different gates along the famous Princes Street. It’s only 5 minutes away from the high street, so you don’t have far to go to find it. There’s East Princes Street Gardens as well as West Princes Street Gardens which you’ll find near Waverley Station and National Gallery Complex. You’ll get some wonderful views and plenty of history to keep you interested.

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

From the 5th to the 27th of August you can experience the magnificence of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo at its finest. It’s marching, music and all the splendour this event can muster. If you fancy it then make your way to Edinburgh Castle this August.

Edinburgh International Film Festival

From the 15th to the 26th of June, you can experience the Edinburgh International Film Festival. An opportunity to enjoy all that film has to offer. Established shortly after the Second World War, the Festival has been showing the most interesting films from all over the world. It’s ambitious yet intimate, both passionate and exciting, if you like film, then the Edinburgh International Film Festival is for you. You’ll find it on 88 Lothian Road.

Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival

A Jazz & Blues Festival set in the late 70s which has been going strong ever since. Founded by Mike Hart, a guitarist and banjo-player, has created this mammoth music festival for jazz and blues lovers everywhere. The Festival is held across several venues, which you’ll find listed on their website.

Edinburgh Art Festival

From the 28th July to the 28th of August you’ll find the Edinburgh Art Festival which celebrates the visual arts and held across a number of galleries, museums. There will be at least 40 exhibitions this year and it’s well worth seeing. If you want to indulge your inner artist then the Edinburgh Art Festival is for you. You can find out more at 2 Market Street in Edinburgh.

The Royal Mile

A street full of the best restaurants, shops and museums which you can explore at leisure. This street is full of history and culture and there are plenty of beautiful historical monuments to see here. There are plenty of cafés, pubs and shops for you to sit down and rest, and shops to buy some souvenirs before moving on.

So there you have it, a list of things to do in Edinburgh during the summer months for you, your family and friends. We hope you have a great time, it’s well worth a visit as Edinburgh is such a beautiful city, culturally rich and historically fascinating.

TripAdvisor Recognise Escape For Superior Service

We're delighted to announce that Escape Edinburgh has been selected for the TripAdvisor 2016 Certificate of Excellence! This reflects the consistently great reviews we have received from our visitors on the TripAdvisor website, maintaining a review rating of at least four out of five over the course of the year.

Having had thousands of visitors at Escape Edinburgh over the last 12 months, we have seen first hand how much people of all ages and from all over the world enjoy the Escape experience. To have received such recognition from TripAdvisor is the icing on the cake for us and encourages us to continue improving our games and service for our visitors.

A massive thank you goes out to everyone who left a review on TripAdvisor after their Escape experience, we hope to see you all again very soon!

Things to Do in Edinburgh if You Enjoy the Outdoors

If you enjoy the outdoors and you’re due a trip to Edinburgh, you’re probably looking for activities and outdoor places to visit. This might be for you personally, or it might be for your family and friends. Perhaps your visit here is part of a business trip, or a few get-away days. Whichever kind of trip it is, you’ll find that our broad and comprehensive list of things to do in Edinburgh if you enjoy the outdoors is a really useful resource. So read on to find some of our favourite outdoor destinations in Edinburgh.

Edinburgh Zoo

Edinburgh Zoo has so much to offer in terms of its animal attractions, it’s both educational and entertaining. It’s hard to include in here what Edinburgh Zoo has within its walls, but as well as their famous pandas, you have many other main attractions that teach you so much about the animal world. One of the most famous zoos in the world, this is one outdoor trip you won’t forget in a hurry.

Maid of the Forth Boat Tours

If you like the water, then how about a boat trip that takes you round the city in style, so you get to see the sights, sounds and famous landmarks of Edinburgh in the best way possible? The trips start at Hawes Pier in South Queensferry and takes you on an hour and a half of spectacular views with an opportunity to see some amazing marine wildlife. The Maid of the Forth Boat Tours are daily and nightly with evening cruises that offer jazz bands, folk and disco with food and drinks on hand to help you enjoy the evening. Some wonderful trips are offered with this boat tour, and if you want to see Edinburgh in style, then it seems natural choice.

The Hairy Coo – Free Scottish Highlands Tour

A tour of the highlands in style with small group tours that take you close to nature and to the remotest places in Scotland. There’s history, stories and beautiful landscapes to experience, and all trips depart from the Deacon’s House Café at 304 Brodies Close in Edinburgh.

The Tartan Bicycle Company

If you enjoy cycling, then how about the Tartan Bicycle Company with day tours on the back of a bike? It’s a truly original way of seeing this wonderful city and you can even opt for an electric bike if you wish. You can travel to the city’s boundaries and tour the Forth Rail and Road Bridges and see some of the hills and borders of the city. Carefully planned routes ensure that you get to see much more of the city than you normally would. Don’t worry about whether you’re fit enough, there are tours that fit in with your level of fitness.

Portobello Beach

Who’d have thought there was a beach in Edinburgh, but just a few miles from the centre you’ll find a couple of miles of sand where you can sunbathe on a sunny day and swim. It’s a great little beach, so much so, it’s won awards. Here you can join the Portobello Kayaking and Sailing Club, go swimming at the classic Victorian swimming pool, which has Aerotone and Turkish baths. There are cafes and bars along the promenade, a high street with plenty of shops and many good quality restaurants and gift shops. There’s a market on the first Saturday of each month with local produce and crafts.

Gorgie City Farm

This is a small community where people can learn about and learn to appreciate agriculture and gardening, there’s also handicrafts and it’s a much valued part of the community of Edinburgh with something for all the family. You can have tea and cake and there’s plenty here to entertain you and your children here at Gorgie City Farm.

My Adventure Activities

Outdoor adventures for those who enjoy being active. There’s everything here from stag and hen dos for those who of you who enjoy doing something energetic to celebrate your friend’s nuptials. Charitable organisations and corporate events are catered to as well with anything from outdoor climbing, mountain biking, indoor climbing and coasteering, canyoning and gorge walking to list but a few.

My Adventure delivers outdoor activities that challenge, educate and inspire with an emphasis on empowering people and encouraging them to learn new skills. All profits are reinvested in to other community projects and their mission is to have a really positive impact on their community. If this is your thing, then why not try it, all the instructors are trained and qualified and have many years’ experience working with the young. There’s something for everyone and can be tailored to your budget and ability.

Things To Do In Edinburgh if You Enjoy Tours

Edinburgh is a busy, vibrant city, and while you're here, whether it's for business or pleasure, you'll be wanting to make the most of it. If you love touring and you're looking for things to do in Edinburgh, then you'll be pleased to know that we've brought together some of the best touring trips the city has to offer, so you don't have to do the hard work yourself.

Edinburgh Photography Tours

Edinburgh Photography Tours were established in 2010 and are number one in the city for providing the most imaginative, interesting and worthwhile photography tours. James Christie, the man behind the tour, is a world renowned professional photographer who has also published his work to an international audience. If you're looking to learn about photography and see some of Edinburgh's greatest landmarks, then you should head towards Edinburgh Photography Tours.

Eat Walk Edinburgh

A food tasting tour that takes in around 5 or more stops along with a tasting session. Your guide will talk to you about Edinburgh's history between stops, so you get to learn about this amazing city at the same time. A food sightseeing tour is an ingenious idea where you can visit and taste some of the best food from the city's finest restaurants, bars and shops, while at the same time see some of Edinburgh most famous sites.

Local Eyes Edinburgh Walking Tour

A walking tour of the city that takes a detailed look at the history of Edinburgh, so if history is your thing, this is the tour for you. We're talking Edinburgh's most famous locations, its castle, Grassmarket and many, many other famous landmarks. So if you'd like to know a lot more about the history of Edinburgh then the Local Eyes Edinburgh Walking Tour is for you.

The Potter Trail

Yes, it's the Harry Potter Trail we're talking about, with locations inspired by the famous Harry Potter books with places that JK Rowling wrote her books and created her famous characters. You'll even have an opportunity to learn about some real-life magicians, the wizards and witches of medieval Edinburgh. This is a great tour that's suitable for families.

The Cadies & Witchery Tours

This is a tour of Edinburgh's Old Town which helps bring an old world back to life in the 21st century. It includes ghosts and they're happy to help their guests find out all about the old town with jokes and ghost stories that'll have the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end. A walking tour never to be forgotten.

City of the Dead Tours

The city of the Dead Tour is a tour to end all tours, one of the best the city has to offer, it's been called the best ghost walk in Britain, so brace yourselves. It's also recommended by Lonely Planet as the city's best ghost tour, so you'll be in good hands. Hold on to your hats and prepare to be scared.

Edinburgh Bus Tours

Edinburgh's famous bus tours that take you around the city in comfort while you sit back and enjoy Edinburgh's landscape, famous buildings and landmarks. Edinburgh Bus Tours offer affordable tours of the city that always live up to their reputation, a great way of getting around the city, making sure you don't miss a thing.

We hope you find our list of things to do in Edinburgh if you like tours fascinating. We worked really hard to put together a comprehensive list of tours that will fulfil your desires regarding sightseeing when visiting this wonderful city. There's certainly a lot to keep you entertained. We hope you enjoy your stay in Edinburgh.

Things To Do In Edinburgh if You Enjoy a Tipple

We're looking at things to do in Edinburgh if you enjoy a tipple. And that's not drinking till you see double, it's for those of you who have a specific interest in beers and spirits and enjoy trying out new and rare samples. Of course it helps if you can try them in a place with a certain ambience, and we think we've struck gold on that too. Read on and see what we've come up with.

The Scotch Whiskey Experience

Here at the Scottish Whiskey Experience there are all sorts of tours for you to try out and see which is a best fit for you. There's the Silver. Gold and Platinum Tour, The Taste of Scotland Tour and Educational Tours. There's also a 90 minute Morning Master-class. All tours vary in time and content, but what you are guaranteed is a fascinating journey into the history of whiskey. You'll find the Scotch Whiskey Experience at 354 Castlehill on the Royal Mile.

Stewart Brewing Craft Brewing Kitchen

A really unique and novel way of finding out about the process of beer making with Stewart Brewing's Craft Beer Kitchen. You won't be surprised to find out that this is the first of its kind in Scotland, and if you want to find out how to make your own beer, then this is going to be a valuable experience for you. The brewing process is explained from beginning to end, and they also show you how to bottle it and collect.

Yes, you can create your own beer here at the Craft Beer Kitchen and collect it and take it away with you at the end. This will be a really exciting and rewarding experience for both experienced beer makers and for those of you doing it for the first time. If you think this is for you, and why wouldn't you, then you'll find Stewart Brewing's Craft Beer Kitchen at 6a Dryden Road, Bilston Glen Industrial Estate, Loanhead.

Jolly Toper Tastings

Imagine visiting an old and atmospheric bar in Edinburgh and then trying out obscure and rare whiskeys that you won't find anywhere else. That's what you get with Jolly Toper Tastings. The pub is the Tolbooth Tavern and you'll get to try five malt whiskeys during your visit. You can feedback on your thoughts on the whiskeys you've tasted and later you get to see an overall evaluation based on your feedback on their website.

Edinburgh Gin Distillery

Pay a visit to the Edinburgh Gin Distillery and you'll get to taste some of the best gins in the world all at 1a Rutland Place, where this gorgeous distillery is hidden away from prying eyes. If you like your gin, then you'll love the Edinburgh Gin Distillery.

Highland Lochs, Glens & Whisky Day Tour

How about a tour of the beautiful Scottish landscape taking in the central Highlands, Hermitage Forest Walk, The Queen's View, Pitlochry and Loch Tay, then following your long walk, stopping for a little refreshment. It's just as well there's a whiskey distillery to make your traditional Scottish tour complete. Departure point is at Rabbie's Cafe, Waterloo Place.

Brewdog

The Brewdog is a uniquely furnished building that provides exciting craft beers, where you can get a pizza if you're hungry, home-made no less, and relax in the industrial, vintage style furnished home of Martin and James, who created Brewdog back in 2011. If you think this is for you and you like the idea of drinking uniquely crafted beer in exclusive surroundings, then you'll find the Brewdog the perfect venue. You'll find the Brewdog on142 Cowgate Street.

We worked hard to provide a list on things to do in Edinburgh for those of you who have a taste in rare and unique beers and spirits. We think we achieved an eclectic mix all over Edinburgh that will fill you with enthusiasm. Enjoy your time in Edinburgh, it's a magical city, especially when you get to indulge your favourite hobbies while you're there. 

Things To Do In Edinburgh if You Enjoy a Show

If you're staying in Edinburgh by yourself or with your family, you're bound to be searching for things to do. If you love shows, then you'll love our guide on shows in Edinburgh. You'll find there are some really impressive theatres here, so you'll never be bored. Go through each one and see which one you prefer, or have time to see. You may find that you're spoilt for choice and visit more than one, and why not, the entertainment in Edinburgh is pretty impressive.

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

An amazing show of musicians and performers from all over the world, brought together by their love of music. The pomp and ceremony of this magnificent and traditional show never loses its popularity and 2016 won't be any different, so book early to avoid disappointment.

The Stand Comedy Club

The famous Stand Comedy Club is a great place to get all the latest talent in the entertainment world here in Edinburgh. There's plenty to keep you entertained this year and next, so get down there and get your tickets. You'll find the Stand at York Place, Edinburgh .

Festival Theatre

At the Festival Theatre you'll everything from ballet to contemporary dance, and beautifully crafted musicals for both adults and children. There's also some great musicals and some pantomime on at its twin King's Theatre. You'll find the Festival Theatre at 3/29 Nicolson Street.

The Lyceum

You'll find some beautifully produced dramas at the Royal Lyceum Theatre from September through to May. There are family shows at Christmas with youth theatre and festival shows, so there's plenty for everyone. You'll find the Lyceum at 30b Grindlay Street in Edinburgh.

Scottish Storytelling Centre

The great storytelling tradition is something that has never gone out of fashion, and The Scottish Storytelling Centre on Edinburgh's Royal Mile is no exception. There many ways to tell a story and here you'll find music, family events, theatre, workshops and exhibitions, so you can have your story anyway you like. You'll find out a lot about Scotland through the Storytelling Centre and you'll find at 43-45 High Street in Edinburgh.

Usher Hall

The Usher Hall Theatre has much to offer with singers, groups, dancing and singing by well known artists from all over the world. You'll find Usher Hall at Lothian Road, Edinburgh.

The Jazz Bar

A great jazz bar with fantastic music in a perfect atmosphere, with mood lighting, great alcove seating and designer furniture. There's capacity for 140 people so it's nice and personal. You'll find The Jazz Bar at 1a Chamber Street, Edinburgh.

The Traverse

A beautiful theatre founded in the early sixties with a simple dedication to new writing. There's plenty of beautiful productions here to see and you'll find it on 10 Cambridge Street.

We hope you found our guide on things to do in Edinburgh for those who like shows as fascinating as we did, there's plenty to choose from, and we hope you enjoy your time in Edinburgh, this most magical of cities.

 

Things To Do In Edinburgh at Christmas

If you’ve chosen to spend the festive period in Edinburgh this year you’ll be looking for things to do while you’re here. Naturally, seen as you’ll be here at Christmas, you’ll want to do things that are full of festive fun to put you in the mood, so we’ve compiled a list of great things to do while in Edinburgh at Christmas.

Go on the Big Wheel

If you want breath-taking views of Edinburgh then the big wheel should be for you, with thirty six pods that are weather proof and which seat up to 6 people. You’ll also get to hear an audio about the history of this famous Scottish city. The wheel is open from 10am onwards.

Christmas Tree Maze

This is perfect for the family with this Christmas Tree Maze. Once in there, you have to find your way out again. What’s more, while you’re in the maze, you’ll find the magical Elves workshop where Santa’s helpers will be waiting with something special for the children. There are no specific times, it’s a first come, first served basis. You must book your tickets online before attending.

Ice Skating

There is more than one ice skating rink in Edinburgh and the first one is on East Princes Street Gardens Terrace. You can have up to 45 minutes on the ice or as little as 30. You’ll need to arrive about 20 minutes before you put your skates on.

The second ice rink is at St Andrews Square with similar rules to the East Princes Street ice rink. There are double blades for the littles ones so they can get around a little easier. Wheelchair users can also use the ice rink.

Star Flyer

This is one ride you won’t forget. The Star Flyer at almost 60 metres high and will give you the ride of your life. You’ll see Edinburgh in all its Christmas glory from the comfort of your Star Flyer seat. There are some breath-taking 360 degree views. Admission is first come, first served, and there are no specific times of day to come, although there will be specific dates when it’s open, just check their site to confirm.

Visit the Christmas Markets

There are a few markets to visit in Edinburgh, the first is the Children’s Market with plenty of festive child friendly activities, including face painting and crafts. You’ll find the Children’s Market in Santa Land. It’s open from 10am to 10pm, so there’s plenty of time during the day to visit.

There is a European Christmas Market in the centre of Edinburgh and it starts at the Mound and continues through East Princes Street Gardens Terrace and through the Scott Monument. You’ll have a great shopping experience with artists, gift shops, crafts and lots of food and drink. Hours are 10am to 10pm.

The Scottish Market is located at St Andrew’s Square with plenty of food, drink and crafts. There’s delicious chocolate, seafood and locally produced food. There’s Scottish made woodwork and jewellery and plenty more. Hours are 10am till 10pm.

Santa's Grotto

A visit to Santa’s Grotto is important if you have little ones, and of course it’s the first on your list of priorities. There’ll be fairy tales and a special moment with Father Christmas and his helpers. The meet with Santa is every 30 minutes, and you can buy your ticket to see him online or at the box office.

Buy a Real Christmas Tree

Staying long enough to need a Christmas Tree? Then Edinburgh has a selection of the some of the best Christmas trees in the UK. You can order them online and what’s more there’s free delivery.

Watch a Christmas Classic

Yes, the most famous and most watched Christmas film is It’s a Wonderful Life and it’s one of the best films to see during the Christmas period. Starring James Stewart it tells the tale of a man who prepares to take his own life but is shown how the world would be without him, so he returns to his family for Christmas. A beautiful performance, it’s well worth seeing, especially now it’s been restored. You can see it at the Picture House in Edinburgh at 12.20 on Christmas Eve and there’s a group showing on December 20th at 1pm.

Go to the Panto

At the King’s Theatre Edinburgh you can see Snow White and the Seven Dwarves from 28th November through to 17th January. Great traditional fun for all the family.

We hope you find our comprehensive list of festive events for things to do in Edinburgh useful. Edinburgh is such a beautiful city and it’s the perfect place to spend your Christmas vacation, so we hope you have a fabulous time. 

Things To Do In Edinburgh On a Stag Do

Are you coming to Edinburgh for your stag do? You’re probably on the hunt for suitable venues where you can celebrate and enjoy the delights of the city. We’ve put together a really comprehensive guide on things to do in Edinburgh if you’re on a stag do, so read on and find your perfect stag venue.

The Scotch Whisky Experience

This is a great way to taste some of Scotland’s greatest whiskeys. You will learn all about the whisky making process and you can ask their experts on the craft of whisky making. You can taste the flavours and explore the aromas and see what makes a great whisky. You’ll find your great Scotch whisky experience at 354 Castlehill, on The Royal Mile.

Karting

This is perfect if you love karting and paintballing, because you’ll get both here. You’ll find Raceland in a rural area that’s only 20 minutes away from the city itself. There’s a really large outdoor karting circuit and an indoor one too with a paintball zone with diner. This is one amazing leisure activity venue and you’re bound to enjoy yourself if you’re coming as part of a team.

Casino

The Genting Club in Fountain Park is perfect for casino games with all you expect from a casino, with roulette, three card poker, blackjack and electronic roulette. There’s good poker tables here with a minimum stake of £3 and a £50 maximum.

Clan Adventures

If you want to try climbing, hill and mountain walking then you’ve found the right place. There’s also gorge walking, coasteering, cliff jumping and bridge jumping too! Yes there’s also kayaking and personal fitness. There’s something for everyone here and if you’re fairly active then bringing a group here is a great idea.

Karaoke

Bring your stag group down, anything from 2, up to 25 as there’s some larger rooms for bigger groups of people. You can book 1 hour or you can book 2 to 3 hours. Yes this is karaoke heaven where you create your own playlists and sing along to your favourite songs of all time. You can also get room service by simply touching a button, so you’ve got it all covered. You’ll find SuperCube at 58a George Street.

Pub Crawl

An organised pub crawl that takes you through Edinburgh’s best pubs and while you enjoy local beer, you also get to find out so much more about the city. You can meet up at Jakes Place on 9 Market Street, 7 days a week and it starts between 8pm and 8.30pm.

Clay Shooting

If you enjoy shooting then why not come as a group and try out some clay shooting at this magnificent estate on the banks of the Forth. It’s only half an hour away from the city centre, so you’re not too far away from civilisation and it’s easy to find. You can have lessons too with experienced shooters at HopeToun so you if you’ve never done it before, you can learn.

Bubble Football

Great fun for all with bubble football, there are venues throughout Scotland as well as at Edinburgh. You can also hire your own bubble football and they can come to you. You can have so much fun with this unique way of playing and it should prove tremendous fun if you come as a group.

So there you have it, if you were looking for things to do in Edinburgh on a stag do, we think we’ve provided some of the best venues for this type of event the city has to offer. All the hard work is taken out so all you have to do is choose where you’re going first.