When to Go in Edinburgh

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A truly beautiful city with a real party spirit, Edinburgh is a joy to visit at any time of year. The unpredictable Scottish weather means that the city isn’t a safe bet for sunseekers even during the summer months of June to August, but the slew of summertime festivals and cultural events means visitors will have plenty to do whatever the weather. The beautiful countryside that surrounds the city is ripe for exploring at any time of year – just make sure you come equipped for any weather eventuality. During the chilly autumn winter months of October to February visitors will find a warm welcome in the cozy traditional pubs and inns, and the riotous Hogmanay celebrations at New Year attract hordes of revelers from across the world.

Summer Buzzin’
The legendary  Edinburgh Festival, which takes place each year in late August, combines comedy, theatre, dance, film, music and street theater, among other attractions, and sees Edinburgh flooded with tourists and TV crews from across the globe. While the event is fun for all ages and tastes, the inflated accommodation prices and crowded public spaces mean some travelers will want to avoid this time of year in Edinburgh. If you’re looking for a chance to catch a glimpse of sunshine in Edinburgh without the hordes, head here in late June or eary July instead, when the UK school summer holidays have not yet started and tourist numbers are lower.

Christmas and New Year
The cozy traditional pubs for which Edinburgh is justly famous are great places for keeping warm on chilly nights, and Christmas shopping in Edinburgh is a festive, if chaotic, experience. New Year sees the city transformed into a giant street party, but if you don’t buy tickets in advance you’ll find yourself out in the cold. Likewise, book your accommodation as far in advance of New Year (known as Hogmanay) as possible, and come prepared for some sub-zero temperatures.

Spring and Autumn
Nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts might find Spring and Autumn the best times to visit Edinburgh. The cool but not freezing temperatures make hill walks and rambles a real pleasure, and the countryside is awash with the bright colors of spring from March to May, and the golden tones of Autumn from September to November. You’ll be avoiding the main tourist seasons too, and as such may get some good deals on accommodation.

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