Edinburgh Fringe Festival; August: The Royal Mile blossoms into a hub of bizarre activities for Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival. It's an all-singing, all-dancing, all-joking affair, with hundreds of performances taking place daily across the city.
Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo; August: Edinburgh’s Military Tattoo is a riot of colour, light and some rather noisy bagpipes. Held within the battlements of Edinburgh Castle, expect lots of kilts and a fabulous backdrop.
Hogmanay; New Year’s Eve: Sick of half-baked New Year bashes? Head up north and let the Scots show you how it’s done. Hogmanay in Edinburgh is a no-holds-barred citywide knees-up. We’re talking street parties, torchlight parades and whisky swilling into the small hours.