Edinburgh revisited and a summer of festivals

Bagpiper at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Pic: Joanne Lane, http://www.visitedplanet.com

You may have noticed that we covered Edinburgh in the latest VIP Backpackers newsletter in order to promote the range of festivals taking place here in August. If you didn’t notice then check out the newsletter here!

I was particularly pleased to write the newsletter as I’m currently back in this amazing city.

And I’m happy to report, for those interested in going to Edinburgh for the festivals, there are already signs of festival activity in regards preparations for the Fringe Festival, the Military Tattoo and the other events held here in August. There’s this kind of anticipatory air in the city as it gears up for some of the most amazing cultural and performance events in the world. From comedy to music, dance, theatre, film, spiritual, mime and juggling events there is so much to see / do / experience / boggle over. You’ll love it!

Here are the  dates of the festival:
> Edinburgh Fringe Festival (5-29)
> Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo (5-27)
> Edinburgh Comedy Festival (3-29)
> Edinburgh Festival of Spirituality (6-29)

I blogged on the Fringe festival a bit last year and listed some of the highlights of a visit to the city. To the list of absolute must do things in Edinburgh I have to add the following three things:

1. Scare yourself silly on a ghost tour
There are a plethora of options on offer that will take you through some of the most macabre history, stories and locations in Edinburgh. These are offered in hostels around the city and all along the Royal Mile. The later and darker the better.

2. Head into the underground
If you enjoyed getting sared on the ghost tour then consider journeying into Edinburgh’s underground. The vaults under the Royal Mile are supposed to feature some paranormal activity – I didn’t experience any – but there is a poltergist, a watchman that wanders up and down and other scary things down here… apparently.

3. Go tartan
Embrace the Scottish clan of your ancestors (if you have them) and get your very own scarf, kilt or hat in your colours! You can visit the headquarters of the weaving industry right up near the castle.

Hope you’re enjoying the VIP Backpacker’s Travel Blog. There’ll be an update added every other Friday, so keep tuning in to keep your travel dreams alive! If there are any travel topics you want covered feel free to contact me, Jo, at blog@vipbackpackers.com

The Scottish experience

In Scotland you could meet the Queen, try some of the sheep-gut dish known as haggis, toss a caber (wooden pole), climb a few Munros (hills), look for Nessie aka the Loch Ness monster, down a few malt whiskies and try to decipher the local accents.

It’s a country of enormous travel opportunities and experiences and over the last few weeks I’ve been privvy to all the above and more.
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Scotland and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

The fairytale city of Edinburgh, http://www.visitedplanet.com

You can’t help but fall in love with Scotland – the fairy tale princess castles, the medieval towns, the brilliant flowering heather, the incredible peaks and glens, beautiful beaches and coastlines and warm and friendly people. Scotland really has a bit of everything – including a fair dousing of rain – but when the sun shines it is truly one of the most beautiful places in the world.

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