When in Edinburgh…

go to a festival.

From my room with a View. Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland. August 2015.
From my room with a View. Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland. August 2015.

With summer coming to a swift close, I’m looking back at my last quick trip of the season: a few days wandering Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

If you haven’t been to Edinburgh before, it’s one of my favorite cities to visit (I’ve written about my past adventures here a few times) and that I recommend to anyone who visits the UK.

But the thing to be aware of if you are visiting in the summer (for better or for worse) is you have entered festival territory with all the pros and cons that come with it.

Throughout the summer, there are many festivals and events in this beautiful, busy city to look out for, but in our short stay, we hit the Fringe-the performance festival. Their are shows of all kind (stage to street, scripted to improv to acapella) and situated for all prices so no matter your budget, you’ll be able to find something to satisfy.

The big thing to note is that the city get crazy during this time period and that includes transport in and out of the city. This is equally key to note if you happen to be passing through the area, even if you don’t participate in the revelry: there are a lot of people passing through.

And of course, with the crowds come some issues; getting anywhere is chaotic, a crowds is a pickpockets best friend, and noise being just a few.

Still, this isn’t an experience I would give up; just be smart about it!

Also, if you are on a budget, plan well. There are tons of shows to see, food trucks to try, and shops to fall in love with, but that also means it’s easy to run through money faster than you plan to.

I know this is a quick post, but I’ve got work in the morning so to wrap up: visit Edinburgh, hit the festivals, but remember, people live in the city so have fun but be safe and be kind.

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When in Edinburgh…

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