If ever there was a city for the whole year, it’s Edinburgh. Summertime lets you experience the hustle and bustle of the exciting festival season - complete with the dozen or so overlapping festivals in August. Winter offers up the chance to experience the world famous Hogmanay New Year’s Eve on Princes Street, and the celebrated Christmas market. In between, there are chances to experience Edinburgh at a quieter pace – seeing the seasons change into Autumnal colours in Princes Street Gardens, or watch the daffodils explode all over the city in Spring.
No matter what time of the year you visit, you’re in for a treat. If you're looking to plan your trip a little more finely, though, here's what you can expect.
Temperature: Average 3c to 6c
Average no of rainy days: 10.6
Edinburgh’s Christmas Market - A more recent addition to the winter Calendar, Edinburgh's christmas market has become an event the stands on its own. With dozens of stalls, crafts, fairground rides, and events for children, the whole of Princes Street and the gardens are turned into a wonderland during December.
Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Street Party - The world famous Hogmanay street party attracts revellers from the world over.
The Loony Dook - Created in 1986 by three friends, who decided that the best way to welcome the new year was to run into the freezing cold waters of the Firth of Forth, the Loony Dook ("loony" meaning crazy, and "dook" meaning to dunk oneself under water) is now an Edinburgh institution. Raising large amounts for charity every year, just close your eyes and jump in!
Burns Night - One of the best celebrations to experience in Scotland, Burns night is the night to celebrate the birth of Scotland's national poet, Rabbie Burns. Find a reputable institution hosting a dinner, and settle down for an evening is an evening filled with haggis, fine verse, and plenty of kilts.
Temperature: Average 7c to 13c
Average no of rainy days: 9.1
Edinburgh Craft Beer Festival
Temperature: Average 13c to 15c
Average no of rainy days: 9.8
Royal Highland Show
Temperature: Average 5c to 10c
Average no of rainy days: 11.7
Bonfire Night and Fireworks
One of the most recognisable prints in Scotland, Emily Mackenzie's "50 Shades of Scotland" print manages to pick 50 simple shades from this beautiful country, and transforms them into a journey through Scottish history, and Scottish culture.
We caught up with Emily and asked her about her hometown of Edinburgh, and for her advice on how to make the most of being an artist in the city.
The Edinburgh Royal Botanic Gardens is the green and growing heart of Edinburgh. Big enough to spend the day in, it's the perfect place to take a packed lunch and try to get lost among the trees.
If it's a little too far for you to visit, then here's a little tour from our most recent visit to the Gardens.