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by Alexander Forsyth

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.

Winter – December 21st to March 20th

Edinburgh in Wintertime

Temperature: Average 3c to 6c
Average no of rainy days: 10.6
Key Events:

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.


Spring – March 21st to June 20th

Edinburgh in Springtime

Temperature: Average 7c to 13c
Average no of rainy days: 9.1
Key Events:

Edinburgh Craft Beer Festival 

Beltane Fire Festival

World Whisky Day

Edinburgh Marathon

Edinburgh International Film Festival

Summer – June 21st to September 20st

Edinburgh in Summer

Temperature: Average 13c to 15c
Average no of rainy days: 9.8
Key Events:

Royal Highland Show

Edinburgh Food Festival

Edinburgh Art Festival

Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Edinburgh International Festival

Edinburgh Royal Military Tattoo

Edinburgh International Book Festival

Autumn – September 21st to December 20th

Edinburgh in Autumn

Temperature: Average 5c to 10c
Average no of rainy days: 11.7
Key Events:

Bonfire Night and Fireworks

St Andrews Day

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