Festival Time in Edinburgh

27 January 2017

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Every year for three weeks in August thousands of performers, comedians, actors, writers and ‘culture vultures’ descend upon Edinburgh for the Fringe, one of the biggest arts festivals in the world. This is a truly unique time to visit the city, with over 3,000 shows to attend there is such a variety and depth to the festival that even seasoned festival goers find they can only scratch the surface of what is on offer. As well as the scheduled performances the draw of the city is the amazing atmosphere that pervades during festival time. Bars are usually open later and there is a huge selection of temporary pop up pubs and food stalls to cater for the influx of visitors. It’s not uncommon for celebrity stars of the stage and screen to party the night away alongside the fringe audiences. In addition to the scheduled shows there is a huge amount of impromptu street theatre, free events on the meadows and more activities to distract you than most cities see in a year.

Choosing a place to stay can almost be as daunting a task as deciding on what shows to see and that is where we at LHH can help.

Marchmont Apartment is conveniently located just minutes from the Meadows Park which is a focal point for fringe activity. From here the majority of fringe venues are accessible on foot as is the Royal  Mile with its shops, and an impressive selection of the country’s best museums and galleries. It is also convenient for the Edinburgh Tattoo which takes place outside the castle from the 7th-29th August. Usually, during festival time, all accommodation is booked way in advance but due to a cancellation we have late availability for a week from the 22nd August this year. Call for more details.

Denfind House is an exclusive 5 star property, just minutes walk from the famous Muirfield Golf Course. Here you are ideally situated to enjoy the beaches and villages of the North Berwick coastline. The huge added bonus of this location though is its proximity to Edinburgh, regular trains run from North Berwick to the city centre all day and only take half an hour. You can easily spend a day sightseeing in the city or enjoying the organised chaos of the festival then return to the peace and tranquillity of Denfind in the evening.

Ashiestiel House was the former home of one of the greats of Scottish literature, Sir Walter Scott. The surrounding area was an inspiration to his writing as was the city of Edinburgh which is only a 50 minute train ride away. If you are a fan of literature then The Edinburgh International Festival runs at the same time as the Fringe, as does the Edinburgh Book Festival. If all the talk about books has inspired you then fortunately Ashiesteil is the perfect place to curl up and relax next to a roaring fire with just a book for company.

Only 45 minutes from Edinburgh airport, St Peter’s House is easily accessible as well as being only a two minute walk to the nearest sandy beach. Trains go from nearby Drem to the city centre for festival days out but there is so much to see and do in Gullane the only problem is whether to choose beaches, golf and castles or head into town for theatre, stand-up and live music.