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Scotland’s capital city, Edinburgh, is the hot travel destination in August for 2 reasons — the Edinburgh International Festival and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. In addition to visiting Edinburgh Castle, strolling along Rose Street and exploring the National Museums of Scotland, tourists heading to “Old Smokey” this month should add these 2 fun festivals to their travel itinerary.

The Edinburgh International Festival features some of the best performers in music, theater, opera and dance from around the world like the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, The London Philharmonic and Ladysmith Black Mambazo.  Usher Hall, Festival Theatre, The Edinburgh Playhouse, Royal Lyceum Theatre and The Queen’s Hall are the primary venues for the annual 3-week festival in August. This festival also offers a variety of talks and workshops, allowing fans the opportunity to sit in on conversations with Festival artists, discussion around current events, issues related to the Festival theme and workshops to offer perspectives like “The Culture of Violence in the Twentieth Century.”

Since 1947, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe has grown to become a less-refined alternative to the city’s International Festival, offering attendees 3,000 different shows in 250 venues like Assembly Hall, New Town Theater, The Stand Comedy Club and Summerhall. Edinburgh Fringe — the world’s largest arts festival — showcases the performing arts, particularly theater and comedy. From Shakespeare’s Hamlet to Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple — there’s something for everyone, including children’s shows, music performances, musicals, opera and spoken word.

Looking for more festival fun? The Edinburgh International Book Festival, Edinburgh Art Festival, Edinburgh Mela Festival and Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo are also happening this month. So get inspired and start planning your trip to Edinburg with a little help from TravelChannel.com.

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10 Responses

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  2. DBCoop says:

    Dare I admit it? You see, despite my travels, including numerous visits to England, I've never been to Scotland, much less the great capital city of Edinburgh.

    I feel quite guilty about it, especially after reading about all the adventures and historical sights on tap there in this Traveling Type blog post. As a direct consequence of this terrible oversight, I will forthwith begin plotting my Scottish getaway with the able assistance of TravelChannel.com.

    2015 will definitely be the year I correct this travel lapse! http://blog.travelchannel.com/the-traveling-type/

    • Joe says:

      Just got back about a month ago do mot hesitate the country people landscape quaint villages and the castle is a memory you must encounter that will last with you forever !

  3. Scot fan says:

    Edinburgh is a phenomenal city with much to offer! It is a great starting point for your tour of the rest of Scotland.

  4. Joe says:

    I believe Scotland is voting to be independent from England thus coming Monday

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  6. Just for your information, the 2015 Edinburgh International Festival programme went on sale last week and the Fringe programme is released in bits and bobs until June when the full programme is launched.

    Interestingly, we used to do ticket and hotel packages to the festival but with so much going on it was a logistical nightmare! So, these days, I suggest folks organise their accommodation as early as possible, making sure you are up there for the performances you want to see (as very few acts perform every night of the festival), then only book those "must see" performances, leaveing most of the booking till nearer the time – or even when you are up there so that you have flexibility and time to see last minute recommendations!

    Nowadays the only packages we do offer are for the Edinburgh Tattoo – more info is at http://www.theatrebreaks.com/edinburgh/shows-edin… if you are interested.

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