Step into this medieval city - cobblestones and steps make it a stiletto free zone girls - and you'll wonder why you've never ventured to the Scottish capital before. With cheap fares and fast flights, there's no excuse not to make it your next city break. Here's just a few reasons to visit Edinburgh this summer.
But if you're not interested in having fun, then move along, nothing to see here.
1. Festival Fringe
If you haven't been to the Fringe which is the world's biggest arts festival, you need to get on it.
It's peppered with all the creatives - actors, musicians, huge comedy names and unknowns - and the programme is brimming with events (there was 3,000 last year) to chose from. The city's Royal Mile is where you'll see street performers eat fire and juggle and the city essentially doesn't sleep for the month of August.
For the best craic ever, it's unrivalled.
When? 3-27 August
2. The Scottish Gin Fest
There's been a ginfusion (sorry) of the spirit in recent years - see the upcoming gin festival in Dublin Castle - so lovers of the stuff should be in their element here.
Hailed as 'Scotland's biggest and best gin festival,'drink your weight in some of the country's finest gins at the masterclasses. Sure where else would you get it?
Where? The Caves
When? May 12
How Much? £16.50
3. The Edinburgh Jazz And Blues Festival
This event attracts international attention, bringing in blues and jazz names from all over the world.
While most concerts cost to attend, check out the freebies like Mardi Gras in the city's Grassmarket and the Festival Carnival in Princes Street Gardens.
When? July 13-22
4. It's a great city to be when the sun is shining
When the sun rears its head, the Meadows is a lovely outdoor spot where you'll find people BBQing, listening to tunes and chilling.
When you're done, do what you would at home and head to one of the city's popular beer gardens like The Peartree or The Cumberland Bar.
5. Harry Potter fans will be in their element here
Not just a summer must, hardcore fans will know that the story of the world's most famous wizard began here. JK Rowling wrote the first chapters The Philosophers Stone in The Elephant Cafe and there's plenty more magic on offer for a weekend here.
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. Any Harry Potter fans out there!? I’m one 🙋🏼♀️ And when we went to Edinburgh of course I had to check out some of the infamous spots that are said to have inspired parts of J.K. Rowling’s books. This 👆🏼 is Victoria Street and they say this is what inspired Diagon Alley! There’s even an Aha Ha Ha Joke shop and the Diagon House - a one-stop shop for all things HP ⚡️ • 📸: Edinburgh, Scotland