5 Reasons to be in Edinburgh This Summer

Haven’t made plans for the summer yet? Here are 5 reasons why Edinburgh is the best place to be.

1. Experience the world’s leading festival city

Edinburgh comes to life with festivals during summer, with the Edinburgh Festival Fringe alone selling an estimated 2.5 million tickets for 53,232 performances of 3,398 shows in 2017.

Walking through the streets in summer, it is impossible to miss the festive energy of the city, with music, dance, comedy and other performances taking place almost everywhere you look.

Among the festivals you can enjoy are:

  • Edinburgh International Festival (3 – 27 August)
  • Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival (13 – 22 July)
  • Edinburgh Art Festival (26 July – 26 August)
  • Edinburgh Festival Fringe (3 – 27 August)
  • Edinburgh International Film Festival (20 June – 1 July)
  • Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo (3 – 25 August)
  • Edinburgh International Book Festival (11 – 27 August)

2. Get inspired in an ancient educational capital

Edinburgh is home not only to Edinburgh College, but also four universities including one of Scotland’s ancient universities, the University of Edinburgh. The city’s population is one of the most educated in the UK, with over 80,000 people in higher or further education (Invest Edinburgh).

Visiting Edinburgh, you will walk in the footsteps of great thinkers such as Adam Smith, David Hume, authors Arthur Conan Doyle, JK Rowling and even Peter Higgs of the Higgs Boson.

Want to follow these great thinkers on your own academic journey? Why not join us on our English Language Summer School 2018, which runs from 2 July – 10 August for 2 to 6 weeks.

3.Rub shoulders with people from around the world

Edinburgh is a great international city, drawing people from all over the world to live, study, work and travel here. Especially in summer you will meet people from all corners of the earth, and maybe even make some friends for life.

4.Enjoy the beauty of the city landscape

In 2017, Rough Guides found Edinburgh to be the 4th most beautiful city in the world behind only Paris, Florence and Rome.

No matter whether you’re interested in architecture, it is hard not to be impressed by many of the city’s buildings – old and new – as well as by the natural scenery. Climb up the Scott Monument for a view over to the Kingdom of Fife or survey the city from the parapets of Edinburgh Castle to enjoy this to the full.

5.Make the most of summer in the greenest city in the UK

Edinburgh is not just any city – it was found in 2017 to have to most green space of any city in the UK, with over 49% of land dedicated to parks, wildlife and other green areas (The Guardian, Jan 2017).

Stretch your legs in Princes Street Gardens, have a barbecue in the Meadows or climb up the ancient volcanic Arthur’s Seat for some of the best views of the city.

With sea, hills and forest never more than a bus ride away, Edinburgh is a brilliant place to be if you love the great outdoors.


This blog post was written by Elly, the college’s International Projects Assistant. The Edinburgh College Summer School starts at the beginning of July. Find out more about it on the International page.