Edinburgh is a vibrant city; there is always something going on, no matter when you visit. Spring is a beautiful time of year though; the days are longer, the sky is bluer and colourful flowers are blooming all over the city. It is also not peak season, so you can enjoy the sights without the huge crowds.
Things to Do in Edinburgh
Simply exploring the city on foot is activity enough. There are plenty of parks and green spaces - Carlton Hill, Arthur’s Seat, Prince’s Street Gardens and the Meadows, to name just a few – and the Grassmarket offers the perfect opportunity to refuel alfresco style on the cobbled streets. But, if you are looking for specific activities, what better place to appreciate the bright spring colours than in the Royal Botanical Gardens? As well as the usual stunning blooms, there are events, workshops, exhibitions and more to keep you entertained – read their events program here.
For a walk in the sunshine, try the Water of Leith which passes through many quaint parts of the city such as Dean Village. The walkway is easy to pick up and leave, so it is the ideal way to explore many of the cities highlights. Or, alternatively, Edinburgh has a wealth of cycle paths, so why not take to two wheels? You can find ideas and download some route maps here.
If you have children or are an animal lover, Edinburgh Zoo Is a must. You’ll see all the usual residents, including the popular Giant Panda, plus maybe some newborn babies!
Festivals and Events
Edinburgh never sits still, there are always events and festivals to experience. May is World Whisky month, so the perfect time to head to a distillery, the Scottish Whisky Experience, or one of Edinburgh’s many pubs for a wee dram.
For science enthusiasts, the International Science Festival runs from the 31st of March to the 15th of April this year (2018). Events are held all over the city, from talks and discussions to workshops and educational sessions for kids - find out what’s on here. Also for children, is the Imaginate Festival from the 26th of May to the 3rd of June. It is a festival dedicated to the arts and children’s theatre and dance.
For something a little livelier, celebrate the start of summer at the Beltane Fire Festival on the 30th April. Expect high energy entertainment with lots of drumming, fire and physical theatre. TradFest Dùn Èideann offers another opportunity to celebrate tradition and Scottish Culture; it takes place between the 26th of April and the 6th of May this year.
Finally, if you are feeling active and like running, join the Edinburgh Marathon Festival on 26th and 27th of May. You can choose your distance, running 5 km, 10 km, a half marathon or a full marathon. But, if you don’t feel like taking part, why not head into the city to show your support; the atmosphere is one not to miss.