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Brace your­self for a city break like no other, as the clam­our, colour, com­edy and chaos of the fes­ti­val sea­son hits the Scot­tish cap­i­tal

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How to have an in­cred­i­ble time in Ed­in­burgh

TO DO LIST ED­IN­BURGH CAS­TLE

You can’t visit Ed­in­burgh with­out spend­ing a few hours roam­ing the ram­parts of its ar­chi­tec­tural cen­tre­piece. Stand­ing atop an enor­mous rock which is known to have held some form of set­tle­ment since the Iron Age, most of the cur­rent build­ings date to the 16th cen­tury and of­fer a fas­ci­nat­ing glimpse into Scot­land’s grip­ping royal and mil­i­tary his­tory.

Top tip: Beat the queues by buy­ing your tick­ets on­line in ad­vance, and get there early in the day for the best view­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Daily 9.30am to 6pm, Dhs90, Dhs50 for un­der­15s, un­der-fives free. ed­in­burgh­cas­tle.scot

THE ED­IN­BURGH FES­TI­VAL FRINGE

The big­gest and most al­len­com­pass­ing of Ed­in­burgh’s sum­mer fes­ti­vals, the in­fa­mous Fringe brings mu­si­cians, co­me­di­ans and per­form­ers of ev­ery kind to venues across the city. Run­ning un­der a theme of Into The Un­known for 2018, an open mind is key – you’ll find out­ra­geous, thought-pro­vok­ing and down­right hys­ter­i­cal en­ter­tain­ment on makeshift stages ev­ery­where you look.

Top tip: Hit up the city’s ticket booths early in the morn­ing for re­turns to the best-sell­ing shows, or take a stroll down the Royal Mile – the stretch of road be­tween Ed­in­burgh Cas­tle and Holy­rood Palace, where you’ll find dozens of free street per­for­mances ev­ery day. Au­gust 3 to 27 ed­fringe.com

PRINCES STREET GAR­DENS

Run­ning the length of the city’s famed Princes Street and nestling in the for­mer moat of the spec­tac­u­lar Ed­in­burgh Cas­tle, these pic­turesque gar­dens house a carousel, band­stand, a cou­ple of small food and drink stalls and the Scot­tish Na­tional Gallery. Take a pic­nic and pre­pare to spend hours peo­ple watch­ing.

HOLY­ROOD PARK

Home to both the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment and Holy­rood Palace, one of HM Queen El­iz­a­beth II’s of­fi­cial Scot­tish res­i­dences, this spec­tac­u­lar park is dom­i­nated by Arthur’s Seat, one of the city’s four hill forts dat­ing back around 2,000 years. A pop­u­lar spot for hill­walk­ers, with some rea­son­ably easy routes for less prac­tised climbers, the peak of the ex­tinct vol­cano of­fers in­dis­putably the best aerial views of the city you’ll find any­where.

Park, free en­try, Palace of Holy­rood House, Dhs64. his­tori­cen­vi­ron­ment.scot

The Ed­in­burgh Fringe

Princes Street Gar­dens

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