The Scotch Whisky Experience

The Scotch Whisky Experience

The Scotch Whisky Experience is a five star visitor attraction at the top of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, where they’ve been inspiring visitors to Edinburgh about the joys of Scotch whisky for over 25 years.

Whether you take a tour, visit the shop or restaurant, or enjoy an event or tasting here, they guarantee a sensational experience.

To find out more visit the official website www.scotchwhiskyexperience.co.uk

Other Local Events

Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, 2nd – 24th August 2019

Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, 2nd – 24th August 2019

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is a spectacular like no other, all set against the iconic backdrop of Edinburgh Castle.

This year the Tattoo will capture the imagination of our audience in Kaleidoscope. Exploring colour, music and light, the 2019 Tattoo is inspired by the optical invention created by Scottish physicist Sir David Brewster in 1816.

Celebrating glorious symmetries through precision-led performances, with the British Army at the fore, military and cultural acts from across the globe will be joined by the iconic Massed Pipes and Drums, Pipers Trail, Tattoo Dance Company and Hjaltibonhoga.

Bigger, better and more technically thrilling than ever before, The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is an experience for the senses.

Edinburgh Marathon Festival, 25th – 26th May 2019

Edinburgh Marathon Festival, 25th – 26th May 2019

Fast & flat, this course was voted the fastest marathon in the UK by Runners World, ideal if it’s your first marathon or you are looking for a PB.
The Edinburgh Marathon has sold out every year since 2008 and is the second largest marathon in the UK, behind only London.

 

  • Sunday 26th May 2019, 10am
  • Age: 18 years or over
  • Start: Potterow, EH8 9AL
  • Finish: Pinkie Playing Fields, EH21 7HA

Imaginate Children’s Festival, 25th May – 2nd June

Imaginate Children’s Festival, 25th May – 2nd June

The Edinburgh International Children’s Festival comes to town from 25 May to 2 June with an exciting programme of theatre and dance for children and young people. This year, the Festival celebrates its 30th birthday and the line-up promises to excite and inspire in equal measures! Below are some of our top picks!

Small Wonders (5-11 yrs)
WHEN: It’s on for 2 weeks before the festival (from 14 May) with performances throughout the day and evening.
WHERE: The Warehouse, Bonnington

The Invisible Man (4-11 yrs)
WHEN: Thur 30 May 7pm; Sat 1 June 3pm/ 7pm; Sun 2 June 11.30am/ 3pm
WHERE: Traverse Theatre

This Girl Laughs… (7-12 yrs)
WHEN: Sat 1 June 2pm
WHERE: Brunton Theatre

New Owner (7-12 yrs)
WHEN: Sat 1 June 11am / 2.30pm
WHERE: North Edinburgh Arts

The Little Bath (2-6yrs)
WHEN: Sat 1 June 1.30pm / 3.30pm and Sun 2 June 12.30pm / 14.30pm
WHERE: Festival Theatre Studio

To book, go to the website and click book now or call the box office on 0131 228 1404.

Concerts at Edinburgh Castle

Concerts at Edinburgh Castle

Each summer, Edinburgh Castle’s Esplanade is transformed into a unique concert venue. Artists who have used the stunning backdrop of the castle include, Rod Stewart, Lionel Richie, Runrig, Simply Red, Tom Jones, Paul Weller, Deacon Blue, Arcade Fire, Westlife, Olly Murs, The Proclaimers, Bryan Ferry and Boyzone.

The concerts are not run by Historic Environment Scotland however you can check the further Information document for frequently asked questions. For other concert enquiries please email Castle Concerts.

  • Paul Weller – Thursday 11 July
  • Kylie Minogue – Sunday 14 & Monday 15 July
  • The Proclaimers – Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 July

Edinburgh International Festival

Edinburgh International Festival, 2nd – 26th August 2019

For three weeks in August, Scotland’s capital becomes an unparalleled celebration of the performing arts and an annual meeting point for people of all nations. Every year, the International Festival present a programme featuring finest performers and ensembles from the worlds of dance, opera, music and theatre.

Our community engagement, creative learning and professional development programmes run throughout the year, reaching the widest possible audiences and contributing to the cultural and social life of Edinburgh and Scotland.

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle

Standing on its great rock, Edinburgh castle dominates Scotland’s capital. Great events have taken place within its wall and it has witnessed many sieges. To control the castle was to hold the keys to the kingdom.

Iron Age warriors understood the rock’s military potential and built a hill fort here. Our oldest poetry tells of a war band which feasted here for a year before riding to death in battle. During the Wars of Independence the castle changed hands many times. In 1314 it was retaken from the English in a daring night raid by Thomas Randolph, nephew of Robert the Bruce.

The castle was home to kings and queens. Queen Margaret (later St Margaret) died here in 1093, and Mary Queen of Scots, gave birth to James VI in the royal palace in 1566. Her great-great-great grandson Charles Edward Stuart – Bonnie Prince Charlie – captured Edinburgh but couldn’t take the castle during the 1745-6 Jacobite rising.

In 1996, the Stone of Destiny, on which kings were enthroned for centuries, was returned to Scotland and is displayed in the Crown Room. From the 1600s onwards the castle was a military base with a large garrison. Later it also held prisoners of war.

Parts are still a military base, but the castle is now a world-famous visitor attraction and a key element of the Edinburgh World Heritage Site.

To find out more call the Box Office on 0131 668 8831 or visit the official website www.edinburghcastle.gov.uk

Scottish National Gallery

Scottish National Gallery

The Scottish National Gallery displays some of the greatest art in the world, including masterpieces by Botticelli, Raphael, Titian, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Constable, Turner, Monet, Van Gogh and Gauguin, amongst many others. The most comprehensive part of the collection covers the history of Scottish painting – all the major names, including Ramsay, Raeburn, Wilkie and McTaggart, are represented.

The Scottish National Gallery comprises both the National Gallery Building and the Royal Scottish Academy Building. Both of these buildings, designed by William Henry Playfair, stand in the heart of Edinburgh. Although originally built as separate structures, their histories have long been intertwined, and, since 2004, they have been physically connected by the underground Gardens Level.

To find out more call the Box Office on 0131 624 6200 or visit the official website www.nationalgalleries.org

National Museum of Scotland

National Museum of Scotland

From meteorites to monsters from the deep, the Natural World galleries tell the story of our planet, while the World Cultures galleries link people and possessions across the globe. Follow the story of Scotland from prehistory to the present day in the Scottish galleries, marvel at a spectacular array of over 800 objects in our Window on the World and meet the Scots whose ideas, innovations and leadership took them across the world in the Discoveries gallery.

Open up a treasure trove of decorative arts in the new Art, Design and Fashion galleries. Explore the ideas that have shaped design through the centuries and get front row seats at a catwalk of creativity in textiles and style. Over in Science and Technology, get hands on with inventions and innovations as science is brought to life through displays and interactives.

Admission free. To find out more call on 0300 123 6789 or visit the official website www.nms.ac.uk