summer friends

How to spend your newly won free time this summer

1. Festivals

Did you have any doubt that this was going to be the first in our list?

Edinburgh is one of the biggest cities in the world for festivals, as the assistants, events, performers and different nationalities figures show us.

Not only is the Fringe Festival (2-26 August)renowned worldwide; the Film Festival (which takes place during the last week of June), the International Festival (at the same time as the Fringe) and the Jazz & Blues Festival (12-19 July, fall in love with Miles Davis tracks).

Prepare yourself for the best summer weeks of your life!

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2. Visit the Highlands

You know that Scottish weather is not necessarily the best… until summer time comes. And there is not a better season for exploring these marvellous lands than by either hiring a coach, renting a car or by taking the train.

Visit the Cairngorm Reindeer Centre in the Cairngorm National Park, take a selfie in the Glenfinnan Viaduct, visit the Glencoe Valley with the Three Sisters (not the Edinburgh brewery, the peaks), walk to Fort William town, travel to Eilean Donan castle, visit Inverness, lay on the grass on the Isle of Skye

Too many amazing spots, you will love them!

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3. Beaches

Although Edinburgh’s beaches are not like the Mediterranean ones (you must visit the beaches of Italy/Spain/Greece, of course), you can just relax and spend some of the best summer moments surrounded with the sound of waves crashing and stepping/walking in the soft sand.

Forth is one of the best places for this, as well as the close Portobello beach, the not so-close Seacliff beach and the North Berwick beach which will offer you good vibes and pleasant moments. You will find dozens of different beaches,

just try to go all over!

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4. Sport

As the sweltering hot temperatures don’t really affect Edinburgh (it is always going to be the North, remember). Join the MoonWalk on the 8th of June (it can also turn into a MoonRun or a MoonRace, depending on you), join the Race for Live the 23th of June, stroll through the Pentland Hills Regional Park (Holyrood Park is so small for you now) and ride your bike across the Water of Leith.

Summer is the Sport time of excellence!

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5. Beverages

Nothing is cosier than a good beverage during a rainy day in February, but what about the taste of a good beer/wine/cocktail while sitting on the grass/benches/garden beers (or even indoors)?

Although it is always “beverage time”, the upcoming festivals will help you to not forget this healthy tradition (you can always do sports afterwards to balance it!)

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6. Barbecues

What about buying your meat (could be in a Sainsbury) and heading to the Meadows with the intention of spending a perfect summer day outdoors? Sounds nice, although if the Meadows are full you can always try the Edinburgh parks for a picnic. Just remember not to burn the grass and use to the designated barbecue sites!

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7. Glasgow

We love Edinburgh, of course, but why don’t you pop in the UK’s first UNESCO City of Music this summer?

Just a few reminders: TRNSMT Festival takes place from 12 th to 14 th of July (plenty of renowned artists, you will love it), there’s the Jazz Festival (19 th -23th June), Glasgow Summer Sessions (16 th -25 th August), Snow Factor (yes, you can ski/snowboard here, even in summer), go to Pinkston Watersports (have you ever tried kayaking?) and much more!

Just plan your trip here, one never knows what to do first!

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