If you’re a culture vulture, visit Scotland for an artistic bonanza on an unprecedented scale as the nation celebrates its renowned creativity in the arts, design, fashion and literature. Always fancied a kilt? Come and try one on - you might not be able to resist! You’re bound to have read an Inspector Rebus novel and wondered where Ian Rankin took his inspiration from? Come and find out in Edinburgh, the world’s first UNESCO City of Literature. And with twelve festivals in Scotland’s capital city throughout the year, there’s an endless array of events, performances and spectacles to enjoy.
Edinburgh is the world’s favourite festival city, welcoming some 25,000 performers and thinkers, with over four million attendees each year. The Scottish capital is where huge talents such as Emma Thompson, Mike Myers, Hugh Laurie and Alan Cumming learned their craft; these and many more starts are warmly welcomed back to critical acclaim. A trip to the Edinburgh Festivals is unique, and no more so than in 2012 when we will celebrate the Year of Creative Scotland. Come along to enjoy the line-up of world class talent, as well as plenty of emerging entertainment waiting to be discovered.
In August alone, seven festivals take over the city with something for everyone: from the stirring sounds of the massed pipes and drums at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, to the big opera and dance productions invited by the Edinburgh International Festival. With comedy, dance and theatre populating the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with over 1,000 performances a day and the crème de la crème of bestselling authors appearing at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, Edinburgh is a playground for lovers of entertainment and the arts.
With direct flights available into Scotland and a warm welcome guaranteed, there’s never been a better time to plan a visit to Edinburgh. If you can’t wait to get here, why not enter VisitScotland’s ‘Great Scottish Adventure’ sweepstake, for a chance to win your own amazing adventure in Scotland. Stay in a Clan Chief’s Scottish castle, experience the thrills of the Edinburgh Festivals, kayak with dolphins and whales off Scotland’s islands, treat yourself to the ultimate malt whisky indulgence and explore the secrets of Loch Ness.
For a chance to win a trip to Scotland and the Edinburgh Festivals, visit www.greatscottishadventure.com, watch five great adventures and choose three to create and win your own Great Scottish Adventure.