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3 May

Begin your own tradition in Edinburgh

EdinburghEdinburgh is the inspiring capital of Scotland, where centuries of history meet a vibrant, cosmopolitan city in an unforgettable setting.

Edinburgh is home to stunning scenery, striking architecture and beautiful coast and countryside in the nearby Lothians. From the world’s festival capital and a UNESCO World Heritage Site to world-class visitor attractions and exhilarating outdoor pursuits, Edinburgh & The Lothians is a must-visit on anyone’s list.

What to do in Edinburgh 

Edinburgh is also one of the best places in Scotland for food and drink. With restaurants, bars, traditional pubs, cafes and bistros, there is an eating establishment for all occasions. You can even treat yourself in one of the city’s Michelin-star restaurants.

All aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia.

Experience ‘Scotland’s best visitor attraction’ and while on board visit the stunning Royal Deck Tea Room. A fabulous extension to the five-star Britannia experience, the Tea Room has stunning waterfront views and waiter service.  Previously where the Royal Family enjoyed drinks receptions, sumptuous buffets, or played deck games. Now you can treat yourself with speciality teas, coffees and lunch in spectacular surroundings of the Royal Deck Tea Room.

The Tower Restaurant

Spectacular views of Edinburgh castle and the city skyline feature on the menu of James Thomson’s fabulous rooftop Tower Restaurant.  Edinburgh’s first and finest rooftop restaurant has become a must-visit for celebrities visitors to the city, and locals alike, who all love the chic and luxurious interior, exceptional food and the deft service that are the Tower’s trademark style.  With the best restaurant views in the city and dramatic 70-seat terrace the Tower is rooftop dining at its most spectacular.

The Witchery

The Witchery by the Castle is one of Scotland’s most famous restaurants, offering exceptional Scottish produce in a magical setting at the gates of Edinburgh castle.  Over four decades it has become an Edinburgh institution, loved by its loyal locals as much as its celebrity fans and visitors to Edinburgh. Privately owned and run by restaurateur-hotelier James Thomson it now comprises two magical dining rooms and a collection of eight luxurious and romantic suites.

Visit the Edinburgh Festivals

If you have always wanted to visit the Edinburgh Festivals but have never managed before, or if you have been every year and are already dreaming of your next visit, now is the time to plan for a summer 2013 festivals break.

What festivals do you want to go and see?
There are seven festivals that run throughout the Edinburgh summer season. Kicking off with the Edinburgh International Film Festival and finishing off with the Edinburgh Mela and the International Festival fireworks, when you choose to visit will provide you with a vastly different experience. Dates for the 2013 festival season are as follows:

Festivals in the summer season 2013:

Edinburgh International Film Festival: 19-30 June 2013

Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival: 19-28 July 2013

Edinburgh Art Festival: 1 August- 1 September 2013

Edinburgh Festival Fringe: 2-26 August 2013

Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo: 2-24 August 2013

Edinburgh International Festival: 9 Aug- 1 Sept 2013

Edinburgh International Book Festival: 10- 26 August 2013

Most of the festival tickets go on sale roughly 6-8 weeks before the start of the festivals, so sorting out accommodation, travel and insurance before booking tickets is best for most, with the exception of the Edinburgh International Festival and the Tattoo.

If you are thinking of visiting Edinburgh then call Avanti Travel Insurance on 0800 888 6195 for a quotation for quality, low-cost travel insurance.