January is a busy time for holiday home owners as people start to prepare their holiday plans for the year. Some people book up a year or more in advance for popular times in Edinburgh, and for people who like to be here for one of our many Festivals, they’ve already been busy… booking August breaks as long ago as last August. Our New Year break for 2014/15 was booked almost 2 years ago! Of course some people like to book last minute, so when we’re looking to help people make a decision about when they’d like to visit Edinburgh, we’re either focusing on a year ahead or the next few weeks. We’re joining in the regular Twitter chat, #ScotlandHour on 29 January 2014 where the subject is Trip Planning and Coming Home to Scotland, so here are some ideas about reasons to visit Edinburgh all year round.
A great time of year for people looking to escape the extreme temperatures in parts of the southern hemisphere. When we are hearing about 40˚C and more temperatures on the centre court at the Australian Open Tennis, we’re wrapping up for outdoors activities and welcoming guests from Australia and New Zealand who may be coming to Scotland to visit relatives, or to investigate their family tree. Our guest blog post this month on the Embrace Scotland website shared a top tip for visiting the Scotland’s People Centre. This month we’ve been enjoying walking on Salisbury Crags (which you can see from the window of Craigwell Cottage), and looking for ideas of places to enjoy a Burns Supper in Edinburgh. We’ve also created a Pinterest board of Things to Do in January in Edinburgh.
People planning trips to Edinburgh in February may be coming to celebrate Valentine’s Day, or to enjoy Rugby at Murrayfield. Great time to take a short break in Edinburgh. Business travellers may also find self-catering a convenient alternative to a hotel stay (and there’s free Wi-Fi in Craigwell Cottage). Check last minute availability. We’re collecting ideas for Romantic Breaks in Edinburgh – any ideas to add?
By the time we reach March each year, people are planning short breaks to visit friends and relatives, to see the remainder of the Scottish International Rugby series or simply to start to see the signs of spring arrive in Scotland’s Capital city. If Easter’s early we’ll be busy with Easter weekend breaks too. And there are always plenty of ideas for things to do if it rains!
The first of the big Edinburgh Festivals is in April each year – with something for all the family. The Edinburgh International Science Festival is a great reason to visit. We’ve enjoyed being reviewers for the Science Festival in the past for Edinburgh Spotlight, and there’s lots going on for children at the Edinburgh City Art Centre which acts as the HQ. Lovely time for walks in the Royal Botanic Gardens, and there’s also a celebration of the changing of the seasons as the Beltane Fire Festival takes place on Calton Hill and in the Royal Mile in Edinburgh.
Time for the Imaginate Festival, lots of bank holiday weekend breaks and the Edinburgh Marathon. A popular time to visit Edinburgh. At the time of writing we only have one city break left at Craigwell Cottage in 2014 – check our last minute page for details.
A popular time for people to plan a weekly break in Edinburgh. As Craigwell Cottage is only a short walk from Edinburgh’s main railway station, Waverley, people often use a stay here as a base to make trips further afield. A favourite review from a Harry Potter fan who stayed at Craigwell Cottage in June a few years back showed just how much this family managed to see in a week’s stay here.
In July we offer weekly breaks at Craigwell Cottage as it’s Scottish school holidays, and this allows us to be able to combine extra time with our own family while still offering holidays in Edinburgh. This year, the Commonwealth Games is one of the big events which will be bringing visitors to Scotland, and the Royal Commonwealth Pool is the centre for the diving events. In early July it’s also a time for us to say Edinburgh really is magic as the Edinburgh International Magic Festival comes to town. The Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival takes place during the second half of July.
Festivals galore! Edinburgh International Festival, Edinburgh Art Festival, the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Edinburgh International Book Festival and the Edinburgh Mela. We’re celebrating! If you’re planning a trip to Edinburgh, and want to book self-catering accommodation, you need to be planning a year or more in advance – so think now for 2015 is our advice.
Having staged so many festivals during the month of August, visitors to Edinburgh in September can expect to find us bouncing back from the August excitement, and ready for short breaks or weekly stays again. A great time to visit friends and family, or for families settling in students who come to study in Edinburgh. Craigwell Cottage is nearest to the Moray House Campus of Edinburgh University, and within easy walking distance of Old College. Could be a good time to find a last minute break if you don’t need school holiday dates. During one of the September weekends, it will be Doors Open Days in Edinburgh too – a great opportunity to visit properties which may not always be open to the public.
School half-term holidays in October are often on different dates for different areas of the UK, so it can be a good time to book. As autumn sets in, a city break means you have plenty of options of things to do no matter what the weather. We love to visit the Royal Botanic Garden to see the trees turn to autumn colours, and have plenty of ideas for indoor activities too! Time for museums, art galleries and visitor attractions. October’s also the month for the International Storytelling Festival centred at the Scottish Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh’s Royal Mile. As the seasons change the Samhuinn Festival takes place on 31 October – Hallowe’en in Edinburgh. We’ve a whole board of Dark Edinburgh ideas for you too!
For most people, shopping for Christmas takes priority during November. Some people choose to visit Edinburgh as the Christmas decorations start to go up and we prepare for a month or more of winter Festivals. To make the most of this, book breaks towards the end of November when the Christmas lights will be switched on, the Norwegian Christmas tree will go up on The Mound, and we all try to figure out just how they get that huge tree into Jenners! Since 2011, Previously… Scotland’s History Festival has been growing in strength and the range of events which take place throughout the month of November. It has enough literary events to form a book festival all of its own, and plenty of opportunities to do more research into your family history or find out more about a particular event in the history of Scotland.
Continue your Christmas shopping, visit friends and relatives, visit Edinburgh’s Christmas Markets, enjoy the events being staged for Edinburgh’s Christmas and prepare to bring in the New Year at Edinburgh’s Hogmanay. We particularly enjoy the family events such as the Torchlight Parade. Plenty going on here during December!
We hope that this has given a flavour of the things to do and see in Edinburgh when you’re planning a trip here. Get in touch when you’re ready! You’ll find more details on our Craigwell Cottage website. Welcome to Edinburgh!
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