What to do in Edinburgh in August

Edinburgh at any time of year is alluring, but Edinburgh in August? It’s just downright delightful. 

Scotland’s capital comes alive in the summer; the gardens are in full bloom, the sun is (mostly) shining, and warm August evenings provide the perfect backdrop for adventuring through one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. 

What’s on in Edinburgh in August?

August is one of the busiest times of the year in Edinburgh; and with good reason. 

The festival season takes place in August, with the Fringe, International and Book festivals all running throughout the month. 

Photo: Edinburgh Fringe

Believe it or not, Scotland does have some warm, sunny days over summer, making August the perfect time to explore Edinburgh’s great outdoors. 

Walk up Calton Hill, sunbathe in Princes Street Gardens or enjoy an ice cream on Portobello Beach. And don’t forget to bring a picnic with you - you can find our top ten favourite picnic spots here. 

One of our favourite things about Edinburgh is the merging of historical and contemporary culture. In a two-minute walk, you can go from admiring the architecture on the cobbled streets of the Royal Mile to sipping drinks on an outdoor terrace in the New Town. 

Get 10% off at TBCo: What to do in Edinburgh during the Fringe

Are you visiting Edinburgh for the Fringe or Festival this year? 

Add a visit to TBCo to your itinerary; see our new collections in person, find authentic gifts to take home to your loved ones, and say hello to us friendly lot while you’re at it! 

We’re also offering 10% off all in-store purchases between Friday 11th and Monday 28th of August for customers who show a valid Fringe Festival or International Festival Show ticket.

Top 10 things to do in Edinburgh this summer

1. Take in a show at the Fringe Festival. Running from 4th - 28th of August, Edinburgh Fringe is world-renowned for its comedy, arts and culture.

2. Walk the Royal Mile, at the heart of Edinburgh Old Town. Stop in for a pint at one of the many pubs, garner good luck by rubbing the toe of the David Hulme statue, and finish at Edinburgh Castle for a spectacular city view. 

Photo credit: @scotlandmoments

3. Enjoy our many art galleries. From Renaissance oil paintings to contemporary sculptures, inspire your creativity and take in a world of culture right here in the city. 

4. Live like a local and visit one of the markets that are open throughout the summer. Nourish your soul with fresh produce from the Edinburgh Farmer’s Market (every Sat) and peruse artworks from local creators at the West End Fair

5. Experience a live performance at the Edinburgh International Festival from the world’s finest in dance, opera, music and theatre. 

6. Grab a drink on Rose Street. Known for its many bars and pubs, Rose Street is the place to be if you want to grab a quick cocktail or sit in the sun with a pint.

7. Visit TBCo of course! Come and say hello to us at our studio in Leith, and get 10% off in-store purchases with a valid Fringe or International Festival Show ticket.

8. Catch some rays on one of our beaches. Grab a bus and head out to Portobello and enjoy a slice of pizza on the promenade, or visit the sandy shores of North Berwick which is only a 30-minute train ride east of Edinburgh. August is beach season after all.

9. Enjoy a delicious meal at Edinburgh Street Food, where you can pick and choose starters, mains and desserts from some of Edinburgh’s favourite eateries. 

Photocredit: @Edinburgh_streetfood

10. Discover Edinburgh’s history by visiting our museums dotted around the city with exhibits from natural history to famous Scottish writers.

Is August a good time to visit Edinburgh?

August is a great time to visit Edinburgh; the hustle and bustle feel electric, the sun is arguably at its hottest; it’s good vibes all around. 

That being said, we’re definitely super-biased and would recommend you visit Edinburgh any time of the year; winter, spring, summer and autumn all bring a distinct aura to the city that has to be seen to be believed. 

When you’re planning your next trip to Edinburgh, use our handy TBCo guide to Edinburgh

Photo: @sabrina.nordlund