Category Archives: Fringe

Edinburgh Festival Fireworks concert 2016 – A wee Album

Here is a small album from last Mondays fireworks concert,  30 photos
taken from Castle street, Thankfully I arrived an hour before it all began, thus getting a pretty good vantage point.  This was my first attempt at shooting fireworks.

Edinburgh Festival Fireworks

And that’s it for 2016 – Haste ye back 2017

The culmination of the festival is a spectacular pyrotechnic fireworks concert…. the sky lights up in time to music from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra from, this all takes place from the castle, it  can be heard and seen from many places across the city

Edinburgh Festival 2016 - Fireworks

Edinburgh Festival 2016 – Fireworks

I have never attempted firework photos before, I did take many, oh so many!! 😉 I’ll upload a wee album soon as I can

Edinburgh Festival 2016 – Street Performers

The Edinburgh Fringe Festival is over for 2016!
During the month of August you will find a plethora of street performers around the city centre plying their trade.   Juggling fire seems to be one of the more popular acts, (I always think that juggling fire in Scotland is rather optimistic, as it does rains a lot) but some are more daring juggling dangerous weapons including chainsaws and machetes.   Unfortunately I only had the ooomph to get out and take photos towards the end.  Below is a small gallery of the performers that graced the streets of Edinburgh in August 2016.

Interestingly something else happened! The middle of the festival a Saturday afternoon I managed to walk the length of the High Street without being offered a single flyer, even after making eye contact.  Many will call me a liar, but it did indeed happen…. perhaps they just though there goes the grumpiest man in Edinburgh?  😉

Edinburgh Festival 2016 – Axe Fire Juggler

During the month of August, you will see many wonderful street performers on the Royal Mile…. Many, oh so many who juggle with fire, some make it more interesting not just juggling the normal fire sticks, but with nasty weapons.  This fella was juggling a axe on fire and a few machetes.

Edinburgh Festival 2016 - Axe Fire Juggler

Edinburgh Festival 2016 – Axe Fire Juggler

 

 

Edinburgh Fringe Festival Program 2015

Release the kraken Fringe program 2015,  I’ve not manage to peruse the program yet however I’m sure I’ll have a few days off.

Official website of Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the largest arts festival in the world. Find everything you need, whether you want to take part or book tickets.

https://www.edfringe.com/

101 Things to do in Edinburgh

This started off as a bucket list, a basic list of things to do in Edinburgh, However as it grew I changed it to 101 things to do in Edinburgh.   There will be  some nonsense on this list, aye. perhaps I have repeated somethings, let me know add stuff to the comments.  so here we are:
‘101 Things to do in Edinburgh’ 

            1. Hike up Arthurs seat – there are several routes to the summit
            2. Feed the swans at dunsapie loch
            3. In Fact hike to the top of all seven hills in Edinburgh, Braid Hills; Blackford Hills; Craiglockart Hill; Corstorphine Hill; Calton Hill; Pentland Hills and of Course Arthurs Seat.
            4. Walk Through Hollyrood Park
            5. Edinburgh Festival hardcore – three/four shows a day
            6. Edinburgh Festival late night  show 1am – 5am (with drinks after)
            7. Camera Obscura World of illusions
            8. Edinburgh Festival Tatoo
            9. Edinburgh Festival Fireworks concert
            10. Eat A deep Fried mars bar
            11. Walk Through Princes Street Gardens
            12. have a chippie with the proper Edinburgh chippie sauce
            13. Eat at one of our Michelin star restaurants
            14. Play a game of Skittles at the Sheep’s heid pub (the oldest in Scotland c1360)
            15. Ghost Tours. Mercat Tours
            16. City of the Dead Tour
            17. Underground Blair Street Vaults
            18. Mary King’s Close
            19. Get Up to the crown of St Giles’ Cathedral
            20. See the hand carved passage ways at Gilmerton Cove
            21. Spit on Heart of Midlothian (old toll booth)
            22. Watch an Edinburgh Derby game
            23. Visit Edinburgh Castle
            24. Remember the National War museum is at the castle.
            25. See the One O’clock gun be fired
            26. Palace Of Hollyroodhouse
            27. Visit Lauriston Castle
            28. Visit Craigmillar Castle
            29. Visit the Scottish Parliament
            30. John Knox House
            31. An Ice Cream & Beer on Portobello Beach
            32. Head out to Crammon Island (be careful with the tide Times)
            33. Crammond Beach
            34. Boat trip to Inchcolm Island
            35. Edinburgh Zoo Penguin Parade
            36. Stockbridge Sunday farmers market.
            37. Ride the big Christmas wheel
            38. Ice skate Christmas wonderland
            39. Hogmanay Street Party.
            40. Royal Botanical Gardens
            41. Don’t Rub greyfriars bobby nose
            42. Wander through Greyfriars kirkyard
            43. If you must Rub a statue – David Hume’s Toe
            44. Catch a premier at the International Film Festival
            45. Royal highland show
            46. Yaught Britannia
            47. See Rosslyn Chapel
            48. Edinburgh Zoo – See the Penguin Parade
            49. Pet a pig at Gorgie Farm
            50. Ride a tram
            51. Our Dynamic Earth
            52. Cameo cinema late night double bill
            53. Dominian cinema – film of a sofa!
            54. National Museum of Scotland
            55. International Book Festival
            56. Museum of Childhood
            57. Museum of Edinburgh
            58. Museum of Flight
            59. Writers Museum
            60. Walk through the Meadows
            61. Walk Through Inverleith park
            62. Walk Through Figgatte park
            63. Scale the Scott Monument (287 steps)
            64. Scale Nelsons Monument (143 steps)
            65. Scottish National Galleries
            66. Scottish National Portrait Gallery
            67.  The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art
            68. Sample some whisky at the scotch whisky experience
            69. A walk down the water of Leith walkway
            70. Visit Gladstone’s land – oldest 17th century tenement building
            71. The Writers Museum
            72. Look through a telescope at the Observatory
            73. Beltane fire festival
            74. Samhuinn Fire Festival
            75. Hogmanay Torchlight Procession
            76. Walk Down the colorful Victoria Street
            77. Drinks at the Grass market.
            78. Helicopter Scenic Tour
            79. Boat tours under The Forth Bridges
            80. Stadium Tours (Murrayfeild, Tynecastle and Easter Road)
            81. Catch a film at the Brass Monkey – Big Sofas and beer – nuf saif!
            82. See some anatomy at the Surgeons’ Hall Museum
            83. Canongate Kirkyard – Adam smith burred here
            84. Go to the Farmers Market, Castle Street every Saturday
            85. The Museum on the Mound – see £1,000,000 in front of you
            86. visit the City Art Center
            87. Climb a wall at the Edinburgh International Climbing Arena – the largest indoor climbing wall in the world
            88. Mibee there is something on at the Royal Scottish Academy
            89. Didn’t know  this existed until today – Georgian House on Charlotte Square
            90. Look at contemporary art at Fruitmarket Gallery
            91. Beltane Fire Festival, once a year – the evening before 1 May
            92. Samhuinn Fire Festival, Once a year – usually the last day of Autumn
            93. Torchlight procession, Once a year 30th December
            94. Winter wonderland, attractions and different markets
            95. Edinburgh Dungeon
            96. Check out the quirky Morningside Wild West
            97. Many closes of the Royal Mile, check the picturesque Whitehorse close
            98. Find the hidden Garden off the Royal Mile – Dunbar Close Garden
            99. Spend some time at Leith Shore
            100. Like Harry Potter? go to Elephant House Cafe
            101. The People’s Story Museum

So there you go 101 Things to do in Edinburgh!  – I’ve probably left out some good stuff, can we expand this list – any suggestions, edits mention in the comments.

Fringe Over

Well folks that’s the fringe festival over for another year, I’m ashamed to say that I  have done next to nothing this year.  The international Festival runs until the 31st with the fireworks the same day. (Sunday)

so, here is a final photo of a street performer, some dude playing with fire.  I guess don’t try this at home

Street performer

Street performer

Bonus? – Video! (don’t try this at home)

😉