As I think about our tour that begins on Saturday, I am trying to remember to really be present and embrace the energy and excitement of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the historical charm of Edinburgh itself, the tranquility of Inverness, and the ethereal beauty of the Isle of Skye. With its diverse experiences, Scotland promises a trip to remember, one filled with culture, history, and breathtaking landscapes that will not be forgotten by any of us any time soon. Follow along here to share in our adventure!
We chose August specifically so that we can jump into the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the world’s largest arts festival that has been captivating audiences for decades. This unmissable event showcases a multitude of performances, from theater and comedy to dance and music, transforming the historic streets of Edinburgh into a stage for artists from around the globe. The Fringe’s unique charm lies in its un-curated nature, allowing both emerging talents and established acts to present their work. The festive atmosphere that engulfs the city during this time is unparalleled, making it a must-visit for culture enthusiasts. We already have tickets for a cabaret-burlesque show, some fun comedians, and also an hour of some of the Greatest Show Songs! It will be a blast!
Of course, it is important to remember that Edinburgh, the capital city of Scotland, boasts a fusion of history and modernity that is truly captivating – and we have 2 half day tours set up to learn more about this fascinating city. The iconic landmarks, including the Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Mile, offer glimpses into its rich past. During August, the entire city becomes a hub of artistic expression, with various festivals and events happening in tandem with the Fringe. The electrifying energy and warm hospitality of the locals further enhance the overall experience.
On Tuesday we will be heading north, where the charming city of Inverness awaits with its serene landscapes and distinct Highland character. Known as the “Gateway to the Highlands,” Inverness provides a perfect blend of historical sites and natural beauty. While there, we will explore the historic Inverness Castle and take a leisurely stroll along the tranquil banks of the River Ness. And, of course, we will all keep an ear out for tales of the legendary Loch Ness Monster!
No trip to Scotland is complete without a visit to the Isle of Skye; it feels like you are stepping into a fairytale world. The rugged landscapes, dramatic cliffs, and mystical mist create an ambiance that’s nothing short of magical. From the iconic Old Man of Storr to the enchanting Fairy Pools, this island is a paradise for hikers, nature lovers, and photographers. We will indulge in traditional Scottish cuisine, as Skye offers some of the freshest seafood in the country.
This time of year the Scottish landscapes come alive with vibrant festivities, offering us an exceptional opportunity to immerse ourselves in the heart and soul of this captivating country. From the world-renowned Edinburgh Festival Fringe to the picturesque beauty of Inverness and the mystical allure of the Isle of Skye, Scotland in August promises a truly unforgettable experience. I can’t wait to arrive!