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You know about the Fringe Festival and the Military Tattoo, both of which are August mainstays. But have you heard of the Edinburgh International Book Festival, also on during the month of August? Charlotte Square in New Town transforms into a mecca for book lovers. Large white pop up tents provide space for guest lecturers (past authors have included the likes of Margaret Atwood and Neil Gaiman, among others), a bookstore and cafe in one tent, a cabaret theatre with a bar in another, and plenty of outdoor seating to relax and read your new purchase, chat with friends over chilled wine, or soak up the literary vibes. I cannot recommend checking this space out enough. Even if all you do is wander through (entry is free to the space; guest appearances and lectures are ticketed), browse a book, maybe get a coffee and sit outside, it's worth your time.
The Cineplex Isn't Waiting
I went to see the all-women edition of Ghostbusters in Edinburgh at a local cineplex. I was late to the game, so there was only one showing left at the end of August at 10:20 a.m. I know for a fact that I have never seen a movie that early in the morning, but there you have it. I got to the appointed screening room at 10:15 a.m. thinking that there would be trailers going, or the pre-show garbage that doesn't include trailers, but includes cheesy hosts and inane trivia facts, loud dramatic car chase ads and cellphone gimmicks. Instead, I walked in, I realized that the movie had already started. So. If you go to a movie in Scotland, might I suggest you definitely get there well before the start time, because the start time itself seems somewhat irrelevant.
Your Day Trip / Return Trip to the Biggest City in Scotland
Glasgow is less than an hour and a half away. You can easily make a day trip to Glasgow via bus for $15 round trip or get an open return for a later date. The bus service is fast, easy, and affordable. Free WiFi on CityLink busses, as well as local Lothian busses that serve Edinburgh.
August Is Best (and Crowded)
I've been to Edinburgh twice in August now when it is most loaded with tourists, artists, and locals. There's an excited, anticipatory energy about the city, the weather is good if not great, and there's so much to see and do. Festivals, a plethora of museums (most are free too!), a beach nearby, and more, Edinburgh offers something for everyone. Yes, it will be crowded. Yes, you should book your lodging well in advance (and it will likely be more expensive). But it is worth it.
It's all tickety boo in this very international yet very Scottish city. I highly recommended visiting Edinburgh at least once in your lifetime. Of course, being of Scottish descent, I might be (a little) biased.