2017 is shaping up to be quite a year! With so many festivals, concerts and events happening throughout the city in 2017, we thought we would put together a small guide of our favourites. We can’t decide which time of year is the best to visit Edinburgh, so we have given you a list of reasons to visit all year round!
Burns Night- 25th January
Where better to experience this traditional Scottish celebration than in the country’s capital itself? If you don’t know a thing about the renowned poet, head up to the castle for ‘Burns for Beginners’ to brush up on your Rabbie Burns knowledge, or be mesmerised by a dramatic telling of Tam-O-Shanter at the Storytelling Centre on the Royal Mile. In the evening, immerse yourself in the full experience of a Burn’s Dinner at the stunning Ghillie Dhu, or even better, use your newly learnt knowledge to host your own Burn’s dinner in your Old Town Chambers luxury apartment!
Six Nations Rugby – February & March
This year, Ireland, Wales and Italy make the trip up to Edinburgh to take on Scotland at Murrayfield for the 2017 Six Nations Championship. Are you lucky enough to hold tickets to one of the matches or are you keen to soak up the atmosphere in one of the city’s welcoming pubs? Either way, Edinburgh will be buzzing during February and March thanks to these epic rugby clashes, making it a great time to visit! Both Old Town Chambers offers the perfect base for fans and family alike at the centre of the city, and is within easy travelling distance from Murrayfield after the matches!
Edinburgh Marathon – 27th– 28th May
Undoubtedly one of the most picturesque marathons in the UK, the Edinburgh Marathon returns to the east Lothian coast in May 2017! For fitness lovers or running newbies alike, the Edinburgh Marathon festival offers a number of distances from a 5k around Holyrood Park to the full marathon distance along the beautiful coastline. Even if you aren’t taking part, find a great vantage point and offer your voice to help cheer on the competitors. The luxury apartments in Old Town Chambers offer a great place to rest weary feet after the event, with space for family and friends too!
Robbie Williams @ BT Murrayfield – 9th June
As part of his 2017 European stadium tour, Robbie Williams will be stopping by BT Murrayfield to perform in Scotland on Friday 9th June! Expect the showman to pull out all the stops as he plays songs from his new album plus some golden Robbie classics too! No other British pop star is as entertaining as Williams so this tour isn’t one to be missed. Make your weekend truly a VIP experience and stay in an Old Town Chambers luxury apartment! Not only will an OTC apartment offer somewhere to relax after the concert, but they are located close to tram links to the stadium making your stay stress-free!
The Royal Highland Show – 22nd – 25th June
Now in it’s 177th year, the Royal Highland show is one of Scotland’s most renowned events. Held at the Royal show ground at Ingliston, this huge event showcases the best in farming, food and rural life. With so much to do, see, eat and drink, it may take you the full weekend to get round it all, so why not stay in the comfort of an Old Town Chambers apartment? The Old Town Chambers apartments allow you to stay at the centre of the city whilst still being close to tram and bus links to the showground.
Edinburgh International Film Festival – 21 June – 2nd July
The 71st edition of the Edinburgh International Film Festival will return in 2017 with a packed programme of events and screenings, including some UK and world premieres. Attend Q&A sessions with some A-list actors, be the first to see the newest indie classic at a premiere, or discover the latest in emerging film talent. The EIFF events are all located around the centre of the city making it an easy and accessible film festival. What’s better is the venues are all just a hop, skip and a jump away from your Old Town Chambers apartment!
Olly Murs @ The Castle Esplinade – 18th July
Following in the footsteps of some amazing acts including Tom Jones, Jessie J, Westlife, Lionel Richie and Rod Stewart, Olly Murs is the latest star performed to take to one of the most stunning stages in the world. Join Olly for an evening of upbeat entertainment against the amazing backdrop of Edinburgh castle in July 2017. Make a weekend of it and stay in a luxury Old Town Chambers apartment just a couple of minutes away from the castle!
Edinburgh International Festival & Edinburgh Festival Fringe – August 2017
Perhaps the most famous events that take place in Edinburgh every year, and truly a magical time to visit the city, the Edinburgh International Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe span the full length of August. From ballet and opera to cabaret and comedy, in Edinburgh in August you are sure to find a form of entertainment for everyone! With venues dotted all over the city, Old Town Chambers and the Merchiston Residence offer an oasis of luxurious tranquillity amongst the chaos!
The Edinburgh Riding of the Marches – 17th September
The Common Ridings in the Scottish Borders attract crowds from all around to witness the historical tradition, culminating in the Edinburgh Riding of the Marches. Head to the Royal Mile to observe this ancient custom and be amazed by the cavalcade of over 250 horses riding up the High Street towards the Castle. Give yourself the best chance of a great view and book into Old Town Chambers, literally steps away from the Mile!
Edinburgh Winter Festival – December 2017
A European Christmas market, a Scottish food and drink market, the Virgin Money Street of Light, festive ice-skating, Christmas tree mazes … a Christmas in Edinburgh is anything but forgettable! With so much going on, the city is literally buzzing and so full of joy! Get organized and book your perfect festive city break with Old Town Chambers for 2017! Not only will you be at the centre of the action but many of our luxury apartments offer unrivalled views over the Christmas markets and the cityscape beyond.