Enjoy a Taste of British Summer in Edinburgh

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There’s never been a better time to enjoy the historic and beautiful city of Edinburgh than in the summer. With it comes warmer weather, sunny spells and a host of different events and activities to enjoy, with many of them being free so a perfect choice for students.
1. Arthur’s Seat and Holyrood Park
If it’s a sunny, clear day in Edinburgh there’s nothing better than hiking up the extinct volcano - Arthur’s Seat. If you go through Holyrood Park and start at the free exhibition in the Holyrood Lodge, it will take you a good couple of hours to explore and get up to the peak, taking in the scenery and the Bronze Age settlements along the way. Don’t worry if you’re not a hiker, you can get up to the peak in just fifteen minutes if you start from Dunsapie Loch. Either way, the climb is well worth it, with breath-taking views across the capital. In fact this hike is so popular it’s been voted the number one thing to do in Edinburgh on TripAdvisor.
2. The Meadows
Right in the middle of Edinburgh’s city and next to The University of Edinburgh, you’ll find The Meadows. A beautiful, expansive park and garden that’s perfect for a sunny afternoon. Get your picnic blanket out, use one of the designated BBQ areas, treat yourself to some Pimm’s and bathe in the sunshine in traditional English fashion. Perhaps even play a game of rounder’s. There’s also tennis courts and a cricket ground, not to mention the croquet.

3. The Scott Monument

This summer, explore the largest monument dedicated to a writer in the world. Commemorating Sir Walter Scott, one of Scotland’s most famous poets and novelists, and a student of The University of Edinburgh, this gothic and beautiful monument is over 200 feet high and has 287 steps, offering beautiful views of the city. Take the time to walk around the monument and look out for the 64 statues of characters from Sir Walter’s books. You can learn more about Sir Walter Scott and other famous Scottish writers including Robert Burns at The Writers Museum.


4. Edinburgh Castle and Castle Rock

There’s plenty to explore at Edinburgh Castle, and a trip to Edinburgh wouldn’t be the same without it. From seeing the oldest crown jewels in the British Isles, to wondering through the Great Hall and Royal Palace, or finding out about The Stone of Destiny where for centuries Kings of Scotland were enthroned. Make sure you stick around for the one o’clock gun firing too, a tradition in Edinburgh. Tickets are £16.50, but if you have a Young Scot or Euro 26 card you can get a 10% discount. 

5. The Edinburgh Fringe

The Edinburgh Fringe is the largest arts festival in the world. Its name and history comes from eight theatre groups, who turned up uninvited to the Edinburgh International Festival in 1947, but being excluded didn’t stop them, instead they performed on the ‘Fringes’ of the festival. To this day the festival’s ethos is to include anyone who has a story to tell and to offer support for undiscovered talent. It’s famous for uncovering some of the best comedians in the world, like Rowan Atkinson, Stephen Fry and Jo Brand. Last year the event spanned 25 days, featured 50,459 performances, in 3,314 shows, across 313 venues. This year the event runs from the 5th to the 29th of August and consist of comedy, theatre, dance, art, spoken word and more. Make sure you catch it this summer and be the first to see the next BIG thing.


If you are planning to study in Edinburgh this September and haven't booked accommodation yet, there are still rooms available at iQ Edinburgh Fountainbridge and iQ Edinburgh Grove. You can even enjoy more of the summer by arriving early at iQ Fountainbridge, get in touch with the team to find out more.

If you're not studying in Edinburgh this September but you are doing an internship or summer school in the city, you can also stay with iQ Fountainbridge on a short term let. Visit www.iqsa.co.uk/summer/Edinburgh for more details.