Travel Postcard: 48 hours at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Fri Aug 14, 2009 10:41am EDT
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By Paul Casciato

EDINBURGH (Reuters Life!) - August is the month to criss-cross Scotland's capital on foot to see the best of the wacky, weird and chaotic Edinburgh Festival Fringe, so bring a good pair of walking shoes.

The world's biggest open access arts festival offers more than 30,000 performances at more than 200 venues around the city and that's in addition to the international book, art and jazz festivals as well as the military tattoo, which are all part of the cultural cornucopia that is Edinburgh in August.

Reuters correspondents with local knowledge provide some helpful hints for enjoying 48 hours of crowds, comedy, theater, dance and art on the hilly, cobblestoned streets.


6 p.m. Book into your hotel and then hit the streets, probably after arriving at Edinburgh Waverley train station, which lies at the center of the city under the brooding shadow of Edinburgh Castle. Top tip: You can order a Fringe program before you go, online at

Wander over to the Royal Mile and fight your way through the hordes of tourists and buskers to the Fringe box office so you can book a few shows to see.

8 p.m. Head for some food and drink. Try the Royal McGregor pub at the heart of the Royal Mile and a few doors down from the Fringe box office (

The pub is run by the McGregor family and boasts of its links to the MacGregor clan. Have a pint of local ale to slake your thirst and order from the traditional and modern food menu.   Continued...

<p>Members of the Beijing Film Academy perform a routine from their production of 'A Midsummer Night's dream' for the photographers for their forthcoming shows in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Scotland. REUTERS/David Moir</p>