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Fringe benefits: Visiting Edinburgh during the world-famous comedy festival
Published 21 July 2022

Credit: Kimpton Hotel

Visiting Edinburgh during August is a contradiction, existing simultaneously as the best and worst time to experience the Scottish capital. First and foremost, and before the clatter of pitchforks becomes overwhelming, it’s important to acknowledge thus: The Festival – a sprawling amalgamation of seven distinct events – is an incredible thing. While many locals love to moan, it is a joy and a privilege to live in a city that explodes with its creativity every summer, especially after a few largely fallow years of Covid-induced silence. That said, if you’re coming to Auld Reekie next month, just knowing the town a little better will make your visit much more mellow. 

Edinburgh is a beautiful place and there are a few options to enjoy the view with a glass and a plate. The Lookout offers wraparound skylines through floor-to-ceiling plate glass, and a concise tasting menu that more than measures up to the location. If you’re feeling flush, the penthouse suite ...

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