The unique festival – which celebrates the beginning of the summer season – takes place on 30 April and draws on inspiration from ancient Gaelic traditions and the age-old Beltane Festival. It provides a major boost for the city’s tourism industry, with thousands of visitors flocking to some of the stunning hotels in Edinburgh every year to catch the event.
Highlights of the event includes elemental dancing and sparkling fire displays, with a variety of characters such as the magisterial May Queen and the red men giving the production an otherworldly feel.
Around 12,000 people catch the festival every year and those interested in going are advised to book quickly when the tickets eventually go on sale to avoid disappointment.
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