Home to a rich and checkered cultural history, Edinburgh hosts the world’s premiere performing arts festival: the Fringe. Each August, the city swells with activity and nearly every street corner and square transforms into a stage. In an environment in which you might find yourself walking into a live performance at any given moment, the Fringe demands a kind of comfort with chaos. Over the course of five days, we’ll revel in the unexpected and embrace the spectacle of it all, considering creative freedom, the interaction between history and the contemporary, and the cycles of borrowing from the past in performance. Alongside a local expert, we’ll take in avant-garde performances in acclaimed venues, experience the zaniness along the Royal Mile, and go behind the scenes with the people making the magic happen. We’ll witness stand-up, performance art, drag, post-dramatic theater, and styles you likely haven't even heard of yet—with open hearts, curious minds, and an insider’s access to it all.
The total cost of this trip is $2,125 (or $2,345 if taking the Highlands extension).
Our trip begins with a welcome dinner and whiskey tasting on Day 1. We recommend you arrive in Edinburgh by 2 p.m. on Day 1 so you can settle into your accommodations before meeting the group in time for dinner. Our trip concludes on the morning of Day 5. If leaving Edinburgh directly after our trip, we recommend departing any time on this day. If taking the Highlands extension, you should plan to depart Edinburgh any time on Day 6. If you’d like to extend your trip, we’d be more than happy to provide suggestions for things to do and see in the city.
Travelers should feel comfortable walking two to four miles over the course of each day, climbing stairs, and remaining on their feet for long periods of time. Keep in mind that Edinburgh is a bustling and crowded place, especially during Fringe season.
There are a variety of wonderful hotel and Airbnb options available in Edinburgh. Accommodations are not included in the cost of your trip, but we recommend staying in the Old Town or Fountainbridge neighborhoods, which will serve as a central location for the trip. We strongly recommend reserving accommodations as soon as the trip is confirmed, as hotels will be in high demand during festival season. If you’d like accommodation recommendations, please contact us.
August is the most beautiful month to visit Edinburgh. Daytime temperatures reach up to around 70°F, dropping to the low 50s in the evenings. Plan on light jacket weather most days, and also lovely long evenings due to Scotland’s high latitude. You can expect some amount of rain during the week.
Most dietary restrictions can be accommodated, though in most cases ingredients can't be substituted or omitted from particular dishes. If you have a severe allergy, please contact us to find out if this is the right trip for you.
Your participation in this trip helps support artists, musicians, and creators from underrepresented communities and regions across the world. Many artists from marginalized groups have worked their whole lives to perform in this festival, and your patronage, appreciation, and conversation go a long way toward fostering continued appreciation and production of their presence in the performing arts.
If this will be your first time in Edinburgh, we recommend arriving a few days before or staying a few days after the trip to visit the more traditional (and non-traditional!) sites, which are not included in the itinerary. We recommend Edinburgh Castle (and its dog cemetery), Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, a tour of Mary King’s Close (17th-century streets that lie beneath the city)—among many others.