By Ryan Morrison

Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, is truly one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Managing to combine both ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish way, with the medieval old town standing side by side with the grandeur of the magnificent Georgian architecture of the new town. Known as the “Athens of the North” Edinburgh is steeped in history but also a modern and vibrant city which has so much going on.

From the imposing  Edinburgh Castle which looks out over the town, Gothic churches, fantastic museums and galleries to great restaurants, bars and shops, Edinburgh really does have something for everyone.

Travelling to Edinburgh can be very exciting and overwhelming at the same time. With so much to see and do, it is hard to know where to start. Here are three must see events in the city.

The Edinburgh Military Tattoo

One of Scotland’s most iconic events presents a unique blend of music and military theatre set in the stunning esplande of a floodlit Edinburgh Castle. The action packed programme features performers from around the world including participants from as far afield as South Africa and South America, as well as the magical stirring music of Scotland provided by the world famous massed pipes and drums, Her Majesty’s Royal Marines and the band of the Royal Regiment of Scotland. Making the tattoo a truly must see event.

Childrens International Theatre Festival

If you are travelling to Edinburgh with the kids then this is the event for you. Through May and June, in five gorgeous venues across the city, the festival offers the chance to see award winning productions from all over the world. The aim of the project is to provide children with regular access to a diverse range of high quality performing arts activity, that will entertain, teach and inspire.

Edinburgh Fringe Festival

The Edinburgh Fringe has been running for an incredible sixty five years now, wowing hundreds of thousands of spectators who gather to watch the big name performers in the many venues throughout the city to the street entertainers doing their thing on just about every lane, path and avenue in Edinburgh. It’s so big now that during the month of August, the city actually doubles in size due to the sheer number of people brought in by the Fringe. An amazing amount of household names got their big break while performing here including Billy Connolly, Hugh Lawrie, Stephen Fry, Jude Law and many many more….So you never know, you may be watching a future Hollywood star doing a stand up comedy routine in an Edinburgh basement bar.

Ryan Morrison lives in the beautiful city of Edinburgh and can be blogging at Scotland Here And Now