See Edinburgh in a new light at Beltane Fire Festival in April


When it comes to celebrating the changing seasons, few festivals are as dramatic as Beltane Fire Festival in Edinburgh. Marking the middle of spring, the modern incarnation of this ancient Celtic fertility festival sees 12,000 locals and visitors gather at Calton Hill for a flame-filled night of performance, drumming and revelry on 30 April.

The event brings a roster of traditional characters to life, including the May Queen and her White Women, and the Green Man and the Reds, who symbolise chaos and disorder. Lit by flaming torches and performed to a primal beat, this riotous procession is utterly unique and a highlight of Edinburgh’s calendar.

This year’s Beltane Fire Festival will be extra special as it ties in with Scotland’s Commonwealth Games Homecoming celebrations. Visitors can expect a spectacular night, full of colour, fire and mischief making. Find out more at


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