outside the arthouse
The Royal Scottish Academy started life in 1826. Here there are many terrific presentations during the year and usually one major presentation during the Edinburgh International Festival. Behind these galleries is the National Gallery of Scotland where there are Rembrandts, Vermeers, a Velasquez, Italian renaissance artists and a large offering of Impressionist works.
In addition one should go to visit the Gallery of Modern Art and the neighbouring Dean Gallery for 20th and 21st century creativity. Also try to go to the Fruitmarket Gallery and Edinburgh City Arts Centre. Beside Holyrood Palace is The Queen’s Gallery usually featuring fabulous works from the rich Royal Collections Apart from these there are many private galleries to be found in and around the city.
Edinburgh has a wide selection of theatres – The Royal Lyceum, The Playhouse, The King’s Theatre along with the adventurous Traverse Theatre and the grand Festival Theatre.
Not to be missed would be a visit to the renowned and recently renovated Usher Hall to hear outstanding orchestral concerts and brilliant classical soloists – these days they also have some more popular music events. An interesting venue is The Queen’s Hall for more intimately scaled presentations.
A celebrated happening of world prominence is the Royal Military Tattoo paraded on the forecourt of Edinburgh Castle.
During the Festival there are miriad street theatre performers – Musicians, Tumblers, Stilt Walkers, Jugglers and Fire Eaters.
Don’t miss the Film Festival, the Jazz and Blues Festival, the Comedy Festival and a burgeoning Book Festival set in the New Town’s elegant Charlotte Square with world class authors and speakers.
By the way, there is also a Winter Festival!!