As we move into the tail end of festival season, there’s a lot less going on in regards to major events — but Edinburgh is still bursting with things to do throughout September.
Don’t shoot the messenger, but as we head into September, we’re saying goodbye to the summer for another year. I know, it went far too quickly.
This time of year can feel like a lull with the summer holidays coming to an end, as well as the festival season wrapping up. But if you’re planning a trip to Edinburgh or you’re local to the area, the festivities are far from over yet. Let’s take a look at five major events taking place in Scotland’s capital during September.
The Kiltwalk (18th)
Let’s start off with a good cause! The Kiltwalk is an annual event that raises money for children in poverty. Not only is it a great way to do your bit for charity, but it’s also a fun way to have a tour of Edinburgh — not to mention the benefits of the exercise you’ll get as you take on the Kitwalk.
The route of the twenty-six mile “Mighty Stride” will take you through some of Scotland’s famous points such as Gypsy Brae, Granton Harbour, Victoria Park and Leith, before taking a stroll along Edinburgh’s promenade. If you think walking the full distance may be a struggle but still want to get involved, check out the shorter options of the “Big Stroll” (roughly twelve miles) and the “Wee Wander” (five miles).
So if you’re a seasoned stroller or just fancy a short jaunt, it’s time to don some tartan and get involved with one the city’s most fun and charitable annual events.
Edinburgh Vintage Fair (16th & 25th)
For those of you who love all things vintage, the Edinburgh Vintage Fair shouldn’t be missed. Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair has been making a name for itself, having a presence at over thirty cities and six major festivals with no signs of stopping anytime soon. If you’re on the lookout for some vintage clothes, homeware, accessories and much more, this vintage fair in Scotland is perfect for you.
Not only has Judy’s fair proved to be a big hit amongst the locals of each location it visits, as well as festival goers, but it seems that some famous faces have also began to take notice of the vintage bargains. Buying an item from Judy will see you follow in the footsteps of the likes of Pixie Lott and Chloe Sevigny, while many products from the vintage fair have been featured in the likes of Vogue and Elle.
There will be two vintage fair events in Edinburgh during September, the first of which being a “freshers special”, so if you want to stock up in style for the academic year ahead, there’s no better place to go.
Pretty Muddy 5K (17th)
Hell hath no fury like a woman in pink. Every year, an army of ladies don a pink getup as part of the Race For Life and raise money for Cancer Research UK. As part of the Race For Life, the Pretty Muddy 5K is a great day out for any girls out there who want to take on the awesomely muddy obstacle course, raising some money for a great cause in the process.
Edinburgh Doors Open Days (24th & 25th)
Edinburgh, much like the rest of Scotland, is home to some architectural gems, many of which aren’t open to the public. Doors Open Days was started by the Scottish Civic Trust, and now in its 26th year, is quickly becoming one of the city’s most popular free days out. While many of Edinburgh’s buildings can be admired from the outside, this provides people with the opportunity to discover their hidden qualities.
Churches, cottages, towers, chapels and Victorian-era industrial buildings are just a few of the locations you’ll be able to explore during Edinburgh’s Doors Open Days. Not only do the buildings provide the city with an abundance of beautiful, rustic buildings, but being able to explore their inner depths gives people a rare opportunity to see how such great locations have adapted to the modern era.
A great way to experience as many of the locations as possible, especially if you’re in a large group, is to hire a minibus and make a day of it. Whether there are specific buildings or locations you have always wanted to explore, or you want to do a tour of as many as possible, you have the freedom to go where you please.
Riding of the Marches (11th)
The Riding of the Marches is an event that celebrates a tradition that dates back to 1579 and was previously held to inspect the city boundaries. It was stopped in 1707, only to return as a one-off in 1946 to celebrate the end of the Second World War. In 2009, the tradition returned as an annual event and has continued to attract large numbers of spectators, with hundreds of riders now taking part.
Scotland is well known for its proud, rich heritage and the Riding of the Marches is a perfect representation of that fact. Every year, the event attracts 15,000 spectators throughout the entire city. As well as the ride itself, there is entertainment starting in the early afternoon, all the way up to the “After Ride Party”, so there’s more than enough excitement and entertainment for a brilliant day out.
As a country, Scotland has so much to offer in the way of character, charm and history — and Edinburgh’s huge variety of events all capture these qualities. With such a range of activities and events held in the city throughout the year, locals and visitors are spoiled for choice. If you’re planning a trip to Edinburgh this September, you should take the time to visit some of these events. You won’t regret it.