Visit Edinburgh in June

Visiting Edinburgh: June 2024

June is the first month of summer. A chance to get out in the sunshine and enjoy a picnic in one of Edinburgh’s beautiful parks and gardens. Plus, summer concerts and festivals kick-off for the season.

June festivals and events

As summer gets underway in Edinburgh, we look forward to the return of Leith Festival, taking place from 8th to 16th June. Gala Day is yet to be confirmed but is usually on the first Saturday of the festival, which is a great day out on Leith Links, with outdoor stalls, music and entertainment.

On 15th June, the Edinburgh Canal Festival and Raft Race is hosted along the Union Canal. The raft race is very entertaining to watch, as entrants compete in their own creatively designed rafts!

Not forgetting the spectacular Royal Highland Show at Ingliston, a celebration of Scottish farming. Featuring livestock displays, farriery competitions, outdoor activities, food and drink, live entertainment and more! This year the Royal Highland Show is held from 20th to 23rd June.

Some highlights from a previous Royal Highland Show

Theatre breaks this June

Our hotel is just around the corner from Edinburgh Playhouse, a fantastic theatre that presents a varied programme of live shows throughout the year. In, stage musicals include Six from the 11th to 15th and Grease from the 25th to 29th. There’ll also be comedy from Tom Allen on the 18th and disco from Nile Rodgers + CHIC on the 17th.  See full listings here.

Attraction of the month: Princes Street Gardens

As the weather warms up this summer, Princes Street Gardens is the perfect spot for a picnic. Just a short walk from our hotel, this large public space in Edinburgh is free to enter. There is much to see within the gardens, including a large collection of statues, memorials and landmarks. Take in views of Edinburgh Castle from beside the impressive Ross Fountain. View the towering Scott Monument, and see how many of Sir Walter Scott’s characters you can spot adorning the huge Gothic monument. Or simply find a bench and watch the world go by for a while. Find more Edinburgh attractions.

Offer of the month: Edinburgh Sightseeing

Our Edinburgh City Break and Sightseeing Tours hotel package is available on selected dates in the summer. This fantastic city break includes 2 nights in a twin or double room at our central Parliament House Hotel, 2 tickets for an Edinburgh sightseeing bus tour, plus 2 tickets for a private walking tour. What a great way to explore our beautiful city! Full details and T&Cs.

Princes Street Gardens in the summer in Edinburgh

Day trip of the month: North Berwick

Edinburgh is a great base from which to explore the rest of Scotland. With convenient transport links by train and bus, and hire car options available, it’s so easy to get around. Our day trip of the month is North Berwick, a seaside town in East Lothian, just half an hour by train from Edinburgh. This is the perfect day trip destination on a sunny day. The picturesque town has lovely beaches with fantastic views out to the Firth of Forth and the famous Bass Rock. There are plenty of shops, cafes and restaurants. You can also visit the Scottish Seabird Centre or take a Wildlife Boat Trip around the islands in the Firth of Forth, such as May, Craigleith, Lamb and Bass Rock.

View of North Berwick from the water

Our top June blogs

Our Edinburgh Blog features news, guides and travel information to help you plan your visit. Check out our pick of the best blogs for June:

  1. Great beaches to visit near Edinburgh
  2. 10 things to look forward to at the Highland Show
  3. The best festivals in Edinburgh this summer
  4. The biggest concerts in Edinburgh this summer
  5. Top golf courses in Edinburgh
Duddingston Loch in summer

Visiting us this June

So, book your stay at Parliament House Hotel in Edinburgh and start planning your adventures. Remember, we have further information on attractions, shopping, itineraries, road trips and more in our Edinburgh Guide. And we are always here, should you need any help planning activities during your stay.