Edinburgh: from a local perspective
Edinburgh, built on seven hills, is a fascinating city; for locals Edinburgh is a collection of distinctive villages and areas, each with its own distinct character.
A day tour will give you a real appreciation of its diversity as we explore the Old Town on foot and appreciate the scale of the New Town as the city re-invented itself as a modern European city during the enlightenment.
We also visit the suburbs and and stand on some of those hills to get an appreciation of Edinburgh's location and admire the vistas.
Explore Gay Edinburgh
No trip to Scotland would be complete without a trip to Scotland's capital city. With a population of just over 477,000 it is a relatively small, compact city but contains many of Scotland's national institutions, it is the seat of Government and there are a large number of museums and major visitor attractions.
It is very relaxed city and large numbers of people still live and work in the city centre (financial services). During the summer, the parks and open spaces are full of people sunbathing, enjoying a drink or have ice-cream (the sun does shine sometimes).
An architectural gem, the city enjoys UNESCO world heritage status as much for its buildings and vistas as its geographical location and imposing castle.
Edinburgh largely escaped destruction during the Second World War and as a result it was chosen in 1947 to host a world class cultural festival. Over the years this has flourished and has grown to become Edinburgh International Festivall that we know today. However that is only part of the story; uninvited performers turned up and organised their own venues and ticket sales. The Fringe event has grown into one of the largest arts festivals in the world.
Edinburgh is truly a festival city; there are festivals and major events taking place throughout the year culminating in the week long Hogmanay celebrations to mark the New Year.
Edinburgh List of Gay Organisations and Groups
Edinburgh Festival Dates: 2015
Edinburgh Science Festival Apr 4 - Apr 19
Imaginate Festival 11 May - 17 May
Edinburgh International Film Festival Jun 17 - Jun 28
Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival Jul 17 - Jul 26
Edinburgh Festival Fringe Aug 7 - Aug 31
Edinburgh Military Tattoo Aug 7 - Aug 29
Edinburgh International Festival Aug 7 - Aug 31
Edinburgh International Book Fest 15 Aug - 31 Aug
International Storytelling Festival 23 Oct -1 Nov
Fly to Edinburgh direct from USA, Canada and Europe
see Getting Here
Edinburgh has become one of our short haul destinations, allowing our passengers to enjoy seamless connections to our long haul destinations with flights to Edinburgh from London with the launch of our Little Red domestic flights. We'll be operating six daily round-trip flights from London to Edinburgh, with flights departing from London Heathrow Terminal 1. Book your London to Edinburgh flights now.
Organisations and Help
Gay Mens' Health
Equality Network maintain an extensive list of help organisations
Equality Network Resources
Scottish Transgender Alliance
Lothian LGBT Helpline 0131 556 4049 Wednesdays 12.30-7pm
Gay Outdoor Club Scotland
Gay Gordons Edinburgh (highland dancing)
HotScots LGBT Football Club
Edinburgh Front Runners is a primarily recreational and social running group. We provide a safe and welcoming running club for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender runners and their straight friends. Membership is open to anyone who supports the aims of the club, regardless of age, gender identity or expression, sexuality or running ability.
Discrimination is illegal
Police Scotland - non Emergency dial 101 (redirected to your nearest police station.
In an emergency dial 999 (if you are in danger or a crime is taking place now)
LGBT Police Drop-in
Police Scotland (Lothian and Borders) works alongside Scotland's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community to try to eliminate LGBT-related hate crimes and discrimination.
"Come along to our open evenings on the second Thursday of every month, between 7.30pm and 8.30pm, for advice and to speak confidentially to Lothian and Borders Police officers."
The open evenings are held at:
10 Union Street, Edinburgh EH1 3LU