A tale of two creative cities


A castle perched high over cobbled streets in a city cloaked in history, mystery and romance… Edinburgh never fails to take the breath away. Scotland’s capital city is easily accessible from Glasgow and offers a very different side to Scottish culture. Packed with history, Edinburgh has an old-world, traditional charm with iconic sites around every corner.

Every year, millions of people flock to the city – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – to soak up stunning architecture and lose themselves in its fascinating past. But here nostalgia nestles alongside the contemporary in Scotland’s captivating capital. Every year, 12 major arts and culture festivals take place in the city, including the Edinburgh International Festival, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the Royal Military Tattoo and the Edinburgh International Film Festival. 

Edinburgh is a dream destination for art, design and culture and renowned for its festivals. You’re sure to see many RCS students and alumni performing there each year, including fully realised productions from MA Musical Theatre students alongside production and music students who provide the design, set, costumes, lighting, sound and music for the show. This event is always a highlight in the RCS calendar and attracts an audience of thousands, as well as five star reviews. Past performances include Into the Woods, our two Atlantic shows,Avenue Q, Company and Spring Awakening. Additionally, a number of platform shows are produced at the Fringe from drama and music students and produced in top venues, including the Assembly Hall.

Enjoy its fabulous food scene and top shopping, from luxury brands to eclectic indie gems. Feeling active? Climb to the top of Arthur’s Seat – an extinct volcano – for the best views over the city. 

Old or new, there is so much to do and it has earned Edinburgh a string of accolades including Best UK Destination (urban) (National Geographic Reader Awards, 2021) 

  • History, grandeur, and stunning views around every corner 
  • Shopping, food and culture galore 
  • 48 minutes by train from Glasgow 
  • Seven festivals each summer, including the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival, and Edinburgh Festival Fringe 

 “Edinburgh is a city so beautiful it breaks the heart again and again.” Alexander McCall Smith  


(Image credit:Marketing Edinburgh)