Fringe performer on Princes Street – photo © Edinburgh Inspiring Capital:

Fringe masked lady – photo © Edinburgh Inspiring Capital:

The events: Scotland’s capital takes centre stage each summer with world-class music, opera, dance and theatre at the Edinburgh International Festival, and the eclectic offerings of the Fringe, now the world’s largest arts festival.,

When: 2012 dates – International Festival August 9-September 2; Fringe August 3-27

What happens: The Edinburgh International Festival brings together some of the world’s elite performers over a three-week period for concerts and performances including, for 2012, two modern Shakespeare adaptions. Starting and ending a week earlier, the Fringe attracts thousands of performers from big names to little-known artists and includes theatre, comedy, dance, musicals, music, exhibitions and events.

Do it: Connoisseurs Scotland features four luxury properties offering accommodation during the Edinburgh International Festival. They include former home of The Scotsman newspaper, The Scotsman Hotel, with rooms from £370 and baroque Prestonfield, originally built in 1687 as the home of Edinburgh’s Lord Provost, where rooms start at £295.

and 10 of the rest

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