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If you think you are going to get bored during your stay in Edinburgh, you are completely wrong. Find out what you can do in the capital city during your free time.

If you are moving to Edinburgh, you are probably wondering how you can keep yourself busy during your free time. Being the Scottish capital city, Edinburgh has much to offer to expatriates. Indeed, you can enjoy a range of leisure activities, starting from visits of historical buildings and museums, lush green nature, both in summer and winter.

Whether you have settled alone or with your family, there is so much to discover in the city: the Edinburgh Castle, metalwork courses, cruising on the Leith River, fruit picking in farms, fishing, cycling, and so much more. Find more information in the useful links provided below.

Edinburgh Leisure

In 1998, the Edinburgh Council set up Edinburgh Leisure which is a public non profit organization. Edinburgh Leisure is dedicated to the management and development of sports and leisure services in the city. It employs more than 800 people who receive more than 5 million visitors every year. You can thus start by seeking the assistance of this organization. Find more information in the useful links provided below.


Edinburgh hosts not less than 25 museums, namely the National Museum of Scotland, Lauriston Castle, the Museum of Edinburgh, etc. You will also find more than 50 art galleries where you can not only admire but also purchase artworks for your new home.

You might also want to watch a nice movie at the cinema. The city hosts 11 cinema halls that are found in small and big complexes.


During your stay in Edinburgh, you will also enjoy several major festivals such as:

  • the Edinburgh International Festival which is a very popular event with fans of the genre
  • the Edinburgh Fringe Festival
  • the Edinburgh Mela Festival, celebrating cultural diversity thanks to the arrival of South Asian migrants in Scotland
  • the Edinburgh Science Festival, among others.

 Useful links:

Expat.com – Edinburgh Events Directory 
Expat.com – Leisure in Edinburgh Forum 
Ratho Byres Forge – learn how to become a blacksmith www.rathobyresforge.co.uk
Edinburgh Boat Charters www.edinburghboatcharters.com
Edinburgh Castle www.edinburghcastle.gov.uk
Craigies Farm www.craigies.co.uk
Midlothian Snowsports Centre (Ski) www.midlothian.gov.uk
Dynamic Earth www.dynamicearth.co.uk
Royal Botanic Garden www.rbge.org.uk
Yell – Museums in Edinburgh www.yell.com
Edinburgh Leisure www.edinburghleisure.co.uk
Art Galleries www.yell.com/ucs/UcsSearchAction.do
Edinburgh International Festival www.eif.co.uk
Edinburgh Fringe Festival www.edfringe.com
Edinburgh Mela Festival www.edinburgh-mela.co.uk
Edinburgh Science Festival www.sciencefestival.co.uk

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