About Beltane Fire Festival Edinburgh
Beltane Fire Festival is a modern reinterpretation of an ancient Celtic festival marking the changing seasons.
The largest of its kind, it started as a local community event in 1988.
It has grown from a small local event to one that now attracts attendees in the thousands.
A celebration of the natural cycle of birth, growth and death.
The procession starts from the National Monument.
The drums beat as the procession, led by the May Queen and the Green Man, makes its way to its destination.
Depicting the awakening of the May Queen, whose fires chase away winter, the theatre performance is next.
Stripped of his winter guise, the Green Man is reborn as summer.
Loosely translated, Beltane means ‘bright fire’ and that’s what you’ll see when the bonfire is lit.
Drums, theatre, fire, pageantry – it’s an exciting experience.
Places to stay and hotel tips
Apex Waterloo Place Hotel is within easy walking distance from Princes Street to all the major sights of Edinburgh and only 300 meters to Calton Hill, the venue of the Beltane Fire Festival.
More about Edinburgh, Scotland
Edinburgh is well-known as a festival city.
In August, there are six major festivals alone.
The skyline is dominated by the world-famous Edinburgh Castle, which sits on its perch on Castle Rock looking down over the city.
This historic fortress offers a magnificent point to view Edinburgh and its surroundings.
Together the Medieval Old Town and the Georgian New Town form a World Heritage Site.
Both are wonderful places to stroll around and take in the architectural styles of the historical buildings.