YOU don't have to be in the Ross Bandstand to get the best views of the Virgin Money Fireworks Concert on Monday evening, in fact, there are vantage points all around the city that offer better views and won't cost you a penny.
For those of a more active and adventurous disposition, head to Holyrood Park and make the fairly steep climb up to Salisbury Crags (151ft) or even to the top of Arthur’s Seat (823ft). You may want to take care climbing to the top in places, especially in the dark once the bright lights of the fireworks have subsided (bring a torch).
On the south side the fireworks can be seen clearly from Bruntsfield Links, in particular from the higher ground in front of Warrender Park Terrace. With a number of upmarket pubs and restaurants within walking distance, this could be a very smart choice for anyone wanting to get fed and watered before the show begins.
Leithers and those staying in the east of the city may prefer a jaunty stroll up Calton Hill where the fireworks can be enjoyed for free with a quick and easy walk home after the dust has settled. Whilst the walk up to the top is short, it is fairly steep.
Not everyone wants to venture into the city centre and brave the crowds. Luckily, Inverleith Park provides a perfectly framed ‘widescreen’ view of the castle in the pleasant environs of playing fields, a duck pond and its surrounding allotments. There will even be an official family viewing area with extra entertainment.
Princes Street Gardens
There are no longer tickets available to view the concert from The Ross Theatre in Princes Street Gardens, but standard Princes Street Gardens tickets and Priority Entry can be bought via the Edinburgh International Festival website, and you can even bring your own deck chair if the thought of standing doesn’t appeal.
Virgin Money Fireworks Concert, Princes St Gardens, Monday, 9pm, £15-£32, eif.co.uk/virginmoneyfireworks