Festival guide helps tourists pronounce landmarks

There's no need for visitors to be glum-faced as they ask for directions. Picture: Ian Rutherford

There's no need for visitors to be glum-faced as they ask for directions. Picture: Ian Rutherford

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CONFUSED tourists will no longer be left red-faced as they seek directions around the Old Town after a new survival guide to the Festival was published.

It includes much-needed pronunciation tips, designed to stop locals bursting into fits of giggles when asked to help visitors find the likes of Cockburn Street. The list also offers pronunciation help with Broughton and even Edinburgh itself. The Edinburgh Festival Survival Guide, which can be downloaded from the VisitScotland website, also offers advice on acts and performances to suit all tastes with thousands of shows on offer over July and August.

It is the organisation’s first handbook of its kind, detailing a selection of highlights from this summer’s events, plus insider hints and tips to make the most of the world’s festival city.

Tips within its 60 pages include advice on looking out for trams when crossing roads, starting the day early to snap up the best tickets and bringing a bag for all the flyers.

It also offers advice on where to eat, the history of the festivals, recommended LGBT bars and the top ten most visited attractions.

VisitScotland chief executive Malcolm Roughead said the organisation wanted to “help people make the most of their time in Edinburgh” when it is “absolutely buzzing”.

He said: “As Scotland welcomes the world this year for the XX Commonwealth Games, 970 Homecoming events and the Ryder Cup, I would highly recommend taking the time to explore the city and find out why the Edinburgh Festivals enjoy such incredible global recognition.”

But comedian and Evening News columnist Susan Morrison is worried a crucial source of joy for locals will be taken away.

“I think it’s another disappointing thing because it’s part of the fun of the Festival and about the only recompense for residents with people trying not to say Cockburn,” she joked.

“I will start a Keep Cockburn Campaign though if this goes any further.”

• www.visitscotland.com/see-do/events/edinburgh-festivals-survival-guide

NOT AS MUCH OF A TONGUE TWISTER AS YOU FEARED

Edinburgh: Ed-n-buh-ruh

Leith: Lee-th

Holyrood: Holly-rood

Lauriston: Lor-is-ton

Princes Street: Often mispronounced as ‘Princess Street’, this busy thoroughfare was actually named after the reigning King George’s sons, aka the Princes

Cockburn Street:

Co-burn Street

Broughton Street: Braw-ton Street

Cheyne Street: Cheen Street