People enjoy Spring weather in the Meadows, Edinburgh. Picture: Ian Georgeson

9 things everyone in Edinburgh should do before they die

We round up a list of nine things everyone in Edinburgh should do before they die.

From the Beltane Fire Festival to shopping on Victoria Street, make sure you tick these nine things off your list.

The Beltane Fire Festival takes place every year on Calton Hill to mark the arrival of spring, with its origins in the pre-Christian Scottish festival of the same name, which is derived for a Gaelic-Celtic word meaning 'sacred fire'. Back then, everyone in the community would put out their fires and a new, symbolic sacred fire would be lit by the village head from which the inhabitants would relight their home fires before dancing clockwise around them to ensure good things ahead for their families.

5. Join in at the Beltane Fire Festival

The Beltane Fire Festival takes place every year on Calton Hill to mark the arrival of spring, with its origins in the pre-Christian Scottish festival of the same name, which is derived for a Gaelic-Celtic word meaning 'sacred fire'. Back then, everyone in the community would put out their fires and a new, symbolic sacred fire would be lit by the village head from which the inhabitants would relight their home fires before dancing clockwise around them to ensure good things ahead for their families.
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Enjoy the Meadows in Spring when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom, but best in summer when it's warm enough to lose a whole day there.

6. Head to the Meadows in Spring

Enjoy the Meadows in Spring when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom, but best in summer when it's warm enough to lose a whole day there.
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Dive off the top board at the Commonwealth, a vertigo-inducing 10 metres ' then you can say you've done it, and need never do it again.

7. Go diving at the Commie

Dive off the top board at the Commonwealth, a vertigo-inducing 10 metres ' then you can say you've done it, and need never do it again.
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The Penguin Parade at Edinburgh Zoo is a much-loved institution, and if you're in need of a smile, one that takes some beating ' there's something about the little tuxedo-ed participants that never fails to raise one.

8. Enjoy the Penguin Parade at Edinburgh Zoo

The Penguin Parade at Edinburgh Zoo is a much-loved institution, and if you're in need of a smile, one that takes some beating ' there's something about the little tuxedo-ed participants that never fails to raise one.
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