Every year at this time, we always like to imagine Edinburgh taking a deep breath.
Although the city is filled with tourists and all the year-round attractions are enjoying the height of the summer season, one thing is waiting in the wings. The Fringe.
Work has begun all round the city centre as venues are prepared: permanent ones like Teviot, donning its Gilded Balloon mantle for another August season and the neighbouring Udderbelly.
But nowhere is that deep breath more palpably felt than on the Royal Mile itself. At the moment, it is quiet (relatively, of course). But in just under a week, it will be a riot of colour, energy and enthusiasm as Edinburgh once again opens its arms to the one and only Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
If it’s your first time in Edinburgh in August – you can read our article on what to expect when you get here.
We took a wander round town today to get a taste of things to come ourselves – browse the photos below.