PHOTOS – Edinburgh takes a deep breath ahead of the main Festival season

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.

Assembly Hall at The Mound

The Olympic rings at The Mound

Posters galore around town

Just the Tonic takes over The Tron bar

The Festival Theatre, venue to the Edinburgh International Festival

Assembly Roxy

Fringe Central

The build at Potterrow - BBC

The Gilded Balloon signs are up

Assembly at George Square (already open for the Jazz Festival)

The Udderbelly being built

No C Soco Urban Garden this year, hotel construction underway

But C Venues still has its full presence

Spotlites at Merchant Hall

The Floral Clock has an Olympic theme

The Pleasance build underway

The Fringe shop on the High Street

Street performers on the Royal Mile

The Book Festival build is underway at Charlotte Square

New for 2012 - The Assembly Rooms Fringe

George Street emptied to make room for the Famous Spiegeltent

The best way to get around Edinburgh during August is by foot. So many road closures due to tram works etc

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