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With more than 2500 shows over 25 days, ranging from cutting edge theatre to comedy and literary events, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe is a vast beast.

 Such is the sheer scale of the event even the most committed arts junkie will need a breather at some stage. Thankfully, Scotland’s capital offers plenty in the way of distraction from the noise and fury of the world’s largest arts jamboree. 

Jupiter Artland

Located just to the west of Edinburgh in the grounds of Bonnington House, this outdoor sculpture park has proved a hit with art lovers since opening at the end of 2009. Key to its success has been the pedigree of the sculptors and land artists who have worked on-site to produce specially commissioned works.

Big names who have exhibited here include Turner Prize nominees Nathan Coley and Jim Lambie as well as other notables such as Anish Kapoor, Anthony Gormley and Andy Goldsworthy. A highlight of the current season is US artist Sam Durant’s Scaffold, an eco-friendly climbing frame inspired by America’s history of capital punishment. The park is only open Thursday to Sunday, so make sure to plan your visit. Entrance £8.50pp.


Jazz cruises

Cynics might argue that the mournful end of the jazz oeuvre is a more suitable soundtrack to the Scottish summer than the more uplifting elements of the genre. Nevertheless, if you are fortunate enough to get a sunny Friday evening during August (there are some), it pays to make your way to South Queensferry and embark on one of the legendary jazz cruises on the Firth of Forth estuary.

The seasoned band aboard the Maid Of The Forth provides a lively accompaniment to the setting sun as the boat putters its way under the Forth Bridge and past charming islands such as Inchcolm. For those who prefer banjo to upright bass, there are also folk music cruises featuring top Scottish band Pure Malt. Three-hour cruise £17pp.



Beyond Edinburgh Fringe: Things to see and do in Scotland's capital outside the comedy festival
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