Edinburgh Festival Fireworks Finale

The annual Edinburgh Festival fireworks finale concludes the epic Edinburgh festival season – which includes the world renowned Fringe Festival. The majority of festivals take place in August, and the Fringe festival has been a mainstay of Edinburgh since 1947.

The phenomenal fireworks display is accompanied by live music, in sync with the fireworks. This year the Estonian conductor Kristiina Poska lead the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and hosted a  45 minutes of a visual and musical feast.

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Edinburgh Castle is the backdrop for the fireworks display. Thousands line the streets around the castle and vantage points across the city are packed with revellers.

Edinburgh Festival Fireworks – August 2016 from Conor Dwyer on Vimeo.

I managed to get some pretty good snaps of the fireworks, so thought I’d share them with the world! Have you been to Edinburgh for the festival, and did you get to see the fireworks?

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Over 400,000 fireworks – four tonnes worth – lit up the Edinburgh skyline.

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This year over 250,000 people were expected to watch the fireworks, which last an incredible 45 minutes. It is a fitting finale to the craziness of the Festival season

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The accompanying orchestra music is broadcast live on radio, allowing viewers to tune in and listen in. This years conductor was called up last minute and managed to write the entire score in two days!

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The colour and variety of fireworks is phenomenal, resulting in a stunning performance that puts Edinburgh up there with the New Year displays Sydney, Dubai and London.

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Edinburgh castle plays host to the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, taking place since 1947. There is a nightly fireworks display for the 3 week duration of the festival, however it’s nowhere near as colossal as the final show.

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Luckily, we were able to avoid the crowded streets, and instead crowded around our bathroom window! A perfect view of the fireworks and the castle

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The Hogmanay festival, at New Years, plays host to the second largest fireworks in Edinburgh. The city centre is closed off for a massive street party – one of the biggest New Year celebrations in the world.

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Once the fireworks end, it’s a sign that the Festival season is over and the city is returning to normality. There’s a sense of desolation around the city once the festival ends. Hundreds of pop up bars, cafes and venues shut down and the chaotic crowds of tourists vanish…. which is a good thing!


Are you a fireworks fan? What’s the biggest and best display you’ve ever seen? I’ve love to know!

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