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Yes, Coachella and FPSF are both over. But that’s okay, there’s something else on the horizon: Scotland's own Fringe festival. From August 7–31, Edinburgh will be hosting the annual arts expo, which boasts the largest audiences in the world, with an impressive 49,497 performances in 2014 alone. Fringe is a cultural experience, with music, theater, comedy, opera, spoken word and visual art exhibitions all month long. This year’s lineup can be found here. There will be something for everyone to enjoy, guaranteed.

Fringe isn’t the only attraction, either. Summer here is akin to fall and winter for Houstonians, so the northern highlands make for a perfect getaway. Staying at the Sheep Heid Inn is a treat. As one of Edinburgh’s oldest establishments, it’s been hosting visitors since 1360 (yes, you read that right). Both inn and restaurant, it boasts a seasonal menu of delectable treats. Pork belly and seared scallops, duck confit, venison filet and more are all on the dinner menu. If you can’t stay here, then be sure to snag reservations for a night at the gourmet pub.

A visit Edinburgh Castle is a requirement. After exploring the thousand-year-old Ancient Stronghold, Home of Royalty and Army Headquarters, you’ll probably experience a strong urge to buy a kilt. Then, if you need a break from the hubbub of the city, make the trek to Fingal’s Cave. Located off of Staffa Island, and only accessible by touring boat, these caverns are made entirely or hexagonal pillars of natural basalt deposits. Centuries of erosion have worn down the terrain and created a spectacle of nature found nowhere else on earth. Experience the fresh ocean breezes and spot some wild puffins on your own personal intermission from Fringe, then head back for more.

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