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The best places to see the fireworks this bonfire night

ByRebecca Izzard

Nov 1, 2016

Bonfire Night is approaching and it is a big deal here in Edinburgh, so you don’t want to miss out on seeing the fireworks from wherever you are in the city. If you’re a big fan of Bonfire Night celebrations, you’re in luck this year. Edinburgh has plenty going on, even before the big night, with the Samhuinn Fire Festival on October 31.

The city’s official firework display is taking place, as usual, at Meadowbank Stadium. With tickets at a very reasonable £7, this is always a firm favourite. This year’s theme is sci-fi so recycle those Halloween costumes, and go as your favourite character.

Being so close to fireworks, the noise can be a bit much for little ears. So for those who want to be a little further away from the sparks, a trek up Calton Hill – or any of the hills in Edinburgh for that matter – is a great way to see the fireworks light up the sky.

Calton Hill is a personal recommendation. As so many people opt for this location the atmosphere is always amazing; just make sure you’re standing in the right place and watch out for ‘unofficial’ displays being set off right next to you.

If you’re feeling extra brave, you could risk a climb up Arthur’s Seat, but this is not always advised as you can’t always see the display and it can be a tricky climb – especially in the dark.

This year, a Bonfire  Night picnic alongside a viewing of the fireworks has been organised in the Meadows by eXchange360, so pop along for a winter barbecue and enjoy the display from there.

Another potential viewing place is Holyrood Park, where you can enjoy the fireworks without the effort of climbing any hills; this is a good option to ensure a decent view of both official and unofficial displays. You can also head to the Bruntsfield Links to catch a glimpse of the fireworks without having to venture too far out.

What can be promised is that the sky will be alight with fireworks this November 5, and as long as you leave your abode, you’re likely to get a view of at least some of them.

Image: William Pollard via Flickr

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