Post-25 December the fun really begins with Hogmanay.

In Edinburgh, celebrations begin on 30 December with a torchlit procession, escalate on 31 December with a citywide street party complete with DJs, live bands and midnight fireworks, and wind down with the Loony Dook on New Year’s Day – a chance for insane people to don fancy dress and jump into the freezing River Forth.

And from 29 July to 29 October 2017 a new art exhibition, Plant Scenery of the World, brings together established and emerging artists as part of the Edinburgh Art Festival.

Entry to the garden is free, glasshouse admittance costs £6.50.

Edinburgh has no shortage of wonderful places to eat.

Locals’ favourite The Outsider (theoutsiderrestaurant.com) is the perfect place to grab a spot of lunch.

Swing by the Scottish National Gallery (nationalgalleries.org) and the Royal Scottish Academy (royalscottishacademy.org), housed in neighbouring buildings by Waverley Station.

The National Gallery is home to masterpieces by Botticelli, Raphael, Titian, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Constable, Turner, Monet, Van Gogh and Gauguin, while the adjoining Academy features a variety of temporary exhibitions.Captivating at any time, Edinburgh is especially winsome in summer and winter.Summer brings with it the world-famous Fringe Festival (edfringe.com), with performances ranging from the mainstream to the far out.From dinosaurs to design, the museum boasts hundreds of objects spanning thousands of years and originating from countries across the globe.If heading there this summer, kick your visit up a notch with the Museum After Hours: Friday Fringe Takeover sessions.There’s a huge amount to see and do – the Scottish Heath Garden is a recreation of the Scottish highlands, the Rock Garden is home to over 5,000 alpine plants and the 165m-long Herbaceous Border is backed by a century-old beech hedge.