Scottish International Storytelling Festival 2014
What’s it all about?
The Scottish International Storytelling Festival has been running since 1989 – 2014 is the 25th Festival and has been justly termed “The World’s Finest Feast of Traditional Storytelling”.Once Upon a Place looks at the living environment around us, expressed through story and celebrates common humanity with tales and songs that connect across the continents in a 10-day feast of storytelling ceilidhs, talks, landscape tours and specially commissioned performances. The festival brings Edinburgh to life as a city of story and radiates storytelling out from the capital across the country with the Festival on Tour strand, with events in Orkney, Fife, Aberdeenshire, Glasgow and further afield.
There are events to suit all ages and abilities, with a range of workshops, performances, talks and lectures. The event is ideal for families as there are lots of stories, arts and crafts activities planned for children. This year marks the 10th anniversary of Edinburgh’s designation as the world’s first UNESCO City of Literature with celebrations of Edinburgh storytellers – Sir Walter Scott in the 200th anniversary of his first Waverley novel, Robert Louis Stevenson and raconteur extraordinaire of the Old Town, John Fee.
What else to see ?
If you are planning to head to Scotland just for the festival then you will not be short on things to do but as it is such a beautiful country it would be a shame not to see more of it. In Edinburgh itself, children will love visits to the famous Edinburgh Castle and city zoo and adults will love visits to one of the city’s many theaters and comedy clubs. Further afield, a stay at one of the Loch’s will offer a relaxing break before the busy holiday season. There is an abundance of good quality restaurants in Edinburgh, including Tom Kitchin’s Michelin star restaurant and one of the best Indian restaurants in the UK, Mithas. You will also want to try some traditional Scottish haggis and of course a wee dram of whiskey or two!
How to Reach
Most of the storytelling events take place in Edinburgh, so this will be a great place to base yourself. If you are coming from London, a drive will take over 7 hours, so you may want to think about taking the train from Euston, which will take just on 4 hours. If you want to go further afield to see different events, Edinburgh has a very good rail network to help you get from A to B.
Where to Stay
Hotels in Edinburgh can be a little pricy and are often booked up way in advance of major events, so make sure you book early. Top city center choices are The Chester Residence, for those wanting to splash out on a little luxury. For a more modest budget Fountain Court-Stewart Apartments offer great comfort. There are many B&B’s to be found in and around the city and for those travelling to other cities for events, it may be nice to enjoy a traditional log cabin out in the woods.