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Beltane in Scotland

By David Leary

Beltane is based on a traditional pagan fertility festival of the same name, held to welcome the arrival of spring. It was revived in Edinburgh in 1988, and was set to be held on Arthur’s Seat – the site of the original Edinburgh pagan celebrations – but was moved to Calton Hill for practical purposes.

The Beltane Fire Society has run it on a voluntary basis ever since. Producer Tom Watton said this year the event would be visible from far and wide. “For Beltane itself, we’re going to increase the amount of fire we’re having on the hill,” he said. “There will be fire sculptures, as well as installations.

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