17 scorching images from the Beltane Fire Festival
Feast your eyes on Edinburgh's annual body-painted, flame-throwing, nigh-on naked ancient spring celebration
By Niki Boyle|
Every year on April 30, the Beltane Fire Society descend upon Edinburgh's Calton Hill to re-enact the ancient Gaelic ceremony of Beltane, signalling the death of winter and the beginning of spring. It's a breathtaking spectacle of music, theatrics, dance, body paint, pyrotechnics and smattering of nudity - if you don't believe us, check out the picture gallery capturing some of Beltane's highlights over the past seven years.