10 of the Most Instagram-Worthy Spots in Edinburgh

Edinburgh is an incredibly photogenic city. Between the striking castle, the beautiful Medieval and Georgian architecture, and the surrounding natural scenery, it’s difficult to put your camera away at all.

You’re guaranteed to find a photo opportunity around every corner, but these are a few of the most Instagram-worthy spots in Edinburgh.

Calton Hill

An easy walk up Calton Hill provides one of the best spots in the city to admire Edinburgh’s skyline, Arthur’s Seat, and a panoramic view of the Firth of Forth to the North. If you want to get even more of a bird’s eye view, head to the top of Nelson Monument.

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Victoria Street

Victoria Street offers a pop of colour amidst Edinburgh’s predominantly grey and ebony-hued architecture. There’s a mix of colourful shopfronts, blazoned with a spectrum of shades, from pastel pinks to vivid blues and striking reds.

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The Outsider

Visit The Outsider for its delicious Scottish-European fusion cuisine, and stay for the amazing views. Its back window provides an unobstructed view of the castle, towering above a smoky charcoal and rust-toned roofscape.

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The Royal Mile

The most touristed street in Edinburgh is full of fantastic photo opportunities. Towering tenement buildings stand alongside Gothic cathedrals, and winding streets give way to hidden closes and courtyards. The Hub, Canongate Tolbooth, and St Giles Cathedral are a few of many beautiful buildings to look out for along this thoroughfare.

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Arthur’s Seat

One of Edinburgh’s best peaceful escapes is Arthur’s Seat – an extinct volcano located in Holyrood Park. You can reach the peak in under an hour, and the summit provides a stunning 360-degree view of the castle, the city’s skyline, and the Pentland Hills.

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Princes Street Gardens

Princes St Gardens sits between Old Town and New Town, running from Waverley bridge to St John’s Church at the West End of Princes Street. Stroll through any area of the park and find a stunning view directly below the castle, perched on that craggy, volcanic rock.

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The Vennel

The Vennel is an alleyway that runs between the Grassmarket and Heriot Place, and it’s one of my favourite spots to photograph the castle – especially in the evening, when its illuminated facade contrasts against an inky sky.

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Circus Lane

Tucked away in the lovely neighbourhood of Stockbridge, Circus Lane is one of the most picturesque streets in Edinburgh. This small cobbled lane is lined with Georgian houses and apartments, the charming facades covered in blooming flowers and greenery.

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New College

New College looks like something straight out of Harry Potter. Established in 1843, it originally housed the Free Church of Scotland. Nowadays, it’s one of the University of Edinburgh campuses, and a renowned centre for post-graduate studies in Theology and Religious Studies.

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Advocates Close

There are dozens of closes stemming from The Royal Mile – some conceal secret gardens, and others lead into courtyards lined with historically significant buildings. They all offer great photo opportunities, but one of my absolute favourites is Advocates Close, which offers a glimpse of the Scott Monument in the distance.

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  1. says: Roger

    Edinburgh is too often ignored by European visitors and this post does a great job of highlighting some of the best spots! Such atmosphere, architecture, and history. I love the castle on the hill (and if you get to go to the Tattoo even better! I only managed to see it on tour in Basel, not quite the same thing).
    Great post

    1. Thanks, Roger! I agree that Edinburgh is definitely underrated, and I love the castle as well! I saw the Tattoo last summer and it was fantastic! I can imagine it must have been great in Basel as well 🙂

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