Edinburgh Castle: Skip-the-Line Guided Tour
- Skip the line
- Duration: 1.5 hours
If you're looking for picturesque, you'll love Edinburgh. The cityscape of the Scottish capital is a feast for the eyes, topped by the imposing Edinburgh Castle at its highest point. To get the best view of this beautiful city, head to these five points.
One of the oldest public parks in Scotland, Calton Hill is a local favorite. It's also an easy climb – in just five minutes, you'll be able enjoy the spectacular views.
This lovely, perfectly-maintained public garden offers a breathtaking view of the castle from below. Just head to the Ross Fountain to the West and look up, you'll be amazed.
A dormant volcano sitting 251m above sea level, Arthur's Seat offers a magnificent aerial view of the city and castle. Be sure to check out the historic fort there, too.
It may not be as famous as Calton Hill or Arthur's Seat, but Blackford Hill has views that are just as gorgeous. It's also home to the Royal Observatory, a favorite of astronomy lovers.
This view of the castle inspired George Gibson to paint the Emerald City from Wizard of Oz. Head to the corner of Bread Street and Spittal Street and behold: Emerald City!
For a view that you'll remember for the rest of your life, watch the sun set over Edinburgh Castle. The best spots for this are Arthur's Seat and Calton Hill, both located to the East of the city center. The deep-red sun, the colors in the sky, and the black silhouette of the castle come together in an absolutely magnificent panorama.
If you're lucky enough to be in Edinburgh when there are fireworks going off over Edinburgh Castle, for example on Hogmanay or at the end of the Edinburgh Festival, then make sure to head to one of these viewpoints to admire the show and snap some amazing photographs. Princes Street Gardens and Calton Hill are likely to be the most popular spots to watch the fireworks, so if you're looking for a less crowded experience, Blackford Hill and Arthur's Seat are better bets.
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Excellent value for money for 48 hour ticket with 3 attractions included. You can board 3 different bus routes, all of which are slightly different. Buses very frequent and really interesting commentary. Have been to Edinburgh several times before but really enjoyed finding out new facts and visiting different places. The Royal Britannia Yacht was our favourite visit; definitely worth seeing. Difficult to book entry to Castle currently due to Covid so booking via bus company was very helpful. Highly recommend, would definitely recommend. All staff very friendly and helpful.
Mason was a great guide. He provided very thorough and interesting stories as well as small fun facts. He gave a charismatic touch to the tour and you could understand him well!
Great value , the 3 tours took us everywhere we wanted to go so we saw all the sites during our short break whilst the tour guides were really informative...highly recommended.
Like Horrible Histories speeded up!! Loved it ! John even kept our fidgety 12 year old interested on the wettest coldest day ever!
Despite the weather we found the journeys informative and helpful.