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Find the Best View of Edinburgh Castle

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.

Calton Hill

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.

Princes Street Gardens

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.

Arthur's Seat

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.

Photo: Tai Kedzierski @flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Blackford Hill

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.

Dorothy's Eye View

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!

Edinburgh Castle: Our Tips

Sunset over Edinburgh Castle

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.

Fireworks

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.

Good to Know

  • When to visit
    Opening hours from 9:30AM - 6PM year-round, except for December 25th and 26th.
  • What is the price?
    Free to look at from the outside, £17 for adult entry.
  • Will I need a guide?
    Only if you want one.
  • How to get there
    Hop-on-hop-off buses stop at the Castle. You can make your own way by taking bus 24 to Waverly Bridge and walking.
  • Additional tips
    • It never hurts to carry an umbrella when in Scotland!
    • Since you'll be climbing hills, good walking shoes are a must.

What People Are Saying About Edinburgh Castle

A great way to get acquainted with the city, pick out return spots.

Really like the hop on hop off bus system so you can get a view of the whole city and choose what to concentrate on. The Glasgow recording was much better than this one, however. I was confused quite a few times as to where I should be looking for the building that was being talked about and several times never found it in Edinburgh.

24-Hour Edinburgh Hop-on Hop-off Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 08/07/2017

Very interesting and our guide was very informative and nice.

So much to see and the 25 minute guided tour was very helpful and informative. Got in quickly with the fast track ticket - worth it!

Edinburgh Castle Ticket Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 08/07/2017

Obviously very crowded. Did not join queues because life is to short.

Maybe the most popular exhibitions need to be redesigned to allow faster flow or even introduce timed ticketing? Would like to have seen more about King Oswald who was after all sheltered and educated in the Kingdom of Dalraida.

Edinburgh Castle Ticket Reviewed by Thomas, 08/07/2017

An amazing experience. I could take my time using the headphones.

I booked on line with my cell when I got to Edinburgh Castle. I was issued with a code which I used to give me access the castle. I had a bit of a hiccup at first as the email on my phone was not the one I gave for the ticket purchase. However after calling your office they changed the email and I received the code on. The person I dealt with was very helpful and friendly. It only took her a couple of minutes. many thanks.

Edinburgh Castle Ticket Reviewed by Noreen, 08/04/2017

Everyone visiting Edinburgh should get this

So easy-to-use we visited castle one day, then the royal yacht Britannia and holyrood palace the second day, no queuing for tickets at each attraction just walk straight in, plus seeing and learning about the history of all the city as you are travelling on the bus, giving you more ideas for sites to visit.

Royal Edinburgh 2-Day Attractions Ticket Reviewed by Lee, 08/04/2017

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