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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.


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

We are pensioners who were disappointed, and sorry we booked advance t

We are pensioners who were disappointed, and sorry we booked tickets in advance. We tried on two touch screens, within the castle, to input the numbers you sent to me but these numbers were not recognised. However, we went into the information office and the staff there suggested they couldn't help me because I had booked through a third party and not through the castle. We decided to join a long queue and pay for admission to the castle. This did spoil our day because we had to pay for admission again...... I would not book tickets in advance again.

Edinburgh Castle Ticket Reviewed by Jean, 02/11/2018

Brilliant, enthusiastic guide made the trip interesting.

Lovely place to visit tje views are great before you even go into tje castle. The place has so much history and our guide, Richard, made sure we got to know it. He was very enthusiastic about the place and this helped bring the stories to life as he told them. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone visiting Edinburgh

More to see than you could ever imagine!

Full of history and a beautiful view. Lots of places to explore. Would definitely go again, ended up spending the whole day there!

Edinburgh Castle Ticket Reviewed by Charlotte, 12/31/2017

Exceptional experience, well worth the visit.

Definitely go early, as the crowds began to surge by midday. Also, two hours is a minimum alllowance - particularly if wanting to witness the one o'clock gun and have a coffee.

Edinburgh Castle Ticket Reviewed by Matthew, 12/29/2017

A breathtaking structure full of history.

An amazing way to learn about the history and culture in Edinburgh. The exhibits and staff are friendly and super helpful and informative. With great 365° views of the whole city, you can’t go to Edinburgh and not experience their famous castle!

Edinburgh Castle Ticket Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 12/29/2017

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