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Top sights in Edinburgh
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.
- When should I visit?Opening hours from 9:30AM - 6PM year-round, except for December 25th and 26th.
- Is it expensive?Free to look at from the outside, £17 for adult entry.
- Will I need a guide?Only if you want one.
- How to get thereHop-on-hop-off buses stop at the Castle. You can make your own way by taking bus 24 to Waverly Bridge and walking.
- Additional information
- 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
Extremely busy when we were there, it was a good idea to have the timed tickets or standing in the long line would have wasted a lot of time. I highly recommend getting tickets online before going. We also walked down to Holyrood Palace and it wasn't nearly as crowded but was well worth visiting.
Got our ticket codes as soon as we booked it. Easy to use and quick entrance to the castle no need to stand in a long queue. Great saving. We got discount too for the car park next to the castle (Castle Terrace Car Park)£10 for up to 12 hours stay so bargain. We spent in the castle 5 hours walking around and fact finding. Audio guide great thing. Our 7 year old wasn’t moaning at all and she is the impatient one. Great day, good weather, wonderful experience :-)
Thank you Richard for the walk and you insights in Edinburghs history, geography and gastronomic. We tried the food and the Last Drop today and it was very very good - especially the chocolate brownie at the end. One of the best I have had - and none of them was ever in a pub. Many thanks again.
Our tour guide Angus was enthusiastic and vibrantly expressive when detailing to our group the history of Edinburgh Castle. I’d visited the Castle many years before but learned even more about it this time through Angus’s wealth of knowledge. He made everyone in our group feel most welcome & was happy to answer questions and even took some photos of my family with my camera for us. Angus is a credit to Get Your Guide and a valuable asset to your company. Well done Angus!
It was an excellent experience and idea to buy this pack from getyourguide. If I come back to scotland I would buy it again definitely! I also have recommended to friends already! No regrets!