Edinburgh's Best Places with Scenic Views


If there’s one advantage of Edinburgh being built next to a volcano, it’s that it affords breath-taking views of a city that is renowned for its spectacular skyline; fortunately, the volcano has been extinct for 340 million years, so today Arthur’s Seat is one of a number of fantastic viewpoints of one of the most distinctive cities in northern Europe. The urban sprawl is dominated by the foreboding outline of Edinburgh Castle, the harsh contrasts between the Old and New Towns and the dramatic Pentland Hills that lie to the south. Every vantage point offers a unique view across a stunning city that is a photographer’s dream.

Royal Yacht Britannia

Belhaven Bridge - Bridge to Nowhere

Craiglockhart Hill

Corstorphine Hill

Teuchter's Landing

City Observatory

Nelson Monument

Lauriston Castle

Duddingston Loch & Garden

Dr Neils Garden

Day Trip to Cramond Island

Craigmillar Castle

A floating afternoon tea on Edinburgh’s Union Canal

Ashley Terrace Boathouse

Star Gaze at the Royal Observatory

Walk up Blackford hill

Chance your luck for a window seat at the Outsider Restaurant

The Lookout by Gardener’s Cottage

Explore the Scott Monument

Climb the historic Vennel steps for and amazing view of the castle

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