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Where is the Best View of Edinburgh?

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Posted on 30 Jan 2017


There are umpteen-million amazing things to do in Edinburgh. You can geek-out at unbelievable history, salivate over mouth-watering cuisine, and seek out culture at incredible arts festivals.

But if there's one thing that's utterly essential to any visit to Edinburgh, it's the epic city views. And luckily for you, you're never too far from a good view in this hilly city.

Nevertheless, you'll need to decide which one will be the best for you. So here's our guide to help you find the best views of Edinburgh.


1. Calton Hill

This spectacular view of Edinburgh can be found in the heart of the city centre, close to the east end of Princes Street.


2. Advocate's Close

This dreamy view can be spotted just off the Royal Mile - blink though and you'll miss it.


3. Edinburgh Castle

A must see attraction on any visit to Edinburgh - the views from the top are worth it alone!

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4. Blackford Hill

Situated a little outside the city centre, the short walk to the top offers great views looking back toward Edinburgh Castle.

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5. The Scott Monument

Watch your step! A climb to the top of the spiral staircase undeniably offers a stunning birds eye view of the town centre and beyond.

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6. Arthur's Seat

A hike to the top of Arthur's Seat is always worth it. You get a panoramic view and can see all the edges of the city.


7. Costorphine Hill

It's nice to get out of the city...

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8. Camera Obscura and World of Illusions

Up on the rooftops - Camera Obscura offers great views of Edinburgh Castle and Old Town.


9. Royal Mile

Simply standing at the top of the Royal Mile with its history laid out below you.


10. Princes Street Gardens

The pretty Princes Street Gardens are a great place to view Edinburgh's Old Town running eastward from the Castle.


11. Ross Fountain

This iconic Edinburgh Castle shot is taken from the Ross Fountain situated in the East end of Princes Street Gardens.

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12. Inverleith Park

Located just 20 minutes from the town centre - Inverleith Park is a great place to walk round (or run) and take in the beautiful city views.



If you're up for learning more about Edinburgh and seeing the city from a local's perspective, remember to check out our new Edinburgh City Tour.


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