Edinburgh is truly stunning!
It's so stunning that you need to get a picture in all of these Instagram spots!
Edinburgh; Capital of Scotland & Home to the world-famous Fringe Festival!
Despite having a relatively small population of 400’000, this beautiful wee city packs a cultural punch with a diverse and rich history as well as vibrant nightlife and events! In fact, Edinburgh plays host to over 1’000’000 tourists a week during the fringe (pre-covid) and brings in around 1 BILLION POUNDS TO THE CITY! Whether you are looking to spend a penny or are on a student budget, there is plenty to see and do for travellers of all kinds!
Don’t believe us? Why not see for yourself?!
1) CIRCUS LANE
- LOCATION CIRCUS LANE, EDINBURGH, EH3 6SU
To kick off this list we could think of no better spot than Circus Lane! A quiet muse, situated in the New Town area of Edinburgh, has become a tourist and local favourite for Instagram! These small quirky houses and beautifully kept frontages are just delightful and incredibly visually pleasing. While not an attraction in itself, this lane is situated incredibly close to Stockbridge market (every sunday), the Dean Village & entrance to the Water of Leith walkway and also nearby the modern art gallery of Scotland, so it’s perfectly situated to stop by on the way!
2) ARTHURS SEAT
- Location Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh EH16 5HX
The highest point in Edinburgh at a whopping 251 metres, the ever-popular Arthurs Seat is the remains of an ancient volcano! Thankfully no longer active, it’s a great place to hike and take in fabulous panoramic views of the city below. It’s also located just in front of the Scottish parliament building and Holyrood Palace, so you could tick all three off together! The best thing about Arthurs Seat however is that not only is it easy to climb but it’s FREE and open 24 hours, all year round!
3) WALTER SCOT MONUMENT
- LOCATION E. Princes St Gardens, Edinburgh EH2 2EJ
- ADMISSION £8 adult, £6 Student
The Scott Monument, the second-largest monument to a writer in the world! Not just an impressive building, however, as for a small fee you can actually climb the internal steps, to the three viewing platforms, for a stunning view of the city. The first tier also has a small interactive exhibit, that gives a biography of Sir Walter Scott, examples of his work and shines a light on other influential Scottish writers.
4) DEAN VILLAGE & WATER OF LEITH WALKWAY
- LOCATION Dean Path, Edinburgh EH4 3AY
World heritage site, the dean village is one of the prettiest parts of Edinburgh. It comprises the final part of the village of Leith walkway which connects two areas of the city! A favourite among locals and visitors alike, this gorgeous walkway, along the river of Leith provides a respite from the hustle and bustle of the city. It even has a modern art installation, by Anthony Gormly (A famous resident artist), of a slightly rude iron statue of a man that stands in the middle of the river. The statue is one of four, and you can see three more should you continue on the walkway all the way to Leith. Alternatively, you can exit the walkway at the national gallery of modern art and maybe even take in a Warhol or two.
5) VICTORIA STREET EDINBURGH
- LOCATION VICTORIA STREET, EDINBURGH, EH1 2HG
One for the Potter Heads! This quirky colourful street si believed to be the inspiration behind Diagon Alley in Harry Potter. Although the Shambles in York may try and challenge for this title, we think that it’s more likely that Victoria Street is the original inspiration as the author is an Edinburgh native! Either way, it makes for a magical background!