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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

It was a very excellent 2-day activity and worth every penny.

We enjoyed Edinburgh tremendously...a beautiful city so much history, beautiful buildings,plenty of shops, good restaurant, friendly people, brilliant transportations etc. So much to see and experience..we need to come back and explore more.....
Royal Edinburgh 2-Day Attractions Ticket Reviewed by Regina, 10/13/2016

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Royal Edinburgh 2-Day Attractions Ticket Reviewed by George, 10/13/2016

Amazing ! Definitely would recommend to anyone.

Fabulous way to see Edinburgh. Quick and easy. No queues. No hassle. Castle, Holyrood Palace and Britannia ship is all worth seeing.
Royal Edinburgh 2-Day Attractions Ticket Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 10/06/2016

Skip the line is really skip the line, wonderfull day, exciting castle

We could walk direktly into the castle, we didn't hae to stand in the line. It wasn't that much crowdy on this Friday, and we had a lot of exciting things to look at. It's really a "Must have" visit, this castle.
Edinburgh Castle Full-Day Skip-The-Line Ticket Reviewed by Stefanie, 09/25/2016

Time well spent. But Skipping the line did not work.

In a previous life I worked in the stables of this castle. It felt like home... But smelled better.
Edinburgh Castle Full-Day Skip-The-Line Ticket Reviewed by John, 09/15/2016

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