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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.

Fireworks

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 an interesting and amazing visit.

The audio guide was full of interesting information, the rooms are amazing as much as the outdoors sites and in the shops you can get beautiful souvenirs. It's highly recommended!

Edinburgh Castle Full-Day Skip-The-Line Ticket Reviewed by Paola, 01/27/2017

Really enjoyed the tour, very entertaining, well worth visiting

Absolutely love Edinburgh & hope to visit again sometime in the future, so much to see and do, we were only there for 3 nights so we couldn't do everything, loved the Christmas Market too

Comedy Horror Show: Edinburgh Ghost Bus Tour Reviewed by David, 01/23/2017

Educational in a historical aspect. Breathtaking in a visual aspect.

Experiencing the castle in its stunning location and absorbing what when on there I felt the family ties that seemingly carved out our reality that we live among now. It was humbling, stunning, enthralling yet with a feel of sadness when I found out the tortured soul life of Mary The Queen of Scots.

Edinburgh Castle Full-Day Skip-The-Line Ticket Reviewed by George, 01/15/2017

Edinburgh Castle visit great--voucher???

Enjoyed our visit with voucher from GYG. The only problem is that it did not save time.

Edinburgh Castle Full-Day Skip-The-Line Ticket Reviewed by Sharon, 01/04/2017

It had been great experience to visit three amazing sites

The tour was so handy,just jump on the bus and see all the beautiful buildings on the way to the sites. Highly recommend to family,it just make life much easier rather than queuing for entrance tickets.

Royal Edinburgh 2-Day Attractions Ticket Reviewed by Weina, 12/21/2016

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