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Top sights in Edinburgh
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
- When should I visit?
- Opening hours from 9:30AM - 6PM year-round, except for December 25th and 26th.
- Is it expensive?
- 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 information
- 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
Stephanie was fabulous. We learned that LittleFish tours is a young company that was started by friends and they are like family. What they have going works! Stephanie was passionate about her subject and delivered information with dramatic flare and humor that kept us engaged from beginning to end. I would recommend this tour to anyone and if walking is a problem, they can meet you at the castle so you can conserve your energy for the castle.
Angus, our guide, was born in Scotland and has also lived in Australia. He is an actor with theater training and he gave his tour with enthusiasm and a theatrical flair which made it really great! He knew all about the castle and shared many fun details. Highly recommend!
This is an inexpensive way to see Scotland's capital city, the commentary provided gives a good account of the city's history. These buses run every 15 minutes & with a hop on hop off service there,s plenty to see & do.
Ryan was the tour guild and he was very knowledgeable about the history of Scotland. He told the group lots of entertaining stories as well as how history and the stores all tied into the different areas of the castle.
Excellent tour full of humour along with interesting history. Steff has an easily understood Scottish accent making the 1 1/2 hours we spent with her even more authentic!!