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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

very good got to see all i wanted on the 48 hour grand tour bus pass

very good would use again, got to see all i wanted, on the 48 hour grand tour bus pass

Hard to find the place to pick up the ticket

When we saw the line to the ticket booth we were very happy to have used this service. However, it took long time to figure out the location where to pick up the tickets, so it was a little less efficient than it could have been.

Edinburgh Castle Full-Day Skip-The-Line Ticket Reviewed by Marcel, 11/06/2016

Plenty to see and enjoyed the whiskeys tasting. Great day

We had a great time at Edinburgh Castle, lots to see and place is very well run. We were there for the 1o'clock gun which was fantastic...

Edinburgh Castle Full-Day Skip-The-Line Ticket Reviewed by Agnes, 11/06/2016

Ross was a wonderful guide with very clear diction ; it was excellent

I hopped on and off several times and enjoyed it- each time the live commentary added a different bit of information and Ross was such a clear speaker with a lovely personality; very good value for money. Managed to chose 3different venues to visit as the brochure very clearly said what was where.

24-Hour Edinburgh Hop-on Hop-off Tour Reviewed by Noreen, 11/01/2016

Scottish history displayed in imposing hilltop castle fortress

Fabulous tour of castle made possible by mobility car service from esplanade to top and to other locations in the complex that I requested to tour. Walked thru Royal Apartments, crown jewels, St. Margaret's Chapel, Museums, and then one o'clock gun. Excellent informed staff added to experience. Fun and educational visit. Recommend.

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