The Ultimate Guide to Instagram Spots in Edinburgh

Dotted with historic landmarks, sprinkled with lush gardens, and teeming with charming narrow alleyways, Edinburgh is nothing short of an Instagrammer's paradise. Bursting with grandeur and history, this beautiful city offers a spectacular array of photo opportunities that will leave your followers swooning. And guess what? With Viewbound at your fingertips, exploring these Instagrammable gems just got a whole lot easier! So buckle up and let's embark on an exciting journey through the top 20 Instagram spots in Edinburgh that will paint your feed with shades of Scottish elegance.

Instagrammable Places in Edinburgh

1. Edinburgh Castle

Perched atop Castle Rock, Edinburgh Castle isn't just a significant Scottish landmark; it's a symbol of the city's turbulent history and timeless beauty. This grand fortress offers breathtaking views of Edinburgh's skyline, creating a perfect backdrop for an awe-inspiring Instagram snap. Don't forget to capture the castle from the Esplanade during sunset for a magical silhouette shot.

2. Royal Mile

Wandering down the Royal Mile is like stepping back in time. This historic stretch links the Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse and offers an endless array of photographic opportunities. Take a snapshot of the bustling street life, the cobbled paths, the centuries-old buildings, or pose against the backdrop of the charming shops that line this famous street.

3. Calton Hill

Calton Hill, located at the east end of Princes Street, is a photographer's dream. Its panoramic views of the city are second to none, and its monuments provide unique photo opportunities. Make sure to ascend at sunrise or sunset for the most captivating lighting.

The view from Calton Hill, Edinburgh
The view from Calton Hill, Edinburgh

4. Circus Lane

Tucked away in the Stockbridge neighborhood, Circus Lane is a picturesque gem. This charming street is adorned with quaint houses draped in beautiful blooms. Capture the whimsical vibe of this Lane for a dreamy Instagram post.

5. Dean Village

Dean Village, a peaceful oasis within the city, was once a bustling grain milling area. Today, it's a serene haven, perfect for snapping Instagram-worthy pictures of beautiful stone buildings reflected in the tranquil Water of Leith.

Dean village, edinburgh
Dean Village, Edinburgh

6. Arthur's Seat

This ancient volcano and hill located in Holyrood Park offers stunning panoramic views of the city. Hike up to the top for an exhilarating shot of Edinburgh's skyline. Don't forget to pose for a triumphant photo once you reach the summit!

7. Victoria Street

This curved and vibrant street in the heart of Old Town is an Instagram favorite. With its colourful shopfronts and distinctive architecture, you'll be able to capture a multitude of standout shots. For the best photo, stand on the upper part of the street, capturing the kaleidoscope of colours as the street curves down.

8. The Vennel

The Vennel may be a small lane off Grassmarket, but it offers one of the best views of Edinburgh Castle. This hidden gem is an ideal spot for a photo featuring the castle with historic stone buildings in the foreground.

The vennel with edinburgh castle behind on the hill
The Vennel, Edinburgh

9. St Giles' Cathedral

This stunning cathedral on the Royal Mile boasts beautiful stained glass windows and intricate stonework that make for fantastic interior and exterior shots. The Thistle Chapel, with its intricate carvings, is a must-capture for any Instagram feed.

10. Palace of Holyroodhouse

As the Queen's official residence in Scotland, the Palace of Holyroodhouse exudes grandeur. Its baroque facades, the atmospheric ruins of Holyrood Abbey, and the beautifully kept royal gardens are perfect for creating a regal Instagram post.

Holyroodhouse abbey ruin
Holyroodhouse Abbey, Edinburgh

11. Stockbridge Market

This vibrant Sunday market in Stockbridge is a hub for local produce, unique crafts, and delicious street food. Capture the lively atmosphere, colourful stalls, and mouthwatering food for a vibrant, slice-of-life shot.

12. The Shore, Leith

This waterfront area in Leith offers a completely different vibe, with its blend of historic and modern buildings, and an array of trendy pubs and restaurants. Capture the charm of The Shore with a shot of the buildings' reflection in the Water of Leith.

13. The Scott Monument

This Victorian Gothic monument dedicated to Sir Walter Scott is a standout feature on Princes Street. The intricate design of the monument itself and the view from the top create incredible photo opportunities. Capture it against the backdrop of a sunset for an even more dramatic effect.

14. Museum of Edinburgh

This bright yellow, 16th-century building, located on Canongate, is sure to make your photos pop. Don't miss the opportunity to photograph the museum’s charming courtyard. The building's historic charm adds a distinct character to your Instagram feed.

15. Princes Street Gardens

Situated in the heart of the city, Princes Street Gardens is a picturesque haven that's home to stunning floral displays and a beautiful view of Edinburgh Castle. Visit in spring to capture the cherry blossoms in bloom, or in winter for a breathtaking snowy scene.

16. The Royal Botanic Garden

The Royal Botanic Garden, with its spectacular landscapes and exotic plants, offers endless possibilities for nature-infused Instagram shots. Don't miss the Victorian Palm House and the enchanting Chinese Hillside.

lit up window in The Royal Botanic Garden, edinburgh
The Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

17. Mary King’s Close

Beneath the bustling Royal Mile lies Mary King’s Close, a hidden underground street frozen in time. Its eerie charm and centuries-old tales make for unique, atmospheric photos. Remember, you'll need to join a guided tour to access this historic close.

18. Scottish National Gallery

This neoclassical building on the Mound houses an impressive collection of fine art. But you don't have to be an art lover to appreciate its photographic potential. The gallery's exterior, interior, and even the view from its windows offer fantastic photo opportunities.

19. Grassmarket

Set directly below Edinburgh Castle, Grassmarket is a lively area known for its historic tenements and unique shops. Its colourful buildings and lively atmosphere make it the perfect setting for a vibrant street shot.

 Grassmarket edinburgh
Grassmarket, Edinburgh

20. Portobello Beach

A short journey from the city centre takes you to Portobello Beach, Edinburgh's seaside retreat. The sandy beach, the promenade, and the sea itself make for great seaside photos. Visit on a sunny day for the best shots.

Instagrammable Edinburgh: An Overview

Edinburgh is a city like no other, an Instagram wonderland that blends ancient charm, cultural richness, and breathtaking natural beauty in one irresistible package. With Viewbound in your pocket, you've got a reliable guide that takes you straight to these Instagrammable spots in Edinburgh. Whether it's the majestic Edinburgh Castle, the vibrant Victoria Street, or the panoramic views from Arthur's Seat, let your Instagram feed reflect the sheer beauty and charisma of Scotland's heart.

So, get started with Viewbound, let your Instagram journey begin, and fall in love with Edinburgh, one snapshot at a time. Remember, while you're capturing the city’s allure in square frames, don't forget to immerse yourself in the Scottish vibes, soak in the moments, and create memories that last a lifetime.

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