Destinations,  Instagram-Spots,  Scotland

Edinburgh – Instagram guide: my top 10 spots


Hello everyone and welcome back to the Instagram-spots section!

It’s time to bring you to one of the most Instagrammable cities not only in Europe, but probably in the whole world. I’m talking about Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland! This city has been on my bucket list since a very long time and it didn’t only meet my expectations, it’s gone far beyond them.

Since the whole city is a true gem for every kind of photographer, it’s been quite difficult to choose between the wide range of photogenic spots this city has to offer. This is a personal selection of Insta-worthy spots, but there are many others that are not listed here, so why don’t you book a trip to discover them yourself?

Let’s find out what I’m talking about and why I sound so excited about this city!

You can check all of my pictures from Edinburgh on my Instagram feed. 



Without further ado, here it is my list of top 10 instagrammable spots in Edinburgh (with tips):


1) Victoria street.



  • Location: Victoria Street (you can both arrive from George IV Bridge or Grassmarket).
  • Tip: There are usually a lot of parked cars in Victoria Street, try to change your angle in order to hide them (a bit of luck is also needed). From Royal Mile or George IV Bridge you can also walk on a terrace to take a picture of Victoria Street from above (second photo). The first Sunday of every month Victoria Street is closed from cars and vans, so this is the perfect day to get good photos.
  • Best time to go: Sunrise (Crowd level: high)



2) Divinity College.



  • Location: School of Divinity, New college, University of Edinburgh (Google maps: Mound Pl, Edinburgh EH1 2LX, United Kingdom).
  • Tip: The first picture is taken from the top of the stairs that lead to the wooden doors you can see in the second picture. The first picture is taken from the entrance gate, but if you want to center the cathedral between the two turrets, you need to move left and adjust the perspective.
  • Best time to go: Sunrise-morning (Crowd level: medium).



3) The Vennel.



  • Location: The Vennel viewpoint (Google maps: 11, 1 Vennel, Edinburgh EH1 2HU, United Kingdom).
  • Tip: To capture the best perspective of the castle, climb the stairs until the top, then move right; give some space to the lamppost to add a scenic element. 
  • Best time to go: Sunset (Crowd level: low)



4) Dean Village.



  • Location: Dean Village (Google maps: Dean Path, Edinburgh EH4 3AY, United Kingdom).
  • Tip: My favorite points of view are: the riverside, the bridge between Dean Path and Bells Brae, Hawthornbank Lane and Dean court (remember to pay respect when you enter Dean court, it’s a private residence).
  • Best time to go: Morning or at sunset (Crowd level: medium).



5) Writer’s museum.



  • Location: Writer’s museum (Google maps: Lawnmarket, Lady Stair’s Cl, Edinburgh EH1 2PA, United Kingdom).
  • Tip: Enter Makars’ Court and walk to the opposite side of Writer’s museum, here you have the best perspective of the building.
  • Best time to go: Morning or late evening (Crowd level: low).



6) Cockburn street.



  • Location: Cockburn street (you can both arrive from Market street or Royal Mile).
  • Tip: Just like Victoria Street, Cockburn street is usually full of parked cars. The positive thing is how curvy this street is, so curves will help you hiding cars if you arrive here in a low-traffic moment.
  • Best time to go: Sunrise (Crowd level: high).



7) Calton Hill.



  • Location: Calton Hill (there are several paths to reach the top of the hill: choose a side to start the climb and you’ll be at the top of the hill in less than 10 minutes).
  • Tip: Climb the hill until you arrive at the Old Observatory House, here you have the best panoramic view of the city. Put Dugald Stewart Monument in the foreground and the whole skyline of Edinburgh in the background.
  • Best time to go: Sunrise-sunset (Crowd level: high).



8) Circus Lane.



  • Location: Circus Lane (you can both arrive from St. Vincent street or North West Circus Place).
  • Tip: Try to center St Stephen’s bell tower in the middle of Circus Lane to add a bit of verticality to the picture.
  • Best time to go: Morning (Crowd level: low).



9) John Knox house.



  • Location: John Knox house (Google maps: High St, Edinburgh EH1 1SR, United Kingdom or simply walk Royal Mile).
  • Tip: Cars can’t be parked in front of John Knox house, so all you have to do is walk the Royal Mile and find an angle that allow you to capture both sides of the building (If you don’t want people to be in your picture, be patient, Royal Mile can get quite busy during the day).
  • Best time to go: Sunrise – early morning (Crowd level: high).



10) Ramsay garden.



  • Location: Ramsay Garden, half way through School of Divinity and Edinburgh Castle.
  • Tip: As you can see in the picture, the curve of this street will help you giving a sense of movement, so remember to keep the right distance between you and the buildings.
  • Best time to go: Morning or late evening (Crowd level: low).



That’s the end, I do hope this tips will help you with your Instagram pictures in Edinburgh.

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See you next time with some new Instagram spots from around the world!


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