My top 10 Instagram worthy places in Edinburgh

Updated: Jan 11, 2021

Hi everyone and welcome! I hope you enjoy my first post. I'm starting with Edinburgh because I live in this beautiful city, and it also happens to be my favourite city!

There is no place quite like it.

Edinburgh has so much to offer at any time of year with its cobbled streets, gothic buildings and lets not forget the breathtaking Castle perched on top of a volcano in the middle of the city. Edinburgh has bags of history, stunning architecture and impressive sights at every attraction. Not only this, Edinburgh has an extensive selection of restaurants and bars bringing you exquisite food and drink for every occasion.

If you are looking for a city with immense history, luxury shopping, food, culture, hikes on your doorstep, and world famous festivals - pack your umbrella and come to Edinburgh!

  1. Circus Lane, Stockbridge

I noticed Circus Lane on Instagram so many times before I decided to venture over for my photo. Located just off the main road into Stockbridge, Circus Lane is a lovely street which represents Edinburgh perfectly. The cobbled road and terraced Mews with floral pots and hanging baskets add colour to your photo at any time of year. Circus Lane is probably one of the most photographed streets in Edinburgh, so you definitely don't want to miss it.

Ps, while you are there - stop off at The Pantry for brunch and you won't regret it.

2. Victoria Street, Old Town

Needing some colour in your life? Victoria Street provides just that. Located deep within Edinburgh's Old Town, Victoria Street is host to quirky independent shops and a quiet place to grab a bite to eat if you have enjoyed a few beers in the famous Grassmarket. It is an Instagrammers dream with bold coloured buildings making it a great photo opportunity during the day or night.

Harry Potter fans - this colourful street is also rumoured to have served as JK Rowling's inspiration for Diagon Alley.

3. Dean Village

Dean Village is another must see if you are visiting Edinburgh. I would recommend parking your car in Stockbridge, or ask the taxi to drop you off outside café Nero, and taking the scenic walk along the water of Leith which will lead you to this picturesque village where you can enjoy a moment of tranquillity while you take in the view. The best views are at the bottom of Hawthornbank Lane, as pictured in my photo below.

4. Calton Hill

Calton Hill is a hill located a 5 minute walk from the famous Princes Street. The hill is reached with a very short hike and is a free world heritage site.

As well as the spectacular panoramic views of Edinburgh, there are a couple of important monuments and historic buildings located on Calton Hill too. You can visit Calton Hill at any time of day or year to experience the fabulous birds-eye views of Arthur's Seat, Princes Street, Holyrood Park, and Edinburgh Castle. However, I would recommend visiting at sunset as there is nothing quite like watching the sun go down over the city skyline.

5. The Vennel View Point, Edinburgh Castle

The Vennel is a hidden staircase tucked away on the Grassmarket. This narrow passage leads to one of my favourite views of Edinburgh Castle. The peak of the staircase provides the better view, although I would give yourself five minutes to catch your breath before getting the camera out.

6. Scott Monument, Princes Street

This iconic monument sits in the centre of the city. It is a tribute to Sir Walter Scott and is the largest monument dedicated to a writer in the whole world. If you are brave enough to climb the monument, you'll have to ascend the 287 steps which make up the spiral staircase.

There are different angles to capture the monument, but I've chosen a spot in the middle of South St David Street featuring the stunning architecture of the buildings behind the monument and the well kept Princes Street Gardens.

7. School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh

The School of Divinity is located at New College and is a part of the University of Edinburgh. It looks and sounds like something out of a Harry Potter book. The neo-gothic style of the New College is particularly captivating. As the name suggests, it is one of the most renowned centres for Theology and Religious Studies in the world.

8. Colinton Station & Tunnel

A woodland wander in the heart of Edinburgh will lead you to this spectacular work created in Colinton Tunnel. The mural is illustrated from a poem by Robert Louis Stevenson 'From a Railway Carriage'. The illustrations combine the poem with a celebration of local history. It is a must see if you are visiting Edinburgh.

9. The Writers Museum, The Royal Mile

Next door to the School of Divinity and just off the Royal Mile is this popular Instagram shot of an iconic building in Edinburgh, The Writers Museum. The museum is free to visit should you wish to explore its history.

10. Ross Fountain, Princes Street

You will find Ross Fountain in the West of Edinburgh's Princes Street Gardens. Guide books and postcards are often found with a photograph of this particular fountain featuring the castle. Daniel Ross of Edinburgh bought the fountain when it was exhibited in London in 1862 and donated to the city. It makes for a wonderful photo capturing the castle day or night. Thank you, Daniel Ross.