Top 10 photo locations in Edinburgh, Scotland

With it’s cobbled streets and friendly atmosphere you’d be forgiven for forgetting that Edinburgh is a major city. It manages to maintain the charm of a small town, which other cities *cough, London, cough* fail to do.

As such there’s a ton of little nooks and crannies boasting fresh photo opportunities. We’ve listed the main photo locations in Edinburgh that we could find, but there’s as ever lots more you’ll be able to find using our search engine.

Plus, if you can visit around the Fringe Festival (every August), you’re guaranteed some interest photo ops!


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1. St Giles Cathedral

Also known as High Kirk of Edinburgh, it’s a must for those architecture junkies.

2. Edinburgh Castle

No trip to Edinburgh would be complete without a trip to the castle. Being so big there’s so many angles to capture. Let us know where your best spot is.

3. The Nelson Monument at Calton Hill

Calton Hill is a double whammy. You’ve got the incredible views of Edinburgh, and then also the Nelson Monument (not pictured). Try and visit around sunset/sunrise.

4. Newhaven Harbour

A great sunset location.

5. Royal Botanic Garden

One for the nature buffs – be sure to pack that macro lens!

6. Bridge over Leith Street

7. High street

You really don’t have to travel far for to capture something interesting in Edinburgh, especially in August. The narrow paths, nooks and crannies provide endless photo ops. Try exploring the High Street and Princes Street and see what you find.

8. The Scottish Parliament

Interesting architecture and lines.

9. Palace of Holyroodhouse

Located at the end of the Royal Mile opposite Edinburgh Castle, the Palace and it’s grounds are stunning. The Palace itself might make a nice background for shots (always seek permission!).

10. Cramond Island

A bit of a hidden gem here and a bit out the way, but worth a visit. It’s a very small island with a World War II gun outposts, which have obviously fallen into a state of disrepair. Cool subject, eh!

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