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Most Instagrammable spots in Edinburgh, Scotland – tips from a local

posted by Liza 30th June 2017 6 Comments

Last updated on September 20th, 2018

Looking for the best Instagrammable spots in Edinburgh, Scotland? You’re in the right place, keep reading! In this guide, I will tell you about the best photo locations in Edinburgh.  This post was updated for 2018, so all the information listed is still very relevant!

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Can you guess what are all the Instagrammers constantly looking for? Right, for the most Instagrammable places in their city and the places, where they plan to go very soon. I lived in Edinburgh, Scotland for more than 1.5 years (I am actually still there, spending my last days in this lovely city) and Edinburgh is really Instagrammable! So in this post, I wanted to share with you…

Instagram-worthy spots in beautiful Edinburgh.

But wait, let’s talk about the camera gear first (I get this question VERY OFTEN)

If you’re interested, what camera do I use to take photos, I have two: Sony A7 III with Samyang 35 mm prime lens (super flat and tiny) and Sony A6000. Photos in this post, are, however, only taken with Sony A6000 and my older camera Nikon D5100.

I’ve got a lot of posts about Instagrammable places all around the UK and the world and I have plenty of guides with Insta-worthy photos for you. Here are some of the posts you might find interesting:

Other Instagrammable locations blog posts:

Most Instagrammable spots in Edinburgh, Scotland:

1. Meadows during the cherry blossom – throughout the city

Cherry Blossom starts in the middle-to-end of April in Edinburgh and lasts until the beginning of May. The city is extremely photogenic during this time! Also, the weather is usually not so rainy, so you actually can enjoy some sunny days and take some lovely photos in the capital of Scotland. Best Instagrammable spots in Edinburgh during the cherry blossom: Meadows, the Royal Mile, Princes Street.

Most Instagrammable spots in Edinburgh, Scotland - tips from a local

2. Daffodils season in Princes Street Gardens

Just before the cherry blossom starts in the capital, there is a short season of daffodils. Did you know that Edinburgh has plenty of Daffodil fields? And the biggest daffodils field is the Princes Street gardens. Don’t miss an opportunity to take a photo like this in this amazing photo location in Edinburgh:

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3. Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle is one of the most photogenic and Instagrammable spots in Edinburgh and the best views are from the top floor terrace of the National Museum of Scotland, Skybar and Princes Street!

The Edinburgh Castle - 10 absolutely best attractions in Edinburgh, Scotland

4. The Terrace of National Museum of Scotland

As I already mentioned above, you can see one of the best views over the Edinburgh castle from the top floor terrace of the National Museum of Scotland. You can also see the rooftops of almost all the buildings in Edinburgh!  If you’re interested in the top-10 attractions in Edinburgh, I have a post for you!

Most Instagrammable spots in Edinburgh, Scotland - tips from a local

5. Arthur’s Seat

Arthur’s Seat requires a lot of effort, but the view is worth 1000 steps up to the hill! Find a sunny day and head there for a sunset and you’ll be surprised how beautiful it is!

Most Instagrammable spots in Edinburgh, Scotland - tips from a local
6. Calton Hill

Calton is one of the best spots for a sunset in town. Also, it’s one of the most Instagrammable spots in Edinburgh – the views from there you can see in all the postcards from the city!

Beautiful Calton Hill - Best Instagrammable spots in Edinburgh, Scotland | Tripsget

Beautiful Calton Hill

7. Cute Edinburgh Brunch places:

– Salt Cafe
– Loudons
– The Pantry
– Checkpoint

… are some of the best Instagrammable spots in Edinburgh!

8. Victoria street

At some point, this street was all over the Instagram – you must have seen a street that is a two-level street with absolutely gorgeous buildings. So this street is Victoria street in Edinburgh and it’s absolutely stunning!

Most Instagrammable spots in Edinburgh, Scotland - tips from a local

9. Dean Village

You can see Dean Village if you take the Water of Leith walkway – and believe me, it’s worth it! Looks like a place from a medieval fairytale!

Dean Village Non-touristy Edinburgh: 7 off-beaten path spots that are a must

10. The Water of Leith

The Water of Leith is an amazing walkway that crosses Edinburgh and starts from The Shore on Leith and goes all the way beyond Murrayfield. It’s a really nice walk and the most photogenic part is from Stockbridge to the Dean Village.

11. Edinburgh Coffee places like:

Brew Lab
The Milkman
Black Medicine Coffee Company
Artisan Roast
Urban Angel

… are very photogenic!

Most Instagrammable spots in Edinburgh, Scotland - tips from a local

12. Camera Obscura & its terrace

Camera Obscura & World of Illusions is a great place to spend a couple of hours and take some nice shots! Also, there is a terrace on the top floor and you can see the best view over the Royal Mile from there.

Best Instagrammable spots in Edinburgh, Scotland | Tripsget - Camera Obscura Terrace

Camera Obscura Terrace

13. The Rosslyn Chapel

The Rosslyn Chapel is the one featured in Da Vinci Code. However, it’s also very photogenic – so it’s definitely one of the best Instagrammable spots in Edinburgh! Getting to it might take a while, but it’s really worth it if you’re into Da Vinci Code and history.

Rosslyn Chapel - Best tours in Edinburgh

14. Edinburgh Cafes like:

Artisan Cheesecakes
Coockoo’s Bakery
Rosalinda’s Tea Room
Mimi’s Bakehouse

…are some of the most Instagram-worthy places in Edinburgh!

Coockoo's Bakery in Edinburgh

Coockoo’s Bakery in Edinburgh

15. Pentland Hills

Pentland Hills are located outside Edinburgh and involve a fair amount of hiking and walking, but you can take some really nice photos there!

Most Instagrammable spots in Edinburgh, Scotland - tips from a local

16. The Shore

The Shore is located in the North of Edinburgh, around the Ocean Terminal. It’s a nice area to walk around a have a lunch. Also, the Ocean Terminal is one of very few shopping malls in Edinburgh, so if you want to do some shopping (it’s not any impressive though), you can head there.

Are you interested in free things to do in Edinburgh? Check my post about 15 absolutely free amazing things to do in the capital of Scotland!

Ocean Terminal and the Shore Non-touristy Edinburgh: 7 off-beaten path spots that are a must

17. Edinburgh University Old College

Such a shame that I don’t have a good photo of the Old College, but believe me, you should definitely take a photo in the inner yard of the University of Edinburgh Old College. Maybe you get so impressed, that you will want to study at the University of Edinburgh.

18. The Royal Mile

The Royal Mile is a street that connects the Edinburgh Castle with the Holyrood Palace. It’s very nice and photogenic and a must for every tourist (that’s why it gets so so so crowded in summer, that you can barely walk there).  It’s hard to get the good shot of the Royal mile itself (for the reason I just mentioned), there are many gorgeous buildings, pubs and cafes and it’s totally possible to get an Instagram-worthy photo there.

Most Instagrammable spots in Edinburgh, Scotland - tips from a local

19. Edinburgh Zoo

Edinburgh Zoo is very photogenic because it has a mansion that resembles a castle inside the Zoo! Just look at this beauty!

Most Instagrammable spots in Edinburgh, Scotland - tips from a local

20. Circus Lane

Circus Lane is a street in Stockbridge district of Edinburgh and it’s very lovely! It was named the most beautiful street of entire Scotland and it’s definitely one of the best Instagrammable spots in Edinburgh.

Most Instagrammable spots in Edinburgh, Scotland - tips from a local

Bonus: Edinburgh hashtags you can use for your photos:

#edinburghlife #edinburghbloggers #edinlife #loves_edinburgh #topedinburghphotos #insta_scotland #loves_scotland #visitscotland #edinburgh #edinburghcastle #igers_edinburgh

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Mike Clegg from Travel and Destinations 1st July 2017 at 7:07 pm

I’m off to Edinburgh in August so this is going to be super helpful! Thanks so much!

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Melanie Chadd 19th February 2018 at 10:20 am

It is true, you don’t have to roam too far in Edinburgh to find that perfect Instagramable shot. They change all year round too which is great.
Lovely post.

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