Where To Get The Best Views In Edinburgh

Edinburgh is very hilly and you will constantly find yourself walking up and down. But where are the best locations to get spectacular elevated views over this stunning city?

Calton Hill

This hill is famous for its impressive selection of monuments (which I plan to detail in another article) and its panoramic views over Edinburgh. From the top of this windswept hill you can see for miles, right out to sea. There are a number of different entrances, but we took some steps up here from Regent Street.

Edinburgh Castle

Dominating the city’s skyline from many angles, it is no surprise that Edinburgh Castle has some of the best views. These can be appreciated from outside the castle, but the best perspectives come from within the castle walls.

Camera Obscura

This was my favourite attraction in Edinburgh as there are five floors of hysterical interactive optical illusions and I am a big kid. An added bonus was the outside terrace on the top floor where elevated views can be enjoyed with the help of binoculars and telescopes.

Arthur’s Seat

Edinburgh’s highest hill, Arthur’s Seat, is a worthwhile 45-minute or so hike in order to take in the breathtaking views, complimented by gently sloping hills in the forefront. This is part of the picturesque Holyrood Park.

Scott Monument

Sir Walter Scott is one of Scotland’s most famous authors who is celebrated with a huge gothic monument located in Princes Street Gardens. You can climb the 287 steps to the top to take advantage of panoramic views. The Scott Monument is actually the largest monument to a writer in the world.

The Scott Monument


 Have you visited Edinburgh? Where did you find the best views over the city?






  1. March 9, 2012 / 20:53

    Wow! Great views. When I get to Edinburgh I will know exaclty where to go for these views.

    • March 10, 2012 / 12:28

      Thanks Darlene, the best one is Calton Hill as there are so many different viewpoints and lots of interesting monuments as well :-)

  2. March 10, 2012 / 22:05

    Edinburgh Castle is my pick. Being able to see from all sides is a big plus and there are also some great ‘sites’ indoors as well.
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