Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle

If you're looking for picturesque, you'll love Edinburgh. The cityscape of the Scottish capital is a feast for the eyes, topped by the imposing Edinburgh Castle at its highest point. Edinburgh Castle is a historic fortress which dominates the skyline of the city of Edinburgh, Scotland, from its position on the Castle Rock. Archaeologists have established human occupation of the rock since at least the Iron Age, although the nature of the early settlement is unclear.

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Find the Best View of Edinburgh Castle

If you’re looking for picturesque, you’ll love Edinburgh. The cityscape of the Scottish capital is a feast for the eyes, topped by the imposing Edinburgh Castle at its highest point. To get the best view of this beautiful city, head to these four points.

Calton Hill
One of the oldest public parks in Scotland, Calton Hill is a local favorite. It’s also an easy climb – in just five minutes, you’ll be able to enjoy the spectacular views.

Princes Street Gardens
This lovely, perfectly-maintained public garden offers a breathtaking view of the castle from below. Just head to the Ross Fountain to the West and look up, you’ll be amazed.

Arthur’s Seat
A dormant volcano sitting 251m above sea level, Arthur’s Seat offers a magnificent aerial view of the city and castle. Be sure to check out the historic fort there, too.

Blackford Hill
It may not be as famous as Calton Hill or Arthur’s Seat, but Blackford Hill has views that are just as gorgeous. It’s also home to the Royal Observatory, a favorite of astronomy lovers.

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Sunset over Edinburgh Castle

For a view that you’ll remember for the rest of your life, watch the sun set over Edinburgh Castle. The best spots for this are Arthur’s Seat and Calton Hill, both located to the East of the city center. The deep-red sun, the colors in the sky, and the black silhouette of the castle come together in an absolutely magnificent panorama.

Fireworks

If you’re lucky enough to be in Edinburgh when there are fireworks going off over Edinburgh Castle, for example on Hogmanay or at the end of the Edinburgh Festival, then make sure to head to one of these viewpoints to admire the show and snap some amazing photographs. Princes Street Gardens and Calton Hill are likely to be the most popular spots to watch the fireworks, so if you’re looking for a less crowded experience, Blackford Hill and Arthur’s Seat are better bets.

Good to know

When should I visit?

Opening hours from 9:30AM – 6PM year-round, except for December 25th and 26th.

How to get there

Hop-on-hop-off buses stop at the Castle. You can make your own way by taking bus 24 to Waverly Bridge and walking.

Is it expensive?

Free to look at from the outside, £17 for adult entry.

Will I need a guide?

Only if you want one.

What people are saying about Edinburgh Castle

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Breathtaking castle with five-star staff
I am a wheelchair user and cannot thank enough for your thoughtful arrangements and your wonderful caring staff. The gentlemen who used a car to help me were so kind. The greeters at your entrance, too, could not have been kinder.

Edinburgh Castle Ticket reviewed by Marilyn

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ It was great to visit Scotland again, the land of my Ancestors.
I enjoyed the History of Edinburgh Castle and at the War Museum, I sighted my Grandfather’s name in one of the large red books to Commemorate him being killed in France on the 15th November 1916 in the 1st World War. I also continued my Genealogy research at Scotlands People.

Edinburgh Castle Ticket reviewed by June

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ It was well worthwhile visiting the castle
Directions were clear and the staff very helpful. We thoroughly enjoyed the tea room it was so pleasant, staff helpful and reasonably priced.

Edinburgh Castle Ticket reviewed by Jacqueline

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Fun, informative tour of Edinburgh Castle!
Angus, our guide, was born in Scotland and has also lived in Australia. He is an actor with theater training and he gave his tour with enthusiasm and a theatrical flair which made it really great! He knew all about the castle and shared many fun details. Highly recommend!

Edinburgh Castle: Skip-the-Line Guided Tour reviewed by Wendy

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