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Where to Find the Best Views in Edinburgh


Where to Find the Best Views in Edinburgh
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Mandy Hegarty is a writer who specializes in food and travel. Currently based in Dublin, Ireland, she’s previously lived in New York, London, and Montreal. She has written for the likes of Time Out New York, Air Canada, and Singapore Airlines.

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In the hilly city of Edinburgh, elevated viewpoints are plentiful, but it’s not just nature’s summits that offer bird's-eye views of the city. Several buildings and monuments with high-up observation decks also overlook the pretty-as-a-picture Old Town. Here are the best places to gaze out upon the Scottish capital. 


Scott Monument

"Great Scott! These views are fantastic."

Huff and puff your way up almost 300 steps to get to the top of this Gothic monument in Princes Street Gardens. The open-air 360-degree platform at the top of the Scott Monument offers uninterrupted views out to Edinburgh Castle.

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Edinburgh Castle

Regal panoramas.

Roosting atop the craggy volcanic cliffs of Castle Rock, Edinburgh Castle’s lofty position yields far-reaching views across the city and Firth of Forth. The battlements, from where soldiers would have kept watch for invaders, offer the best views. 

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Take a tour of Edinburgh Castle and enjoy the views along the way. Photo: Anna Cervinkova / Viator

Camera Obscura and the World of Illusions

Don't let your eyes deceive you.

Observe the Royal Mile streetscape from the rooftop lookout at Camera Obscura and the World of Illusions. Telescopes help visitors hone in on specific sights, from Arthur’s Seat to Princes Street Gardens.

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Arthur's Seat

For stunning scenery.

The highest point in Holyrood Park, Arthur’s Seat delivers one of Edinburgh’s most Instagram-ready vistas. Hop-on hop-off buses typically stop at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, and from there it's a steep hike up to the top. Some tours drive passengers up to Dunsapie Loch, which offers a shorter and less strenuous route to Arthur’s Seat. 

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The views from Arthur's Seat are worth the walk. Photo: S-F / Shutterstock

St. Giles Cathedral

A limited edition lookout.

In the heart of Edinburgh, St. Giles Cathedral offers limited day-of rooftop tours. As part of a tour, you ascend to the top of the working church's bell tower to view Edinburgh’s storybook Old Town from on high.

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Hi, I'm Mandy!

Mandy Hegarty is a writer who specializes in food and travel. Currently based in Dublin, Ireland, she’s previously lived in New York, London, and Montreal. She has written for the likes of Time Out New York, Air Canada, and Singapore Airlines.

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