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Where to Find the Best Views in Edinburgh

Where to Find the Best Views in Edinburgh

In the hilly city of Edinburgh, elevated viewpoints are plentiful, but it’s not just nature’s summits that offer birds-eye view 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. 

Edinburgh Castle

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. 

Scott Monument

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 offers uninterrupted views out to Edinburgh Castle.

Arthur’s Seat

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. 

Camera Obscura and the World of Illusions

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.

St. Giles Cathedral

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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City Sightseeing Edinburgh Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

City Sightseeing Edinburgh Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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An Edinburgh bus tour is the perfect way to hear commentary on city sights and get a panoramic overview. This City Sightseeing tour of Edinburgh lets you hop on and off at several strategically placed stops as many times as you like. Board the open-top double-decker bus and travel the entire route, or stop at Edinburgh Castle, the National Museum and many more. Buses depart regularly and tickets are valid for 24 hours from first use.
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  • 1 hour
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Camera Obscura & World of Illusions Entrance Ticket

Camera Obscura & World of Illusions Entrance Ticket

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Guarantee entrance to one of Edinburgh's most popular attractions, and skip the ticket line by pre-booking your admission to the Camera Obscura and World of Illusions. Choose your allotted time (morning, evening, or all-day) and get ready to enjoy the spectacle of mind-bending illusions and hands-on exhibits.
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  • 2 to 4 hours
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Royal Mile Guided Walking Tour in Edinburgh

Royal Mile Guided Walking Tour in Edinburgh

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Explore famous landmarks and hidden secrets in Edinburgh on this walking tour. Explore Edinburgh’s famous Royal Mile with a guide, and gain insight into famous writers and inventors who have called the city home. Hear tales of Scotland's national bard—Robert Burns—and discover top landmarks such as St. Giles’ Cathedral and the National Galleries of Scotland. Capture Edinburgh through the eye of your camera as you go, and find out what makes this ancient city tick.
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  • 3 hours
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A Half Day In Edinburgh With A Local: Private & Personalized

A Half Day In Edinburgh With A Local: Private & Personalized

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Visiting an unfamiliar city without knowing anyone there usually means relying on travel guides. Get a more personal experience in Edinburgh by spending time with a local Edinburgher who customizes your private, bespoke tour to your own interests. Go off the beaten path and discover locals' favorite spots.
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  • 4 hours
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Edinburgh City Centre private driving tour Edinburgh Castle Rosslyn Chapel

Edinburgh City Centre private driving tour Edinburgh Castle Rosslyn Chapel

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Maximize time spent in Edinburgh with this full-day private driving tour in a luxury vehicle. With a group of up to seven people, set out to see popular landmarks including Edinburgh Castle, Rosslyn Chapel, the Royal Mile, and the Scottish Parliament. Learn about history and Scottish culture from your private guide.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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