Pretty much every nook and cranny of the enchanting Scottish capital beckons your Instagram feed. Here’s a look at the most Instagrammable places in Edinburgh.
Edinburgh is a delight for many reasons. Brimming with culture, beauty and mystery, the Scottish capital will blow your mind. From the namesake castle looming over the city to cobbled Medieval lanes to craggy cliffs, Edinburgh’s history is evident everywhere. In addition, the atmosphere is both lively and nostalgic, the perfect backdrop for its popular summer festivals. Here’s a look at ten of the most Instagrammable places in Edinburgh to revitalize your feed.
1. Edinburgh Castle
Dating back to medieval times, it should come as no surprise that the city’s namesake castle is one of the world’s most haunted. Edinburgh Castle, which dominates the skyline, both allures and intimidates.
2. Victoria Street
This curved street adorned with colorful facades is a wonder to behold…and also a must for Harry Potter fans as this polychromatic thoroughfare inspired Diagon Alley. The adorable independent shops only serve as a testament to this.
3. Royal Botanic Garden
One of the most beautiful gardens in Europe, Edinburgh’s spectacular Royal Botanic Garden is a lush urban oasis that is home to more than 13,300 plant species.
4. Belford Mews
London isn’t the only city famous for its mews! These former stables converted into homes never cease charm. The brick homes outfitted with colorful doors on the cobbled Belford Mews will steal your heart.
5. Dean Village
A former village northwest of the city center, Dean Village is a heartwarming urban respite.
6. Arthur’s Seat
This peak jutting out from the hills of Holyrood Park sits east to the city center. It’s a lovely sight in and of itself, and also makes for a lovely vantage point of the city.
7. Circus Lane
Another mews! This one characterized by potted plants and greenery that bedeck pretty much every single house.
8. Royal Mile
The heart of the Old Town, the Royal Mile is a series of medieval streets that connects
Edinburgh Castle with Holyrood Castle. Some of the stops on here are a bit touristy, but that doesn’t take away from the visual appeal of the architecture.
9. The Vennel
Presided over by Edinburgh Castle, the Vennel is a stairway inside a narrow alleyway that connects Grassmarket with Heriot Place. The buildings are adorable, and it also offers one of the best views of the castle.
10. The Elephant House
Last but not least, Harry Potter fans will want to visit the storied locale where J.K. Rowling famously penned her first Harry Potter book on napkins. A visit to “the birthplace of Harry Potter” is definitely, an Insta-worthy occasion.