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The Five Best Instagram Spots In Edinburgh

Edinburgh is such a beautiful place that I’m sure you’d take amazing Instagram pics no matter where in the city you visited. I couldn’t even tell you how many times I’ve been to the Scottish capital, but when I visited at the end of last year and took lots (and lots) of photographs for Instagram I thought now would be a good time to share the five best Instagram spots in Edinburgh with you. 

Edinburgh is such a beautiful place that I’m sure you’d take amazing Instagram pics no matter where in the city you visited. I couldn’t even tell you how many times I’ve been to the Scottish capital, but when I visited at the end of last year and took lots (and lots) of photographs for Instagram I thought now would be a good time to share the five best Instagram spots in Edinburgh with you

1. Victoria Street

This was actually the first time I’d visited Victoria Street but I’d seen it all over Instagram. It’s just so pretty, right? At the top of the street, you can climb a walkway which takes you along the upper level of the street, well worth it for the views down below. The coloured shop fronts are very aesthetically pleasing, even on gloomy winter days. 


2. The Vennel, Grassmarket

Another area of Edinburgh I hadn’t actually visited until my last trip, the Grassmarket, in general, is great for snapping the castle and is filled with quirky pubs, cafes, and shops. Head up The Vennel, which is an alleyway consisting of steps leading away from the Grassmarket, for an unexpected view of the castle. 
3. Ramsay Gardens

I hadn’t planned to take pictures here but as we turned the corner and saw this quaint little street I couldn’t resist. The red door and staircases contrast perfectly with the pale stone buildings. Since I discovered this street I looked it up on Instagram and it looks beautiful in all seasons. Definitely somewhere I’ll be revisiting each time I had to Scotland. 
4. The Royal Mile

How could you visit Edinburgh and not explore the Royal Mile? It must be one of the most famous streets in Scotland, and rightly so. Fair enough it is dotted with a huge amount of touristy shops – spot the Harry Potter and Loch Ness ones! – but all is forgiven by the amazing architecture. The cobbled roads which are rarely very busy with traffic allow your eyes to be drawn up the Royal Mile towards the castle. 
5. Dean Village 

If you’re willing to walk just outside of the city centre (trust me, it’s worth it) then you’ll come across the gem that is Dean Village. Yet another area of Edinburgh I hadn’t visited before but was on my travel bucket list, Dean Village is around a 25 minute walk from Princes Street. There’s also lots of picturesque street to photograph on the way, too. There is a lovely walkway along the river, and if you have longer than we did (and decent walking shoes on – not boots with a chunky heel like me) then you can explore properly. 
Honorable mentions

Other areas in Edinburgh which are perfect for your Insta snaps but we didn’t actually make it to are the Castle courtyard, the Scot Monument, and Carlton Hill – all for amazing views over the city and beyond. Head to Circus Lane, which is a little further out that Dean Village but looks like something from a fairytale. Maybe we’ll hit up those spots next time. 

Are there any places that I’ve missed? Let me know down below ready for my next trip. 

Laura x 

The Five Best Instagram Spots In Edinburgh

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2 COMMENTS

  • New Girl in Toon

    I love how Circus Lane has become Insta-famous now! I'm determined I'm going to get to Edinburgh more this year, I can't believe it's so close and I've only been once (on a very rushed day trip) since moving North. Id love to for a proper weekend soon!

    Going to save this for my visit – there's nothing my husband loves more than me parading about Instagram hotspots getting photos!

  • Laura

    haha don't tell him I gave you tips! 🙂 x

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