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.
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.
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.
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.