8 Instagrammable Places in Edinburgh

Edinburgh is one of our all time favourite cities.

The capital of Scotland is steeped in history and is full of stunning architecture, spectacular viewpoints, fairytale castles, magical film locations (Potter heads, watch out!) and even an extinct volcano you can climb!

You can now see all of that with the new itinerary created by Love Great Britain in partnership with Cocktail Viaggi. From November 2021 to March 2022 you can go on a four-day trip to Edinburgh where the flights, the accomodation and all the activities are already arranged! You can see the full itinerary at this link.

Here are the most Instagrammable places in Edinburgh and places you will 100% see during your trip!

1. The Vennel Steps

The Vennel Step is a hidden alleyway that is tucked away between two buildings and it is the perfect location for a spectacular view of Edinburgh Castle. Once you’re done with the shots here, be sure to go at the bottom of the alley where you’ll find Grassmarket, which has its own set of amazing buildings and boutique shops.

2. The Writer’s Museum

At the top of the Royal Mile is another hidden courtyard called Makar’s Court. The Writer’s Museum is almost a temple to some of the greatest Scottish writers and poets, such as Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson. It’s an evolving national literary monument and definitely worth stopping by for a few snaps.

3. Victoria Street

If you’re a fan of Harry Potter then you have to make a visit to this colourful street in Grassmarket a priority.
Although J.K. Rowling has never made a statement, this cobbled area is thought to be an inspiration for Diagon Alley.
Besides, the curved cobbled road and colourful buildings stacked on top of each other make a smashing photo location. Just avoid the crowds and go early!

4. School of Divinity – New College

The School of Divinity is located at New College and forms part of the University of Edinburgh.

Established in 1843, it originally housed the Free Church of Scotland. Nowadays, it’s one of the University of Edinburgh campuses and a famous Instagram spot as it looks like something straight out of Harry Potter.  With a neo-gothic style and a strong dramatic presence, it will transport you directly to Hogwarts.

5. Royal Mile

Royal Mail

The Royal Mile is a great introduction to the heart of Edinburgh City’s old town. With Edinburgh Castle at one end and Holyrood Palace on the other side, this place is full of history and heritage; and the cobbled streets make it even more interesting and magical. Edinburgh’s Royal Mile is the home of the Scotch Whisky Experience and was recently named amongst the prettiest streets in Britain.

6. Dean Village

If you’re looking to score a few photo spots in one sitting, Dean Village is what you’re looking for!

It looks like you’ve been transported away from the Gothic Old Town and entered into something from a fairytale. The village used to be a milling area over 800 years ago and now it’s part of the main city, but hasn’t lost its quaint charm. As you descend down to the river, it’s hard to believe that you’re still in the capital.

7. Canongate Tolbooth

Located on the stretch of the Royal Mile near Holyrood, the Canongate Tolbooth is another location said to be haunted. It really is an incredible building to photograph. It was built all the way back in 1591 as, you guessed it, a tollbooth and these days it serves as a pub/tavern.

Tolbooth Tavern

8. Camera Obscura and its Terrace

Finally, Camera Obscura & World of Illusions is a great place to spend a couple of hours and take some nice shots! Also, there is a terrace on the top floor and you can see the best view over the Royal Mile from there.

Are you ready to immerse yourself in the magic of Edinburgh? Do not forget to have a look at this amazing itinerary. Leaving every Thursday from November to March, all inclusive!

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