A Walk Around Edinburgh in 18 Perfect Instagrams

Scottish Parliament Building
Scottish Parliament Building | © Bryan Pocius/Flickr
Tori Chalmers

You don’t need to scroll through Instagram to fall head over heels with Edinburgh. However, a dose of visual inspiration never did any harm! Here, we take a tour of Scotland’s bonnie capital with 18 flawless Instagrams. #travelgoals

One of the many architectural gems punctuating the Royal Mile, St Giles’ Cathedral dates back to the 12th century and is beautiful inside and out. Just remember to look up.

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Calton Hill holds the key to one of the most popular skyline views of Edinburgh. Spot the Balmoral Hotel’s famous clock, the castle watching over her city and the mighty Scott Monument standing proud.

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The beautiful thing about Edinburgh is that around every corner, down each close and behind every structural masterpiece awaits a new surprise.

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The age-old buildings add bunches of charisma to the already breathtaking cityscape views.

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Each cobblestone and door in Stockbridge has a story to tell. And a mind reeling one at that!

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The gorse-covered Arthur’s Seat is a sight to behold. After scaling this historic mountain peak and soaking up the surprises along the way — think swan ponds, wild terrain and ancient ruins — the panoramic views are the stuff of dreams.

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The life-affirming majestic sound of bagpipes resonate across Edinburgh around the clock.

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One out of the myriad of city gems, Dean Village is the former grain milling epicentre of Edinburgh — thanks to the presence of the Water of Leith.

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Could Circus Lane get any more picture-perfect?

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Whether blanketed in springtime blossom, sprinkled with snow or infused with dancing rays of light, the Meadows will always hold a place in Edinburgh’s heart.

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Snapped from Edinburgh’s oldest purpose-built visitor attraction, Camera Obscura, this part of the Royal Mile could serve as a perfect film set for Game of Thrones!

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Even the bridges are beautiful! An iconic Scottish symbol, The Forth Bridge was voted as Scotland’s greatest man-made wonder in 2016. It’s also featured in cult video game GTA.

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Victoria Street takes the crown as the prettiest street in the whole city. Graced with smashing independent shops, characterful cobblestones and a potion of enticing colours, this steep lively street leads into the historic Grassmarket area.

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Dunbar’s Close, Edinburgh’s own secret 17th century-style garden, is an oasis of serenity and perfect place of respite amidst the busy city centre ebb and flow.

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Described as Edinburgh’s own ‘gothic rocket ship’, the noble Scott Monument in the Princes St Gardens is the tallest monument to a writer in the world. Explore all 287 steps if you dare!

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Nothing beats lounging in the Gardens under the watch of the capital’s castle on a Scottish summer day.

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Edinburgh is made all the more magical by the sheer presence of the bobbing boats, cheery pubs and secret island of Cramond.

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The ultra-contemporary essence of the Enric Miralles-designed Scottish Parliament Building is complimented by the watchful and wild terrain of Arthur’s Seat.

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