Edinburgh is nothing short of a picture-perfect postcard when it comes to pretty city skylines and dramatic sweeping views. It is useful, however, to know where to go when that hankering for a good dose of stunning sights engulfs the mind. From panoramic and rooftop to bird’s eye and downright out-of-this-world, discover the best go-to spots for a bonnie view of Scotland’s capital.
The Tower, situated atop the National Museum Of Scotland, is a restaurant with views as good as the food. Not just any old eatery, this prime spot is owned by famous restaurateur James Thomson. Indulge in the delectable eats at this sanctuary of Scottish fine dining, while absorbing the sights of the city from above. A most romantic spot, The Tower holds the key to spectacular views of Edinburgh’s skyline and Old Town. Step it up a notch and book the private circular dining room and gaze out at the Castle.
Head for the hills of East Lothian and hike up to the top of the Garleton Hills to find Hopetoun Monument, a tall tower from 1824 built in memory of John Hope, the 4th Earl of Hopetoun. Like the Scott Monument, there are steps aplenty. Although a tad vertigo inducing, the panoramic and 360-degree views of the countryside and Firth Of Forth are simply divine. Expect to see all of Edinburgh, from the Pentlands and the Castle to Arthur’s Seat. North Berwick and the Bass Rock also come into focus.
Situated at the east end of Princes Street sits Calton Hill, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For sweeping city views from practically any spot, this is your place. Consider this sanctuary the perfect Kodak moment location for stunning views — and free of charge. Some may say that this is one of the most photogenic spots in town. In other words, this is where to get that iconic Edinburgh shot.