airport_transferbarbathtubbusiness_facilitieschild_activitieschildcareconnecting_roomcribsfree_wifigymhot_tubinternetkitchennon_smokingpetpoolresturantski_in_outski_shuttleski_storagesmoking_areaspastar

Edinburgh's 10 Most Beautiful Buildings: From Stone to Glass

Edinburgh's 10 Most Beautiful Buildings: From Stone to Glass
Edinburgh is a city replete with architecture that one cannot help but stop and admire, from the old winding roads of Haymarket to Miralles’ renowned – and somewhat controversial – Scottish Parliament building. Whether your taste is Gothic or Modernist, there is a building for everyone.
©Kim Traynor/WikiCommons 

Edinburgh Castle

Those interested in Edinburgh’s history should visit Edinburgh Castle, the oldest wing of which was built in the 12th Century. The castle’s perch atop the volcanic Castle Rock means it is easy to admire from a distance. Arguably, the fortress is even more impressive close up, where one can appreciate the castle’s many towers and impressive Half Moon Battery.

Edinburgh Castle, Castlehill, Edinburgh, EH1 2NG

Adam House

University
Save Place
Also part of the University of Edinburgh, the architecture of the whole of Chambers Street with its grey stone facades is to be admired, as is the National Museum of Scotland that sits just across the road. Adam House, built in the 1950s by Kininmonth, is good reason to look up above street level to its stately upper floors, which emanate the neoclassical style.
More Info

George Heriot’s School

School
Save Place
George Heriot’s School was originally conceived as a charitable hostel out of money left by the eponymous George Heriot. It is now a functioning private primary school and thus difficult to get close to. Nevertheless, a distinctly Scottish mix of classical features and castle-like turrets make it one of Edinburgh’s finest structures; rumour has it that this building inspired JK Rowling’s Hogwarts.
More Info

St Giles Cathedral

Holyrood Palace

The Palace of Holyroodhouse is official residence of the British monarch in Scotland. Needless to say, the palace is as grand as it is large and is surrounded by well-tended landscaped gardens. Highlights include the towers that flank the central block, and its infamous resident ghost, Bald Agnes, who is said to roam the apartments.

©Roger Wollstadt/ WikiCommons 

Old College, University of Edinburgh

Edinburgh University’s Old College, built as we know it today by Robert Adam and William Playfair (although the original building had an interesting history of the dramatic assassination of Lord Darnley in 1567), now houses the Playfair library and Talbot Rice Gallery. Upon entering, stroll into a beautiful courtyard, where you can get a good look at the building’s impressive dome.

Scottish National Gallery

©Klaus with K/ WikiCommons 

Scottish Parliament Building

Building
Save Place
Scottish Parliament Building, Edinburgh
Scottish Parliament Building, Edinburgh | © Kuttig - Travel / Alamy Stock Photo
Enric Miralles’ Post-Modern Scottish Parliament complex was officially opened in 2004. Designed to mirror the surrounding landscape of crags and hills, the building is strikingly difficult from the traditional architecture of the Old Town it sits beside. The building, adorned with abstract, geometric shapes, sits under the gaze of Arthur’s Seat.
More Info
Mon:
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tue - Thu:
9:00 am - 6:30 pm
Fri - Sat:
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
© Jamieli/WikiCommons 

University of Edinburgh Library, George Square

The University of Edinburgh Library is a maze like building built on the edge of George Square. Unlike the Old College Library, this 1967 state of the art building by Sir Basil Spence is built in a modern brutalist style. It is vast – each floor spans an acre to accommodate the two million strong collection of the University.