REVIEW – The Edinburgh Wheel, Princes Street Gardens

The Edinburgh Wheel is a must for residents and tourists over the festive period.  The cost of a ride is dependent on your height: if you’re 1.35m or over, the charge is £4, if you’re shorter than this it costs £2.50. There is a height chart for younger people to stand beside. (These prices rise to £5 and £4 during the Hogmanay period of 31st Dec – 2nd Jan).

Today Edinburgh Spotlight took another ride on the wheel despite the temperature being -2c during the day!

View from Big Wheel

As you can see, the views are fabulous and even better now the tram works have disappeared from Princes Street and open to traffic and pedestrians again.

If it’s a windy day, you can be swayed from side to side as they load everyone on and you could be stuck at the top as they do so.

Jenners from the wheel

You could see the snow on the hills over in Fife and an unsual angle of Jenners roof (normally reserved for birds).

Scott Monument

When the ride was in motion we were waving to people in the Scott Monument.  It was definitely unusual to be looking at it from this height.


The Carousel looked like a toy from up so high and the Castle looked as wonderful as ever with the last remains of the snow.

Castle from the wheel

The Edinburgh Wheel is in operation now until the 4th of January, open from 10am to 10pm (6pm on Dec 31st).

Suitable for disabled ?   Depends on mobility level as you could transfer from the platform onto the ride, the staff are helpful to young and old.

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