We’ve now been promoting Edinburgh for over five years and we’d like to think we get the message of how much we love our city across to our readers.
Every day spent in Edinburgh is special, but these photos show just how fantastic our city looks all year round. The pictures also illustrate some of the many great things you can do if you are living in or visiting Scotland’s capital.
Updated June 2016
This is often the view as you fly into our city.
This is the classic Edinburgh view from Calton Hill.
We have a total of three castles in the city. First up is the world famous Edinburgh Castle.
And last but not least, Lauriston Castle.
We’ve got two Pandas at Edinburgh Zoo.
And a smaller selection of animals at Gorgie City Farm (free).
We have an extinct volcano that you can walk up.
And right next to Arthur’s Seat we have Salisbury Crags.
Both of which have incredible views of the city.
We have the Palace of Holyrood House at the foot of the Royal Mile.
We have a statue in memory of a loyal dog – Greyfriars Bobby.
Every day (except Sundays) the One o’ clock gun is fired from the ramparts of Edinburgh Castle. On certain days of the year, such as the Queen’s birthday, we have 21-gun salutes.
We have a Floral Clock in the centre of town.
And hotels that look like this.
And shops that look like this.
This is the National Museum of Scotland in Chambers Street.
This is inside the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.
We have many other art galleries in Edinburgh including the Scottish Gallery of Modern Art.
We have the Scott Monument in the city centre.
And if you climb the 287 steps to the top, you get a view like this.
And in leafy St Andrew Square, we have the Melville Monument.
On the top of Calton Hill is the Nelson Monument.
And also up Calton Hill, you can climb over our Athenian acropolis. It’s also known as ‘Edinburgh’s disgrace’ as it was never finished.
You can also spend hours wandering around the Royal Botanical Gardens.
You can explore spooky old streets that lie under the Royal Mile.
Or the fascinating Gilmerton Cove.
Hours of fun can be had at the Camera Obscura and World of Illusions.
Pay a visit to Gladstone’s Land.
We have the amazing St Mary’s Cathedral (Scotland’s largest).
And St Giles’ High Kirk on the Royal Mile.
Edinburgh has over a hundred green spaces in the city.
And in spring, Princes Street Gardens looks like this.
And in autumn like this.
And also in autumn Liberton Kirk turns bright red.
We have two beaches in Edinburgh.
And further along the Edinburgh coast line is Silverknowes / Cramond beach.
Cramond Island is only accessible at low tide.
We also have the Union Canal that runs through the city and connects to Falkirk and Glasgow.
Also running through the city is the beautiful Water of Leith.
And one end of the Water of Leith finishes at The Shore.
Have a boat? No problem. Newhaven Harbour is one of many places you can moor it.
You can also explore Edinburgh by bike using the off-street cycle paths across the city. Full routes are on the excellent Innertube map.
Edinburgh has great wildlife. You can birdwatch at Duddingston Loch and squirrels can be spotted easily in Princes Street Gardens and the Botanics.
And this heron is often spotted in the Water of Leith and Inverleith Park.
We have an amazing bus service
And we finally have a tram service.
Edinburgh is the home of the Fringe which is the world’s largest arts festival. The city explodes with activity every August.
Edinburgh is also the home of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo every August which in incredible to watch and has a rather impressive backdrop.
August also see the Edinburgh Art Festival take place.
You can check the dates of all Edinburgh’s festivals. We’re not known as the festival city for nothing!
Edinburgh is an all year round tourist destination and loved by all visitors. We think certain tourists are extremely cute.
We’ve got bagpipers in the street.
Shops with great names.
And a couple of gold postboxes.
We often have parades down the Royal Mile like this.
And we’ve got thousands of chimneys.
And gorgeous streets like this.
Food and drink
You get great all-day breakfasts in Edinburgh.
You can get a good coffee all over the city and can treat yourself to a cup of tea and a scone (or two).
And we even have a bakery open through the night.
Bruntsfield is home to Artisan Cheesecakes
We have pubs like the Theatre Royal.
And in the White Hart Inn offers husband day care.
Other fabulous buildings in Edinburgh include:
George Heriot’s school.
And inside the Royal Bank of Scotland at St Andrew Square looks like this.
Edinburgh is home to the Scottish Parliament
We have a little village that looks like this. Link to article on Dean Village.
And one that looks like this.
And urban gardens that look like this.
We have wee spots off the main streets like these.
We do have interesting weather in Edinburgh. Sometimes it’s super sunny like this and everyone soaks up the rays.
Sometimes it rains. A lot.
And other times the haar engulfs the city.
And we mean really engulfs the city.
It can often be rainy and sunny at the same time.
We get incredible sunrises and sunsets.
Edinburgh looks amazing in the snow.
And when it does snow, we just carry on as if it was any other day.
And at Christmas time, Edinburgh looks like this.
We have a torchlight procession on the streets of the city centre the night before Hogmanay, led by Shetlanders.
And we end every year with a big street party. Photo courtesy of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay.
And the morning after the night before, we take a dip in the sea…..
Edinburgh and its people
We have Tom Gilzean, an Edinburgh legend. At the age of 96, the veteran stills collects money for charity on the streets of Edinburgh.
Every December we dress up as Santa and go for a run.
A local likes to play his piano on the beach.
You can often see this guy on Princes Street looking for donations for his ‘skill’ of balancing upside down in a bucket. As someone puts a coin in, he shouts out ‘thank you’.
We like to put scarves on our trees
Our shops have cool displays like this one in the Drum Vault
Edinburgh has its own Wild West.
Every year, taxi drivers give up their time and take special needs kids to the seaside, starting with a parade through town.
And we definitely have a sense of humour.
Other things to do in the city
There are many more attractions and things to do in Edinburgh that we haven’t mentioned in this article as there are just so many to chose from!
Here’s the links to some of the other things you can do in town.
Theatre performances, concerts and live music all over the city.
Several museums to visit.
Rugby at Murrayfield Stadium
Not visited Edinburgh yet? What on earth are you waiting for?