Top 10 Edinburgh Photography Locations

Top Edinburgh Photo Locations

I thought that I’d put together a short list of my Top 10 Edinburgh photography locations. Of course, this is fairly subjective but I thought you’d appreciate my list anyway!

I also thought I’d clarify these locations are in no specific order. Also please click on the small images to see them larger.

Let me know at the bottom if you agree/disagree or if you think I’ve missed anywhere out!

Calton Hill

One of the obvious ones and one of the clichés but no list like this would be complete without the views from Calton Hill. A short walk up from Princes Street, Calton Hill is ideally located for city-centre photography. With multiple ‘classic’ views including the view down Princes Street, the view looking towards the Castle with the Dugald Stewart Monument in the foreground, photos of the National Monument and more… Calton Hill is hard to beat.

The Vennel

One of my other favourite spots to photograph the Castle. When you get the right lighting and weather conditions photos from here just work. Some of the favourite photos I’ve taken of Edinburgh have been from here. Perhaps a lesser known view of the Castle, the small path that connects the Grassmarket to Lauriston Place is a superb spot for photography.

The Bridges

What was once one bridge and later two bridges is very quickly becoming three. With the new Queensferry Crossing under construction this is a ‘Watch this space’ for more photo viewpoints. However, the existing two bridges already make for stunning photos when the conditions are right, particularly the unique Forth (Rail) Bridge!

Victoria Street

Victoria Street is one of the more unusual and photogenic streets of Edinburgh’s Old Town. With a grand curving terrace high above the road below, photographers have a few interesting viewpoints to capture one of Edinburgh’s most recognisable streets.

The Crags and the Radical Road

If you’ve ever visited Edinburgh, you’ll know how Arthur’s Seat and the Crags loom over the city providing a great vantage point for views in all directions. I find that the Crags or Radical Road are best for photos in the direction of the city centre/ Calton Hill or the Castle (and also requires less effort than getting to the top of Arthur’s Seat)! Well worth a visit when the weather is nice and it looks like a colourful sunset is on the cards!


As well as centuries of history, Duddingston Village not only makes for an enjoyable walk for a photographer with a number of photo opportunities, especially of the old Kirk on the shores of Duddingston Loch.

Kirk on the Shores of Duddingston Loch

Princes Street Gardens

Whether it’s a shot of the “gingerbread house” (Gardener’s Cottage), the Scott Monument, the Castle or something else entirely, there’s plenty to keep a photographer busy in the Gardens. If you’re looking for a way to spend a couple of hours on a sunny afternoon then you could do worse!

Dean Village

Perhaps you don’t expect to find an attractive wee village in the centre of Edinburgh but if not then prepare to be pleasantly surprised! One of the most interesting things about Edinburgh as a city (and particularly for photographers) is that there are so many of these unexpected finds. Dean Village is one of these; just a short walk from Edinburgh’s West End, Dean Village is a delightful combination of old stone houses including the unique Well Court with the Water of Leith cutting through the centre of the Village.

The Royal Mile

As one of Edinburgh’s most popular tourist streets (if not perhaps THE most popular!), you need to be up early (or very late) if you want to get a shot of the Mile when clear of people! It’s however also a good spot if you want to do some street photography, particularly during the Festival in August. It’s pretty much impossible to miss the Mile when visiting Edinburgh and you’re bound to walk down at least some of the Mile while visiting some of the other spots included on this list.

The Old Town Closes

There are countless ‘closes’ in Edinburgh, the most famous ones coming off the sides of the Royal Mile. A ‘close’ is a small street or alley that runs between buildings and Edinburgh certainly has quite a few! There are a number of very recognisable ones including White Horse Close, Barrie’s Close, Milne’s Court but every one offers some sort of photographic opportunity and they’re well worth investigating!

That’s all for now! Let me know what you think of the list I’ve put together and whether you’d disagree with any of my choices! What’s your favourite spot in Edinburgh for photos? Let me know in the comments below!

By |2018-12-30T11:16:20+00:00November 9th, 2015|Edinburgh, Tips|23 Comments


  1. leigh November 9, 2015 at 3:53 pm - Reply

    Love the place. You capture it so well

    • Tom Foster November 9, 2015 at 5:41 pm - Reply

      Thanks very much Leigh! Glad you like the photos!

      • Anonymous March 11, 2018 at 5:09 am - Reply

        Very good

  2. Cindy Gander November 9, 2015 at 4:12 pm - Reply

    We have never been to Edinburgh, except in your pictures. All the locations that you have shared are just gorgeous. Maybe someday we will get to see them in person. Thank You.

    • Tom Foster November 9, 2015 at 5:42 pm - Reply

      Thanks Cindy! Glad you like all the photos! I hope that some day you manage to make it to Edinburgh too! Best wishes!

  3. angie November 10, 2015 at 12:13 pm - Reply

    I miss my home town very much after moving to the other side of the world. your photography takes me back there, thank you so much.

    • Tom Foster November 10, 2015 at 12:19 pm - Reply

      Thanks Angie! Glad I can bring back some memories for you and hope you make it back over here at some point soon! 🙂

  4. Helen Tinline November 11, 2015 at 8:27 pm - Reply

    I like your photos very much, so thank you, Tom. When I was a student at the U of E in the swinging 60s I used to love it when the mist rolled into Princes Street, always about 4pm, and all you could see was the Castle rising out of the mist. It was like something out of a fairy tale. Magic!! Are you bringing out a calendar for 2016 ? Helen

    • Tom Foster November 16, 2015 at 3:58 pm - Reply

      Sounds very nice Helen! I’d have loved to see that! I probably won’t be bringing out a calendar this year unfortunately! Very busy with work and also looking for houses so no time! 🙂

  5. Santana December 13, 2015 at 10:21 am - Reply

    These are amazing!! You have no idea how much I love them! We will treasure the moments that you captured forever. Thank you for this, thank you for your advice and friendship, all the help that you gave us along the way and for not getting too annoyed with me when I had my little Marta moments. We love you and are so proud to be one of your couples! I would have changed my date a million times (not just twice) for these beautiful pictures! Love M.

  6. Tom B. June 20, 2016 at 2:16 pm - Reply

    I’m going to Edinburgh next week and your photos are spectacular. I’m hoping to visit all of your suggested locations and hope to get some shots that look 1/2 as good as yours. Thank you!

  7. Pete August 26, 2016 at 10:23 pm - Reply

    I have just arrived in Edinburgh for the very first time and wanted some local info on the best photography spots to capture this amazing city at its best and you have very kindly provided this information.
    I am hoping to capture the castle and the fireworks displays which are going on at the last weekend of the Fringe.
    Again thank you for providing such useful photographic points of location in Edinburgh.
    Regards Pete

  8. Denise L September 4, 2016 at 9:11 pm - Reply

    These pictures are amazing! I hope to be able to visit next year.

  9. Carla January 21, 2017 at 12:24 pm - Reply

    Hi Tom,

    Love your work – you are very talented. Congratulations! Do you have a studio in Edinburgh, when I visit Scotland I would like to visit and purchase a few photos.

    keep well,
    Carla Pinho (Portugal)

  10. Marje @ Kyrosmagica February 2, 2017 at 7:07 pm - Reply

    Amazing photographs. I lived in Edinburgh for many years before moving to England. Miss it very much, and your photographs make me want to be there! Luckily I visit often as I still have family there. 🙂

  11. Veli February 7, 2017 at 12:26 am - Reply

    Most helpful! Thank you very much 🙂

  12. Jonathan Magalong April 8, 2017 at 7:55 pm - Reply

    These are brilliant locations and photos! Exactly what I am looking for. I am travelling to Edinburgh with some friends in May for 3 days and 2 nights and looking for places to take pictures. The challenge now is to find the right time of the day to get perfect photos due to the limited time I have. Any advice on this? Thanks in advance!

  13. Adrian Diaz April 14, 2017 at 7:02 pm - Reply

    SO PRETTY 😀 😀

    I love each shot, I’m going to Edinburgh this summer so I greatly appreciate the suggestions.

    • Tom Foster May 27, 2017 at 12:29 pm - Reply

      Thanks very much, hope you enjoy your trip this summer! Best wishes, Tom 🙂

  14. Grant McArthur May 4, 2017 at 2:22 pm - Reply

    Love the photo from the terrace above victoria street!

  15. Craig Campbell March 6, 2018 at 3:31 am - Reply

    You hit my favorites and captured some rebus places as well been back to the auld name 4 times and your great photographs really make me homesick. Great work!

  16. Anisha September 21, 2018 at 5:15 am - Reply

    Very awesome results, it makes me want to go there even more~~~

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