Edinburgh From Up High

Edinburgh has been on my places to visit list for so long, so I was really excited to visit at the start of Spring last weekend. G and I took a quick 1 hour flight from Stansted and hopped on a tram into the city centre. Our friend lives in the city, so he put us up for 4 days and took us to all the best places to visit in Edinburgh.

Our trip basically consisted of two activities. Walking up hills and eating loads. So for today’s post I want to share with you all the photos I took in Edinburgh from up high. There are so many places to get a great view of the city and we were so lucky to have such beautiful weather! Here are the places we visited….it’s a picture heavy post, but hopefully you will enjoy them.


Arthur’s Seat is the main peak of the group of hills which form most of Holyrood Park. The hill is 250.5m in height with many different routes to the peak which overlook the city and Firth of Forth. It was busy as the sun was out, but the views and sometimes steep sections were well worth it. The light was ace and it felt like a good leg work out to burn off the fudge, ice cream and full scottish breakfast…..

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At the spur of the hill is Salisbury Crags – the ledge which extends to the right handside. We walked this on a different day to Arthur’s Seat (our legs were feeling it!). It wasn’t as steep and offered a different view of the city towards Edinburgh Castle and down over Holyrood Palace.

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In Princes Street Gardens stands Scott Monument 61 metres above the ground. For a £4 entry fee you can climb a spiral staircase in the centre of the monument stopping at different levels to enjoy 360 degree views of the city including the castle, Arthur’s Seat, the coast and Princes Street. Towards the top the staircase gets VERY tight, so it was a real test for someone who gets anxiety in small spaces. The views were totally worth the 287 steps, especially as it was so sunny!


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Edinburgh Castle is somewhere which is well worth visiting too. It’s not just for history fans as the views across the rooftops are pretty awesome. On a clear day you can see hills and even the dry ski-slope.

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Walking up to Calton Hill is a great activity if you have an hour or so free. It is the location of the National Monument and Nelson Monument which costs £4 to climb the 143 steps and visit the exhibition. There is an open air cafe at the top of the hill if you need a bit of cake to recharge too.

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I’m saving the rest of my photos for a second blog post which I will share later this week. They include the best chocolate in Edinburgh, hipster coffee shops, underground bars and of course some bikespotting.

For now I’ll leave you with the last shot I got from up high on the way home.




5 thoughts on “Edinburgh From Up High

  1. It was a good time to be in the city! It was probably the warmest compared to other times I visited. I will have to go through my photos of my trip to see if you happen to be in any of them, especially the ones of Calton Hill.

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