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Edinburgh for me looks braw at all times of year, but really comes in to its own in the balmier summer months when the long nights and bountiful greenery bring a buzz and an extra layer of charm to this most special of cities. As a travel writer I’ve visited over 500 cities around the world, but genuinely think it’s hard to beat Edinburgh in summer whether you are here for ‘The Festival’ or not.

I was delighted to see all your glorious photos of the city flood in during our recent Edinburgh focused #HaymarketHub theme week. We’ve poured through them (and some others previously posted on our Facebook page) and I’ve picked some of my favourites, which you can now see beaming below. I hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I did. I wrote the descriptions for them working out here in Ljubljana so they are very much making me miss my glorious home city!

The National Monument on Calton Hill

The National Monument on Calton Hill may look grand, but for me it is a symbol that Edinburgh could be even grander than it is. This ambitious attempt to replicate the deeply dramatic Parthenon in Athens was never finished. Still the views from up here are truly epic.

The National Monument, Calton Hill. Photo by George Neilson

The National Monument, Calton Hill (c) George Neilson

Stunning Sandstone Buildings

I love Edinburgh’s grand old sandstone buildings. Everyone talks about the even older medieval gems and the castle, but these graceful dames really help make the city for me.

Edinburgh's sandstone buildings and striking architecture. Photo by Patti Blackwood

Edinburgh’s sandstone buildings and striking architecture (c) Patti Blackwood

Edinburgh Castle

How can anyone fail to be impressed by that castle? Edinburgh Castle is arguably the finest castle in the land – and that’s saying something – this sturdy fortification is a chocolate box beauty that perches high improbably atop an extinct volcano.

Edinburgh Castle. Photo by Holly Jenny

Edinburgh Castle (c) Holly Jenny

I love how the castle works its way into so many vistas of Edinburgh. Here you cut down a wee lane and there she is towering above. So Edinburgh!

Edinburgh Castle. Photo by Jim Da Thesta Jacobs de Bok

Edinburgh Castle (c) Jim Da Thesta Jacobs de Bok

Princes Street Gardens

They are currently revamping this fountain and much of the western reaches of Princes Street Gardens and I’m glad as this is one of my favourite green lungs in the city. This photo captures its beauty, but families might also want to know there is a great free playpark here too.

Princes Street Gardens & Edinburgh Castle. Photo by Sue Janette Gibson

Princes Street Gardens & Edinburgh Castle (c) Sue Janette Gibson

Queensferry Crossing

I can see the new Queensferry Crossing from my office and she is a stunner. I can think of nowhere in the world with three architecturally significant bridges from three successive centuries lie so close to each other. The trio of Forth Bridges really are world class and world beating. If you’ve not been get out to South Queensferry.

Queensferry Crossing. Photo by John Arnott Photography

Queensferry Crossing (c) John Arnott Photography @JohnArnottPhotography

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

There she is again looking even more resplendent by night. This photo of Edinburgh Castle has been shot during the landmark Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo at the castle. We are HUGE fans of the Tattoo, which I recommend for both visitors and locals alike. It’s great for kids too!

Edinburgh Castle during the Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Photo by Terreva Arrington

Edinburgh Castle during the Edinburgh Military Tattoo (c) Terreva Arrington

The Meadows

It’s off to another lovely green lung now, the Meadows. When I was at University in Edinburgh I used to walk across this green space every day and it’s a great place to hand out on a sunny day. It really comes alive during the Festival too in August.

The Meadows, Edinburgh. Photo by Karin Barth

The Meadows, Edinburgh (c) Karin Barth

Calton Hill

This is my personal favourite view of Edinburgh. Yes you can see more from Arthur’s Seat, but it is the immediacy I like here. From Calton Hill there is an epic swathe of buildings spilling out right out in front of you, both the old and new towns vying for your visual attention.

View from Calton Hill. Photo by Brenda Linskey‎

View from Calton Hill (c) Brenda Linskey‎

I hope you enjoyed looking through these great shots of Edinburgh as much as I did. If you have any photos of Scotland’s stunning captial city to share with us you can post them on Facebook or Tweet us @welcomescotland

Edinburgh Blogs

If you’re planning a visit to the Scottish capital then check out some of our other Edinburgh blogs:

7 Essential Tips for Visiting Edinburgh
Edinburgh: The Family Friendly Capital
Top Tips for Families in the Festival City
Edinburgh’s Foodie History Trail
Edinburgh’s Camera Obscura and World of Illusions


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