Edinburgh Photo Spots: 14 Breathtaking Locations

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Edinburgh has so many incredible photo spots and what better souvenir than an Edinburgh photoshoot! Here are 14 gorgeous locations.

St. Anthony's Chapel Ruins

St. Anthony’s Chapel Ruins in Holyrood Park is easily one of my favourite Edinburgh photo spots. With the ancient crumbling chapel, views of Arthur’s Seat and the sprawling city-scape it really has it all.

St. Margaret's Loch

Also located in Holyrood Park is St. Margaret’s Loch. You can see St. Anthony’s Chapel on the hill above and you’ll often find swans in this loch. It’s a popular place to elope in Edinburgh and makes for a beautiful backdrop to your portraits. 

Writer's Museum

Tucked off the Royal Mile, the Writer’s Museum is located in Lady Stair’s Close and is a must-have shot for any Edinburgh portrait shoot or elopement. It offers gorgeous views of traditional architecture and with a beautiful white dress or suit, you get a gorgeous shot!

Holyrood Park

Holyrood Park has so many gorgeous little trails and viewpoints that make it the perfect place for hours of portrait shots, outdoor elopement ceremony, or proposal

The Vennel

One of Edinburgh’s most iconic photo spots has to be the Vennel. Located up the stairs just off Grassmarket the Vennel has a stunning view of Edinburgh Castle is a perfect spot for fairytale castle photos!

Victoria Street

Edinburgh’s most colourful street is Victoria Street and leads from Grassmarket to the Royal Mile. This is one of Edinburgh’s busiest streets so it’s normally a quick stop for a photo on a way to more hidden and quiet locations. 

Advocate's Close

Advocate’s Close is another little alley leading down towards Princes Street via the Devil’s Advocate pub. I love the views of the Walter Scott Monument in Princes Street Gardens.

Lady Stair's Close

Right off the Royal Mile is Lady Stair’s Close. I love how this frames couples, families, or solo travelers and since it’s right after we leave the Writer’s Museum area it’s a must-have shot! 

Riddle's Court

Riddle’s Court is a gorgeous colourful little close (alley) nestled off the Royal Mile. It’s such a unique and beautiful area and I love to see people’s reactions when we head in here for the first time!

Dean Village

Ever the hidden gem is Dean Village. This quiet little village has grown increasingly popular as an Edinburgh photo spot. Just a 10 minute walk from Princes Street Dean Village has plentiful greens and several gorgeous locations along the Water of Leith. 

Circus Lane

This residential street in Stockbridge has quickly become a prominent photo location with its cobblestones and church steeple in the background. Come in spring to see the full street in bloom!

Water of Leith Walkway

Located between Stockbridge and Dean Village, the Water of Leith Walkway is a gorgeous greenspace is a perfect place for a photo stop. 

Calton Hill

One photo simply does not do Calton Hill justice! It’s easy to spend hours here viewing the city and Arthur’s Seat from many different angles. Calton Hill offers 360 views that do not dissapoint! 

Check out more shots from a Calton Hill elopement shoot here


Stockbridge has plenty of nooks and crannies with gorgeous streets that are ideal for photos. 

Princes Street Gardens

Nothing says “iconic Edinburgh photo spot” quite like the view of Edinburgh Castle and the Ross Fountain in Princes Street Gardens!

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle Plaza where you’ll get insane shots like this at sunrise as well as views over the Old Town, Castle, and Royal Mile. 

New College

Edinburgh University’s New College building is straight out of Harry Potter. You’ll need to wait until they open the gates for students, but once they do you’ll be able to walk into a beautiful courtyard, complete with towers, archways, and beautiful staircases.

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