photography, Scotland, Walking

The views from North Berwick Law

North Berwick is a little town in East Lothian which is a popular weekend destination for all kinds of people – some are walkers, some just like to enjoy the famous chippy, some like to have a stroll around the shops (which are nice) or spend some time in one of many cafes or play golf.

All in all, it satisfies needs of many and mine, too. With Edinburgh strollers we enjoyed a Saturday walk along the beach, then through the town and the park and up North Berwick Law, which is part of an extinct volcano.

Wild ponies were a bit of a surprise, as they are usually seen on nearby Traprain Law, and the views never disappoint. You can see as far as Edinburgh and admire Tantallon Castle, Bass Rock and the rural landscape.



Photo locations – Edinburgh part 1

Recently I have visited Peak District and came across a book that gave me an idea of sharing some local knowledge.

If you wonder where to head to take beautiful photos of Edinburgh then I hope you will make use of some little hints and tips in this post.

If you find the information here useful – let me know in a comment or a message. I will do my best to share more knowledge in the following weeks.

So… Edinburgh…

Beautiful city that enchants with its history and architecture. I am sure you have seen loads of magnificent photos and wonder where to go to get the best views of the city, so here is a couple of practical tips.

Calton Hill

It is probably one of the best places to head to get views of Princes Street, Balmoral Hotel tower, and the old town. Most postcards will feature the view from just near The Old Observatory House. Another view is that of Princes Street taken from the bottom of Nelson Monument.

On the other side you get the views of Arthur’s Seat and the Crags, and the north of the town – Leith and the firth of the Forth.

Best times to visit: very early morning or at sunset. It can be really busy!

Salisbury Crags and Arthur’s Seat

Great for the photos of Edinburgh Castle (especially the Crags), Royal Mile, Calton Hill, Holyrood Palace and the Scottish Parliament. All round views from top of Arthur’s Seat.

Best times to visit: anytime. Arthur’s Seat can be busy and windy!


Calton Hill from the Crags at sunset


Royal Mile and Edinburgh Castle

These are great but extremely busy. Some magnificent photos can be taken of closes in Royal Mile (especially White Horse Close near Holyrood and the Parliament, Barrie’s Close near the Court Building, Writer’s Court). Closes are interesting on its own and well worth exploring. Check this site for more info: Royal Mile closes map

Other points of interest on the Royal Mile – Tolbooth Building, St. Giles cathedral, Upper Bow, Victoria Street, Cockburn Street, Canongate Kirkyard. Unfortunately, cars and tourists make it a difficult place to photograph.

Edinburgh Castle

It is a bit tricky to photograph but offers unparalleled views of the Old and New Town and the Forth.

Best times to visit: very early morning or night (but be careful).


Another iconic location – everybody must know Bobby and the statue of a little dog. Plus the kirkyard nearby make it an interesting and exciting place to visit.

When to visit: anytime.

Scott Monument and Princes Street

Climbing Scott Monument gives the opportunity to enjoy great views of Princes Street and the Castle. Well worth the effort and the £5, can be a bit claustrophobic though.

When to visit: during opening times (usually 9-5).

As far as Princes Street is concerned, a stroll through the gardens gives you a chance of not having to navigate around aimless wanderers, plus there is a well known Gardener’s cottage, Statue of Bear Wojtek, and at the end of Princes Street – Ross Fountain and yet another classic view of the castle, plus St. John’s Kirkyard.

Best time to visit: anytime.

Grassmarket and the Vennel

Another great location for photos of the castle, cobbled square, view up Victoria Street. One of my favourites.


Best time to visit: any time, particularly good at night and sunrise (but again-be careful).

Contact me if you ever want to go for a wander around Edinburgh and I will happily show you all the places.

More photos in my posts: Edinburgh 1 and Edinburgh 2.

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