A few weeks ago, I was able to visit the beautiful country of Scotland. My trip to Edinburgh was much more special than I had expected. Not only was it my first time traveling with a big group, but it was also my first time exploring another city in the United Kingdom. I did not know what to expect coming in, but when our group first arrived to the capital city, we were greeted by the most magical atmosphere.
Edinburgh is straight out of a fairytale. The city has medieval castles, street bagpipers, tartan boutiques, teeny-tiny pubs, and views that make you feel like you’ve been transported into a Microsoft desktop screensaver.
Here are the key places to get the best views of this charming city. Next time you find yourself in Europe, make sure to place Edinburgh on the top of your to-do list.
The streets of Edinburgh are truly unlike any others I have seen before. Strolling through the cobblestone streets and charming corners of the city make you feel as if you’re living in a storybook. You can get a true sense of Celtic culture and Scottish hospitality in the streets of this capital city.
The National Museum of Scotland offers panoramic views of the city atop its rooftop terrace. Located in the center of the city, the National Museum is the perfect place to spend a morning or afternoon. The beautiful, Victorian-style building houses collections and exhibits that showcase science, technology, national history, fashion design, and more.
Edinburgh Castle is a must-see in Scotland. The medieval castle is a historic fortress that essentially rests upon a massive rock. As an icon of the city and its skyline, the castle is the perfect place to view Edinburgh from an entirely different perspective.
Holyrood Park serves as a natural escape that is uniquely situated in the heart of Edinburgh. Climbing up the volcanic rocks, steep pathways, and grassy hills allow you to take in some of the best views of the Scottish Highlands. Whether you plan to stroll around the public park or take a hike up the windy slopes, you’ll find no shortage of beauty here.
For breathtaking, panoramic views of Edinburgh and beyond, look no further (or higher) than Arthur’s Seat. The extinct, ancient volcano is located at the highest peak of Holyrood Park and offers unparalleled views of the city. The short hike can bring intense winds, jagged surfaces, and grassy climbs, but the ultimately easy trip up to the top is 100% worth it. The views at Arthur’s Seat were some of the most beautiful scenes I have ever seen, which made my trip to Edinburgh incredibly memorable.
Celeste Lim, Study Abroad Correspondent
Celeste Lim is a junior at Boston University, majoring in public relations. She is currently studying abroad in London, England, and will be interning at United Airlines. In Boston, Celeste is a member and PR Director of Her Campus Boston University. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, taking photos, and consuming vast amounts of lattes.