John Gilchrist | Edinburgh UK, The City of Edinburgh And Surrounding Areas

Edinburgh in Detail by John Gilchrist

Red bike outside in the rain on Edinburgh's Royal MileA Capital VentureMy photo ventures and activities around The City of Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland UK

My personal photo challenge is to depict all that is Edinburgh, I’m attempting to capture a comprehensive image collection that ranges from the finer detailed shots through to the wider perspective panoramic images; it’s all a work in progress.


Posts in the blog support "My Edinburgh photo collection", whilst the image collection itself serves as archive of my complete activities

A varied insight into suburban escapades mixed with new and old town ventures. From these blog posts and galleries you’ll find a hand-picked selection that I’d like to share for you to view. My links feature an ever growing library of content; exploits will be updated where and when possible.

Browse Edinburgh photos and city locations and discover new photography as it’s added to the blog under Edinburgh Photo Books, view the growing image collection comprising Edinburgh's street scenes, trams, stations, cafés, architecture and canals or visit the sub directories direct here at...

District areas included in the galleries cover...

This was a townscape raised in the teeth of cold winds from the east; a city of winding cobbled streets and haughty pillars; a city of dark nights and candlelight, and intellect Alexander McCall Smith
  • Edinburgh North West
  • Edinburgh South West
  • Edinburgh South
  • Edinburgh City Centre
  • Edinburgh North images
  • Edinburgh East  images
  • Edinburgh West

General topics include...

  • Edinburgh Festivals
  • Things to do in Edinburgh

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Classic views of Edinburgh

If your reading this then you’re probably going to come to the city with a view to create vibrant photography from the classic views, famous landmarks & historical buildings of Edinburgh, which also happens to be my hometown. Attractions are plentiful and are well documented elsewhere so it’s easy to find plenty subject matter to suit your taste. Whether its buildings of historic interest or stimulating attractions one certainty is, the city won’t fall short of your expectations. Cobbled street views depict the iconic settings so well. Traditional or  contemporary, Edinburgh photo opportunities are in abundance, there is  ample to see and do. Not forgetting the lively Christmas and New Year  celebrations, note, a woolly hat and scarf is necessary essential in the  photographer’s kit bag. The city has it all and offers boundless  photographic scenarios to get you inspired. What’s more, the surrounding  coast and countryside of East, West and Midlothian is perfect for  bracing beach walks and refreshing rambles along the Pentland Hills and  country parks, truly inspiring photography locations.

Sightseeing & Edinburgh photography tours

There are many ways to photograph both new and old towns, from walking photography tours to open-top bus excursions. Whatever your sightseeing choice are they're sure to bring Edinburgh’s history to life, there is simply no shortage of options for the avid photographer. If it is business or pleasure that brings you to the city, there is plenty to satisfy an itchy shutter release finger. If you've a special interest in architecture and are willing to pack a tripod you'll find that the city warmly nicknamed Auld Reekie contains some of the world's most varied building designs. Go on, take a tour. Great ways to appreciate the city, Edinburgh photography tours are a must.

Overview of Edinburgh

Photo of Edinburgh at night, Arthur's  Seat offered the perfect view over the city.AfterdarkView from Arthur's Seat over central Edinburgh, night shots of buildings and street lighting in the dark. The capital city of Scotland is a vibrant and inviting place to photograph, especially the the city's Old Town, New Town and not forgetting the out-of-town areas too. Amongst other work I have created a dedicated Edinburgh photo collection, areas and districts covered include: Edinburgh City Centre, Edinburgh North, Edinburgh South West,  Edinburgh South, Edinburgh North West, Edinburgh East & Edinburgh West. Images are on sale and available to purchase today. Purchase contemporary images of Scotland's historic capital, photographs of places, locations and interesting scenes displayed in my diverse picture collection.

Situated in the South East of Scotland, Edinburgh is located on the coastline of the Firth of Forth with stunning views from many of the lofty locations surrounding the city’s landscape scenery. Set amidst several hills, vantage points will be enjoyed from Arthur’s Seat, Calton Hill, Corstorphine Hill, Craiglockhart Hill, Blackford Hill and the Braid Hills.

Architecture and Structures

There is diversity when it comes to architectural styles within Edinburgh. The New Town enjoys a generous and well-maintained example of Georgian town planning whilst the historical tenements and legendary Old Town closes and wynds retain that medieval history famous the world over. Leading out to the outskirts and greenbelts, there is a variety of well-established and modern developments to give any avid visitor an abundance of photo opportunities. Areas that would suit some photographers include Stockbridge, Broughton and Haymarket.

Marchmont, Polwarth and the Pollock Halls of residence are popular areas that are nearby to the many educational facilities such as The University of Edinburgh, Heriot Watt University and Edinburgh Napier University as well as Edinburgh College, always interesting to document  

As you can appreciate, there are a large number of areas to photograph around the city. Simply click on the thumbnails above to start discovering the different areas.


In relation to culture, Edinburgh is a fine example when it comes to promoting the arts. The city hosts festivals all year round including: Edinburgh Castle Fireworks IMG-20100905-0074Firework DisplayFireworks explode in the dark skies above Edinburgh Castle

  • Edinburgh's Summer Festivals
  • Edinburgh International Film Festival, Early Summer
  • Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival, Mid Summer
  • Edinburgh Art Festival, Late Summer
  • Royal Edinburgh Military, Late Summer
  • Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Late Summer
  • Edinburgh International Book Festival, Late Summer
  • Edinburgh Mela Festival, Late Summer

Other festivals in Edinburgh

  • Edinburgh International Science Festival, Spring
  • Imaginate Festival May, Spring
  • International Storytelling Festival, Autumn
  • Edinburgh's Hogmanay, Winter

To complement the festival why not take advantage of the many tourist attractions ranging from fine art galleries and theatres to the prestigious High Street that stretches from Edinburgh Castle to the Palace of Holyrood at the foot of the Royal Mile.

Things to Do

Top things to do if you are planning to visit, maybe you are living here already and haven’t yet experienced.

  1. Arthur's Seat,for the best view in town.
  2. Royal Yacht Britannia, for fab views from the cafe out to Leith Harbour.
  3. Inchcolm Abbey, the Island itself has a lot of history; you can take the boat trip out of South Queensferry, on route it takes you under the Forth road bridge and Rail Bridge and now the site of the new Queensferry crossing.
  4. Camera Obscura and World of Illusions,
  5. Gilmerton Cove,
  6. Jupiter Artland,
  7. Talbot Rice Gallery, central fine art exhibitions in a gorgeous building.
  8. Urbane Art Gallery, a great discovery in the Old Town which showcases great artists from Scotland and around the world.
  9. Scottish National Portrait Gallery,
  10. The Scottish Gallery, truly one of the best art galleries in the UK
  11. Fruitmarket Gallery, the exhibitions tend to be donation based, the art exhibits are always interesting.
  12. Open Eye Gallery, one of Scotland's leading private art galleries.
  13. Stills Gallery, thought provoking photography.

Whatever type of photography you are looking for, John Gilchrist may have the images for you. With a variety of prints for sale, pictures for sale, photos for sale and photographs for sale all tastes and budgets can be provided for.

Prints for sale

Purchase images in print format from my Edinburgh picture galleries

Hometown images, my Edinburgh photos for sale pitch, select views taken in and around the burgh’s streets, parks and vantage points, photography from my home city. A colourful representation, both new and old town photos displayed, please enjoy this wonderful city that is Edinburgh, there is simply no shortage of inspiration. Too much of a good thing is never enough, I just thought I would provide my own wee corner of Edinburgh to show off this vibrant city and when I say photos are recent that’s really just to suggest my activities from the dawn of the digital era.

Captivated by so many insightful images on the web I have become firmly focused on discovering my own way around Edinburgh. It’s a real pleasure to get lost in so many interesting blogs and musings online. Essential photos that you must view from Scotland’s inspiring capital are located all over the internet, with all its splendor and thriving diverse cultures memorable photography with Scotland's famous castle dominating the city skyline are showcased and well documented on the web.

With a content rich environment, my rambling inner thoughts are always changing shape in regards to what site or page to view next. Once there I'm always considering whether I should scroll down or move onto the latest blog, it's always a dilemma. When I encounter a beautiful sight, I often wonder whether I should pause and enjoy the moment or move on to the next fascinating article. Fresh content mixed with scans of historical old slides & film are regularly uploaded and there is just so much quality and wealth to absorb out there.

Royal Observatory Edinburgh, Scenic Landscape - IMG-201302180002Royal Observatory Edinburgh, Scenic Landscape - IMG-201302180002Royal Observatory Edinburgh - by JGP
Scenic landscape photography in Edinburgh, shot over The Braid Hills to Arthur Seat in the background
Photography ref: Edinburgh, United Kingdom