Hotel Indigo Edinburgh, 51 - 59 York Place, EH1 3JD

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Edinburgh's 6 Best Photography Spots

Edinburgh is a beautiful city, so it’s no surprise that there are some incredible locations to snap a pic. Whether you’re a keen photographer, want to refresh your feed, or looking to make some memories, these areas are a must-see. 

In this blog, our Edinburgh hotel shares the most photogenic sites to visit.


Calton Hill

Overlooking the city and providing stunning views, head to Calton Hill at sunset to watch the glow disappear behind Edinburgh Castle. Monuments are scattered around the park, including The Nelson Monument, which is a dramatic, commemorative tower. These beauty spots also provide an opportunity to learn more about the history of our incredible city. Calton Hill



Victoria Street

Nestled in the heart of the Old Town, discover the location that inspired Diagon Alley from Harry Potter. This curved, cobbled street is full of life, and the vibrant shop-fronts make for a great colour-coordinated pic. For an alternative viewpoint, climb the steps to Upper Bow to look down over the scene.Victoria Street



Edinburgh Zoo

Who doesn’t love an animal pic? The wide range of creatures at Edinburgh Zoo makes for some incredible photography, including playful penguins and cute koalas. The Tiger Tracks enclosure has viewing points from up high and down below, so you can capture these magnificent animals up close. Edinburgh Zoo is run by the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, a wildlife conservation charity, so you know the animals are cared for.Meerkat



Salisbury Crags

Take the 30 minute hike up Salisbury Crags to discover a mass of impressive landscape photo opportunities. Be sure to snap a view across the Edinburgh skyline and palace halfway up, using a long exposure for some incredible sunrise or sunset snapshots.Salisbury Crags



Dean Village

Meander along the Water of Leith Walkway and you’ll discover Dean Village, a picturesque location with gardens, colourful buildings, and the winding river. Explore every angle with your camera lens to capture the best images, making sure to bend low for water reflection shots. Dean Village



St Giles’ Cathedral

Look up! This 14th century cathedral has a gorgeous blue ceiling which creates the illusion of sky, framed by intricate stonework. The rest of the building features intricate stained glass windows and impressive archways. This is the perfect spot for architecture-loving photographers, although you do need to purchase a photography pass for £2.St Gile's Cathedral


After a long day exploring the city’s best photography locations, you’ll need somewhere relaxing to rest your head. Check out our special offers to discover your perfect package at our Edinburgh hotel.




Romance Package

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Indigo Infusion Package

Treat your partner to our Edinburgh hotel’s ‘Indigo Infusion Package’, and enjoy accommodation, full Scottish breakfast and bottle of prosecco!

The first thing you notice about this hotel is what a fantastic location it is for both business and pleasure. Right opposite the main train station and walking distance from pretty much anything that’s worth seeing!

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Hotel Indigo Edinburgh Reviews



This hotel is such a great find. Its location cannot be beat and the rooms are incredibly nice. Great amenities (including complimentary mini bar) and great service. Would definitely stay here again!


Newcastle upon Tyne

I stayed here overnight to see Justin Timberlake on his Man of The Woods Tour. We were greeted with the warmest welcome by the receptionist...genuinely helpful and friendly. We stayed in the Suite, which has everything I could possibly need. A FREE (well stocked) mini bar! Robes, Aveda toiletries, slippers, free calls, a very appreciated cafetiere with ground coffee and a lovely selection of teas. 30mins in and a welcome plate arrived with 5 good size desserts...gorgeous.

Room service was excellent and the breakfast was utterly delicious and brought to the room at no extra charge. The room was very large and spacious with a huge double bed, blissfully comfortable. When needed in the evening the staff pressed a button at reception and a taxi arrived within 2 minutes...Outstanding service!

I had such a fantastic stay here that I shall return in November and I'll be re-booking this Suite.


Kingston upon Hull

Less than 10 mins walk from Waverley. Staff were very polite, helpful and friendly throughout our stay. Room was a good size with a great bathroom. Large shower, robes and Aveda products included. Fridge with free cold drinks. Good breakfast with plenty of choice. Both couples enjoyed and would stay again.



Really nice friendly boutique hotel. We didn't arrive until late but the hotel was more than happy to let us check in late. After checking in we also asked for some area recommendations, which again the staff were more than happy to give us. Our room was really nice and very clean, bed was comfortable and gave us a good night sleep. We stayed for two night and did not hear any noise from the hotel or any of the other guest. In a good location with only a short walk to the shops and restaurant/cinema ! If staying on Edinburgh I would highly recommend this hotel!



Stayed for one night, but very impressed. Receptionist was fantastic, very professional, helpful, good looking and immaculately presented. The room was excellent, very clean, bed comfortable and the shower was fantastic, hot and powerful.

Breakfast well worth the money, with attention to detail and served hot. The location is excellent with just a 10 minutes walk from the station and to Princess Street. I will definitely stay here again.

Great boutique hotel and great value for money. Wish I was staying for longer.



Had a one night stay here. The location is great, right beside a Tram Stop, 2 minute walk to St Andrews Square bus station, 15 min from Waverley Train station and short walk to main shopping and restaurants. Hotel was very clean & comfortable. Good Breakfast. Very friendly staff.



Really nice hotel in a fantastic location for train station, shopping and nightlife. Lovely rooms, with complimentary snacks and lovely Aveda toiletries in the room. Bed was really comfortable, breakfast was also excellent and the staff very friendly. Would definitely recommend this hotel to family and friends visiting Edinburgh.



Visited the hotel and stayed 2 nights having stayed at the Indigo in London. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Lovely rooms, great service, very good location opposite the tram stop and bus routes.
Lovely bar and restaurant is on site if you prefer to stay close for dinner!



I stayed at Hotel Indigo for first time last week, the service from the reception, bar and restaurant staff was faultless. The room was very comfortable and the bed was the comfiest i have ever slept in. The Hotel is situated close to the Playhouse and only 5 minute walk from waverley station, there are several good bars and restaurants in the vicinity. A great Hotel in a good area.

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