Wedding Photography Location Ideas in Edinburgh

Spoilt for choice on your wedding day

Edinburgh in Scotland is a fantastic city to have your photographs taken - and you are spoilt for choice with all the romantic streets, hidden alley ways and monuments that are everywhere.

The obvious locations

  • Edinburgh Castle
  • Princess Street Gardens
  • Calton Hill

The obvious ones are not the best ones. Let me explain why.

Edinburgh Castle Esplanade

  • Lots of tourists, and most importantly:
  • You won't get permission to have your photos taken on the esplanade unless your wedding is in the castle.

Princes Street Gardens

  • You need a permit by the Edinburgh Parks Authority.
  • There are always lots of people around.
  • Car access is very limited.

If you don't mind being photographed in front of strangers that's ok.

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Think about transport

  • Edinburgh Cabs are the easiest way to get around. They can stop anywhere.
  • If you hire a white cab in advance, it can double up as a wedding car in the photographs.

Calton Hill

Edinburgh's Calton Hill is a fantastic location for photography. Lots of monuments and space to walk around with amazing views over the city. However, it is also hugely popular with tourists and on a dry day, there will be many many tourists visiting Calton Hill. If you don't mind having a "smooch" in front of strangers... then that's absolutely fine.
If you want your wedding photographs taken on Calton Hill, you will need to get a photography permit.

I have written an article about the Edinburgh photography permits here.

Circus Lane

Circus Lane is a hidden street in the Stockbridge area of Edinburgh. It's absolutely beautiful and great as a backdrop for photographs. The last two photographs are taken nearby, in Stockbridge.

Royal Mile & Victoria Street

Victoria Street is just around the corner from the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, so I have combined these two locations.

The next set of images is taken around St Giles Cathedral.

The next set of images is taken in Victoria Street.

Waterloo Place

Waterloo Place is to the East of Princes Street, and you can get nice views towards Princes Street, and if you walk further East, you can see Arthur's Seat.

The image on the right shows the iconic view of Princes Street, with the Balmoral Hotel on the left.

Princes Street Gardens

Princes Street Gardens in Edinburgh can be very busy with tourists during the summer months. You would also require a permit to access the gardens for photography.