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Where to Watch the Edinburgh Fireworks Guide

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With the Virgin Money Fireworks Concert taking place on 1st September, we thought it would be a good idea to create a guide detailing some of the best spots to watch the fireworks from. Below, you will find a written guide as well as an interactive map. Use to the guide and map to find the perfect spot to watch the fireworks from and look forward to a night worth remembering.

Were to Watch Edinburgh Fireworks Map

Click on the points to see more information about each location. Click here to view a larger map.


Vantage Point Locations

Princes Street Gardens – The Scottish Chamber Orchestra will be performing in Ross Theatre, within Princes Street Gardens. Tickets for Ross Theatre have already sold out. Only ticket holders will be allowed entry to Princes Street Gardens. As its paid entry only, it’s usually less cramped than Princes Street itself. It’s important to arrive early if you want one of the better spots. Tickets are on sale here.

Carlton Hill - Carlton Hill usually offers a good view of the fireworks, while also providing a bit more elbow room than the more central locations. If you're energetic enough for the climb and can get there early enough, you should be rewarded with a very good view of the fireworks display.

Inverleith Park – A family viewing area will be set up in Inverleith Park. It’s a bit further away from the action but entry to the park is completely free. Large screens and speakers will be in place and will show a live stream of the orchestra. This is a good place to go if you have younger children; however, the atmosphere just isn’t the same as being up close to the fireworks.

Scott Monument – The area around Scott Monument is usually a popular spot to watch the fireworks concert. There’s no price to pay, but it will be very busy. If you don’t get there early, your view may be obstructed by nearby trees.

Arthur’s Seat - Standing atop Arthur's Seat can give you a great view of the fireworks display. It's a popular spot for photographers and students. Just remember that you'll have to do the descent (unless you take a car and manage to find after the fireworks concert in the dark. Make sure to wear plenty of warm clothes. Not a recommended spot to go with young children.

Salisbury Crags - Another popular spot to watch the fireworks. Roadside parking is likely to fill up quickly, so get there as early as possible. Remember to wear warm clothes. It will be dark, so it's not recommended for families with young children.

Castle Terrace – Lots of people gather on Castle Terrace to watch the fireworks. Watching from here provides you with some of the closest views of the fireworks. You’ll also have nothing to pay to watch from here.

The Mound – This is another good spot to watch the fireworks from and you won’t have to pay anything. A crowd usually gathers here, so expect it to be quite busy. Don’t go here if you want to have plenty of space while watching the fireworks.

Heights Restaurant – Our very own Heights Restaurant at Apex International Hotel offers stunning views of Edinburgh Castle and the fireworks display. Watch the spectacular fireworks display and enjoy a delicious meal in the comfort of Heights Restaurant. You can view the menu here.


If you know of any other good vantage spots, please let us know by commenting below, or by contacting us on Twitter or Facebook.

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