As one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Edinburgh provides both professional and amateur photographers alike with some fantastic opportunities for Instagram-worthy shots. With so many to choose from we thought we would make it easy for you and pick our favourites from the past year. So before we get carried away with 2016, let’s reflect on 2015 and admire the beauty of the Scottish capital and home to Old Town Chambers and Merchiston Residence
January saw the first dusting of snow across the city. The castle looks impressive even when it’s raining, but in the snow it becomes magical.
Edinburgh is not called the ‘Athens of the North’ for nothing. The Victorian architecture of the Balmoral Hotel stands regally beside the equally striking Georgian style buildings prevalent in Edinburgh’s New Town.
Although you might be tempted to take shelter in a bar on the Royal Mile from the cold winter evenings, it’s worth seeing the city at night as this February shot from @wilde_oates proves!
As winter edges towards spring, the evenings start to give hints of what’s to come! This stunning February sunset by @girlfromtheburgh is looking west towards Glasgow.
Where else to go out and get some exercise on a bracing spring morning than walking up Salisbury Craigs and Arthur’s Seat? Both visitors and natives to Edinburgh will be familiar with this viewpoint taken by @yipples!
Take a short walk out from the centre of town and you will find some real hidden treasures. Just along Queensferry road and across the Dean Bridge, Holy Trinity church stands guard over Dean Village basking in the spring afternoon light.
With the promise of summer just around the corner, locals hit the meadows armed with barbeques and beers to enjoy the early sunshine! We make the most of every sunny day in Edinburgh!
The talented @iamland captured the castle in a less than common light in April. A hazy spring evening created a mesmerising shot of the castle bathed in moon rays!
May means the real arrival of spring and the plants and flowers begin to bloom around the city! This is nowhere more noticeable than on Princes Street where the cherry blossom trees that line the road provide a colourful frame to this classic castle shot.
As the warmer weather (relatively!) starts to spread, the sunsets become even more striking. @edinburghandbeyond shot this not often seen view looking over Dynamic Earth and the Scottish parliament building, out towards Calton hill, with the Firth of Forth reflecting the dusky sky colours in the distance.
June is the perfect month to do some exploring round the city. The castle is a must visit, if only to recreate this great shot from @kluplady and to pretend fire your canon at shoppers on Princes street!
More exploring is to be done in the renovated National Museums of Scotland on Chambers street. A bit of a different view of that famous roof from @prettynegatives!
No photo quite sums up how many people live close together in the city than this picture! An alternative view of the roofs in summer from @edinburghspotlight!
A summer haze across the turrets of Stewarts Melville college and the church spires behind. This picture from @iamland brilliantly captured the long and mild summer evenings of July!
The calm before the storm? @the_curmudgeon captured a quiet moment on Princes street in August before the whirlwind of the festival!
An instagram round-up wouldn’t be complete without more than one Arthur’s seat shot…It really is the best seat in the house! This picture shows the feeling of the city in August – bright and energised!
Nathan Coley’s ‘There Will Be No Miracles Here’ stands silently in the peaceful grounds of the Scottish Modern Art Gallery. Summer in Edinburgh this year stretched well into September as the blue skies in @kadyinvienna’s shot attests!
Circus Lane provides a lot of fuel for Edinburgh instagrammers! It looks charming and quaint all year round, but on summer’s day with the flowers in full bloom, it is fairy-tale like!
This October picture from @micagius shows up close the beautiful details of the Balmoral clock tower! According to Edinburgh legend, the Balmoral clock is set a couple of minutes slow (apart from at New Year!) so people will make their trains in Waverley station on time!
As winter gets closer the nights start to draw in and gone are the long days of summer. The lack of light however, doesn’t mean Edinburgh gets any less exciting! @pawelgaudyn’s pictures of Princes Street by night reflect the cities vibrant night-life.
2015 was the year everyone wished the new Queensferry crossing was finished sooner! We still have a while to wait until the new bridge opens (hopefully in 2016!) but the old Forth Road Bridge will still remain an iconic sight.
November saw the weather close in and the rain begin! Edinburgh doesn’t lose its charm when winter comes. This low fog clinging to the buildings adds to Edinburgh’s mystical and magical feeling.
The Street of Light opened for the first year in 2015, running down the Royal Mile and providing much wonderment to festive revellers and shoppers!
Christmas is one of the most joyous of times to be in the city. The city is full of shoppers, revellers and visitors having fun and looking forward to the New Year. @myedinburgh caught some thrill-seekers on the Star-flyer in front of the iconic Scott Monument.
Finally an extra shot to hail the start of the New Year! @edinburghandbeyond had the incredible opportunity to photograph the Forth Rail Bridge from atop its red girders. The river is tranquil and beautiful rays of sun shine on the city in the distance but did you spot the train? Here’s hoping everyone has a great 2016!