Firework night is fast approaching and there is lots going on in and around Edinburgh. On the 5th of November the annual firework display will be taking place at Meadow bank sports stadium, but also on the 4th and 6th, Scottish Love in Action will be carrying out three different firework displays around the city. With so many rockets, firecrackers and roman candles going off, you won’t know where in the sky to look. Fear not, we are imparting our local knowledge and letting you in on the best places in Edinburgh to watch fireworks this month!
An obvious choice perhaps, but there really aren’t many places so close to the city centre that offer such a great vantage point! Once at the top of the hill, you can enjoy a 360-degree vista across the city meaning you won’t miss out on any displays! This does involve a small amount of walking but the path to the top is mostly paved so it’s perfect for taking the kids up. Be warned, there will be crowds here on Bonfire Night so be prepared to go early!
Holyrood Park/The Crags
Holyrood Park to the east of the city centre, is a large park with enough space for plenty of sky-watchers! The park has plenty of undulating ground including the Salisbury Crags and Arthur’s Seat so it won’t be difficult to find an elevated spot with a great view. Although we wouldn’t recommend tackling Arthur’s Seat in the autumnal darkness, the Salisbury Crags are much easier to reach. This option will involve a small bit of hiking and it will be cold at the top of the crags so remember to wrap up!
Situated in the top corner of The Meadows to the south of the city centre, is the Bruntsfield Links. In summer this area is full of happy golfers playing pitch and putt on the manicured greens, but in winter, the light grassy inclines offer the perfect place to plant your camping chairs, sit back, and watch the sky light up. Even better, it’s just a hop, skip and jump away from some great pubs and restaurants in Bruntsfield to warm up in afterwards. If you fancy staying the night, our Merchiston Residence is also minutes away!
So this one isn’t in the city, but that doesn’t mean it won’t offer incredible views all the same. Take a day trip across the water to Fife and enjoy some spectacular and unspoilt scenes across the forth towards Edinburgh. If it’s a clear night take a short hike to the top of East Lomond Hill near Falkland and enjoy a panoramic view that includes not only Edinburgh, but also north east Fife and sometimes even as far as Perth and Dundee to the north (double the fireworks). Alternatively head along the estuary to one of the pretty coastal towns such as Kinghorn or Lower Largo to enjoy the views before heading up to St Andrews for some dinner and drinks. This option will definitely beat the crowds of the city!
Old Chambers Balcony
If you are looking for that perfect spot, slap bang in the centre of the city, unspoilt by crowds, and comfortable enough to sit back, relax, and enjoy some refreshments whilst experiencing the cityscape like no other night, an Old Town Chambers apartment with a private balcony sounds like the perfect option for you! Not only do we offer unrivalled views across the New Town, down towards the River Forth and Fife, and out east across the city centre, but the apartments are private and so your view won’t be ruined by lots of other people! Enjoy the fireworks in luxury with Old Town Chambers.