Amazing views from our Camera Obscura

We have been spoiled over the last couple of weeks with plenty of the rarest of things: Scottish sunshine. And what’s more, the weather is set to be great for the beginning of the Easter weekend.

If you have visited us before you will know that the Camera Obscura relies on natural daylight, and the sunshine makes the picture especially bright. Those of you who have visited on foggy or stormy days will know what a difference the weather can make to the quality of the picture!

We took a few moments this morning to capture some shots of the Camera Obscura at its best.


A beautiful shot of Prince’s Street Gardens and the New Town, with Fife in the distance. We’ve even been known to spot the odd tram on Princes Street!

Camera Obscura - gardens view - small

Princes Street Gardens and Beyond!


The Scott Monument, dedicated to the late Sir Walter Scott, has an impressive 287 steps. The Monument has 64 statuettes around the outside, all of which represent characters from Scott’s novels.

Scott Monument view from Camera Obscura

The Scott Monument


A live image of the Castle esplanade with some of the morning’s first visitors:

The Castle view from Camera Obscura

Edinburgh Castle


Ramsay Garden, constructed by Sir Patrick Geddes – the second owner of the Outlook Tower, or Camera Obscura as it’s called today. You’ll notice the windows that face us are extra small… so we can’t spy!

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Ramsay Garden View

We are open throughout the Easter weekend from 9.30am – 8pm. Take advantage of this gorgeous sunshine and see our Camera Obscura at it’s absolute best. Plus you’ll get absolutely amazing and unrivalled views across Edinburgh and beyond from our Rooftop Terrace!  Hope you can make it and Happy Easter!


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