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Where to See Cherry Blossoms in Edinburgh
As winter officially turns to spring, fluffy pink clouds fill our parks and create the perfect photo frame for Edinburgh’s landmarks. We’ve pulled together this guide on where to find cherry blossoms in Edinburgh with locations reaching all edges of the city. These Japanese beauties spring up in parks, gardens and at the side of the road but you have to get the timing right or you will miss them!
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Cherry Blossom Trees in Edinburgh’s City Centre
Princes Street Gardens
Rows of cherry blossom trees line the edges of the gardens and sprawl onto Princes Street.
The trees make an ideal frame for photographing Edinburgh Castle.
These are often the first of the city centre trees to blossom and it’s a pretty explosion!
You can also get a nice shot from Princes Street itself which allows the castle, gardens and benches into the frame.
You can read more about Princes Street Gardens in our dedicated guide.
Edinburgh Castle is not the only attraction framed by the pink flowers!
New College on The Mound can also be spotted nestled through the twigs. How Harry Potter-esque, eh?
St Andrew Square
Blossoms at this New Town square take over a corner of the garden with light pink flowers that resemble puffs of fluff.
The 150-foot Melville Monument and buildings around the square by North St David street side can be framed by the blossoms.
Old Town Cherry Blossom Locations
A quiet Cockburn Street snapped through the cherry blossoms at Princes Street Gardens.
On the Royal Mile just outside of the Canongate Kirk, you will find two cherry blossoms framing the 17th-century church.
You’ll also see the Scottish poet, Robert Ferguson, checking out the cherry blossoms.
Stoned, or bronzed, by their beauty.
Shot by @nat_tha_nit.
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The second most popular photography spot for the cherry blossoms has to be the tree arch in The Meadows.
However, they are pretty difficult to photograph!
Some of the trees that make up the part of the cherry blossom tunnel look like they’ve had a banging night out down the Grassmarket.
This can be rectified by using the portrait mode on your phone and making a person or dog the focal point around the dreamy, blurred pink background.
There are two popular tunnels to choose from, Coronation Walk is one of them and you can get the nice shot of contrasting green sign.
Photographers, the cherry blossoms in the Meadows are a very busy photo spot so arrive early if you prefer a crowd-free shot.
The Meadows Arches are one of the last to bloom. Below is a comparison from mid-April and the end of the month.
There’s a very special cherry blossom tree in the Meadows dedicated to the 70s band The Bay City Rollers.
The tree was donated by an American businessman called Paul Malouf on behalf of his wife, Yoshiko Malouf, who is a long-time Bay City Rollers fan!
Rollermania lives on.
Adam Street, Close to George Square
We think! Tell us if we’re wrong.
Thanks for the capture @steven.ballantine. Cute dogs!
Deaconess Garden is a lesser-know garden in the south side of the city.
Located at the Pleasance, the cherry blossoms cover Greyfriars Charteris Centre.
Behind the building, you will see Salisbury Crags too.
This spot is not far from South Bridge and the Royal Mile.
Leith & Surrounding Areas Cherry Blossoms
One of my favourite parks in Edinburgh is in bloom and used as a filming location for BBC Scotland skit!
Love this artwork piece by @alicemelvin.
Read our guide to Starbank Park.
London Road Church covered in cherry blossoms.
Colourful image by @beirutonboard.
Cherry blossoms over the mews.
Captured by @dickins_edinburgh.
If you miss the season, step into Tattu (18 W Register Street), the Chinese restaurant with a cherry blossom explosion.
Try the cherry pudding for a smoking surpise.
When Is the Best Time To Find The Cherry Blossom Trees In Edinburgh?
The cherry blossoms have been known to start blooming around the start of April (2021) and have also been photographed around the 20th (2020, 2019) and the end of April (2022).
If there is a high wind forecast this will reduce your chances of seeing them.
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