Visit the Scottish National Gallery :
The Scottish National Gallery is one of the premiere free attractions in Edinburgh. Ideally located on the Mound between the New Town and the Old Town, the Scottish National Gallery is flanked on both sides by beautiful Princes Street Gardens. The Scottish National Gallery opens daily from 10 am-5 pm, and on Thursdays until 7 pm.
And did I mentioned that you will find some of the greatest art works displayed on its walls, including pieces by European masters such as Van Gogh, Monet and Gauguin, as well as Botticelli, Raphael, Titian, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Constable, and Turner?
And since you’re in Scotland then viewing the works of McTaggart, Ramsay and others is a must.
Scottish National Gallery Restaurants
There are two options for food when visiting the Scottish National Gallery: The Scottish Café & Restaurant and the Garden Café.
The Scottish Café & Restaurant is a sit down restaurant that offers full service and is dedicated to showcasing the offerings of Scottish agriculturalists.
The Garden Café serves coffee and snacks. Provided the weather is nice, my recommendation is to grab something from the Garden Café and enjoy the lower level terrace seating which looks over Princes Street Gardens and the Walter Scott Monument.
The Scottish National Gallery is wheel chair accessible and the staff are extremely helpful and courteous. We had our daughter in a stroller and they had us use the lift to the second floor of the gallery which is quite an experience in itself.
Scottish National Gallery Location and Transportation
As mentioned, the Scottish National Gallery is located on the Mound between the New Town and Old Town and is accessible by foot for anyone staying in the heart of Edinburgh.
What many people don’t know is that the there is a gallery bus which takes visitors to the Scottish National Gallery, the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. The gallery bus is handy, particularly for the National Gallery of Modern Art as it is out of the centre a little ways.
The schedule can be found here.
Where to Stay in Edinburgh
When we visit Edinburgh, we stay at the Apex Waterloo Place. It’s a great hotel but perfectly located at the bottom of Calton Hill, close to both the New Town and the Old Town and only steps from Waverly Station. It’s a great location to base yourself if you are interested in getting the most of your visit to Edinburgh.