One of my favourite places to takes photos from is Calton Hill in the centre of Edinburgh. The hill in itself is of interest because it has a number of monuments on it. The largest is the National monument, or unfinished monument which is an unfinished Corianthian style temple built to commemorate the soldiers and sailors who died in the Napoleonic wars. Then there is the Dugald Stewart monument in memorial to the Scottish Philosopher Dugald Stewart. It is a circular nine column temple with an urn in the middle and is seen in many of the photos taken of the castle from Calton hill, like above. Finally there is the Nelson monument a tower built in commemoration of Vice Admiral Horatio Nelson.
The best thing about the hill though isn’t what is on it but what you can see from it. The views of Edinburgh are fantastic. The hill is near enough the centre of town and not so high such that you can get some great overhead views of the city. This is the place to get your city skyline photos, but also you can get a great view along Edinburgh’s main thoroughfare Princes street.
To the south of Calton Hill is Holyrood park where another Edinburgh hill, Arthur Seat lies along with the Salisbury Crags. These two dominate most of Edinburgh and can be seen from most of Edinburgh. One of the best views though is from Calton Hill where it is untroubled by any obstructions.