Are you planning a trip to Scotland and looking for some inspiring quotes about Edinburgh? This will be the perfect place to find them!

Edinburgh is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. There are so many beautiful places to discover here. 

It’s also a great destination for history buffs as you can learn plenty about the history of Scotland, the monarchs and all the writers that were from or lived in Edinburgh.

If you are a Harry Potter fan, Edinburgh will be your paradise. After all, that’s where most of the books were written!

Edinburgh is also the perfect place to visit if you love food and drinks. Haggis, whisky… there are a lot of local delicacies you can try here!

In this article, you will get a bit of taste of what is awaiting you. You will find a selection of famous quotes about Edinburgh.

If you were looking for Edinburgh captions for Instagram, this will also be perfect!

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Best Quotes about Edinburgh and Captions

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​​“I always feel that when I come to Edinburgh, in many ways I am coming home.” – Alan Rickman

“This is a city of shifting light, of changing skies, of sudden vistas. A city so beautiful it breaks the heart again and again.” – Alexander McCall Smith

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“I haven’t even been here an hour and already, Edinburgh is the city of my dreams.” – Jacqueline E. Smith

“I do get recognized, but I must say Edinburgh is a fantastic city to live if you’re well-known. There is an innate respect for privacy in Edinburgh people, and I also think they’re used to seeing me walking around, so I don’t think I’m a very big deal.” – J. K. Rowling

“Edinburgh isn’t so much a city, more a way of life… I doubt I’ll ever tire of exploring Edinburgh, on foot or in print.” – Ian Rankin

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“What I loved about Edinburgh was being able to walk to work through a beautiful place.” – Roger Allam

“Edinburgh is a phenomenal location for movies and should be used more.” – Denis Lawson

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“I’ve been to Venice, Rome, and Dubrovnik, but none of them come close to Edinburgh.” – Alexander Armstrong

“The most beautiful of all the capitals of Europe.” – Sir John Betjeman

“If I had to pick two words to describe Edinburgh, I would tell you that it’s majestic and beautiful. Really, really old, but somehow more alive than any other place I’ve ever been.” – L.H. Cosway (Painted Faces (Painted Faces, #1))

“She felt something missing in her soul. It wasn’t until she landed in Edinburgh that she realized that missing piece was the wild, mystical land.” – Donna Grant (Hot Blooded (Dark Kings, #4))

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“Coming back to Edinburgh is to me like coming home.” – Charles Dickens

“Edinburgh is my favourite city. We’ll be doing a lot of children’s theatre and galleries.” – Carol Ann Duffy

“The first year I was in Edinburgh in 1999 I got six parking tickets.” – Alex Horne

“This was a townscape raised in the teeth of cold winds from the east; a city of winding cobbled streets and haughty pillars; a city of dark nights and candlelight, and intellect.” – Alexander McCall Smith (The Sunday Philosophy Club (Isabel Dalhousie, #1))

“It seemed to him a very Edinburgh thing. Welcoming, but not very.” – Ian Rankin (Exit Music (Inspector Rebus)

“There’s no leaving Edinburgh, No shifting it around: it stays with you, always.” – Alan Bold

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“Edinburgh is alive with words.” – Sara Sheridan

“Edinburgh is so cultural and such a beautiful place to walk around.” – Rupert Friend

“If London was an alien city, Edinburgh was another planet” – Jess Walter (Beautiful Ruins)

“Edinburgh is a hotbed of genius.” – Tobias Smollett

“Edinburgh is where I started. A lot of the remixes I made were done in my room there, and it was a good place for me to make music.” – Kygo

“When I looked out in the morning it is as if I had waked in Utopia.” – George Eliot

“Half a capital and half a country town, the whole city leads a double existence; it has long trances of the one and flashes of the other; like the king of the Black Isles, it is half alive and half a monumental marble.” – Robert Louis Stevenson (Edinburgh: Picturesque Notes)

“Edinburgh is a comfortable puddle for a novelist.” – Sara Sheridan

“The Scots think of it as their capital; they’re too possessive, Edinburgh belongs to the world.” – Richard Demarco

“Enchanting… [Edinburgh] shall make a delightful summer capital when we invade Britain.” – Joseph Goebbels

“It is quite lovely – bits of it.” – Oscar Wilde

“But Edinburgh is a mad god’s dream.” – Hugh MacDiarmid

“I’ve been fortunate enough to travel to Edinburgh a few times over the last few years, and I just loved the city. I find it one of the more beautiful cities in Europe.” – Joe Russo

“I want to hang out in Edinburgh with my friends and eat fish and chips wrapped in newspaper.” – Shirley Manson

“Beautiful city of Edinburgh, most wonderful to be seen; with your ancient palace of Holyrood and Queen’s Park Green; and your big, magnificent, elegant New College; where people from all nations can be taught knowledge.” – William McGonagall

“It seemed as if the rock and castle assumed a new aspect every time I looked at them; and Arthur’s Seat was perfect witchcraft. I don’t wonder that anyone residing in Edinburgh should write poetically.” – Washington Irving

“And Edinburgh. He was proud of Edinburgh too, and of Scotland; and why not? Why should one not be proud of one’s country – for a change?” – Alexander McCall Smith

“I lived near Arthur’s Seat when I lived in Edinburgh. It was the perfect playground as a child. I always have a wee run up there when I’m back.” – Sam Heughan

“I never realised that the Edinburgh skyline was so interesting – it’s gothic and very urban and there’s a lot of church spires and old brownstone buildings.” – Jamie Bell

“Piled deep and massy, close and high; Mine own romantic town.” – Sir Walter Scott

“My dear Sir, do not think that I blaspheme when I tell you that your great London, as compared to Dun-Edin, ‘mine own romantic town’, is as prose compared to poetry, or as a great rumbling, rambling, heavy Epic compared to a Lyric, brief, bright, clear, and vital as a flash of lightning.” – Charlotte Bronte

“I’m a bit of a Scotophile. I have a house on the Black Isle, so I’m in Scotland quite a lot and think Edinburgh is just the most beautiful city.” – Penelope Keith

“I’ve spent a lot of very happy times in Edinburgh as a result of playing virtually every festival since 1996. It’s also a beautiful city in its own right, is walkable, within sight of the sea and mountains – and was too far north for the Luftwaffe to have done any damage, hence the spectacularly beautiful architecture.” – Marcus Brigstocke

“This might sound really foolish, but when I came to Edinburgh in 1988 I had spent nearly all my life living south of Bristol, and I was just amazed that a city like Edinburgh was actually in the British isles.” – David Nicholls

“Living in Edinburgh, I consider myself particularly lucky – we have the biggest book festival in the world, a plethora of fascinating libraries and museums, and some of the greatest architecture in Europe.” – Sara Sheridan

“Plenty of people were writing novels; in fact, if one did a survey in the street, half of Edinburgh was writing a novel, and this meant that there really weren’t enough characters to go round. Unless, of course, one wrote about people who were themselves writing novels. And what would the novels that these fictional characters were writing be about? Well, they would be novels about people writing novels.” –  Alexander McCall Smith (Love Over Scotland)

“Edinburgh is my adopted home. It’s a place where I wanted to come and live, and I managed to arrange my life so it happened.” – Peter Higgs

“And yet the place establishes an interest in people’s hearts; go where they will, they find no city of the same distinction.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

“Edinburgh is a sort of gothic fairytale city, and it can be a gothic horror city as well.” – David Mackenzie

“But Edinburgh is a mad god’s dream.” – Hugh MacDiarmid

“Edinburgh has a similar climate to Bergen – it’s very rainy and grey. There were a lot of days I’d sit inside in front of the computer, make music, and dream about summer – instead of the rainy reality outside.” – Kygo

“I was doing a wee gig at the Edinburgh Fringe, and while I was walking down to the show from the train station, someone stopped and asked if they could get a picture with me. This was about six months before I released my first single as well, so my response was, ‘Are you sure?’ “ – Lewis Capaldi

“I find Edinburgh a stimulating place in which to live, with it being a city of contrasts, both architecturally and socially, and each district having a definite character.” – Joan Lingard

“I find Edinburgh a stimulating place in which to live, with it being a city of contrasts, both architecturally and socially, and each district having a definite character.” – Joan Lingard

“The writing talent of Edinburgh is textured – we have poets, novelists, non-fiction writers, dramatists and more.” ― Sara Sheridan

“My accent is… sort of an Edinburgh sort of soft southwest Scottish accent. It could almost be English.” – Sam Heughan

“The impression Edinburgh has made upon us is very great; it is quite beautiful, totally unlike anything else I have seen; and what is even more, Albert, who has seen so much, says it is unlike anything he ever saw; it is so regular, everything built of massive stone, there is not a brick to be seen anywhere.” – Queen Victoria

“I love Scotland. Edinburgh is a beautiful city and has a wonderful tradition of supporting the arts.” – Peter Hambleton

“The Edinburgh Castle was incredible, wasn’t it?” she said. His face went hazy. “I don’t really remember a castle. But I was there a long time ago. Maybe it wasn’t built yet?” Possibly, she was tempted to say. The castle was built in 1280. When were you there?” – Andy Abramowitz (A Beginner’s Guide to Free Fall)

“Edinburgh is a phenomenal location for movies and should be used more.” – Denis Lawson

“Skyline reveals a city’s purpose and character. Oxford had its dreaming spires; Manhattan its glittering towers; Edinburgh its eccentric spikes.” – Alexander McCall Smith (The Forgotten Affairs Of Youth)

“Every year in Edinburgh, I end up waiting behind the curtain about to go on stage, and I have a moment of thinking, ‘No one’s told me what to do with this show. I’ve done exactly what I wanted. This is the biggest arts festival in the world, and all these people have shown up. Aren’t I lucky?’ It really is amazing.” – James Acaster

“If you happen to be a person who does not enjoy your own company, a visit to Edinburgh in January will teach you how it’s done.” –  Vivian Swift (Gardens of Awe and Folly: A Traveler’s Journal on the Meaning of Life and Gardening)

“Where I come from, everyone talks like me. It’s working-class Edinburgh.” – Iain Stirling

“Eleven years ago, my wife and I had had a baby, so I didn’t go to Edinburgh Fringe for the first time in years. Tim Key won the comedy award and I was sat at home with the baby feeling very jealous, genuinely.” – Alex Horne

“Edinburgh is good craic. A romantic and beautiful city, it’s one those places that makes me smile when I think about it – there are other places I would never dare go back to, but Edinburgh is very special.” – Kathy Burke

“I had always wanted to do comedy, but didn’t know where to start – all I knew was that Edinburgh was where it happened.” – Lolly Adefope

“Going to Edinburgh when I was at university and seeing people who were my age just getting up and doing what they wanted to do, was quite a clincher for me.” – Lolly Adefope

“I was a chorister at St Mary’s Music School, from the ages of 11 to 13, after prep school and before I went to the Durham School. Edinburgh’s my favourite city in the whole world. I don’t think there’s anywhere that comes close to it.” – Alexander Armstrong

“I love coming to Edinburgh and last time I was here, Claire and I found out we were expecting our daughter Eleanor, so it’s a place dear to my heart.” – Les Dennis

“I’ve always gone to gigs; I remember before I passed my driving test I’d convince various family members or friends’ parents to take us to Dundee or Edinburgh to see James or A-ha.” – Edith Bowman

“You can’t tell how experienced a comedian is by how light they travel. An established comic who I love, Lucy Pearman, wheeled up to the Edinburgh Fringe with two huge suitcases and a bike. One contained just props.” – Lou Sanders

“My mother’s side of the family tree is Scotland – Edinburgh, in fact.” – Tony Adams

“In Edinburgh, they’ve got the most insane charity shops ever.” – Lady Amelia Windsor

“I do think the idea of just going to Edinburgh and being really honest would be interesting. But I have no interest in it at all.” – Tim Key

“When you’re a cricket fan, your summer is defined by the Test match itinerary. Similarly, when you’re a young comedian, your summer is defined by the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. When you’re both, things get blurry.” – Tim Key

“Being young and extremely naive and coming from a very sheltered place has been a slight disadvantage to me because in Edinburgh, if you meet someone and they’re nice, they just become your friend.” – Nina Nesbitt

“I try and avoid the big comics in Edinburgh. You can see them on tour. Edinburgh is all about seeing the smaller comedians.” – Joe Lycett

“My dad’s pretty funny. He’s funny for all of the wrong reasons. The first time I did standup at Edinburgh he sat in the front row and wore sunglasses because he didn’t want to put me off.” – Ellie Taylor

“We are spoilt for beauty in Edinburgh, it’s so close to the sea and the mountains.” – Lady Amelia Windsor

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