Scottish National Gallery
While in Edinburgh, pay a visit to the Scottish National Gallery and browse the collection of fine art. With work from the likes of Monet, Constable, Rembrandt, Van Gogh and Cézanne, the exhibits are very impressive, so set aside a full afternoon to explore the gallery.
As you arrive at the Scottish National Gallery, which is right in the heart of the city, you’ll step between the huge columns and through the grand entrance before seeing the world famous artwork. There’s no entrance fee to see the permanent exhibitions, so go straight in to explore paintings in the restored Victorian rooms.
Along the way you’ll see artwork from the Renaissance period right up to the late 19th century. Look out for Gauguin’s Vision After the Sermon, Sargent’s Lady Agnew of Lochnaw and Monet’s Haystacks. In the basement galleries, you’ll browse Scottish artwork by the likes of Wilkie, MacTaggart and Ramsay.
There’s also temporary exhibits and events throughout the year at the Scottish National Gallery, so keep an eye on the what’s on section of the website for more details. Experience the interactive IT Gallery or take the little ones to story time before visiting the Garden Café for tea and cake. At the gift shop you’ll find all kinds of souvenirs, from toys to books and prints, so make sure you have a browse before leaving.
After your visit to the Scottish National Gallery, go to Princes Street Gardens to wander through the park and enjoy the view of Edinburgh Castle.