What Edinburgh tourists see vs the reality of life in the Capital

By Hilary Mitchell

These 14 pictures perfectly sum up the difference between tourist pictures and the actual reality of living in Edinburgh.

Don't get us wrong, we live in a beautiful city and it's not a tourism hotspot for no reason.

But there can be quite an obvious difference in the pictures we see on social media and the reality of living in the capital.

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Locals know our beaches can be full of drinking, parks covered in graffiti and nights out don't often end up at with a traditional Scottish ceilidh.

Here we share tourist snaps that perfectly show the expectation versus reality of being in Edinburgh.

Edinburgh beaches in tourist photos:

(Image: Laura Ausserdorfer / Facebook)

Edinburgh beaches in real life:


Arthur's Seat in tourist photos:

(Image: Leong Lee Tian / Facebook)

Arthur's Seat in real life:

(Image: https://imgur.com/gallery/twZBC)

Princes Street in tourist photos:

(Image: Peter Valente / Facebook)

Princes Street in real life:

(Image: https://imgur.com/gallery/2tBc5)

Edinburgh parks in tourist photos:

(Image: Visit Scotland)

Edinburgh parks in real life

(Image: https://imgur.com/gallery/5flm0uD)

Edinburgh food in tourist photos:

Edinburgh food in real life

Shopping in Edinburgh in tourist photos:

(Image: Jane Dayus-Hinch / Facebook)

Shopping in Edinburgh in real life

Edinburgh nights out in tourist photos:

(Image: Ghillie Dhu)

Edinburgh nights out in real life:

Being shouted at by a drunk guy is probably slightly better than getting your feet trampled by a tourist who hasn't quite mastered the Gay Gordons, tbh.


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