The National Galleries of Scotland

Edinburgh plays host to no fewer than three of Scotland’s official national art galleries, all free to visitors and open every day of the week.

The closest of these world class galleries to 123 Royal Mile is the magnificently housed National Gallery at the foot of the Mound on Princes Street.  Here you’ll find the works of major European artists from the early Renaissance to the beginning of the twentieth century, including the national collection of Scottish art from 1600 to 1900.

A short walk from here will take you to the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Queen Street, providing a fascinating glimpse into Scotland’s history with contemporary portraits of the key men and women of their time who helped shape it.  The gallery also holds Scotland’s national collection of photography.

The grounds of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art always contain an exciting display of sculpture and intriguing installations to give visitors a taste of the magnificent collection of modern art in all its forms waiting for them inside, including major works from the leading artists of the Surrealist and Dadaist periods.