In pictures: snowfall hits Edinburgh

Edinburgh looks beautiful at the best of times, but when dressed in a layer of snow the city is simply stunning.

The city is bracing itself for several centimetres of snow over the next few days and has already received a dusting of snow this morning.

The snow-laden capital has already inspired amateur photographers to take to social media with their finest shots of the city.

Edinburgh Castle

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    The famous city landmark was an obvious target for tourists and locals alike when the snow started to fall this morning.

    The snow is welcome. Always welcome! #snow #edinburgh #winter #castle #gardens

    — Tom Hetherington (@TomEatsCake) January 16, 2018

    More snow to come so keep warm folks! ❄️☃️🌨

    — Edinburgh Castle (@edinburghcastle) January 16, 2018

    There's #snow in Edinburgh! Join me on #Periscope later this morning for a walk around a snowy medieval wonderland #TravelTuesday @PeriscopeTV

    — David C. Weinczok (@TheCastleHunter) January 16, 2018

    Who else couldn't stop taking photos of the #snow scenes this morning? ❄️ #Edinburgh

    — Digital Six® (@_digitalsix) January 16, 2018

    — John Thomson (@JohnThomson_) January 16, 2018

    One photographer's view from the castle parapet, however, was obscured by the mass of snow.

    — Dónal Ferrie 🇮🇪 🇪🇺 (@mionloch) January 16, 2018

    St Giles' Cathedral

    St Giles' Cathedral was also popular with picture takers, as tourists and tour guides alike shared their photos of the place of worship.

    — Chris Connolly (@connollycm) January 16, 2018

    Hello snow! How beautiful the Royal Mile looks! #Snow #Edinburgh #EdinPhoto #ScotSpirit #TuesdayThoughts

    — RealMaryKingsClose (@MaryKingsClose) January 16, 2018

    It's a little bit snowy & sleety out on the beautiful Royal Mile this morning - wrap up warm on our tours :) #Edinburgh #snow #edintravel #TuesdayThoughts

    — Mercat Tours Ltd (@MercatToursLtd) January 16, 2018

    Arthur's Seat

    Arthur's Seat was naturally popular with snappers, with one artist braving the conditions to earn a unique view of the extinct volcano.

    Arthur's Seat and the Crags looking beautiful in the snow! #Edinburgh #Snow #Scotland #Winter

    — Bruntsfield Minx (@BruntsfieldMinx) January 16, 2018

    Arthur's Seat is out there somewhere... It's snowing in Edinburgh

    — Kim Harding (@kim_harding) January 16, 2018

    Snowy sketching conditions in #Edinburgh this morning

    — Ann Cowan (@acowanart) January 16, 2018

    Bruntsfield Links

    One Twitter user had her wish fulfilled of a snow-covered Bruntsfield Links.

    I've been working in breakfast clubs and after school clubs for not far off 5 years. Every winter, all I want is for it snow enough for me to have a snowball fight at work. Today was that day. #snow #bruntsfieldlinks #edinburgh #winter #doyouwannabuildas

    — Mary Buchanan (@MaryABuchanan) January 16, 2018

    Heriot-Watt University

    Meanwhile, James Watt appeared unfazed by the coating of snow.

    James Watt is braving the #snow in Edinburgh today.#GlobalWattDay is on Friday 19th January 2018. On the day we'll be asking alumni across the world to join us in honouring James Watt's birthday by raising a toast in his memory. Remember to raise a glass and share your photos!

    — Heriot-Watt Alumni (@thewattclub) January 16, 2018

    Calton Hill

    @edinspotlight took this shot of the Pentland Hills from popular vantage point Calton Hill.

    The Pentland covered in snow from Calton Hill #Edinburgh

    — Edinburgh Spotlight (@edinspotlight) January 16, 2018

    Braid Hills

    And finally one commuter had a difficult start to the day in the Braid Hills area.

    Really. 2cm of snow? En route to work this morning at Braidhills #WinterWeather #Edinburgh #snow

    — Just Ola (@olciav) January 16, 2018