In pictures: snowfall hits Edinburgh

Tuesday, 16th January 2018, 1:27 pm
Updated Tuesday, 16th January 2018, 4:26 pm

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.

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Edinburgh Castle

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 pic.twitter.com/MTADpkz6eD

— Tom Hetherington (@TomEatsCake) January 16, 2018

More snow to come so keep warm folks! ❄️☃️🌨 pic.twitter.com/cmP3FbVlLr

— 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 pic.twitter.com/UO8OyoABD3

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

Who else couldn't stop taking photos of the #snow scenes this morning? ❄️ #Edinburgh pic.twitter.com/nnJ4358ni8

— 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 pic.twitter.com/hCW16QZTUU

— 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 :) https://t.co/R4oX43LnJN #Edinburgh #snow #edintravel #TuesdayThoughts pic.twitter.com/htg6CiSVly

— 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 pic.twitter.com/yBk7mpoej0

— Bruntsfield Minx (@BruntsfieldMinx) January 16, 2018

Arthur's Seat is out there somewhere... It's snowing in Edinburgh pic.twitter.com/0HMwqTz2il

— Kim Harding (@kim_harding) January 16, 2018

Snowy sketching conditions in #Edinburgh this morning pic.twitter.com/2nYFOrzcYC

— 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 #doyouwannabuildashttps://t.co/y4SPSSfgcO pic.twitter.com/zVxSqMiClk

— 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! pic.twitter.com/nvziF4EyRh

— 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 pic.twitter.com/nInZo341mJ

— 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 pic.twitter.com/dwEnkGvrkH

— Just Ola (@olciav) January 16, 2018