City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Scottish National Gallery


Scottish National Gallery
The Mound
Edinburgh EH2 2EL
National Galleries of Scotland Reno
Venue details
Edinburgh Area: 
New Town, Edinburgh
Telephone (info): 
0131 624 6200
Edinburgh Fringe Venue: 
222

Admission to the Scottish National Gallery's permanent collection is free and is really one thing that you should do in Edinburgh.

The Scottish National Gallery (aka National Gallery of Scotland, National Gallery Complex) incorporates three buildings in the centre of Edinburgh: the National Gallery of Scotland (home to Scotland's national collection), the Royal Scottish Academy Building which has temporary exhibitions, and the lower level underground building containing visitor facilities, such as shopping, learning, eating and drinking.

The buildings are located at the foot of the Mound, on Princes Street between West Princes Street Gardens and East Princes Street Gardens. Locals often refer to them as simple "the galleries".

The National Gallery of Scotland's display of European art is world famous. It includes the Titian's recently acquired Diana and Actaeon, and The Bridgewater Collection of Old Masters including work by Raphael (3), Titian (4), Rembrandt (1) and Poussin (8).

The pictures have been on continuous public view in the National Gallery of Scotland since the collection was placed there in 1945 by the then 5th Earl of Ellesmere, later 6th Duke of Sutherland.

The National Gallery of Scotland is one of the venues for the Edinburgh Art Festival in August.

Gallery Bus

A daily gallery bus runs between the National Gallery on the Mound and the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. The bus is free, though a donation is suggested.