It’s often easy to get caught up in the beauty of the centre of Edinburgh, but if you have the time I definitely recommend taking a walk down the stunning Water of Leith to the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. Not only are you spoilt by not one, but two huge art galleries, (one on each side of the road), you have a fun and inviting landscaped garden featuring a curved artificial hill that takes you on a journey around a small lake in the middle. It’s also a great place to visit during one of our rainy or sunny days!
The garden itself is a great reason to visit, especially on a sunny day, and features regular art and sculptural exhibitions outside. The galleries host a great number of current and classic modern art, ranging from surrealism to exciting new interactive displays and are big enough to plan a full day around. I especially like Gallery number 1 as it has a room designed to engage the visitors with the art with videos and interactive materials for children and adults to get involved and possibly create some art themselves.
I have to admit, one of my favourite places in the gallery is the shop; I love the art prints: they are surprisingly cheap and it is a great place for gifts. They have the most adorable hand-crafted necklaces! It’s a great place for a full day’s expedition so pack a lunch and create some art.