Edinburgh’s Colourful Cherry Blossoms

12 May 2021

From the end of April into May, something magical happens in Edinburgh - pink and white cherry blossom bursts into life, brightening up our city’s parks, gardens and streets.

Introduced to the UK in late 19th century, these colourful blooms, which are known as “Sakura” in Japanese, are hugely symbolic in Japanese culture. Representing clouds, due to their blooming en-masse, they are also symbolic of the fleeting nature of life, as their blooms are short-lived.

We’ve loved seeing your images of Edinburgh’s cherry blossom on our Instagram channel, and have selected a few of our favourites from all corners of the city.

So next time you’re out for a walk, be sure to take a moment to appreciate these gorgeous blossoms before they disappear until next year!


Lauriston Castle

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St Andrews Square

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Canongate Kirk

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Princes Street



Edinburgh Castle

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The Meadows

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St. Bernard's Crescent

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London Road

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Market Street



Starbank Park

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