Scottish National Portrait Gallery


The Scottish National Portrait Gallery explores the lives of great Scots past and present and can be found on Queen Street in Edinburgh. It was the first purpose built portrait gallery in the world.

It was designed by Sir Robert Rowand Anderson and is in a neo-gothic style and constructed of red sandstone. It was built in the late 1880's and is adorned with intricate decorations and life sized statues. It was largely funded by private donation and presented to the people by John Ritchie Findlay, part owner of the Scotsman newspaper and a wealthy philanthropist.

Inside you will find portraits and sculptures of many Scots such as Sir Walter Scott, Robert Burns, Bonnie Prince Charlie, Flora MacDonald and even modern Scots like Sean Connery and Billy Connolly.

It is open daily from 10am to 5pm (12am to 5pm Sundays) and entry is free. The gallery frequently houses special exhibitions and these are ticketed but generally reasonably priced.


Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Queen Street, Edinburgh