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.
The famous city landmark was an obvious target for tourists and locals alike when the snow started to fall this morning.
— Tom Hetherington (@TomEatsCake) January 16, 2018
More snow to come so keep warm folks! ❄️☃️🌨 pic.twitter.com/cmP3FbVlLr
— Edinburgh Castle (@edinburghcastle) January 16, 2018
— David C. Weinczok (@TheCastleHunter) January 16, 2018
— 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
— 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 was naturally popular with snappers, with one artist braving the conditions to earn a unique view of the extinct volcano.
— 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
— Ann Cowan (@acowanart) January 16, 2018
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 #doyouwannabuildas… https://t.co/y4SPSSfgcO pic.twitter.com/zVxSqMiClk
— Mary Buchanan (@MaryABuchanan) January 16, 2018
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
@edinspotlight took this shot of the Pentland Hills from popular vantage point Calton Hill.
— Edinburgh Spotlight (@edinspotlight) January 16, 2018
And finally one commuter had a difficult start to the day in the Braid Hills area.
— Just Ola (@olciav) January 16, 2018