If you live in Edinburgh, you’ll know how blessed we are with the fantastic scenery available. The city has a lot to offer those who love the outdoors with many great local walks.
So, whether you are a keen hiker, or a young family craving plenty of space to burn off the kids’ energy, here’s a few suggestions for top local walks in Edinburgh.
Arthur’s Seat is an iconic landmark and the highest peak in Edinburgh. The dormant volcano is situated just minutes away from the Scottish Parliament and on a clear day, from the peak you can see the Firth of Forth and beyond into Fife. There are a few different routes that take you up to the summit, so you can take your pick depending on how much time you have, and how fit you are.
Blackford Hill is one of the seven hills on which Edinburgh is famously built, and its view is just as impressive. This walk is suitable for those of all ages, including dog walkers. The terrain mostly consists of woodland and grassy paths and can be quite muddy depending on the weather, however the views certainly make up for a potentially muddy hill walk!
Inverleith Park is situated next to the Royal Botanic Gardens and is described as ‘An oasis of green in the heart of Edinburgh’. It’s the perfect place to go for a light walk with the kids, the dog, or a peaceful walk alone. You can enjoy a picturesque walk down the tree-lined paths or sit by the pond and watch the ducks and swans. Many people often say that Inverleith Park is one of the best spots to watch fireworks on Hogmanay or on the final night of the Fringe Festival.
Cramond is an old fishing village and is the perfect place to visit if you would like a walk along the beach, and there are miles of it to enjoy. When the tide is out, you can also walk across to Cramond Island, one of the several islands located in the Firth of Forth. Halfway along the sandy beach and beachside paths, there’s a small café with outdoor seating to enjoy.
As we head into the warmer and hopefully dryer summer months, why not lace up those trainers and explore all that is to be enjoyed within your local area. We know that you will enjoy every moment.
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