We all love the sunshine when it comes to visit us here in Scotland, however with our unpredictable Scottish weather, sunshine its not essential for us to enjoy a picnic! We’ve trawled this fine city to bring you what we think are the best picnic spots around.
Princes Street Gardens
Carefully manicured flowerbeds, the ornate 19th-Century ‘Ross Fountain’, the open-air Ross Theatre, a children’s play area and outdoor cafés which sit beneath the towering Edinburgh castle. Ideal for people watching or taking a break from shopping our sightseeing.
Beautiful views of Arthur’s Seat, the swan-filled St. Margaret’s Loch, the 14th Century ruins of St. Anthony’s chapel and an ice cream van parked conveniently nearby. Ideal for families looking for space to explore and relax
Harrison Park is at the heart of a lovely community. Shared by dog walkers, children, picnickers and duck feeders. It’s gorgeous in the summer and stunning in the autumn. It sits beside Union Canal, so throw down your blanket and get the sandwiches out and watch the world go by!
With tree-lined paths, tennis courts, a children’s play area, people everywhere, plumes of bbq smoke, football and the odd cricket match, this is perfect for those wishing to get involved in some local Edinburgh life
One of the seven hills of Edinburgh it’s worth the short steep walk with your picnic to the top of is Calton Hill. The historic site is in the center of the city and overlooks the Scottish Parliament at Holyrood. With such vast and stunning views down over the city, Calton Hill is popular with picnickers on the rare Edinburgh sunny day.
Blackford Hill is towards the south of the city and popular with dog walkers and weekend hikers. From here you can see Edinburgh Castle, Calton Hill and, on a clear day, all the way out across the Firth of Forth.
Tuck into your picnic in a secluded spot within Inverleith Park, which is located next to the Royal Botanic Gardens. There’s plenty of activity going on in the park, from rugby teams to local cricket competitions. There is also a lovely duck pond so bring out the bread and get feeding!
A long promenade, gorgeous stretches of sand, seaside cafes, supermarkets catering for last minute supplies, people sailing, this is an ideal family spot by the seaside and only a short hop from the city centre
There are many spots in Cramond to stop off for a picnic however our favourite is the River Almond Walkway which takes in Cramond Waterfall. There are picnic tables all along this route as well as Cramond Fall Cafe for a well earned coffee. Ideal for dog walkers or those wishing a gentle stroll.
The Cammo Estate is an 85 acre public park run by the City of Edinburgh council. It’s a quiet spot with meadows, dykes, and mature, open woodland, situated in the Barnton area on the North West edge of Edinburgh. Forming part of the city green belt, it is bounded by the River Almond, Turnhouse Golf Course and residential suburbs. Popular with dog walkers and local families