Edinburgh’s beautiful scenery and surroundings make for fabulous walks with great views. The city centre is compact and green enough to provide great urban walks without journeying too far, or for something more adventurous there’s an abundance of routes to choose from. Here’s our top 10:
Water of Leith
The Water of Leith Walkway is beautiful 12.75 mile walk through the heart of Edinburgh. Flowing from its source in the Pentland Hills to its outlet into the Firth of Forth, the river winds it’s way through the city, passing by Colinton Village and Dell, Murrayfield Stadium, The Dean Village, the Royal Botanic Garden and Leith. A beautiful stretch to walk is from The Shore to the Gallery of Modern Art in Dean Village, perfect for an afternoon stroll.
Edinburgh Old Town
For a city experience, why not simply explore the historic Old Town, taking in the architecture and atmosphere of Edinburgh’s medieval heart.
Vogrie: Blinkbonny Circuit
The circuit starts and ends in Vogrie Country Park- a large woodland estate surrounding the Victorian Vogrie House. Walk against a backdrop of Edinburgh to the north and the Moorfoot Hills to the south.
City Centre to the Botanics
A gentle walk starting in the grand New Town and ending at the famous Royal Botanic Garden. Go from Hanover Street, continue past the distinctive grounds of the Gallery of Modern Art and join the Water of Leith Walkway. Pass by the ornate St Bernard’s Well, bustling Stockbridge and end with a stroll around the calming Royal Botanic Gardens.
Shore Walk: South Queensferry to Cramond
A beautiful 4.5 mile walk with ever changing views across the Firth of Forth and Fife. Start in South Queensferry and follow the shore line along to picturesque Cramond Beach where you can continue out to Cramond Island if you’re still feeling energetic.
Holyrood Park is a huge rough land of parkland, lochs, hills and crags, making for perfect city centre walking. Climb to the top of Arthur’s Seat (251m) for some of the best views around – see out across East Lothian, Midlothian, Fife and beyond.
Located to the South of the city, the Pentland hills offer more of a challenge. The Pentland Peaks Walk is a 6 hour walk of 18km, passing a historic battle ground and starting and finishing in Flotterstone, where there’s a great pub serving refreshments.
A circular route located at the site of Europe’s longest artificial ski slope. Ride the chairlift for panoramic views of the city and the Firth of Forth.
Blackford and Braid hills
A 7km walk starting off in Morningside and following the perimeter of Braid Hills golf course. Experience excellent 360 degree views at the summit of the hills.
Dalkeith Country Park