Now that Spring is almost here, it’s time to get out into the great outdoors and enjoy some fresh air. Edinburgh has some amazing places to explore such as the Port of Leith or the extinct volcano, Arthur’s Seat. Here are more great walks to explore the wild side in Edinburgh and enjoy Scotland’s capital city.
Walk On The Wild Side In Edinburgh
Water of Leith
The Water of Leith flows from the Pentland Hills winding its way through the City of Edinburgh and out into the Firth of Forth at Leith. Enjoy the journey along the 24 miles (35km) by either walking or cycling. There’s an abundance of nature with both a variety of plants and birds, from King Fishers to Grey Herons.
Look out for some great events also taking place throughout the year. One of my favourites is the Stockbridge Duck Race, it is very popular, so get there early (the date for 2018 is still to be announced). Stockbridge is a great place to explore the wild side in Edinburgh, with great pubs, cafes, restaurants and shops. Why not plan to stop along the way to enjoy some great food.
The extinct volcano – Arthur’s Seat last erupted over 350 million years ago. The towering hill rises up over the city of Edinburgh with the highest point at 251 metres. It’s worth the climb to the top for the astounding 360-degree views looking out over Edinburgh and the surrounding areas. Dress for all weathers (it can be quite chilly and windy at the top). Don’t forget your comfortable walking shoes/boots. Some areas are steep, the paths can be slippy and muddy when wet. Free access is available 24/7 but please stay safe with measurable precautions.
Holyrood Park is steeped in history with archaeological ruins and of course Arthur’s Seat. Take a walk or cycle around the 650 acres, with its artificial St Margarets Loch, wildlife and the haunting ruins of St Anthony’s Chapel.
Disused Railway Stations & Lines
There are over 75km of walking and cycling paths in Edinburgh including some disused Railway Lines from the 19th century. The Innocent Railway Line ran from Newington/St Leonards through to Dalkeith. The line opened in July 1831 and closed in 1968. Today you can walk/cycle the majority of it without leaving the pedestrian/cycleways. If you’re looking for something more central why not head down to Scotland Street in the New Town and walk/cycle to Newhaven by the Firth of Forth. You can go through tunnels and even see a former train station. For more ideas and inspiration the Bike Station has produced a map in the design of the London Tube Map – The Inner Tube.
I hope you have enjoyed reading, inspired to get outdoors, go off the beaten track and see the wild side to Edinburgh. Why not do a stop and stay along one of the many routes? There is a variety of accommodation options available throughout Edinburgh and the Lothians. Happy Travels:) x