Edinburgh is great for it’s proximity to open space. You can be almost anywhere in the city, yet only 5 minutes away from a beautiful, secluded spot.
My personal favourites are:
1. The Water of Leith
Winding its way through the City from the Pentlands to the Shore, passing the West End and Stockbridge to Leith, this river passes some truly beautiful, City centre havens. Drop down the path at the Modern Art Gallery and you’ll be suspended in a timeless valley, surrounded by giant trees, long grasses and cascades. Keep your eyes open for the resident heron!
2. Arthur’s Seat
The iconic Arthur’s Seat stands proudly above the City and offers a beautiful panorama from the coast to the Pentlands. Avoid the tourists and stick to the lower levels, passing swan lakes and the rocky Salisbury crags on your way to the Sheep’s Heid for Sunday lunch and a well deserved glass of wine.
3. The Meadows
This place is beautiful any time of the year from spring and the cherry blossom lined avenues, to autumn and the carpet of golden leaves, and winter with a blanket of snow and Arthur’s Seat looming in the distance. But everyone knows that this place comes into it’s own in the summer when the place packs out for BBQs, frisbees and sun-downers Just be careful not to set up camp next to the bong playing, tightrope walking, flame swallowing folk.
4. The Shore
There are few things better than filling up your belly with amazing fresh seafood and then meandering along the waterfront at dusk. This part of Edinburgh has so much history as a once busy port. Now it is home to several amazing (some even Michelin starred) restaurants, and tastefully renovated waterfront areas. Take a seat and watch the big ships roll past.
5. My own front garden
It’s been a while but I finally have access to my own little piece of the outdoors. No more than a few meters squared, this space is all I need. Fresh air, a little sun trap and only seconds from my kitchen – what more could you need 🙂