Walking in Edinburgh can be a fantastic way to experience the countryside with some magnificent views to go with it. There are many different areas you can experience by walking in Edinburgh.
One of the main attractions for walking in Edinburgh is the sleeping volcano Arthur’s Seat. It’s impossible to miss this in Edinburgh’s skyline. There are various different routes you can take to walk around Arthur’s Seat and up towards the summit. The views from the top are absolutely stunning. Cramond Island is a beautiful area of Edinburgh for a stroll and if you plan it carefully, you can walk out to the island when the tide is low and catch the beautiful sunset before returning. Be sure to check the tide timings before you set off to ensure you can get back safely. Calton Hill is a great place for a walk in Edinburgh. A walk up to the top of the hill offers superb 360 degree views of Edinburgh city, showing it in all its glory. If you choose to visit Calton Hill, you can also go up the Nelson Monument.
If being on two wheels is more suited to you, there is an extensive network of cycle routes in and around Edinburgh that cover most of the city for you to explore the views and its surroundings without getting caught up in traffic.
Many people cycle around Holyrood Park where you can find Arthur’s Seat. There are no official off-road bike paths here, but there is a useful shared path that runs alongside part of the Queens Drive. The path follows the road to the west and north passing by the Scottish Parliment and the Palace of Holyrood House. The path then ends by St Margaret’s Loch. Another is the Innocent Railway Path; which is the longest and most useful of the bike tracks in the south east of the city. You can reach this path from St Leonard’s Tunnell in the East Parkside off Holyrood Park Road. The Innocent Railway Path carries NCN 1 to Dalkeith and beyond. It runs gently downhill at first, and then when arriving into the city, the path gives access to Jewel Park and Bingham and Brunstane Station.
Edinburgh is a city rich in history and its stunning architectural heritage is now recognised as a World Heritage Site. There are two main areas of interest in this historic city. They are the Old Town which includes Edinburgh Castle and the New Town which dates back to the 18th century. Both the Old and New Towns were listed as World Heritage Sites in 1995. The combination of medieval architecture with neoclassical terraces gives the city its very own unique character.
The Old Town is home to the Royal Mile, a long street which is exactly one Scots mile in length. The mile features a medieval castle, narrow closes, reformation buildings, kirks, turrets and plenty of nooks and crannies. Head over to the New Town where you will find the grand Georgian Terraces of the Scottish Enlightenment who wanted to escape the overcrowded Old Town.
If you are visiting Edinburgh with your family and have youngsters to keep amused, do not worry! Edinburgh has ample activities and events all year round that will keep the whole family engaged. Everything from the Edinburgh Dungeons to The Edinburgh International Book Festival. There really is something for everyone, no matter what the ages are or the interests. To find out more please visit our Things To Do section.
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