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Parks & nature in Edinburgh

Botanical Garden
“These gardens are free to walk around. The only paid part are the glass houses. Lovely to wander especially on a sunny day. ”
602 locals recommend
“An oasis of green in the heart of Edinburgh, 5 minutes walk from the flat. At 54 acres, it is one of Scotland's largest urban parks. There is a boating pond on the south side of the Park incorporating an attractive wetlands water garden. Stunning views of the city skyline and Pentland Hills can be seen from above the pond. The park also features a children's play park, four tennis courts, a ball court for basketball and football, a petanque court and a running and fitness circuit.”
94 locals recommend
Gym / Fitness Centre
“Great local swim centre (with really nice Sauna & Steam Room) where Paul learnt to swim (also small gym)”
34 locals recommend
“Lovely place for a picnic - frequently used by locals and joggers, across the road from the West Gate of the Botanic Gardens”
29 locals recommend
“A beautiful wild park, nice place with views overlooking the whole Edinburgh.”
15 locals recommend
“Book Festival is here till the end of the Edinburgh Festival, during 2 weeks in August. Lovely on a sunny day with Deckchairs, food and drink, and lots of talks! Also on Charlotte Square, is The Geogian House, (National Trust) well worth seeing.”
7 locals recommend
“14 acres of beautifully maintained private gardens on the doorstep. Use the Ann Street entrance and the key that comes with your booking. ”
6 locals recommend
“Riveside walk along the stunning water of Leith. This is a real gem. Hard to believe it's in the middle of the city. Great place for a jog, evening walk, morning chillout with a coffee or walk along to the Modern Art Gallery... always proud to show people this particular find”
5 locals recommend
“Cammo is a large estate in the north-west outskirts of Edinburgh. It's a large site with attractive woodlands, glades and grassland.”
3 locals recommend
“A bustling Sunday market every week from 10am-5pm, when the sun comes out it could be France!”
2 locals recommend
“Take a stoll all the way to Crammond along Edinburghs ever growing promenade. Great on sunny days with picnic.”
1 local recommends
“Forthquarter Park is 5 minutes from the house, is a beautiful park with reservoir, duck pond, river and a running track and access to Gypsy Brae which is at the top of the beach. From here you can easily walk to Crammond or towards Leith Docks.”
1 local recommends
Scenic Viewpoint
“It's great to go down and walk out along the eastern breakwater of the harbour and watch the boats, the birds and the fishermen. Or you could fish off the pier too...”
1 local recommends
“Nice views of the Edinburgh skyline from here (on your way to the Botanic Gardens). Previous guests have used it for their morning run.”
1 local recommends
“One of our favourite walks is down through the Banks Gardens, along the Water of Leith, under Dean Bridge (financed by the first owner of our house) and on to Dean Village and beyond.”
1 local recommends