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Parks & nature in Edinburgh

Mountain
“Its a bit of a walk to the top but well it for the best views of the city and surrounds. Marvel at Edinburgh’s sweeping cityscape from high above at Arthur’s Seat. An enjoyable hike through the lush terrain, grassy slopes and diverse natural structures will lead to the peak of a collection of hills, otherwise known as Arthur’s Seat. Spot iconic sites from the top such as Edinburgh Castle and Calton Hill. The summit will offer ever extending views of the city, sea and countryside of Scotland.”
875 locals recommend
Botanical Garden
“On a nice day, at any time of year, the Botanics are a great place to visit. As well as wandering around these beautiful gardens, there are amazing glasshouses, a cafe and a shop, as well as being able to catch glimpses of the city and castle. Check out their website - they commonly have things going on (e.g., Christmas at the Botanics (light installations) and the Luna cinema).”
551 locals recommend
Park
“have a walk in the biggest park of the city, super cute squirrels and relaxing paths, oasis of peace right in the city centre”
330 locals recommend
Park
“Lots of high street shops including M&S, Zara, Frasers, Boots, Superdrug. Also good place to pick up souvenirs at tourist”
214 locals recommend
Park
“Princes Street gardens runs along Edinburgh's main shopping street. If the weather is nice, its a great place to sit and watch the world go by. ”
163 locals recommend
Park
“Great views, some interesting history, and even a fantastic restaurant, Calton Hill is well worth a visit. The access via Blenheim Place provides a slightly gentler climb to the top that the steps or the road.”
255 locals recommend
Garden
“Just a short bus ride from the city, Portobello has a wonderful beach. Take a walk along the beach, have a pint in the Espy, get a Luca's ice-cream, go to the arcades, or just enjoy the spectacular views of the Forth.”
197 locals recommend
Park
“Holyrood Park is a royal park in central Edinburgh, Scotland about 1 mile to the east of Edinburgh Castle. It is open to the public. It has an array of hills, lochs, glens, ridges, basalt cliffs, and patches of gorse, providing a remarkably wild piece of highland landscape within its 650-acre area. The park is associated with the royal palace of Holyroodhouse and was formerly a 12th-century royal hunting estate. The park was created in 1541 when James V had the ground "circulit about Arthurs Sett, Salisborie and Duddingston craggis" enclosed by a stone wall.”
126 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“The Scott Monument is a Victorian Gothic monument to Scottish author Sir Walter Scott. It is the second largest monument to a writer in the world after the José Martí monument in Havana. It stands in Princes Street Gardens, just opposite the Jenners department store and near to Edinburgh Waverley Railway Station, which is named after Scott's Waverley novels. The tower is 200 feet 6 inches (61.11 m) high, and has a series of viewing platforms reached by a series of narrow spiral staircases giving panoramic views of central Edinburgh and its surroundings. The highest platform is reached by a total of 288 steps.”
68 locals recommend
Park
“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.”
87 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“At the bottom of the street is Princes Street Gardens where on sunny days you'll see people picnicking and enjoying the views which include Edinburgh Castle and the Scott Monument. ”
60 locals recommend
Park
“Leith's own park, just a minute's walk from the flat. Perfect for picnics or an afternoon amble.”
54 locals recommend
River
“Gorgeous walks that make you feel you’re in the country, short walk from my flat to get there. Some really interesting things to see such as the “steel man” who stands in the water in a couple of places. Also lovely to do a run here, if you want to do a bit of cardio! And completely free!”
63 locals recommend
Pool
“Olympic-sized swimming pool, with teaching pool, gym and fitness classes. Soft play for kids.”
46 locals recommend
Park
“A stay at this flat isn't complete without a trip to the short hole golf course 50m away. The first tee is next to Barclay's Church.”
48 locals recommend
Botanical Garden
“The Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh is a scientific centre for the study of plants, their diversity and conservation, as well as a popular tourist attraction. Beautiful place to visit in spring/summer ”
22 locals recommend