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Parks and nature in Edinburgh

Top parks

Botanical Garden
“Great place to unwind and relax away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Lots of beautiful colourful flowers, plants and trees from all over the world. Free entry cafe and restaurant on site also.”
  • 567 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
“This is a large green open park area in the centre of town with many local independent coffee shops bars and restaurants ”
  • 331 locals recommend
Park
“Another local hill. Easier to climb than Arthur's Seat. Views are also spectacular at the top.”
  • 272 locals recommend
Park
“Both Princes Street East and West Gardens are nice to wander through, with fantastic views up to the Castle. Great photo opportunity!”
  • 164 locals recommend
Park
“Located at the end of the Royal Mile, near Arthur's seat. This is a great place to visit. ”
  • 127 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
Park
“Leith's own park, just a minute's walk from the flat. Perfect for picnics or an afternoon amble.”
  • 54 locals recommend

Playgrounds

Zoo
“great to see all the butterflies and animals. Animal handling and feeding too”
  • 12 locals recommend
Playground
“You can catch the number 36 bus to Stockbridge - going down Broughton Road. And to the Shore/Leith in the opposite direction.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Playground
“A fun little park and playground. Has swings, slides, monkey bars, a tennis court, a basketball court, and large beautiful trees!”
  • 2 locals recommend
Garden
“A pretty little park with hidden fairy doors to search for. Also has a large herb garden where you can pick fresh herbs for dinner!”
  • 1 local recommends
Park
  • 1 local recommends
Playground
“This play park is great for all ages. It is large and offers entertainment even for teenagers. Children would probably consider this to be the best play park in Edinburgh. There is a cafe on site and there are toilets round the corner. ”
  • 1 local recommends

Beaches

Trails

Trail
“Start with breakfast at Leith Harbour. There are so many good places to choose from. Then join the Water of Leith pathway and take it all the way to the Modern Art Gallery for a late lunch or just coffee and cake. Leave a couple of hours for this meandering, enjoyable walk which will give you a different way of getting to know Edinburgh.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Trail
“A range of hills to the south-west of Edinburgh, Scotland. The range is around 20 miles in length, and runs south west from Edinburgh towards Biggar and the upperClydesdale”
  • 10 locals recommend
Trail
“A quiet, secret route through Edinburgh, green and serene. Despite what the map says, it starts in Leith, hence the name!”
  • 8 locals recommend
Bike Trail
“ The Innocent Railway path runs from the Newington/St Leonard's area under Holyrood Park via Duddingston and Craigmillar to Brunstane in the East of the city. It is one of Edinburgh's extensive off-road pedestrian cycleways and part of the UK-wide, National Cycle Network's Route 1 (NCN1). ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Trail
“Great walk and cycle trail alongside the water of leith, takes you all the way to the centre of Edinburgh. Favourite stop-off at the Modern Art Gallery.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Bike Trail
  • 1 local recommends
Bike Trail
“Spooky tunnel to check out if you are coming down the back of Arthurs Seat.”
  • 1 local recommends
Trail
“Part of the Pentland Hills Regional Park - great views of the Edinburgh skyline & beyond. Kids can cycle alongside Torduff reservoir & there are numerous walks around the park towards Clubbiedean Reservoir. Lots of birdlife to spot too.”
  • 1 local recommends