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Out and About: Outdoor Activities in Edinburgh

Spring has sprung and summer is on the way. The promise of long sunny days are on the horizon, so it is time to lose the layers and head outdoors with some of our favourite walking trails and outdoor activities in Edinburgh. With a number of fantastic trails and picturesque footpaths, putting your best foot forward has never been easier.

Sun setting over Arthurs Seat and EdinburghWalking in Edinburgh: Arthur’s Seat

Set in the beautiful Holyrood Park, a trek up Arthur’s Seat is one of the best-known walks in Edinburgh. A short but challenging climb up an 800ft extinct volcano, Arthur’s Seat is quite literally a beacon for fun, free things to do in Edinburgh. With spectacular 360-degree views of the city below, not to mention the many myths and mysteries just waiting to erupt, scaling the side of this ancient hill fort is a treat for anyone in search of spectacular views, marvellous history and a healthy dose of adrenaline.

Dean Village along the Water of LeithBlooming Brilliant: Water of Leith

For a peaceful, tranquil stroll through the heart of Edinburgh, make your way through the meandering walkways of the Water of Leith. This 12-mile walk stretches from Balerno to Leith and is teeming with spectacular wildlife and beautiful nooks and crannies. But don’t worry. You don’t have to do the entire trail in one go. With so many wonderful and charming sections, joining in and dropping off as you please is a favourite way to tackle the trail.

The front of the museum of modern art in EdinburghPicture-Perfect Trails: Dean Village and The Galleries Of Modern Art

Setting out from Stockbridge, this stunning circular walk is a work of art in itself. Running along the Water of Leith, it passes along some of Edinburgh’s most magnificent Georgian architecture, through the enchanting Dean Village to the Scottish National Galleries of Modern Art. From there, it is just a hop, skip and a jump to the beautiful grounds, spectacular statues and mesmerising masterpieces within.

Sun setting over Calton HillStep Up The Excitement: Calton Hill

If you don’t feel like venturing far, take a stroll up Calton Hill. Only a 5-minute walk from the Parliament House Hotel, Calton Hill is a favourite stop for locals and tourists alike. With numerous monuments and landmarks, not to mention beautiful panoramic views over all of Edinburgh, climbing the cobbled streets to the top and exploring the never-ending hilltop history is by far one of our favourite outdoor activities in Edinburgh.

So there you have it. A few of the wonderful scenic walks and historic trails throughout our city. For more great outdoor activities in Edinburgh, why not check out our Edinburgh Guide? Or hop on and hop off at Edinburgh’s many superb attractions with an Edinburgh Sightseeing Tour.

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