The Best Walks in Edinburgh this Autumn

Soak up Nature and History with Our Autumn Walks in Edinburgh

The UK has had one of the best summers on record with glorious sunshine and warm weather. But, while summer might be winding down, according to the Met office, the warm temperatures are set to stay until October. So, this is the perfect time to plan your autumn stay in Scotland. Book one of our special offers at Parliament House Hotel and enjoy autumn in central Edinburgh. While you’re here, take in the sights with a walk in the city. Here’s our guide to some of the best autumn walks in Edinburgh.

Calton Hill Views

View of Edinburgh from Calton Hill in Autumn

Here at Parliament House, we’re conveniently located at the foot of Calton Hill in central Edinburgh. Take a short stroll to the top and soak up the panoramic views of the city, from the Salisbury Crags to Edinburgh Castle. Watch the undulating slopes of Holyrood Park glow in autumnal shades, and the Firth of Forth sparkle in the sunlight. Calton Hill is part of Edinburgh’s UNESCO World Heritage Site. During your walk, you’ll pass historic monuments including a famously unfinished Athenian style acropolis, Nelson’s Monument and the Robert Burns Monument.

Island Getaway

Walkway to Cramond Island Edinburgh

If you’re looking to escape to an island, one of the best walks in Edinburgh is to Cramond Island. This tidal island is located about one mile out to sea in the Firth of Forth and is accessible by foot at low tide. So, take a stroll across the causeway along Drum Sands and enjoy stunning views of the sea and coast this autumn. Just remember to check the tide times so you don’t get stranded on the return journey.

History and Castles

Edinburgh Castle in autumn

Edinburgh is bursting with history and heritage and there’s no better place to enjoy autumn walks in Edinburgh than right here in the city. The Royal Mile is one of the city’s most vibrant areas and perfect for a stroll. This mile-long road connecting the Palace of Holyrood House and Edinburgh Castle, and is made up of four streets. With access to High Street, Castlehill, Lawnmarket and Canongate, you’ll find plenty of places to shop, eat and drink. Finish off your autumn walk with a visit to the ancient Edinburgh Castle and discover its history and stunning views of the city in all its autumnal colours. Or, escape the hustle and bustle of the city, with a walk around the grounds of Lauriston Castle. This 16th-century tower house boasts woodlands, Japanese Gardens and manicured lawns. And, you’ll be treated to magnificent views of the shimmering Firth of Forth.

Peaceful Parks and Gardens

Autumn tree in Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh

If you love plants, flowers and wildlife, our city’s beautiful parks and gardens are perfect for a tranquil walk. And autumn is one of the most spectacular times to see them. At Parliament House, you’re just a short stroll from Princes Street Gardens in the heart of Edinburgh. Sitting beneath the towering Edinburgh Castle, the gardens are placed between the Old and New parts of Edinburgh. You’ll pass many public monuments and memorials, and there are plenty of places to stop and enjoy a picnic. Edinburgh’s Royal Botanic Gardens are a fantastic place to enjoy autumn in Scotland. Full of thousands of plants and flowers, you’ll see the seasonal changes as you walk around the 70 acres of grounds. Take a guided tour and learn about the history of the gardens and the diverse species.

With one of our autumn walks in Edinburgh, you’ll discover the beauty of our city. So why not take a look at our fantastic autumn offer at Parliament House and book your stay? Or, let a professional guide lead the way during your stay with our special sightseeing tour offer. Our centrally located hotel places you close to some of Edinburgh’s best walks and sights. And with fewer crowds, and quieter streets, autumn is one of the best times to visit our magnificent capital.