One of the joys of a city with Edinburgh’s rich history is that it is filled with an array of beauty spots that even lifelong residents might not know about.
From secret gardens to hills, the city has a way of surprising you in some spectacular ways.
If you are prepared to look a little further into the city, you can find some fantastic beauty spots.
With 57 plant species connected to Scottish folklore, myth and association, this garden provides a relaxing and beautiful escape within the open courtyard between General Register House and New Register House.
Dr Neil's Garden
Dr Neil’s Garden is located on the banks of Duddingston Loch, part of a nature reserve, being important for wildfowl, herons and the great crested grebe, as well as swans and ducks Created by Drs Andrew and Nancy Neil, the garden has plenty of paths, plants and wildlife and sometimes holds events.
National Museum of Scotland - Roof Terrace
If you are looking to put yourself in the heart of Edinburgh’s famous skyline, the National Museum of Scotland’s roof terrace offers just that. The spot gives you a 360 degrees view of the city, and there is even a restaurant on top.
All roads lead to Portobello Beach – known as Edinburgh’s seaside – when the sun is shining. But even on a dull day, it is a great place for a walk, and a welcome seaside spot away from bustling city life. With two miles of beach to enjoy, views over the Firth of Forth to Fife, and a range of quirky shops on the Portobello High Street, there’s plenty options to spend an afternoon.
Lauriston Castle has been frozen in time, being kept as it was in 1926, when it was gifted to the nation by its last private owner. You can explore the grounds and interior of this beautiful castle in Cramond, taking in its rich history which dates back the 15th century.
The park – which is almost exactly one kilometre long - is located between Duddingston and Portobello and is a favourite with locals. There is plenty of space to play, explore, walk dogs and even enjoy an afternoon picnic. Every Saturday it stages a local version of Parkrun.
Blackford Hill and Pond
Blackford Hill and Pond is another hill in Edinburgh – Edinburgh is famed for being circled by seven hills - offering spectacular views of the city and beyond, with the Lomond Hills in the distance. The artificial pond at the top adds to its charm, along with the Royal Observatory.
Colinton and Craiglockhart Dells
Along the Water of Leith in the Craiglockhart area is this expanse of woodlands. There is plenty of wildlife and you can even visit the Water of Leith visitor centre while you are here.
Dunbar's Close Garden
At the end of The Royal Mile lies this 17th century style garden, the perfect tranquil area to relax away from the crowds. Although small, it is often quiet and a good spot for a breather.
The picturesque Dean Village is a former milling village not far from Stockbridge and the city centre, offering a glimpse into Edinburgh’s past industries. Carvings of bread and other baking symbols can still be found on the brick work.
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