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Top Ten Spots To Run in Edinburgh

One of the great things about living in Edinburgh is that it marries some of the best aspects of city and rural living. Among other benefits, this means that there are lots of great spots around the city to for budding runners. If you’re new to the city or just looking for a change of scenery from your typical route then your local experts at Warners are here to offer a helping hand.

We’ve listed our top ten spots for jogging in the city which ensures a good workout for all abilities and offer breathtaking views of the city.

1.       Braids

The famous Braid Hills are a great spot for a run and the exceptional views you get when you reach the top are the perfect motivator to keep those legs pumping. From the summit you will be able to see many of the famous sights of Auld Reekie. If you are not a keen runner but still want to stay fit this is also an ideal walk, so grab your family and friends and enjoy the fresh air at this gorgeous spot.

2.       Arthur’s Seat/ Holyrood Park

For one of the best views of the city, the top of Arthur's Seat is the place to be. This 800ft extinct volcano offers a short but challenging climb that gets the adrenaline pumping. If scaling an extinct volcano seems a little too daunting you can also enjoy a run around the Holyrood Park trail that circles the base of the hill.

3.       Inverleith Park

This huge expanse of greenery allows you to be creative, tailoring your run as you desire. You can run around the edge of the park or use the grassy area to create your own running track or fitness workout, making it perfect for all abilities.

4.       Cramond beach

This beautiful beach offers a long run on the sand as well as picturesque views of the sea with Fife in the distance. A popular option on Saturday morning is the Cramond parkrun which gives you a 5km stretch to run or jog – a great start to the weekend.

5.       Pentlands

Situated in the south of the city are the Pentland Hills. This expansive landscape will give runners a real adventure and tough workout. If you’re looking for a challenge, this is the place for you.

6.       Auld Reekie Highlights

You can take in many of the major sights of Edinburgh on this four mile track, offering chances to explore the mews of Royal Terrace, along to Carlton Hill, up to Edinburgh Castle and finishing off down the Royal Mile. 

7.       Water of Leith

For a peaceful run with lots of wildlife, look no further than the Water of Leith walkway. A 12 mile route through the city from Balerno to Leith is extraordinary; however you don’t need to do the whole route at once. Many runners opt to join the 12 mile run from different spots along Edinburgh.

8.       Portobello Beach

Portobello beach offers a one mile bracing run either along the sandy beaches or concrete promenade. The best time for a peaceful run is early on when the morning light strikes the promenade from the east. Alternatively you can opt for a run in the evening to catch the sunset.

9.       City Centre

If you are in the mood for something a little more exciting then why not take a run through the city centre and follow in the footsteps of Renton and Spud of Trainspotting fame. You can pick and choose the length and take in the buzzing atmosphere throughout the city.

10.   Union Canal

Offering a breath of fresh air, you can take a scenic route along the Union Canal. You can start your run at Fountainbridge and head towards Ratho Village. Along the route you will be able to admire some of the industrial heritage of the area which makes for an exceptionally rewarding exercise session. 

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