Climb Edinburgh’s Mountain

When I first moved to Edinburgh 12 years ago, I fell in love with the city’s ancient history, architecture and setting. It felt like a privilege to live in a place of such beauty, atmosphere and significance, and yet as a city it was still compact enough to get around by bicycle or on foot. But the most impressive thing in Edinburgh for me was Arthur’s Seat. I couldn’t believe there was a real mountain right in the city centre!

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Along the River Almond Walkway – the Walker’s Route to Cammo

Cammo estate, on the north-west side of Edinburgh, is a wonderful place to lose yourself. Gradually revealed amid the profusion of late summer vegetation, paths entice you to follow them in various directions around the remains of the designed landscape. Read the rest of this entry »

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Walks for all the family at Vogrie Country Park

Having never been to Vogrie Country Park, I took the opportunity of joining some friends for a school holiday visit one weekend. On a fine afternoon the park was full of families playing ball games, fishing for algae in the pond or being boisterous in the adventure playground. I was happy to leave them to it for a while and explore some of the 11.5 miles of trails within the park.

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A historical tour of East Linton – 6.5 miles

Is there anywhere in Scotland that doesn’t look its best on a warm, sunny afternoon in early summer? It’s been a long time coming, but now the trees are in full leaf, seemingly overnight. With a sunny weekend forecast, the rolling countryside of East Lothian beckoned. We packed a picnic lunch and headed for the neat, picturesque village of East Linton to try some of their local paths which loop around the surrounding area and link up interesting local historical sites. This route is around 6.5 miles, but can be made shorter.

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A Stroll Along Edinburgh’s Promenade

An evening stroll along Edinburgh’s Promenade – Cramond to Granton, 3.25 miles

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An introduction to the ‘Round the Forth’ trail

This route forms part of National Cycle Network Route 76 which runs for 134 miles around the Forth, from Dunbar to Stirling and back to Kirkcaldy.  This route is full of surprises with plenty of natural and historical interest and can easily be walked in short sections using public transport.  The offroad sections in particular are great for walking, and on this section, from Blackness to South Queensferry, there is plenty of birdlife to watch out for as you walk through the estate.  This part of the Forth is protected by a number of natural heritage designations, both national and international, due to its importance as a habitat for breeding birds, so there is always something to spot.

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