Edinburgh FlatsNot only is Edinburgh blessed with some of the world’s most famous visitor attractions, but the surrounding countryside is also home to some of Scotland’s most stunning hiking routes. If you’re visiting the city and fancy escaping the squeak of bagpipes or the hustle and bustle of the cobbled streets, why not take a day trip to explore the great outdoors by foot? Walking in Edinburgh’s Beautiful Countryside We’ve put together our favourite walking routes with some transport tips and the best places to stop for a bite to eat or a victory beer at the finish line. Whether you’re a fitness freak looking for adventure or you enjoy a gentle wander in the fresh air, Edinburgh has it all. From beautiful strolls through woodlands to spontaneous scrambles in the Pentlands, Edinburgh is a lovely part of the world which everyone needs to explore. Water of Leith Walks - Slateford to Leith Distance: 12 km Time: 3-4 hours The Water of Leith is a stunning stretch of parkland, snaking its way through Edinburgh on its journey from the foothills of the Pentlands to the docks in Leith. As a protected urban wildlife site, the route attracts some of Scotland’s most diverse wildlife including over 80 different species of birds. The 12 kilometre stretch between Slateford to Leith is a well-trodden path where locals enjoy tranquil walks along the waterway as they pass the honeypot neighbourhoods of Dean Village and Stockbridge. How do I get there? If you’re staying in the centre of Edinburgh, the starting point in Slateford is just a 20-minute walk across The Meadows park towards the residential areas of Bruntsfield and Merchiston. Once you’re finished in Leith, jump on the 16 bus heading to Colinton for a 15-minute journey which drops you right in the centre of town. Where can I refuel? If you’re walking on a Sunday, stopping off for a bite to eat at Stockbridge Market is a must. Artisans from across Scotland set up shop to offer delicious cuisine ranging from gigantic Spanish paellas to Highland cheeses. An hour can easily fly by as you browse the stalls, so be sure to leave plenty of time. Forest Walks Near Edinburgh - Rosslyn Glen Distance: 4.25km Time: 1.5-2 hours If you're looking for a family adventure, the enchanting woodland gorge of Rosslyn Glen is a no-brainer. Wander along the beautiful banks of the North Esk river as you weave your way through dramatic countryside and pass the semi-ruined Rosslyn Castle. The 14th-century fortress was rebuilt following its destruction in 1544 and has since been restored for a second time to open its doors to the public. Start your walk from Rosslyn Chapel car park and keep the river on your left as you follow its twists and turns before turning back on yourself at the Roslin Gunpowder Factory. From here, head North along a small lane which runs through gorgeous woodland to arrive back in the quaint village of Rosslyn. How do I get there? Rosslyn is just a 45-minute bus ride from Edinburgh city centre. Hop on the 37 service heading to Penicuik/Deanburn which you can catch from the shop side of Princes Street. Where can I refuel? The Original Rosslyn Inn is a family-friendly gastropub which serves honest food and delicious local ales for the perfect end to a stunning walk. Pentland Hill Walks - Blackhope Scar and the Moorfoots Distance: 18 km Time: 5-6 For the more serious walkers out there, this challenging route in the Pentland Hills will take your breath away. If you can handle the tough terrain, dotted with boggy marshes and steep climbs, you’ll be rewarded with extensive views of the surrounding countryside. Starting at the Gladhouse Reservoir, this circular route takes you over Blackhope Scar, the highest Moorfoot peak at 651 metres. A full map of the route is available here. We recommend coming prepared with good hiking boots, waterproofs and plenty of supplies to keep energy levels high as you take on this mighty route. How do I get there? The best way to get to the Gladhouse Reservoir is by car. Alternatively, you can take the 31 bus, followed by the R5 service to the village of Temple. The reservoir is an hour walk from the village. Where can I refuel? After trekking 18 kilometres, we imagine you’ll be pretty hungry. The Horseshoe Inn is the ideal resting place to round off a spectacular day with a wholesome meal, washed down with a hard-earned real ale or three. Book Your Edinburgh Holiday Flat Today Here at Edinburgh Flats, we have a wonderful selection of holiday apartments located in the heart of Edinburgh. If you’re looking for the perfect base to explore the city and its stunning countryside, we’re only ever a phone call away and would love to help. Other Articles You Might Like Six Awesome Day Trips From Edinburgh While Edinburgh has plenty to offer, from award-winning museums to an ancient Old Town, it’s also perfectly connected with other Scottish cities and villages. Our guide to day trips from Edinburgh features some of our favourite nearby places including things to do and how to get there. Places to Stay in Edinburgh: A Guide to Edinburgh’s Neighbourhoods Many visitors have heard about Edinburgh’s New Town and Old Town, but few know about the other fascinating neighbourhoods. Our guide walks you through some of the best places to stay in Edinburgh to help you make the most of your trip.
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Stunning Routes for Walking in Edinburgh

Friday, 12th July 2019

Not only is Edinburgh blessed with some of the world’s most famous visitor attractions, but the surrounding countryside is also home to some of Scotland’s most stunning hiking routes.

 

If you’re visiting the city and fancy escaping the squeak of bagpipes or the hustle and bustle of the cobbled streets, why not take a day trip to explore the great outdoors by foot?

Walking in Edinburgh’s Beautiful Countryside

We’ve put together our favourite walking routes with some transport tips and the best places to stop for a bite to eat or a victory beer at the finish line.

 

Whether you’re a fitness freak looking for adventure or you enjoy a gentle wander in the fresh air, Edinburgh has it all. From beautiful strolls through woodlands to spontaneous scrambles in the Pentlands, Edinburgh is a lovely part of the world which everyone needs to explore.

Water of Leith Walks - Slateford to Leith

Distance: 12 km

Time: 3-4 hours

 

The Water of Leith is a stunning stretch of parkland, snaking its way through Edinburgh on its journey from the foothills of the Pentlands to the docks in Leith.

 

As a protected urban wildlife site, the route attracts some of Scotland’s most diverse wildlife including over 80 different species of birds.

 

The 12 kilometre stretch between Slateford to Leith is a well-trodden path where locals enjoy tranquil walks along the waterway as they pass the honeypot neighbourhoods of Dean Village and Stockbridge.

How do I get there?

If you’re staying in the centre of Edinburgh, the starting point in Slateford is just a 20-minute walk across The Meadows park towards the residential areas of Bruntsfield and Merchiston. 

 

Once you’re finished in Leith, jump on the 16 bus heading to Colinton for a 15-minute journey which drops you right in the centre of town.

Where can I refuel?

If you’re walking on a Sunday, stopping off for a bite to eat at Stockbridge Market is a must.

 

Artisans from across Scotland set up shop to offer delicious cuisine ranging from gigantic Spanish paellas to Highland cheeses. An hour can easily fly by as you browse the stalls, so be sure to leave plenty of time.

Forest Walks Near Edinburgh - Rosslyn Glen

Distance: 4.25km

Time: 1.5-2 hours

 

If you're looking for a family adventure, the enchanting woodland gorge of Rosslyn Glen is a no-brainer.

 

Wander along the beautiful banks of the North Esk river as you weave your way through dramatic countryside and pass the semi-ruined Rosslyn Castle. The 14th-century fortress was rebuilt following its destruction in 1544 and has since been restored for a second time to open its doors to the public.

 

Start your walk from Rosslyn Chapel car park and keep the river on your left as you follow its twists and turns before turning back on yourself at the Roslin Gunpowder Factory. From here, head North along a small lane which runs through gorgeous woodland to arrive back in the quaint village of Rosslyn.

How do I get there?

Rosslyn is just a 45-minute bus ride from Edinburgh city centre. Hop on the 37 service heading to Penicuik/Deanburn which you can catch from the shop side of Princes Street.

Where can I refuel?

The Original Rosslyn Inn is a family-friendly gastropub which serves honest food and delicious local ales for the perfect end to a stunning walk.

Pentland Hill Walks - Blackhope Scar and the Moorfoots

Distance: 18 km

Time: 5-6

 

For the more serious walkers out there, this challenging route in the Pentland Hills will take your breath away. If you can handle the tough terrain, dotted with boggy marshes and steep climbs, you’ll be rewarded with extensive views of the surrounding countryside.

 

Starting at the Gladhouse Reservoir, this circular route takes you over Blackhope Scar, the highest Moorfoot peak at 651 metres. A full map of the route is available here

 

We recommend coming prepared with good hiking boots, waterproofs and plenty of supplies to keep energy levels high as you take on this mighty route. 

How do I get there?

The best way to get to the Gladhouse Reservoir is by car.

 

Alternatively, you can take the 31 bus, followed by the R5 service to the village of Temple. The reservoir is an hour walk from the village.

Where can I refuel?

After trekking 18 kilometres, we imagine you’ll be pretty hungry. The Horseshoe Inn is the ideal resting place to round off a spectacular day with a wholesome meal, washed down with a hard-earned real ale or three.

Book Your Edinburgh Holiday Flat Today

Here at Edinburgh Flats, we have a wonderful selection of holiday apartments located in the heart of Edinburgh.

 

If you’re looking for the perfect base to explore the city and its stunning countryside, we’re only ever a phone call away and would love to help.

Other Articles You Might Like

Six Awesome Day Trips From Edinburgh 

While Edinburgh has plenty to offer, from award-winning museums to an ancient Old Town, it’s also perfectly connected with other Scottish cities and villages. Our guide to day trips from Edinburgh features some of our favourite nearby places including things to do and how to get there.

Places to Stay in Edinburgh: A Guide to Edinburgh’s Neighbourhoods 

Many visitors have heard about Edinburgh’s New Town and Old Town, but few know about the other fascinating neighbourhoods. Our guide walks you through some of the best places to stay in Edinburgh to help you make the most of your trip.

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