TAKE advantage of this Easter weekend by enjoying the most scenic walks Edinburgh and the Lothians has to offer
The extinct volcano that looms over Edinburgh is the perfect place to spend a Saturday afternoon if you’re feeling energetic.
There are more than a few routes to take up the summit – from easy strolls which can be completed in less than half an hour, to slightly rockier paths which will take longer - and nothing compares to the panoramic view of Edinburgh you’re treated to from the top.
The lure of this disappearing walkway is too tempting to resist. With some careful planning during low tide, it is possible to walk out across the causeway and explore this tiny, lush island. Just be sure to check tide times for the return trip too, or risk being stranded on the island all night.
Dr Neil’s Garden
This secret garden is one of the most remarkable sites during the summer. Don’t let the name fool you – it is by no means a small enclosure. The creation of Andrew and Nancy Neil, it offers a secluded spot at the base of Arthur’s Seat.
While many have escaped to the garden for a quiet, meditative time, the walkways lead to sites such as Thomson’s Tower, designed by William Henry Playfair and built in 1825, and the beauty of Duddingston Loch.
Towering white firs line the walkways with Cornelian Cherry shrubs, brightening up any dull day.
The Royal Botanic Garden
Established in 1670 to supply the University of Edinburgh with medicinal plants, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is Britain’s second oldest botanic garden after Oxford’s.
The massive walk is sure to keep any day occupied, with 70 acres of stunning scenery.
Highlights include the Scottish health garden, which recreates the planting and landscape of the Highlands; the Victorian Temperate Palm House, the tallest of its kind in Britain; and the Chinese Hillside, which contains the largest collection of Chinese flora outside of China.
This bustling area of activity will keep your eyes busy as you join the myriad of other people enjoying the delightful walkway. This canal path makes up part of the John Muir Way – and while we’re not suggesting you complete the task of walking from the Forth to the Clyde, even just a small part of this route is lovely to amble along. For a scenic walk, start at Auchinstarry. The circular route includes a stretch of Antonine Wall as well as some excellent canal walking.