When visiting Edinburgh a walk is a must, not only for the physical benefits but for the stunning views and the crisp fresh air. The compact city is unlike any other, the sea meets rolling hills, blending seamlessly with historical buildings and cobbled streets. The very best way to explore this city is by foot. Any other way and you run the risk of missing something incredible. There are a multitude of walks to choose from when looking at a trip to Edinburgh and we’ve made that choice a little easier for you. Explore our list of the top five walks that you shouldn’t miss out on…
Difficulty Level: moderate
Suitable for: seasoned hikers and joggers as well as casual walkers and dog walkers (on-lead only).
This is perhaps the most popular (and the tallest) landmark in Edinburgh. So what exactly is Arthur’s Seat? It’s an extinct volcano that sits 251m above sea level. Although a short walk, it’s sure to get the blood pumping and the panoramic views from the top are unmissable.
Water Of Leith
Difficulty Level: moderate
Suitable for: regular walkers or anyone fit enough to walk for a good few miles and dog walkers (on-lead only).
Taking you through the heart of Edinburgh, the Water Of Leith Walkway is a 12 mile walk alongside the River Leith. Discover a wide variety of plants and wildlife on your scenic walk.
Difficulty Level: easy
Suitable for: everyone. The heart of Edinburgh wouldn’t be complete without the green oasis that is Inverleith Park. Atop high grounds and beside the Royal Botanic Gardens, you are sure to see some beautiful views. One of the most beautiful sections of the walk is the Stockbridge to Dean Village section.
Difficulty Level: moderate to challenging
Suitable for: seasoned walkers of all ages and dog walkers (on-lead only).
A range of 5 hills, around 20 miles in length, the Pentland Hills are perfect for hiking, mountain biking, horse riding and skiing. There’s something for everyone with sign posted routes that are suitable for all.
Difficulty Level: easy to moderate
Suitable for: walkers of all ages and dog walkers.
The summit of Braid Hills sits 213m above sea level and is one of Edinburgh’s highest points, boasting a stunning panoramic view. Popular with horse riders, golfers and walkers. You are allowed to walk across the golf course (barring the greens) in your quest to reach the summit.
Make sure to prepare properly for these walks, as in Edinburgh, the weather can change in an instant. Be sure to wear proper hiking boots, take a packable water-proof jacket, plenty of water and of course some food for fuel. Plan out your routes ahead of time, that way you can make the most of every day that you’re in the beautiful city.