City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh Parks


Edinburgh parks and greenspaces

Photo Edinburgh Venue Venue Description Venue type
Calton Hill Sun Rise
Calton Hill Calton Hill is one of Edinburgh's main hills, set right in the city centre. It is unmistakable with its Athenian acropolis poking above the skyline. Outdoor
West Princes Street Gardens in Summer
West Princes Street Gardens West Princes Street Gardens is the larger of the two tracts of green space (the other being East Princes Street Gardens) that run parallel to Princes Street in the heart of the city. The gardens were... Outdoor
E Princes St Garden Wide
East Princes Street Gardens Although fenced off with Edinburgh's characteristic black, wrought iron railings, The Gardens are open to the public and easily accessed at various gates along Princes Street and other points. Outdoor
Inverleith Park Reed Beds
Inverleith Park Inverleith Park is a major public park, managed by the City of Edinburgh, a little North from the city centre. Outdoor
Botanic Garden, Edinburgh
The Royal Botanic Garden The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE), located in Edinburgh's Inverleith area, is often dubbed Scotland's answer to Kew gardens. It is not only a place to learn about trees, ferns, plants, and... Outdoor
Holyrood Park - looking down from Arthur's Seat
Holyrood Park Holyrood Park is a windswept, hilly public park, but a few minutes walk from Edinburgh Old Town. The park encompasses a five-mile radius of land and has probably been a Royal Park since the 12th... Outdoor
The Meadows
The Meadows The Meadows is a large expanse of common, greenspace to the South of Edinburgh Old Town, adjoining the main Edinburgh University area. Outdoor
Castle Garden view North
Edinburgh Castle Gardens The Castle Gardens is on a steep hill directly under Edinburgh Castle to the South of the West Princes Street Garden. It is bounded by the railway line in the North and The Mound to the East. Outdoor
Scotland Yard
Scotland Yard Park Quiet, leafy, residential park in New Town area and near Broughton. Outdoor
King George V Park
King George V Park Quiet, leafy park in Edinburgh New Town, near Canonmills. Accessed off Eyre Place. Popular with local dog walkers. Outdoor
Isle of May
Isle of May The Isle of May National Nature Reserve is a long rocky island with sheer cliffs and caves at the mouth of the Firth of Forth. It is home to thousands of grey seals, the fourth largest breeding group... Beyond Edinburgh
Bawsinch and Duddingston Nature Reserve Bawsinch and Duddingston Loch is a nature reserve situated three kilometres from the centre of Edinburgh, at the southern end of Holyrood Park, and South of Duddingston Village. Outdoor
Blackford Hill View North
Blackford Hill Blackford Hill is one of Edinburgh's "seven hills," situated 2 miles to the South of the city centre. Near the top of the 164m (539 ft) hill you can see the green domed Royal Observatory,... Outdoor
Cammo Estate Water Tower
Cammo Estate Park The Cammo Estate is an 85 acre public park run by the City of Edinburgh council. It's a quiet spot with meadows, dykes, and mature, open woodland, situated in the Barnton area on the North West edge... Outdoor
Walk in the woods
Corstorphine Hill Corstorphine Hill is a public park and nature reserve to the West of Edinburgh, on the road to Glasgow. It's often considered one of Edinburgh's "Seven Hills". Outdoor
Leith Links
Leith Links This former golf course, or links, was considered in the 17th and 18th centuries as Edinburgh's best course and was in use for golf as early as mid-16 century. Outdoor
Craiglockhart Hill Craiglockhart Hill is really two hills, Wester Craig and Easter Craig, situated to the South of Edinburgh, in the residential areas of Braidburn and Craiglockhart. Outdoor
Braid Hills The Braid Hills are a pair of small hills 206m (675 ft) and 166m (546 ft) in the south of the city, between Morningside and Liberton residential areas, that form a part of th Outdoor
Water of Leith Sign at Belford Road
Water of Leith The Water of Leith is perhaps more a green corridor than a park, although it is designated an Urban Wildlife Site. The waterway snakes through the city from the foot of the Pentlands to Leith docks,... Outdoor
Abbey Front
Inchcolm Island Inchcolm Island is a tiny island in the Firth of Forth, between Edinburgh and Fife to the North. It is best known for its ancient and well preserved Augustinian Abbey. The Abbey is currently looked... Spiritual Centre