City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh Parks


Edinburgh parks and greenspaces

Photo Edinburgh Venuesort icon Venue Description Venue type
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
Levenhall Links Levenhall Links is a coastal, industrial, and recreational area at Musselburgh, near Musselburgh Racecourse, Morrison's Haven and Prestongrange Industrial Heritage Museum. Outdoor
Limekilns Beach Small village beach on the North side of the Firth of Forth. Beyond Edinburgh
Longniddry Beach Long sandy and rocky beach near the small town of Longniddry just South East of Edinburgh. Popular with walkers, windsurfers and canoeists. Close to nature reserves with birds feeding at low tide. Outdoor
Dusk in the Pentlands
Pentland Hills Regional Park The 11 mile by 6 mile Pentland Hills Regional Park, established on 22 October 1984, stretches from the City Bypass in the North (the southernwest reaches of Edinburgh), to the Borders Region in the Sport
Pilrig Park A good-sized green space owned by the city of Edinburgh since 1920. The public park has two play areas, allotments, community forestry, and football pitch. Outdoor
Portobello Beach in July
Portobello Beach & Promenade One of the chief attractions of Portobello, to the East of Edinburgh City Centre, is the sea and a wide sandy beach - with a long, classic Victorian promenade and old-world waterfront that harks back Outdoor
Princes Street Gardens Princes Street Gardens is a great swathe of greenspace that runs along the length of Princes Street in Central Edinburgh. The gardens, situated directly under Edinburgh Castle, in what was formerly... Outdoor
Scotland Yard
Scotland Yard Park Quiet, leafy, residential park in New Town area and near Broughton. Outdoor
Seton Sands A windswept sandy beach just off the main road (B1348) to the South East of Edinburgh and downstream from Cockenzie power station. 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
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
Union Canal - view from above
Union Canal The 19th century Union Canal is not a park in the typical sense, but like the Water of Leith it provides a strip of blue and green through Edinburgh from Lochrin Basin in Fountainbridge (just off... 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
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