City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland


Holyrood Park Festive Road Closures 2011

Holyrood Park - looking down from Arthur's Seat

Visitors to Holyrood Park in Edinburgh will be able to enjoy a safe, traffic-free environment during four days of road closures over the festive season.

The Rollercoaster: A Walk in the Pentlands

Pentland's Rollercoaster trail in snow

The Pentland Hills Regional Park on the edge of Edinburgh is a great place for visiting throughout the year.

SNH Nature Photography Comp 2011 Winners

SBW Winner

Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) announced the three winners in the fifth annual Nature Photography Competition on Monday. The winning picture, taken by Jennifer Sanger of Pitlochry, shows a reflection of a summer day’s sky on a perfectly still loch – with her colourful shoes and socks edging into the picture. An image of Bass Rock came second place and an Edinburgh surfer caught a wave to win third place.

Edinburgh Forget Me Not Walk

Come and join our Edinburgh Fundraising Branch of  Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research for a 5km walk around Queens Drive,

Midnight Sleepwalk - Forth Road Bridge

Join BBC's Catriona Shearer at the Aberlour Midnight Sleepwalk for a 5 mile walk across the Forth Road Bridge on Saturday 10th September

Rough Gem, Castlehill Garden Open Late July and August

Castle Hill Garden

One of the side-effects of this unusually dreich Edinburgh Summer, is that there have been fewer people meandering around Edinburgh's parks. Take Castlehill garden: I was walking in this rough, unkempt hillscape, smack in the middle of the city under Edinburgh Castle, a couple of evenings ago. The only sign of life, apart from the distant hum of buses on Princes Street, were a few rabbits munching in the undergrowth.

Where are Edinburgh's Cross Pedestrians?

Pedestrian Signal on Queen Street, Edinburgh

In spite of its hills, Edinburgh's compact size lends itself nicely to the pedestrian. Anyone of moderate fitness can walk from one place to another quite easily within Edinburgh's New Town and Old Town and a little more energetic stretch of the legs will transport you beyond the centre to outlying Edinburgh areas such as Leith, Murrayfield, Stockbridge, and Newington.

Water of Leith Walkway Upgraded

Water of Leith path

Anyone walking or cycling along the Water of Leith Walkway should notice some big differences following a series of upgrades to the path. The popular green corridor which snakes the 13 miles of the river from the Pentland Hills to the port at Leith, sees an estimated 120,000 people tramping and riding along it each year.

Video: Corstorphine Hill Tower

You could easily lose yourself for a day on Corstorphine Hill - but one of the main destinations is the tower erected to author Sir Walter Scott at the top of