Edinburgh is often described as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, and not just because of its historic architecture. Skip the museums and castles to bask in Edinburgh's natural landscape and great outdoors.
Take a hike up Arthur's Seat, the highest point in Edinburgh (about 251 meters high. Arthur's Seat and the neighboring Salisbury Crags were formed by an extinct volcano and carved out by moving glaciers. These hills, lochs (lakes) and cliffs make up Holyrood Park and offer somewhat easy walking trails.
If you are looking for more aerobic exercise, hire a bike from Cycle Scotland in the Old Town; it also offers a number of organized trips.
Or if you prefer a more elegant affair, wander the deep, luscious valley surrounding St. Bernard's Well, a round Roman-style temple whose legendary and "miraculous" mineral waters are purported to have cured various ailments including arthritis, back aches and blindness.
Want to get up close to wildlife? Falconry Scotland provide the opportunity for handling falcons, hawks, owls and eagles.
And who can visit Scotland without playing a round of golf? Bruntsfield Links Short Hole Golf Course is the oldest short hole golf course in the world! Indeed golf on this site probably predates the 17th century. It's free to play and clubs can be rented at Ye Olde Golf Tavern, 30/31 Wrights Houses, Bruntsfield.
Holyrood Park Road
A natural wilderness in the city... read more
Dalhousie Castle Hotel
Dalhousie Castle Hotel, Bonnyrigg
Located in the beautiful and Romanesque/neo-classical Stockbridge neighborhood of Edinburgh, St. Bernard's Well is much acclaimed for its purported healing powers... read more
20A Inverleith Row
30/31 Wright's Houses, near Tollcross
Golf fun for all the family and it's free!...