Outdoor Recreation in Edinburgh

Edinburgh isn't just all about the medieval architecture, its home to some pretty impressive landscape as well. So bask in the glow of Edinburgh's outdoor beauty.

Enjoy a walk along the charming docks of Edinburgh, the industrial area of the city. It's home to plenty of delicious restaurants and pubs, so dine on seafood with a unique Scottish twist. At the Ocean Terminal shopping mall, stop for a movie at the Vue or do a tour of the Royal Yacht of Britannia, a five-star tourist attraction.

You'll find plenty to fill your day out at the National Museum of Rural Life. It's got a 1950s working farm with dairy cows, sheep, pigs and farm workers on hand and an award-winning museum telling the story of the Scottish countryside.

On the shores of Duddingston Loch at the foot of Arthur Seat, just 2 miles from the City centre, lies one of the most beautiful small gardens in Scotland. Dr. Neil's Garden and Thompson Tower is situated within the grounds of the 12th Century Duddingston Kirk. A colourful series of terraces, sloping down to the bird sancturary loch along with the peace and tranquility of this unique garden makes it an ideal short excursion away from the busy city.

Fly up the water from Glasgow to experience the River Clyde and Loch Lomond National Park. From Lowlands to Highlands. Or See Scotland's largest city from a new perspective. See busy streets, River Clyde and stadiums from the panoramic windows. This company also offers other fantastic events in Glasgow such as cookery courses and wine tasting!

Edinburgh Zoo has lots to offer, with scheduled activities such as petting and feeding and everyone's favourite highlight- the Penguin Parade.Visit Rainbow Landings to meet and feed the rainbow lorikeets and see Budongo Trail where they can get up close and personal with chimpanzees. Serengeti animals live on the sprawling land at the peak of Edinburgh Zoo. There are Sun bears, Indian one-horned rhinos, Sumatran tigers, Amur leopards, the UK's only koalas and European wolves.

If you fancy introducing golf to the family or just feel like a quick round, this is the course for you. Bruntsfield Short Hole Golf Course is one of the oldest golfing links in the country, having staged the game for over hundreds of years.



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