Edinburgh is often described as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, and not just because of its striking medieval architecture. Skip the museums and castles to bask in Edinburgh's natural landscape and great outdoors.
Take 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 in the form of an organized tour, hire a bike from Cycle Scotland in the Old Town and explore the highlands & islands of Scotland, discover the famous Whisky Trail, visit historic castles and sacred sites or Scotland's west coast wilderness with the wind rushing through your hair.
Want to get face to face with eagles, kestrels, owls and falcons? There are 30 different species of bird to view at Falconry Scotland and aerial displays daily. You even get a chance to handle the birds yourself.
For a romantic stroll, 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.
Itching for a round of golf? Bruntsfield Links Short Hole Golf Course is free to use and one of the oldest golfing links in the country, having staged the game for over hundreds of years.
Beautiful at any season, enjoy the colourful foliage of autumn or the fresh new life in spring at the Royal Botanic Gardens. It offers several glasshouses that welcome visitors with seasonal lectures and events.
Holyrood Park Road
A natural wilderness in the city... read more
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
Dalhousie Castle Hotel
Dalhousie Castle Hotel, Bonnyrigg
30/31 Wright's Houses, near Tollcross
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