Fancy Hiking in the City? Visit These Top Walking Spots in Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh, Scotland
Edinburgh, Scotland. Photo by Alex Azabache on Unsplash

There are plenty of unique attractions in Scotland’s capital city. However, one of the best things about Edinburgh is that you can go hiking right in the city. It is full of hills to climb, parks to explore, and plenty of cafes where you can relax after you’ve got your steps in! These are the best walking spots in the city.

Holyrood Park

Home to Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh’s tallest hill formed from an ancient volcano, you can’t get much better than Holyrood Park when it comes to city hiking! Explore this dramatic collection of rugged crags, lochs, and hills and be rewarded with amazing views of Edinburgh’s old town.

Blackford Hill

This charming walking spot is located in the south of the city. It features the forested nature reserve of an 18th-century Hermitage and the ascent of Blackford Hill. Climb to the top and enjoy superb views over the city, including the dramatic vista of Arthur’s Seat.

The Meadows

If you fancy something flatter, the Meadows is a fantastic choice. This large park is full of open grassy meadows with treelined paved paths and surrounded by a great choice of shops, restaurants, and cafes. In the spring, the Meadows is a riot of cherry blossom so make sure you’re Instagram-ready!