Whenever the sun comes out in Edinburgh, there are plenty of nice outdoor spaces in which to enjoy the decent weather. You can try climbing up Arthurs Seat, wandering around the Botanic Gardens, or do as Mr Bug and I did a few days ago and stroll along the Water of Leith, Edinburgh’s very own river.
When Edinburgh is as busy as it is during the month of August, it can be pretty hard to imagine that there are any tranquil pockets left in town. Thankfully, you can normally find a peaceful oasis just a few minutes walk from the city centre. Case in point: Dean Village.
If you find the hustle and bustle of the city getting all a bit too much, you can always retreat to one of Edinburgh’s most popular public parks: Princes Street Gardens. Marking the division between Old and New Town, this large and luscious green space is a haven for locals, a must-see for visitors and a hub for some of the city’s most exciting concerts and events.
Whenever there is a glimmer of sunshine in Edinburgh, all the locals make a beeline for Portobello (aka Porty), our very own two mile stretch of golden sand. The area used to be a popular seaside holiday destination, and there is still reflections of that golden era on the promenade today, with an eclectic selection amusements, fish and chips, ice cream and retro sweet shops.
A visit to Edinburgh simply isn’t complete without learning about the bittersweet tale of Greyfriars Bobby. Anyone who’s ever lived in Edinburgh can tell you the story of the city’s most loyal dog, and you can visit his memorial just across the road from the National Museum of Scotland.
If you’ve ever looked at a postcard stand in Edinburgh, fair chances are that you have seen the view from Calton Hill. With the Dugald Stewart monument in the foreground, the silhouette of Edinburgh Castle in the background and the Balmoral Hotel and Princes Street in the middle, it basically checks off all the main sights in Edinburgh in one handy panorama. So go ahead and get that postcard, but nothing beats fetching that shot for yourself!
Scotland has lots of fantastic food, gift and craft producers, and if you are in Edinburgh you don’t have to go out of your way to find them. Every Sunday, the best of Scottish comes to the city in the form of the famous Stockbridge Market.
I often joke that Mary Queen of Scots is my next door neighbour. Pretty much on my doorstep I have the delights of Craigmillar Castle Park, home to (as the name aptly suggests) Craigmillar Castle, which was once home to one of our most iconic historical figures.
Psst! I visited the Royal Botanic Garden in spring, when these pictures were taken. The gardens will be a fair bit different when you visit, depending on which time you go. Rest assured though, the gardens are gorgeous all year around! – The Edinbug
The Royal Botanic Garden, or “The Botanic Gardens”, or just “The Botanics”, are situated in Inverleith Park, to the north side of Stockbridge and around 20 minute walk from the city centre. You can enter either by the West Gate on Arboretum Place, or the East Gate on Inverleith Row. The Botanics are open from 10am, and shut at 6pm during the summer months, 4pm November to January and 5pm during the months of February and October.