Edinburgh’s Royal Botanic Garden is only minutes from the city centre and with impressive glasshouses and themed gardens, there is plenty to see. You can even take a guided tour to learn more about the garden.
Holyrood Park, at the foot of the Royal Mile, is also very central. From the park you can walk up the iconic Arthur’s Seat, an extinct volcano. It requires some exertion to reach the top, but the rewarding views of Edinburgh, the Lothians and Fife make it all worthwhile.
For an alternative city centre walk, take a stroll along the Water of Leith. The river was once an industrial hub, but it is now a scenic walkway where you can keep an eye out for local wildlife including brown trout and kingfishers.
If you want to head out of the city, take a trip to one of the magnificent country parks in the Lothians. Beecraigs Country Park is ideal for fishing, canoeing and cycling, and the grand Victorian garden of Vogrie Country Park is another great destination, with horse riding trails and a 9-hole golf course.
East Lothian is renowned for picturesque beaches. North Berwick, with its white beach and charming town, has been a family favourite for generations.
Don’t forget to round off a trip with some traditional fish and chips. Alternatively, to see more of the coastline, walk a section of the John Muir Way coastal path, which extends from Edinburgh right to the Borders.