Skirting the great expanse of water that is the Firth of Forth, the region’s coastline is a buzz with watersports fanatics and newcomers to the sports. Lessons in surfing, diving, sea kayaking and sailing are readily available with the sheltered waters and pristine beaches of the Firth providing some of the best conditions in Scotland for all abilities.
Edinburgh is a very cycle-friendly city, letting cyclists gain access to parts of Edinburgh many don’t realise are there. As well as paths along the Union Canal and the Water of Leith, old railway lines have been pressed into service helping to avoid traffic and keep you moving. The region outside of Edinburgh is very rural, offering some of the best opportunities for visitors to visit castle ruins and more along cycle routes.
The golf courses across the region, particularly East Lothian, are world-renowned for their quality. Challenge yourself like a pro at Muirfield, which has played host to many major international tournaments like the 2013 Open Championship. The city of Edinburgh itself boasts the fourth oldest golf society in the world.
If you’re not a golfer, but still want to enjoy some peace and tranquillity, why not take to the rivers, lochs and reservoirs for some fishing? Fish for salmon and trout in the Tyne and Esk rivers, Leadburn Manor Fly Fishing Centre, Rosslynlee Trout Fishery, or Gladhouse, Glencorse and Loganlea reservoirs.
The capital plays host to many international events, not least many sporting occasions. Murrayfield Stadium, the home of Scottish Rugby located in Edinburgh’s west end, is the arena for regular clashes in the Six Nations tournament and international tests as well as attracting spectators to cheer on local side Edinburgh Rugby in Heineken Cup ties and league matches.