• Arthur’s Seat
Distance: 5.5km; duration: 1.5 hours
No visit to Scotland’s capital is complete without an attempt at scaling the imposing, iconic Arthur’s Seat. It may look like a challenge from the bottom, but the climb is straightforward, depending on what route you take. From the summit there are fabulous views of the city, Firth of Forth and Fife.
• Aberlady Bay and Gullane Point
Distance: 9km; duration: 2.5-3.5 hours
This is a fine circular walk through a beautiful Local Nature Reserve. The route takes in a fine sandy beach before continuing to the picturesque village of Gullane and returning inland along a section of the John Muir Way. Note that dogs are not permitted on the nature reserve.
• North Berwick Law
Distance: 6.75km; duration: 2-2.5 hours
This walk starts in the car park at the base of North Berwick Law, but for a longer walk it is possible to start at the High Street in North Berwick before continuing up Law Road and Haddington Road to the car park. This conical extinct volcanic gives a magnificent panoramic view of much of Lothian, into the Scottish Borders and across the Firth of Forth to the Fife coast.
• Dalkeith Country Park
Distance: 6.5km; duration: 2 hours
This fine walk meanders through the picturesque and historic surroundings of Dalkeith Country Park, taking in the spectacular ruined conservatory, the banks of the Rivers North and South Esk, and an ancient oak wood. An entry fee may be charged for use of facilities within the park.
• Roslin Glen and Rosslyn Chapel
Distance: 5.25km; duration: 2.5 hours
This superb woodland walk explores the countryside and dramatic wooded gorge of Rosslyn Glen. The route follows the River North Esk past the remains of ruined gunpowder mills and 15th century Rosslyn Castle, as well as the nearby Rosslyn Chapel.