1. Rosslyn Chapel and Roslin Glen
Distance: 4.25 km/2.6 miles; duration: 1.5 – 2 hours
Just outside Edinburgh, this walk has a bit of everything to enjoy. The fantastic Rosslyn Chapel dates from Pictish times and is well worth a visit to admire the intricate stonework and mysterious history.
The dramatic woodland gorge of Roslin Glen is a real treat at any time of year, with a ruined castle and wonderful leafy paths following a bubbling burn.
2. Glencorse Reservoir
Distance: 5.75 km/3.5 miles; duration: 1.5 hours
A favourite escape for Edinburgh dwellers, there are over 100 km of sign-posted routes across the Pentland Hills.
The Glencorse reservoir route is a scenic short circuit which offers great views of Edinburgh, or you can choose the longer route with a climb to Scald Law (the highest peak of the Pentlands) for more of a challenge.
3. Dalkeith Country Park
Distance: 6.5 km/4 miles; duration: 2 hours
This fine ramble meanders through the picturesque and historic surroundings of Dalkeith Country Park near Edinburgh, taking in the spectacular ruined conservatory, the banks of the Rivers North and South Esk, and an ancient oak wood.
4. Vogrie Country Park to Crighton Castle
Distance: 11.2 km/7 miles; duration: 3 hours
Starting at the pretty hamlet of Ford, this wander takes you through some of the finest countryside in Midlothian.
Vogrie Country Park has many peaceful pathways including a rhododendron walk to enjoy in the late spring, and an impressive Baronial mansion, Vogrie House.
Later, the path leads you to admire some of the area’s age-old buildings, including Crichton Collegiate Church and Crichton Castle.
5. Gorebridge Circular Walk
Distance: 13 km/8.2 miles; duration: 3 hours
With panoramic views towards the Pentland Hills, this walk takes you through ‘Gunpowder Glen’ and the site of the first gunpowder mill in Scotland.
This circular route leads around the town and through the picturesque Gore Glen Woodland Park. You’ll see wildlife, ancient stone bridges, a waterfall and a couple of castles along the way. There is always the option to pick up a coffee at one of the shops on the main street before you set off.