THE BEST OUTDOOR EXPERIENCES IN EDINBURGH
THE BEST OUTDOOR EXPERIENCES IN EDINBURGH
Edinburgh may be the capital city, but the wilderness and ruggedness of the Scottish landscape is literally on the doorstep. Even in the most urban areas of Edinburgh city, you are only a short walk from beautiful hills, sea cliffs, beaches and meandering rivers. These are the best outdoor places to visit and the things to do in Edinburgh.
TAKE A RELAXING WALK ALONG THE WATER OF LEITH
The Water of Leith used to be the main industrial area of the city, now it almost feels like it’s been reclaimed by nature. The full walk which is around 21 kilometres follows the river which is now beautifully tranquil and relaxing. The walk can be joined at any point, so if you are just looking for a short fix of running water and nature in the city, it’s perfect.
The walkway passes numerous beauty spots and places of interest including Saughton Winter Gardens, Colinton Village and Dell, the Union Canal, the Scottish Gallery of Modern Art, Dean Village and Stockbridge, and the Royal Botanic Garden. As part of your walk, why not pop into the Water of Leith Visitor Center, it’s free.
VISIT THE TIDAL CRAMMOND ISLAND
Cramond Island is connected to the mainland by a 1km long walkway only accessible during low tide, so make sure you plan your trip carefully. The island has a long military history, the early 16th century King James used the island for target practice, hammering it with large cannons from the mainland. In WW2 the island was again fortified and used to anchor submarine nets to stop axis subs entering the Firth of Forth. Cramond Island is now picturesque with beautiful views up the Firth of Forth.
ESCAPE IN THE BOTANIC GARDENS
The botanical gardens are just a kilometre from the city centre. It was originally developed as a learning conservatory for students but now is used by locals who want to find a quiet space or enjoy a picnic. With over 70 acres of grass space, rock gardens and ponds it really feels like you have escaped the city.
ENJOY THE VIEWS FROM ARTHURS SEAT
Arthurs Seat is an extinct volcano with exceptional views over Edinburgh’s skyline. Tee walk itself takes around 2-3 hours from start to finish. The walk is not very strenuous but you should wear good footwear as the path can become a little rock in places. The hill is shrouded in myth, it’s said to have been the site of King Arthurs famous Camalot. In 1836 a group of children found 17 miniature coffins with tiny figures inside in a small cave on the hill. To this day no-one knows for what reason they were there.
WATCH THE SUNSET FROM PORTOBELLO BEACH
Just outside Edinburgh city you can find Portobello beach, with two kilometres of sandy beach its a great place to take an evening stroll. If the weather is in your favour you can watch awesome sunsets from the beach with beautiful views of the Firth of Forth. The promenade boasts lots of nice cafes and bars perfect for some liquid refreshment after your walk.
VISIT THE EERIE NATIONAL MONUMENT OF SCOTLAND AT CARLTON HILL
Wonder up Carlton hill to take a closer look at the National Monument of Scotland, work began in the 17th century to commemorate the fallen soldiers of the Napoleonic wars and it is still unfinished. The incomplete monument along with the rocky craggy terrain littered with gorse bushes has a slightly eerie feel. If you are up here for the sunset you are in for a treat.
CANYONING ADVENTURE EXPERIENCES
Canyoning is a perfect mix of different outdoor activities. But although canyoning uses a mixture of skills it has its own specific way to do things. It involves rock climbing skills, as there is often abseiling and rappelling. Swimming is an important part as most canyons have water in them.
Canyoneering is an adventure activity. It combines rock and water activities into a sport full of adrenaline and natural beauty. When you go canyoning you will be trekking through river gorges. You will also explore around rock pools and behind waterfalls. You will find yourself abseiling down waterfalls as well as tackling cliff jumps into stunning water rock pools.
At The Canyoning Company we pride ourselves on achieving and maintaining the highest standard of Canyoning certification as we can.
Providing training and resources to a range of private sector and public sector organisations we also provide help with outdoors training, health and safety as well as knowing how to make your adventure a memory to remember.
ACHARN CANYON Acharn, Loch Tay, Perthshire, Scotland Discover / Family“It’s got it all! With an epic finish” Based along the shores of Loch Tay is Acharn Canyon. This is a really fun, non-committing gorge which will be sure to leave you with big smiles. Acharn Canyon has some fun technical jumps and one awesome natural
ALVA CANYONAlva, Stirlingshire, ScotlandAdvanced“One of the best slot canyons in Scotland”Alva gorge is a fantastic, committing slot canyon situated close to Stirling. This trip is a real exploration of discovery. The canyon involves numerous rappels including a zip line into smugglers cave. The penultimate waterfall ‘corkscrew falls’ will leave you totally buzzing.This canyon is not
BRUAR CANYON Bruar, Perthshire, ScotlandDiscover / Family“Scotland’s Classic”15 mins from Pitlochry the famous Bruar Falls flows through the Atholl Estate. Bruar is a very special place for canyoning in Scotland. Its first descent was over 15 years ago, and was one of the first canyoning venues opened in Scotland. It has exquisite waterfalls and rock
TUMMELL CANYON Loch Tummel, Perthshire, Scotland Advanced“Our Newest canyon, lots of awesome abseils” Hidden along the shores of Loch Tummel, Perthshire is Tummel Canyon. This is a really fun, true canyoning experience. We opened Tummel Canyon in April 2018, it is more technical canyon with 14 abseils, the biggest waterfall is 22m. If you want
DOLLAR CANYON Dollar, Stirlingshire, ScotlandDiscover / Family“A stunning slot canyon, with everything to offer!” Dollar canyon is one of our most popular trips. It is great for beginners or intermediates and just 45 minutes from Edinburgh. Dollar canyon is very accessible and holds some awesome features; with jumps up to 5 meters, epic natural water
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