Things to Do in Edinburgh if You Enjoy the Outdoors

If you enjoy the outdoors and you’re due a trip to Edinburgh, you’re probably looking for activities and outdoor places to visit. This might be for you personally, or it might be for your family and friends. Perhaps your visit here is part of a business trip, or a few get-away days. Whichever kind of trip it is, you’ll find that our broad and comprehensive list of things to do in Edinburgh if you enjoy the outdoors is a really useful resource. So read on to find some of our favourite outdoor destinations in Edinburgh.

Edinburgh Zoo

Edinburgh Zoo has so much to offer in terms of its animal attractions, it’s both educational and entertaining. It’s hard to include in here what Edinburgh Zoo has within its walls, but as well as their famous pandas, you have many other main attractions that teach you so much about the animal world. One of the most famous zoos in the world, this is one outdoor trip you won’t forget in a hurry.

Maid of the Forth Boat Tours

If you like the water, then how about a boat trip that takes you round the city in style, so you get to see the sights, sounds and famous landmarks of Edinburgh in the best way possible? The trips start at Hawes Pier in South Queensferry and takes you on an hour and a half of spectacular views with an opportunity to see some amazing marine wildlife. The Maid of the Forth Boat Tours are daily and nightly with evening cruises that offer jazz bands, folk and disco with food and drinks on hand to help you enjoy the evening. Some wonderful trips are offered with this boat tour, and if you want to see Edinburgh in style, then it seems natural choice.

The Hairy Coo – Free Scottish Highlands Tour

A tour of the highlands in style with small group tours that take you close to nature and to the remotest places in Scotland. There’s history, stories and beautiful landscapes to experience, and all trips depart from the Deacon’s House Café at 304 Brodies Close in Edinburgh.

The Tartan Bicycle Company

If you enjoy cycling, then how about the Tartan Bicycle Company with day tours on the back of a bike? It’s a truly original way of seeing this wonderful city and you can even opt for an electric bike if you wish. You can travel to the city’s boundaries and tour the Forth Rail and Road Bridges and see some of the hills and borders of the city. Carefully planned routes ensure that you get to see much more of the city than you normally would. Don’t worry about whether you’re fit enough, there are tours that fit in with your level of fitness.

Portobello Beach

Who’d have thought there was a beach in Edinburgh, but just a few miles from the centre you’ll find a couple of miles of sand where you can sunbathe on a sunny day and swim. It’s a great little beach, so much so, it’s won awards. Here you can join the Portobello Kayaking and Sailing Club, go swimming at the classic Victorian swimming pool, which has Aerotone and Turkish baths. There are cafes and bars along the promenade, a high street with plenty of shops and many good quality restaurants and gift shops. There’s a market on the first Saturday of each month with local produce and crafts.

Gorgie City Farm

This is a small community where people can learn about and learn to appreciate agriculture and gardening, there’s also handicrafts and it’s a much valued part of the community of Edinburgh with something for all the family. You can have tea and cake and there’s plenty here to entertain you and your children here at Gorgie City Farm.

My Adventure Activities

Outdoor adventures for those who enjoy being active. There’s everything here from stag and hen dos for those who of you who enjoy doing something energetic to celebrate your friend’s nuptials. Charitable organisations and corporate events are catered to as well with anything from outdoor climbing, mountain biking, indoor climbing and coasteering, canyoning and gorge walking to list but a few.

My Adventure delivers outdoor activities that challenge, educate and inspire with an emphasis on empowering people and encouraging them to learn new skills. All profits are reinvested in to other community projects and their mission is to have a really positive impact on their community. If this is your thing, then why not try it, all the instructors are trained and qualified and have many years’ experience working with the young. There’s something for everyone and can be tailored to your budget and ability.