Things to Do in Edinburgh if You Enjoy Walking

You may be searching for ways to wind down and relax, while at the same time get some well-earned rest away from the busy city life. We’ve compiled a list of things to do in Edinburgh if you enjoy walking. There are places where you can take a leisurely stroll or a brisk walk, and capture some beautiful scenes while you’re there. Read on to find some wonderful ways of enjoying what the beautiful city of Edinburgh has to offer.

John Muir Way

Just outside Edinburgh, on the outskirts, you’ll find a beautiful 134 mile walk (you don't have to do it all!), The John Muir Way. It’s an historic and scenic route which can be taken the hard way by crossing larger section of it, or you can just take a couple of enjoyable miles and take your time. You’ll get some wonderful views so it’s definitely worth a visit.

Calton Hill

A lovely walk with buildings and monuments along the way it offers a great viewpoint over the city. The roads are paved and there are paths and tracks with surface, However, there are some flights of steps.

Dean Village

Consider pavements, roads and a riverside path on this walk with long flights of steps, with some great Georgian architecture and the National Galleries of Modern Art. This walk is circular, and as well as taking in the architecture and art galleries, how about the beautiful Dean Village itself and the Water of Leith.

Arthur's Seat

A beautiful hill walk that’s right in the city centre. It towers over the city with its rocky summit, and with its beautiful surroundings it’s a really beautiful way of just chilling out and relaxing away from the hustle and bustle of life. It’s very steep and rocky so keep this in mind before you start.

Blackford Hill & Braid Hills

Walk up Blackford Hill, all 500ft of it and then stand and admire the beautiful views of Edinburgh and Arthur’s Seat. There’s the Royal Observatory, and next to Blackford Hill there’s the Braid Hills, and from here you can see the Castle, the Forth River and the Road Bridges, and you can also see all the way to Fife on a clear day.

Union Canal

Start out at Fountainbridge and then take your route along Ratho Village and see some of the fascinating industrial past of Edinburgh. There’s some beautiful canal boats and of course, ducks, so it’s the perfectly relaxing walk you need.

We hope you enjoyed our list of beautiful Scottish walks. If you’re looking for things to do in Edinburgh, you’ll find that this is the perfect list to get you started, so we hope you like it!