Walking and the Great Outdoors #ScotlandHour

We really like the questions which have been chosen for April 2014’s #ScotlandHour, so we’re writing an article for our guests at Craigwell Cottage who may be interested in using our city centre cottage as a base for walking or other outdoor adventures in Edinburgh or around central Scotland.

Tell us what is your favourite walk & why? #Scotlandhour

We love city centre walking in Edinburgh because there are so many options, and plenty of opportunities for a coffee as you progress!

  • Walk the Moonwalk – a midnight marathon (and more) around the city of Edinburgh more…
  • A circuit of Arthur’s Seat more…
  • Walking the Water of Leith Walkway between Stockbridge and the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art One and Two more…
  • Walking the John Muir Way more…
  • Walking the Fife Coastal Path more…
  • Walking across the Forth Road Bridge more…
  • Starting a pilgrimage to St Andrews more…

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What’s your best place to see the sunrise, or sunset, and why? #Scotlandhour

On Facebook! Our friends at Edinburgh Spotlight are often found posting photos of Edinburgh sunsets.  Dependent on the time of year, they’re either from Granton foreshore looking towards the Forth Bridges, or at Newhaven Harbour near the Lighthouse.  The Facebook page Real Edinburgh is another great one to follow for sunsets. We’ve added some ideas of places to see sunrises and sunsets to our Pinterest Board about Walks and Outdoor Activities.

Sunrises: Portobello Beach, Arthur’s Seat, Royal Mile (especially in winter)

Sunsets: Portobello Beach, Foreshore at Silverknowes, Newhaven Harbour, Forth Bridges from South Queensferry, Calton Hill

What resources do beginners need to take when walking? #Scotlandhour

Sensible shoes.  Walking in Edinburgh city centre will inevitably involve crossing cobblestoned roads as well as uneven pavements, and with the opportunity to head up Calton Hill or Arthur’s Seat always a temptation, it’s a good idea to have a good strong pair of walking shoes at all times.  Dress for the weather, and remember “four seasons in one day” was written with Scotland in mind.  Take a map or guide book, but when walking around the city, don’t forget to allow yourself to stray and discover.

Besides walking, what’s your favourite outdoor activity? #Scotlandhour

How about going to festivals and events such as:
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What gardens around the country are the real gems to see? #Scotlandhour

  • Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh more…
  • Get outdoors with Edinburgh Parks more…
  • Kyoto Friendship Garden at Lauriston Castle more…
  • Edinburgh Zoo – not just animals, but beautiful grounds too more…

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Share your pictures from around the country & where they were taken! #Scotlandhour

You’ll find us in many places sharing photographs from our journeys and visits around Scotland:

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Anything to add?