Edinburgh’s Green Spaces #EdinHour

We like to participate in the Edinburgh-centric Edinburgh Hour on Twitter  – it’s a good way to connect with others around the city and find out more about what’s going on.  If you’re thinking about visiting Edinburgh, it can be a good opportunity to find out more about local businesses and places to visit or events.  There’s a schedule for each month’s chat, and a theme with questions to keep the conversations flowing.  All you need to join in is to tag your Tweets #EdinHour.

In March 2014, the theme is Green Edinburgh, and we’ve been taking a look at some of our favourite green spaces in preparation for the chat.

Q1. Of Edinburgh’s many miles of traffic-free paths, which one’s best for a great day out, or just getting to work?

We like the Water of Leith Walkway, particularly the section between Stockbridge and the Gallery of Modern Art.

green spaces gallery modern art

From the city centre, it’s also pleasant to walk by the Union Canal from Fountain Park.

A walk by the canal, Edinburgh

Q2. How do you or your organisation reduce, reuse or recycle, what green measures have you taken?

We have a green policy for Craigwell Cottage, and Sandcastle Cottage in Crail.  We help guests by providing re-cycling facilities in the cottage as there is no collection from our historic building.

Q3. Which of Edinburgh’s 145 parks and many green spaces do you love for relaxing, frisbee throwing or finding a quiet corner to read?

We’ve chosen 5 which we’d recommend to our guests visiting Edinburgh:

Calton Hill

calton hill edinburgh

Holyrood Park

visiting holyrood park, edinburgh

Royal Botanic Garden

Glorious colours at the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

Inverleith Park

Inverleith park

Princes Street Gardens

 Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh by 2edinburgh

Q4. Which environmental projects, big or small, have enhanced Edinburgh and what issues do we need to address in the future?

We were happy that the Twelve Monuments Project included repairing the Burns’ Monument on Regent Road as it sits above the garden of Nether Craigwell and we didn’t want it to fall down!

burns Monument edinburgh


We’re eager to see the High School Yards Steps off the Cowgate repaired as they provide a speedy route from the Cowgate up to The Dovecot Studios and the Stag Espresso Café there.  We also like the projects which take care of things like restoring street lights.

Green Policy for Sandcastle Holidays

At Sandcastle Holidays we are committed to providing good quality self-catering accommodation whilst minimising the impact of our business activities on the environment.

Some ways which we are currently achieving this are:-

1. Using Eco Friendly cleaning materials in our cottages and supplying eco-friendly washing up liquid.
2. Providing newspaper recycling facilities at Sandcastle Cottage, and we will recycle newspapers at Craigwell Cottage if guests separate them from their other waste and store them for our collection.
3. Composting garden waste at Sandcastle Cottage and Craigwell Cottage.
4. Providing information for guests to enable them to use public transport facilities to reach our properties.
5. Replacing light bulbs with low energy bulbs when they need to be renewed.
6. Encouraging guests to switch off electrical appliances and not leave on standby.
7. Purchasing energy efficient white goods.
8. Using e-mail as much as possible for company correspondence to cut down on paper.
9. We minimise our use of print advertising, and no longer produce brochures about the cottages.
10. Providing on-line booking facilities for guests to cut down on paper.
11. Supporting local tradesmen for all our repairs and maintenance.
12. Providing showers for guests which use less water than baths.