I enjoyed this article from the Guardian in December, researched by Claire Lloyd. Have added the images to help inspire…
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Posted in Edinburgh Activities, Edinburgh Arts, Edinburgh exhibitions, Edinburgh food and restaurants, Edinburgh walks, Uncategorized, tagged Calton Hill, Channings boozy snoozy, Cramond, Dean village, Edinburgh bars, Edinburgh New town, Edinburgh Old Town, Edinburgh princes street, Falko konditorei, Greyfriars kirk, Juice almighty edinburgh, Nelson monument edinburgh, Renroc cafe, Restaurants in leith, Roseleaf cafe-pub, Scottish National gallery of modern art, The manna house, Water of Leith walkway, William McGonagall on April 1, 2010| Leave a Comment »
Posted in Edinburgh Activities, Edinburgh for children, Edinburgh walks, Uncategorized, tagged cycling the forth road bridge, Dalmeny House, Edinburgh cycling, Edinburgh sailing, Firth of Forth, Firth of forth walks, forth bridge cycling, Forth Rail bridge, Forth road bridge, Incholm, Isle of May, Queensferry, Queensferry activities, Walking on the forth road bridge on February 20, 2010| Leave a Comment »
Cycling or walking over the Forth Road Bridge is a great thrill. Between the two bridges (road and rail) is the pretty coastal village of Queensferry which is worth a visit in itself for it’s sea front, habour areas, sailing school, museum and various galleries,shops, cafe’s and restaurants.
From Queensferry you can take boat trips – for example to the Isle of May which has a large colony of seals and is a popular destination for bird spotting. Hopetoun and Dalmeny Houses are nearby – both are open to the public. Incholm island lies close to the rail bridge – interesting for its fortifications built for protecting Rosythe during the world wars.
In Edinburgh there are excellent cycling routes, often on disused railway routes, and you can get from the centre of the city out to the Forth Bridges avoiding most of the busy roads. Here are some photos from a ride I did recently. I took the roads for the sake of speed, only having 2 hours to spare.
My route took me along London Rd on to Leith Walk and then on to Queen Street; through Ainslie Place and Randolph Crescent on to Queensferry St/ A90. I stopped on Dean Bridge, crossing the Water of Leith (which has an excellent walkway with access to the Modern Art Museum, Stockbridge and the Botanic Gardens). Here I took the first few photos shown below. I continued on the Queensferry Rd (A 90) as far as Burnshot Wood, where a cycle route takes you along the B924, past Dalmeny House and down into South Queensferry beneath the Rail Bridge. To get onto the road bridge I continued along the Hopetoun Rd until it runs beneath the bridge and there is a foot/bicycle access up to the bridge from this point. Distance of the round trip is about 25 miles.
Cycle routes and links to other information about possible activities can be found on the activities page of the apartment website.
Posted in Edinburgh Activities, Edinburgh Arts, Edinburgh poems, Edinburgh walks, Uncategorized, tagged Edinburgh castle, Edinburgh features, Edinburgh poetry, Edinburgh skyline, edinburgh summertime, Edinburgh views, june in edinburgh, McGonagall Edinburgh, Nelson's monument in Edinburgh, Poem Edinburgh, poetry edinburgh, Princes Street gardens edinburgh, Salisbury Crags, Scott's Memorial, Scottish poets about Edinburgh, st margaret's loch, St Margaret's well, Tourist attractions edinburgh on February 6, 2010| Leave a Comment »
Beautiful city of Edinburgh!
Where the tourist can drown his sorrow
By viewing your monuments and statues fine
During the lovely summer-time.
I’m sure it will his spirits cheer
As Sir Walter Scott’s monument he draws near,
That stands in East Prince’s Street
Amongst flowery gardens, fine and neat.
And Edinburgh Castle is magnificent to be seen
With its beautiful walks and trees so green,
Which seems like a fairy dell;
And near by its rocky basement is St Margaret’s Well,
Where the tourist can drink at when he feels dry,
And view the castle from beneath so very high,
Which seems almost towering to the sky.
Then as for Nelson’s monument that stands on Calton Hill,
As the tourist gazes thereon, with wonder his heart does fill
As he thinks on Admiral Nelson who did the Frenchmen kill,
Then, as for Salisbury Crags, they are most beautiful to be seen,
Especially in the month of June, when the grass is green;
There numerous mole-hills can be seen,
And the busy little creatures howking away,
Searching for worms among the clay;
And as the tourist’s eye does wander to and fro
From the south side of Salisbury Crags below,
His bosom with admiration feels all aglow
As he views the beautiful scenery in the valley below;
And if, with an observant eye, the little loch beneath he scans,
He can see the wild ducks about and beautiful white swans.
Then, as for Arthur’s Seat, I’m sure it is a treat
Most worthy to be seen, with its rugged rocks and pastures green,
And the sheep browsing on its sides
To and fro, with slow-paced strides,
And the little lambkins at play
During the livelong summer day,
Beautiful city of Edinburgh! the truth to express,
Your beauties are matchless I must confess,
And which no one dare gainsay,
But that you are the grandest city in Scotland at the present day!
Posted in Edinburgh Activities, Edinburgh Arts, Edinburgh exhibitions, Edinburgh food and restaurants, Edinburgh for children, Edinburgh music and theatre, Edinburgh walks, tagged Andy Goldsworthy in Edinburgh, Bet low paintings, bird habitats Edinburgh, birdwatching edinburgh, Children Edinburh, Edinburgh birds, Edinburgh botanic gardens, Edinburgh for kids, Edinburgh for the family, Edinburgh gardens, Edinburgh guided walks, Edinburgh picnic, edinburgh royal botanic gardens, Family edinburgh, Gardens in Edinburgh, good food in Edinburgh, Inverleith house, Karla Black sculptures, royal botanic gardens edinburgh, things to see at edinburghs royal botanic gardens, visit edinbrughs royal botanic gardens, Whch Elm Project, Wood carving Edinburgh, Wood turning Edinburgh, Woodland Edinburgh on February 3, 2010| Leave a Comment »
Any holiday spent in Edinburgh deserves to include a visit to the delightful Royal Botanic Gardens.
Although not on the same scale as Kew (a mere 70 acres), these gardens have just as much charm and a wonderful amount of variety. Like Kew there are some huge glass houses within the gardens. Ten separate rooms in these glasshouses are designed to create as many different climates and habitats so it is, of course, like rapidly passing from one part of the world to another.
There are huge palms, giant waterlilies, and the largest collection of wild Chinese plants outside China.
Outside highlights include the Arboretum, the Scottish Heath garden, the renowned Alpine Rock Garden, the glorious 165 foot herbaceous border and the Woodland Garden.
As a family outing this is an ideal environment. Children can roam freely – ambushing parents, or just be pushed around in buggies – whilst discovering a wide variety of birds and remarkably bold squirrels.
Picnicking is an excellent option – but there are very good eating options in the grounds also for meals or just coffee.
If you fancy a guided walk, the garden rangers offer a free service most days of the week at particular times of the day. You can find details through the Edinburgh Activities page on the apartment website.
The gardens also contain a building, Inverleith House that hosts exhibitions throughout the year. Currently there is a sculpture exhibition by Karla Black along with paintings by Bet Low. Past exhibitions include a favorite of mine – Andy Goldsworthy. He used the space as the starting point for his inspiration, dividing one room entirely with a delicate lattice work of chestnut leaf stalks.
Elsewhere in the garden there is a craft project called “The Wych Elm Project”, running until 21st March 2010. This was inspired by the felling of a huge Elm in 2003. The wood is now being used to create a wide variety of works by craftsmen such as wood carvers and wood turners.
I hope this gives you the inspiration to visit the gardens – they are certainly worthwhile – and if you’ve anything to add let me know!
Posted in Edinburgh Activities, Edinburgh for children, Edinburgh walks, Uncategorized, tagged Accommodation near Arthur's Seat, Accommodation near Holyrood park, Activities Arthur's Seat, Activities in Edinbrugh, Arthur's Seat, Birds around Arthur's seat, Birdwatching in Edinburgh, Bouldering Edinburgh, Cycle in Holyrood park, Cycle routes in Edinburgh, Cycling Edinburgh, Edinburgh walks, flat in edinburgh, flat near Arthur's seat, Holyrood Park, Lochs in Holyrood park, Mountainboarding Edinburgh, Panoramic view Edinburgh, Parks in Edinburgh, Picnic Edinburgh, places to stay in edinburgh, Rock climbing Edinburgh, Run in Holyrood park, Run up Arthur's Seat, self catering edinburgh, Snow on Arthur's Seat, Walk in Edinburgh, Walk in Holyrood park, Walk up Arthur's Seat on January 22, 2010| Leave a Comment »
Holyrood Park and Arthur’s Seat are perhaps the greatest leisure asset that Edinburgh possesses. Such a resource is pretty unique within a big city – and they’re only a few minutes walk from the apartment
Walk to the top of Arthur’s Seat – why not take a picnic and possibly a kite! The extinct volcano that forms Arthur’s Seat affords a superb panoramic view (http://www.panoguide.com/gallery/1154/view_pp/?w=1280&h=770) from it’s peak of 251m – the city – Edinburgh Castle, Scott’s Monument, Murrayfield, Calton Hill, the Firth of Forth with the 2 Forth Bridges and its islands – Cramond Island, Incholm, the Isle of May. Follow the coastline from the docks at Leith to the seafront at Portobello to Musselbrugh and then along to the sandy beaches of Gullane and beyond towards North Berwick. Then turn south west towards the Pentland hills – a fabulous area for walks, cycling, skiing, even paragliding just outside the city. You could try being there for sunrise or sunset.
Guided walk Every Wednesday afternoon the park ranger service offers a free guided walk around Arthur’s Seat starting at 1pm. Advance telephone booking is required.
Bouldering the area contains some fantastic rock faces – notably around Salisbury Crags – where climbing clubs often practice their skills. Bouldering is free climbing that tends to traverse the rock face. Climbing skills are tested but the climber does not climb to a dangerous height. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-rA2g-vHk9g&feature=related
Cycling. The park is encircled by a road that provides a great circuit for a bike. Three times around would be a very good work out with a good mixture of climbing, flat and downhill. For more variety the cyclist can include a loop following the “Innocent Railway” bicycle track to Duddingston village around Duddingston Loch and then back up past Duddingston Kirk on the south side of Arthur’s Seat.
Birdwatching. 3 lochs in the Park area provide a great attraction for water birds. You could see anything from swans and ducks to hawks that can often be seen hovering over the heathy areas typically hunting rabbits. Join in with an RSPB bird watching event in the park.
Running. Holyrood park has been the venue for the World cross country running championships and hosts running events each year. The runner has a great choice of routes and terrain. Whether running on paths around the periphery or choosing to test himself on the steep ascents of Salisbury Crags and Arthur’s Seat.
Sledging in snowy weather there is endless fun to be had on the slopes of Arthur’s seat. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2oJ68VRijc4&feature=related
You’d be amazed at the capers people get up to on Arthur’s seat. See some of their contributions on Youtube:
Have you done anything on Arthur’s seat you’d like to tell us about? – We’d love to hear from you!
Posted in Edinburgh walks, tagged bbc history edinburgh, Edinburgh audio walk, Edinburgh guided walk, edinburgh history, Edinburgh walk about Mary Queen of Scots, free guided walks in Edinburgh, History of Scotland, history of scotland walk, Holyrood Walk, Mary queen of Scots, Walk in Edinburgh on January 2, 2010| Leave a Comment »
Anyone who has seen the excellent History of Scotland series on TV might be interested to use this audio walk provided by the BBC and the Open University.
You can simply download it as a podcast and listen to it as you follow the walk
The subject of the walk is Mary Queen of Scots. It starts just 5 minutes from the apartment, by Holyrood Palace and proceeds up the Royal Mile.
You can find a link to the walk on the Edinburgh Activities page of our site at www.edinburghselfcatering.org
There you can also find details of a fantastic free guided walk around Holyrood park which is organised by the park rangers every Wednesday afternoon.
Posted in Edinburgh walks, tagged Edinburgh walks, Pentland hills, Pentland walks, skiing near Edinburgh, Walking around Edinburgh, Walks near Edinburgh, winter walks near Edinburgh on December 20, 2009| 2 Comments »
The current wintry weather reminds me of a blizzardy family walk we took in the Pentlands whilst staying in Edinburgh.
The Pentland hills lie just south of Edinburgh (about half a mile from the ring road). They are suitable at any time of year for vigorous walks and mountain biking. You often see paragliders hanging on the thermals and there is even an artificial ski slope – open all year round.
On the occasion that we went for this walk – just into the new year, we were well togged up for the weather and took a sledge. The snow and wind was so strong that we didn’t venture very far – but we had plenty of sledging in these ideal conditions. We also met a herd of wild horses who came to us for some attention – which they received in abundance although I guess they might have been a bit more chuffed if we’d brought them something to eat!