Best walks in Edinburgh

Edinburgh is a beautiful city, a true mix of city centre buzz and open parkland areas make the city great for exploring. The city is easy to get around by walking, here are our best walks in Edinburgh whether you live locally or are here for a few days, you’ll love the views.

Water of Leith and Union Canal

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Take a break from the busy streets and walk alongside the Water of Leith. Discover landmarks and attractions like Murrayfield Stadium and the quirky village of Stockbridge along the way.

You can join the waterway wherever you like and walk as far as you have time to on one of Edinburgh’s best walks. Download a simple map of the route here. The route stretches from The Pentlands, through the city to Leith. You can also walk the other way, starting in the city. Head along the Water of Leith and switch over to the Union Canal just after Slateford then follow the Union Canal back into the city again.

Arthur’s Seat

One for the bucket list if you’re staying in the city for the first time. Arthur’s Seat is located in Holyrood Park. Start the moderate climb to the top and be rewarded with panoramic views of Edinburgh’s skyline. Suitable for beginner hill walkers. There is a path which can be rocky with a steep incline at the top. The climb should take about 2.5 hours with some time at the top.

Cramond Island

One of Edinburgh’s best waterfront walkways, Cramond is the perfect place to enjoy the River Forth. With beautiful views across the water to Fife and upstream toward The Forth Bridges, you’ll love the views captured in some of Edinburgh’s most recognisable photographs. If you’ve got time, walk out to Cramond Island when the tide is out. Make sure to check tidal times before heading out as the island is cut off when the tide comes in.

City Centre & Calton Hill

Start in the West End at Haymarket and wander up through Princes Street and toward Calton Hill passing Apex Waterloo Place Hotel. The short climb offers some historical insight into the monuments at the top and you can look back on your path along Princes Street.

Once you’re back at the bottom, turn left along Regent Road and continue before turning right into Holyrood Park. Enjoy views of Arthur’s Seat and head back out past Dynamic Earth and onto Holyrood Road. This Old Town walk through Cowgate and onto Grassmarket is full of bars and restaurants. Stop at Metro Bar & Basserie at Apex Grassmarket for a bite to eat, well deserved after your long walk.

Pentland Hills

If you’ve got more than a few hours to spare, a trip out of the city to The Pentland Hills is worth the trip. You’ll get a feel for rural Scotland and on a clear day, you’ll enjoy spectacular views across the landscape. Hire a car or catch a bus along the A702 or A70 and begin your walk from there. Make sure to plan your trip using these handy maps of suggested routes and go prepared for a change in the weather.