On a chilly morning when the sky is clear and the sun glints off the stunning roofs of Edinburgh’s finest architectural works, there is no better place to take a stroll. Wrap up warm and head out to explore on a day like this and you’ll surely take pleasure in the crunch of frost underfoot and the sight of your breath steaming in front of you.
Not sure where to start? Let us introduce you to some of the most pleasant walks the city has to offer, all within easy reach of the apartments here at Quartermile..
Start in The Meadows Park, just at the foot of Arthur’s Seat. From here you can choose one of the many routes up to the summit, taking you up high above the city for unrivalled panoramic views of Edinburgh. If this year greets us with snow, then do all you can to reach the peak of this extinct volcano, as the views of the snow-covered city are simply amazing.
Once you finally peel yourself away from the views, start making your way back down to the Meadows’ Pavilion Café – a delightful spot where you can sit and warm up with a hot drink or snack.
If you can’t quite work up the strength to hike up to Arthur’s Seat then a pleasant, more relaxing and considerably less hilly stroll down the Royal Mile is just as enchanting. And an additional benefit, is that you can stop and pick up a winter warmer from one of the many rustic coffee shops.
If you love a bit of retail therapy or just a browse of the windows, the Royal Mile is the place to be. Littered with boutique shops and surrounded by a charming atmosphere, this winter walk is sure to keep you entertained.
If you are after a longer, more challenging walk that will keep you busy all day then The Water of Leith Walkway is a beautiful 12 3/4 mile walk through the heart of Edinburgh. It is one of Edinburgh’s largest public footpath and cycleways, following the track of the river Leith.
Starting in the village of Balerno the walk winds its way along the old Balerno Branch Railway line and right through the centre of Edinburgh, ending its journey at the docks in Leith. On the way, make sure you stop and catch your breath for a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants and pubs dotted along the route.
Cramond Island is next on the list, but be sure you check out the tide times before you go. You do not want to be stranded and cut off at high tide! This walk is pretty breezy due to the sea winds, but if you are wrapped up warm then the view out over the windswept terrain is more than worth it.
Portobello Beachis just a few miles from Edinburgh centre and just South of Cramond Island. There are few spots quite as magical at sunset and sunrise, so if you time things right a walk out here is well worth it. Failing that, a gentle wander along the promenade looking out over the sea is a worthy consolation prize, particularly if you decide to dip in and out of the numerous cafes along the way.
Wish you had all these walks and much more on your doorstep? Ready to make the move to Edinburgh’s most desirable new district? Book an appointment to view the new luxury apartments at Quartermile today and you could be exploring the city like never before in a matter of weeks.
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