6 ways to enjoy Edinburgh in the sunshine

6 ways to enjoy Edinburgh in the sunshine

With the warmer weather in full swing, here are the best ways to soak up some rays in the Scottish capital

Summer has officially arrived, and that means we’re all desperate to make the most of the sunshine before it disappears. And there’s no better place to enjoy the warm weather than the Scottish capital.

Edinburgh has long been famous for its incredible summers, thanks in large part to its unrivalled festival season. But even on your average sunny day, the city has a huge amount to offer to make you feel sun-kissed and satisfied.

Here are 6 ways to enjoy Edinburgh in the sunshine.

Enjoy a picnic in the park

From Princes Street Gardens to the Meadows, there are no shortage of beautiful green spaces in Edinburgh. In fact, it is officially the UK’s greenest city. So what better way to enjoy the sunshine than with a classic picnic in the park? Simply pack up a few delicious bites to eat, unroll a blanket and relax amongst the flowers, fresh air and feel-good summer ambience. Both of these spots are close to town too, so you can always break up your picnic with a little retail therapy.

Find a beer garden

The beer garden is a staple of British Summertime, and there are plenty to choose from in the Scottish capital. Whether it’s a hot sunny afternoon or a long balmy summer night, you’re sure to find the perfect spot to enjoy a refreshing pint. Some of the city’s many highlights include Pear Tree House, The Outhouse, Indigo Yard, the Three Sisters and the Cumberland Bar.

Hit the beach

People often forget that Edinburgh is a coastal city, but there are in fact a variety of beaches just a stone’s throw from the centre. On a sunny day, you can almost kid yourself that you’re abroad, but with all the conveniences of being on your home turf with endless amenities and attractions nearby. Whether you’re a fish out of water or just love soaking up rays, who doesn’t love the beach in the sunshine? Portobello Beach is a particular favourite among residents and tourists alike.

Grab a cone

Speaking of Portobello, did you know that this is where the iconic 99 ice cream originated? Ice cream and sunshine go together like Edinburgh and architecture, and the Scottish capital is the place where UK ice cream really found its stride. There’s no better way to cool off when the sun is shining north of the border.

Try a hole-in-one

Golf is extremely popular in Scotland, and as the country’s capital city it should come as no surprise that Edinburgh plays host to several leading golf courses. In fact, the scenic Bruntsfield Links is the world’s oldest short-hole golf course and is open from April until September.

Whether you’re an experienced putter or just want to try your hand at something new, golfing in Scotland during the summer is an unforgettable experience.

Take in the views

Take some time to stretch your legs and see all that Edinburgh has to offer this summer. From Calton Hill to Arthur’s Seat, you’ve got your choice of stunning peaks to conquer right on the city’s doorstep. And the best thing is you’ll be rewarded with some truly phenomenal views of the Scottish capital. There’s no better way to enjoy a bright, picturesque day in Edinburgh.

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