Outdoor Activities in Edinburgh

Dunsapie Loch, deep in the heart of the city

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The City with Country in Its Heart

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Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, is probably best known for its International and Fringe Festivals in August and for its celebrations on New Year’s Eve (or Hogmanay as we call it in Scotland.)

Apart from these festivals there is also the Science Festival in April, the Imaginate Festival in May, the Film Festival that moves about a bit, but seems to have settled down in June, the Jazz and Blues Festival in July. In August festival fever is high, when to accompany those already mentioned above there are the Book Festival, the Art Festival and the Edinburgh Military Tattoo. The Mela Festival starts towards the end of August and stretches into early September. Whew!

And there’s no rest in October, because that’s when the International Storytelling Festival takes place. Most of November is quiet, but that’s because Edinburgh is gearing up for a month-long festival that starts in the last weekend and culminates in Hogmanay. All of December is one big party with German and Highland Markets just off Edinburgh’s main shopping street, Princes Street, and an ice-rink and fun fair in Princes Street Gardens. And let’s not forget the Santa Run, which takes place on the first Sunday in December, and during which hundreds of Santas race through Princes Street Gardens.

So you could say that in Edinburgh people party, and then party some more. There’s even a website dedicated to Edinburgh’s festivals, and it probably won’t surprise you to know it’s called EdinburghFestivals.co.uk. Nor will it shock you that the web-site declares Edinburgh is the world’s Festival City.

This might be true, but there is another side to Edinburgh.

Hidden Edinburgh: green spaces

Holyrood Park
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A different kind of green

It is one of the greenest cities I know. I don’t mean the most environmentally friendly city – although the council do have a slogan: “Let’s make it Edenburgh,” and have just given us a bin for all our food waste, which they will collect and compost. (It sits proudly beside our bin for garden waste, our bin for cardboard, our bin for glass and cans and our plastic bag for plastic containers.)

When I say Edinburgh is green I mean it has an amazing number of green oases, areas within the city where you can escape the city. All of the photos illustrating this article were taken within the city boundaries, and there is not a building in sight. What’s more, although Edinburgh has plenty of man-made green areas, such as the Royal Botanical Gardens and The Meadows, it also has many natural wildernesses, and in it through these that I will now guide you.

First let me introduce you to our dear friend the Highland cow.

Highland Cows in Edinburgh

An unusual hotel guest

Yes, this Highland cow really does live in the city, less than two miles from the center. This photo was taken in the grounds of one of Edinburgh’s smartest hotels, the Prestonfield House Hotel. This 17th century building was originally built as a home for Edinburgh’s Lord Provost, and designed by the same architect responsible for Holyroodhouse Palace. (Holyroodhouse Palace is the royal residence in Edinburgh.) As you might imagine with this history, Prestonfield House Hotel is a luxurious place to stay. As well as the Highland cows, beautiful peacocks also roam in its grounds. As you might expect from a luxury hotel, the price tag isn’t cheap, but it is nowhere near as expensive as you might imagine so would be a great place to stay for your country weekend in Edinburgh. But if your budget for a hotel room is truly “budget" rather than luxury hotel, then you could stay in one of the many nearby Bed and Breakfast Guest Houses and pop along to the Prestonfield House hotel to say hello to the Highland cows and sample the traditional High Tea in its popular Rhubarb restaurant.

Arthur’s Seat in winter

Holyrood Park

Holyrood Park in Winter
Holyrood Park in Winter
Salisbury Crags
Salisbury Crags
Halfway up Arthur’s Seat
Halfway up Arthur’s Seat

Holyrood Park - a royal wilderness

A short walk from Prestonfield House is Holyrood Park. This was originally a royal hunting estate. It contains three lochs (lakes), a ruined chapel, 151 foot (46 meter) high cliffs – and a volcano. The volcano is extinct however, and has been for many years. Visitors and locals alike love to climb this 251 meter hill, known as Arthur’s Seat. There are many different routes to the top of Arthur’s Seat, and if you are not as fit as you’d like to be, on one of the routes it’s possible to drive a good way up the hill, and from there head on up. While I would recommend sensible shoes such as trainers or hiking boots for the trip to the top, I have seen people in flip flops and in high heels!

The first photograph in this article and the one below are of Dunsapie Loch, which is about halfway up towards the summit of Arthur’s Seat. The view in the top photograph looks south and the one below looks north toward the sea. But don’t be fooled – that thin rim of land between the loch and the sea conceals a steep hill, below which are housing estates and industrial land before you reach the water. Nevertheless, up here at Dunsapie Loch, surrounded by seabirds and gorgeous swans and cygnets, it is truly easy to forget you are in the middle of a city. Swans are a common sight in Holyrood park, with many more on St Margaret’s Loch and Duddingston Loch, the latter being a bird sanctuary.

Dunsapie Loch

Dunsapie Loch, looking north towards the Firth of Forth
Dunsapie Loch, looking north towards the Firth of Forth
Seabirds on the loch
Seabirds on the loch
A family of Holyrood park’s many swans
A family of Holyrood park’s many swans
Cygnets at rest, all alone and deep in the countryside…
Cygnets at rest, all alone and deep in the countryside…
… or maybe not quite!
… or maybe not quite!

Places to eat near Holyrood Park

If all the walking and fresh air makes you hungry, from Holyrood park it is a short walk to The Engine Shed, a café that serves tasty organic food and is run by a community enterprise, training people with learning difficulties in catering. To date more than 250 people have successfully completed the training program, and 80% have gone on to employment, with the remainder pursuing further education. And just as importantly the food is great. If you arrive at lunch time, be prepared to queue for the counter service.

Slightly further away, Earthy is an organic shop and café that opened in May 2008, and that has beaten the recession to expand into a second shop in Portobello, Edinburgh’s seaside “village”. Earthy staff are friendly and helpful and the store was recently voted Best Scottish Independent Retailer.

Or you could always head to Holyroodhouse Palace itself , where the courtyard café serves snacks and light meals.

The Waters of Leith

A city of villages and a babbling brook

Edinburgh used to be considerably smaller than it is today, and in the twentieth century the city absorbed many surrounding villages. But in many ways Edinburgh is still a series of villages, with distinct shopping areas, churches and even village pubs. One such area is Duddingston Village, to the south east of Holyrood Park. Duddingston Kirk (church) acts as a venue during the Fringe Festival in August, and is pretty spot to visit all year round.

Just north west of the city center, another village that still retains its name is the Dean Village. The best way to visit this area is to head for the Gallery of Modern Art, have lunch or incredibly yummy cakes in the café (I recommend the brownies) and then head to the Waters of Leith. As you head down the twisting steps from the art gallery, you step out of city and into countryside.

When we first moved to Edinburgh we lived near the Waters of Leith and I often used to bundle my then-small children into a push-chair and stroll along the footpath by this narrow river. The Waters of Leith run right through Edinburgh, from Balerno in the south west to the docklands at Leith. My favorite strolling ground is the stretch between the Gallery of Modern Art and the Stockbridge area. Apart from when passing through Dean Village, along most of this route you could be deep in the countryside, as the photos above right and below show. Ducks are a common sight on this part of the Waters of Leith, along with ducklings in the springtime. You may be lucky enough to see the heron we spotted on our most recent walk along the Waters.

More views of the Waters of Leith

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Stockbridge and the Botanic Gardens

When you get to Stockbridge, you can browse through the many charity shops, visit one of the area’s cafés, or keep walking along the river past the old ‘colony’ houses (once railway workers accommodation, now very trendy places to live), and on to the Royal Botanic Gardens where the greenery is somewhat tamer than the riverbank’s, but equally magnificent. Here you could get to feed a squirrel – not Scotland’s beautiful and elusive red squirrels, but the more abundant grey. And if I’ve completely worn you out now, you’ve probably guessed that I know a good café!

Edinburgh Countryside - map showing the places mentioned in this article

show route and directions
A markerHolyrood Park -
Holyrood Park, Holyrood Park Rd, Scotland, Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh EH16 5BT, UK
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Arthur’s seat is in Holyrood Park.

B markerEH16 5UT -
Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh EH16 5UT, UK
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Prestonfield House Hotel, surrounded by Prestonfield Golf Course

C markerGallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh -
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, 75 Belford Rd, Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh EH4 3DR, UK
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D markerEarthy, Ratcliffe Terrace, Edinburgh -
Ratcliffe Terrace, Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh EH9, UK
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Earthy Organic food and Cafe.

E markerThe Engine Shed Cafe, 19 St Leonard’s Lane, Edinburgh -
19 St Leonard's Ln, Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh EH8 9SH, UK
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The Engine Shed Cafe

F markerDuddingston Kirk, Duddingston Village, Edinburgh -
Duddingston Kirk, Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh EH15 3PX, UK
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G markerDeanhaugh St, Stockbridge, Edinburgh -
Stockbridge, at Deanhaugh Street, Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh EH3, UK
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H markerRoyal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh -
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, 20 Inverleith Row, Scotland, Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh EH3 5LR, U
[get directions]

Map showing Edinburgh’s location

A markerEdinburgh -
Edinburgh, Midlothian, UK
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How to get to Edinburgh

Continental Airlines fly from New York to Edinburgh, and Air Transat and Canadian Affair both fly from Toronto.

All major London airports operate flights to Edinburgh and it is also possible to get direct flights to Edinburgh from most European capital cities, including Paris, Madrid, Berlin and Amsterdam. Paris and Amsterdam offer connecting flights to some parts of the world not covered by London, such as some South American countries.

By rail the journey from London is around 4 hours 30 minutes.


For more information on traveling to Scotland (and some fun) see my article: Scotland Travel Requirements

For more information on Earthy and 2 other inspiring businesses from Edinburgh: Successful Small Businesses: 3 Inspiring Examples

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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Yvonne, Okay I'm am sold after seeing all of your wonderful pictures and the fact that Edinburgh people party. Sounds like my kind of place :). I've been waiting for you to publish this hub as I was looking forward to it and you have not disappointed me. Enjoyed your hub and I'll start saving now.


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BRIAN SLATER 4 years ago from Nottingham Uk

This hub is excellent and should be hub of the day very soon. Loved the tour of your great city. The photo's are aewsome. You are very lucky to live in such a great place with so much happening. Edinburgh is a city I know quite well and there is so much to see and do. Voted up awesome and thanks for sharing.


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Melovy 4 years ago from UK Author

Good, looking forward to it Susan. And since there are direct flights from Toronto it should be a breeze for you! Thanks for reading and for your kind comment. (And so glad I didn’t disappoint you - whew!)


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Melovy 4 years ago from UK Author

Hi Brian, I do consider myself lucky (or maybe wise, since we did choose to come here!) Edinburgh is a great city with lots going on, and I do so love the green spaces too. Thanks very much for your kind comment and vote up.


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collegatariat 4 years ago

What amazingly beautiful pictures! Holyrood Park looks so mystical and alluring, and every one of them makes me want to see them for myself. Thanks for sharing! It's like a mini-vacation on a computer screen.


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

I've been to Edinburgh twice and yet missed all these green spaces. They're going on my list for the next trip. Voting this Up and Useful.


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Melovy 4 years ago from UK Author

The Finance Hub, glad you found this interesting and thanks for your comment and vote up.


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Melovy 4 years ago from UK Author

hi collegatariat,

Mystical and alluring are great words to describe Holyrood Park. I am glad you enjoyed the photos and hope you do map it to Edinburgh. Thanks for your kind comment.


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Angie497 4 years ago

Edinburgh has always been on my list of places I'd like to visit, but I think I've just bumped it up a few notches on that list. :)


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Melovy 4 years ago from UK Author

Hi alocsin,

Good to hear you’ve visited our fair city twice, and plan to come again. And I’m delighted to get your comment because it’s exactly people like you who know Edinburgh but may have missed this side of it that I was hoping to reach. (As well as people who’ve never been of course!)

Thanks so much for the vote up!


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Melovy 4 years ago from UK Author

Hi Angie497,

Glad to hear that. Hope you get to visit soon! Thanks for your comment.


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri

Yvonne, what a wonderful vacation/travel hub! The pictures are gorgeous, and I would love to be there for the Story Telling Festival. I have read about Holyrood so many times. My maiden name is Baird, and it is believed that my line comes from Scotland. I would love to visit. The maps give a great orientation of where Edinburgh is and what is around it. Absolutely beautiful. Votes and shares!! :-)


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Melovy 4 years ago from UK Author

Hi Susan,

Thanks for your kind comment. Baird is indeed a Scottish name, so you probably do have Scottish blood!

I’ve only recently started using the maps capsules, so glad you found that useful. I hope you do get to visit some time - do come for the story telling! It’s very popular in Scotland. And thanks very much for the votes and sharing.


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nishlaverz 4 years ago from N.E England

Edinburgh is a lovely City and I like to spend time there when I can no matter what time of year it is. I love to sit in Princes Street Gardens with the Castle over head. That is a lovely peace green land in the Cities bustling heart.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina

What a beautiful place to live and visit. I loved the informal tone you used in this hub which felt like you were personally guiding us through Edinburgh and the photos were stunning.

Thanks for a wonderful armchair visit. Voted up across the board except for funny.


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Maren Morgan M-T 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

Fantastic information and photos. Thanks.


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Thanks for the beautiful photos and great information! My brother's girlfriend did her master's program in Scotland and loves the country so much now.


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Melovy 4 years ago from UK Author

Hi nishlaverz,

You are right, Princes Street Gardens is lovely with its flowers and the castle. Glad to hear you enjoy Edinburgh and thanks for your comment.


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Melovy 4 years ago from UK Author

Hi Happyboomernurse,

It’s an honour to receive such praise from the ‘master’ of travel hubs! :-) I l’m so glad you enjoyed the photos and the tone of the hub.

Thanks very much for your comment.


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Melovy 4 years ago from UK Author

Thanks Maren Morgan, glad you enjoyed it.


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Melovy 4 years ago from UK Author

Hi randomcreative,

Your brother’s girlfriend obviously has good taste! :-) Thanks for your kind comment.


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Simone Smith 4 years ago from San Francisco

Melovy, I totally expected to see a ton of city photos when I started reading this guide, but instead you've shared so many gorgeous photos of greenery and nature that I'm somewhat convinced I would actually *like* this city. I'm not much of a city girl, but Edinburgh seems like it might suit folks who more like the country.

I mean, I just looked up Prestonfield House Hotel, and IT IS SO GORGEOUS!!! Alright. I've got to go. Between all the cool sights, cool history, and cool festivals, there's something for everyone- even me... or rather, especially me!


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Melovy 4 years ago from UK Author

Hi Simone,

Edinburgh is a gorgeous city; I’m sure you would like it. And these are only some of the green spaces - there’s a lot more. I agree with you on Prestonfield House Hotel. If I get a photo of it I’ll add the to the hub, especially if the peacocks are around. (They are inside at this time of year.)

Thanks for your comment, and looking forward to seeing you in Edinburgh some time soon. :-)


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GmaGoldie 4 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

Fascinating. I love travel and had wondered about this city. Oh, you showed us the best. Your photos were wonderful and all the details you gave. Over 4 hours by rail from London!


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Melovy 4 years ago from UK Author

Hi GmaGoldie,

Thanks very much for your kind comment. I am glad you enjoyed the hub.


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robie2 4 years ago from Central New Jersey

I spent three weeks in Edinburgh one August many years ago and have never forgotten either the city or the people. So many wonderful memories. My hosts took me all over the city and we certainly did party hearty. This hub was a delightful reminder-- thanks so much.


iamaudraleigh 4 years ago

I want to go to Scottland now!!! Mys siter went there and loved it! I love the info you shared and the beautiful pics...my favorite is "Cygnets at rest"! Voted up and shared!!!


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Melovy 4 years ago from UK Author

Hi robie2,

So glad you had a good time in our wonderful city! Actually I’m not an Edinburgher by birth, but I do love my adopted home. Thanks for your comment and glad it brought back some wonderful memories for you. Do come again!


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Melovy 4 years ago from UK Author

Audra, do come! It’s nearly cygnet time of year here now too. There are so cute aren’t they? We used to go up there for a picnic lunch once a week or so when the girls were younger to see the cygnets grow.

Thanks for your comment and the vote up.


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

Congratulations on the hub of the day! Fascinating city! I´ve heard about all those beautiful things you can see in Edinburgh. This is a great article and I love the photos. Thanks for sharing.


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a2aoptima 4 years ago from Bangalore, Karnataka

The pictures are really tempting. I always new Scotland is a dream sity to be all because of the natural beauty. Your hub is a real life depiction of this.

Congrats on wonning the HOD award.


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sammimills 4 years ago from California, USA

Congratulations on being the hub of the day! You described the different things and spots to see in Edinburgh which made me in want to visit there! Beautiful.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Congrats on winning yet another HOTD! Your hub is awesome...from the details to the photos! Thanks for the virtual vacation!:)


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

This landscape has the likeness of my country.

Your descriptions and pictures are wonderful.

Congrats for well deserved hub of the day!


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missolive 4 years ago from Texas

Congratulations Yvonne. This hub is certainly worthy of a Hub of the Day. You have done an amazing job with your descriptions, maps and photos. Plus, I can visualize everything with your words. I do hope to visit one day.....I almost feel like I already have. :)


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Phil Riddel 4 years ago from Scotland

Excellent hub: lots of useful information, well presented and great photos. Plenty of ideas for our next trip over there.


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vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

We visited Scotland in 2010 but never made it to Edinburgh. After reading your hub, I'm inspired to plan a trip to Edinburgh soon! Congratulations on a well-deserved Hub of the Day.


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Dear Yvonne,

While I am sorry to have missed this when you originally published it, I am so grateful that Miss Olive has pimped it!

I have a double opportunity to tell you that I love your new avatar and to congratulate you for this enriching and beautiful Hub of the Day!

As usual the professionalism, precision and information you put into your work along with the photography layout make me feel as though I am on a virtual experience with your subject matter. And I am LOVING Edinburgh...!

Voted UP & UABI-- excellent work! Hugs, Maria


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leahlefler 4 years ago from Western New York

Oh, what beautiful pictures! This hub makes me sad that we never made it to Edinburgh when we lived in Ireland. We could have easily taken a RyanAir flight to Scotland, and never did. I love the Highland cow - and the lochs!


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Kathleen Cochran 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

I feel like I've been there and this hub just fuels my desire to go. Well done.


kelleyward 4 years ago

What a beautiful place and the pictures you took are amazing. No wonder this is a HOTD! Congrats! Kelley


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cam8510 4 years ago from Columbus, Georgia until the end of November 2016.

My fiance has family in Edinburgh. We have considered a honeymoon in Scotland and this hub makes that more of a likelihood. Wonderful hub, both in writing and photographs. Up and awesome.

Chris


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa

Fab hub, Melovy. I was in Edinburgh once years ago for the fringe festival and loved your beautiful city. I'd love to go back someday and visit the places you mention. Congrats on another Hub of the Day!


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livingpah2004 4 years ago from USA

Beautiful place. Love all the pictures. Voted up!

Congrats on HOTD!


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mwilliams66 4 years ago from Left Coast, USA

I have always wanted to visit Scotland. It's a bucket list item for me. After reading your hub and looking at the beautiful pictures, I am absolutely in love.

Congratulations of being chosen for HOTD, it is well deserved.


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Just came back to say congrats on getting Hub of the Day! Very well done hub and well deserved award.


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cclitgirl 4 years ago from Western NC

Wow! What a beautiful, incredible, information-packed hub! This is *awesome*!!! I can definitely see why it's Hub of the Day! You have made me add Edinburgh to the many places I am going to travel to and see. It's so beautiful there, from what I gather from the pictures. Fantastic job on those, too! Thanks for sharing your experiences with this beautiful place. :)


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Gordon Hamilton 4 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

Melovy, what a wonderfully informative and photographic tribute to one of the most beautiful cities on Earth. I've lived in a couple of different parts of Edinburgh in the past (one flat looked on to Arthur's Seat) but I still saw places in your photos that I've never visited. It's been a few years since I've even visited Edinburgh and I miss it very much.


oceansider 4 years ago

I have always thought of Edinburgh as a "bustling city", as you called it...didn't realize there are many areas in the countryside to visit as well....beautiful photos!

Thank you for sharing...voted up!


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JamaGenee 4 years ago from Central Oklahoma

I have a teensy bit of Scottish blood (MacLellan). The ancestor responsible for it was reportedly born in Edinburgh, but went to America in the 1760s, so this lovely city has been on my bucket list for decades. I wouldn't fly there, however...I'd take the night train from London. (And while in the neighborhood, so to speak, I can't leave without a trip to the Shetlands!)

A GREAT informative hub, made all the better by the breezy style in which you impart the particulars! I already had the Edinburgh Festival website bookmarked, btw. How anyone survives all the year-round partying even with the many pockets of green space is beyond me, but then this IS the country where men wear "skirts" with nothing under, so I guess such fortitude is genetic. lol!

Voted up, useful and awesome! ;D


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J.S.Matthew 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

There is so much useful information here! I love your photos! My mother's family comes from a mix of Scottish and Irish and I wonder if I will ever get to research my family history and visit the places where my ancestors came from. I will refer to this Hub if the opportunity should ever come up! Very interesting! Congrats on the Hub of the Day! Voted up and shared!

JSMatthew~


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

I love traveling topic and Edinburgh was the perfect country. I wish I could visit this country one day. My favorite is Dunsapie Loch. Thanks for writing and share with us. Voted up and awesome :-)

Prasetio


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Robie Benve 4 years ago from Ohio

Awesome hub, it truly makes you want to get on a plane to Edenburgh! Wonderful photos too! Congratulations for the hub of the day, it's well deserved. :)


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina

I loved this when I first read it and am so glad to see that it received recognition as Hub of the Day!

Hub Hugs,

Gail


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Cathleena Beams 4 years ago from Lascassas, Tennessee

Edenburgh is gorgeous. Love all of your photos, especially the ones with the birds, those lovely seabirds on the loch, and the cute baby swans of Holyrood Park captivated my heart. I also love the Highland cow. Awesome hub. I voted up, awesome, beautiful and interesting.


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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

Most Hub of the Day hubs are very interesting to me, but this one made me say, "Ahhh." I loved learning this information about Edinburgh, and enjoyed the photos very much. The Dunsapie Loch shot toward the sea is fabulous, particularly after reading the truth about it! Congrats on your award--the hub deserves two!


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iefox5 4 years ago

WOW, beautiful Edinburgh scenery, it is always enjoyable to see wonderful photos from different countries on hubpages.


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

Melovy, I'm not surprised this won a HOTD accolade, what a great hub. I have visited Edinburgh many times but rarely get too far out of the city. We took our then small daughter to a farm in the city which was closer to the Haymarket end of Princes Street. I remember it was free and the children bought food and got to feed and handle the farm animals, my daughter loved it.

If I visited again, I would love to track up Arthur's Seat and the park looks gorgeous.

Voted up and shared.


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Melovy 4 years ago from UK Author

Thelma, a2aoptima and sammimills, thank you all for your kind comments. I am glad you enjoyed the hub.


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Melovy 4 years ago from UK Author

Thanks Linda. Glad you enjoyed it.


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Melovy 4 years ago from UK Author

Vinaya, I’d love to see Nepal one day, and I’m interested in what you say about the landscape. Thanks for your kind comment .


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Melovy 4 years ago from UK Author

Missolive, do come visit! I’d be pleased to show you round. And thanks very much for your kind comment.


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Melovy 4 years ago from UK Author

Phil Riddel, thanks and glad you found it useful. I see you are a fellow Scot, so welcome to Hubpages.


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Melovy 4 years ago from UK Author

vespawoolf, do come! Edinburgh is such a lovely city. (I am not native to the city but do love it here.) Thanks for your comment.


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Melovy 4 years ago from UK Author

Thanks Maria. I’m glad you like the avatar as well as the hub. It took a while for me to let to of the bucket and spade, but it’s time! Do come visit, Edinburgh is so wonderful! Thanks for your kind comment and hugs back to you!


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Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

You have definitely caused me to add Scotland to my list of travel plans! Your hubs are always so informative, and this one is no exception. Thanks for all the great information here!


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Melovy 4 years ago from UK Author

Leahlefler, thank you! And maybe not having made it to Scotland gives you a good excuse to come back across the pond some day. :-)


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Melovy 4 years ago from UK Author

Katheen Cochran, thank you.


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Melovy 4 years ago from UK Author

Kelley, thanks very much.


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Melovy 4 years ago from UK Author

cam8510, I’m very pleased that you are considering a honeymoon in Scotland, and that this makes you feel even more inclined. It is a lovely city. And best wishes to you and your fiancé.


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Melovy 4 years ago from UK Author

Deborah, I think the fringe is what brings most people here. It is a special time. Some locals don’t like it because the city is so busy, but I like the buzz - and then you can always head off for quiet space when you need it.

Thanks for your kind comment.


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Melovy 4 years ago from UK Author

Thanks livingpah2004.


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Melovy 4 years ago from UK Author

mwilliams66, thanks very much for your comment. I hope you make it here!


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Melovy 4 years ago from UK Author

randomcreative, thanks very much.


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Melovy 4 years ago from UK Author

cclitigirl, thank you for your very kind comment. And do come and visit. It is a beautiful city.


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Melovy 4 years ago from UK Author

Hi Gordon,

Overlooking Arthur’s seat would be a great place to live. We are close to it, but can’t see it from our house. And I am delighted to have been able to show you something new. I love Edinburgh, and after living here a few years we moved away and missed it so much we came back so I can understand you missing it. Thanks for your comment.


Donna9376 4 years ago

Very beautiful & interesting hub. I loved reading it.


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Melovy 4 years ago from UK Author

Hi Oceansider,

Edinburgh is both bustling and quiet. That’s why I love it so much, it’s great to have both aspects.

Thanks for your comment and vote up.


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Melovy 4 years ago from UK Author

Jama, I loved your comment, as always. It made me smile. I remember from a conversation on a hub last year that you have some Scottish blood. (2 drops if I remember right.)

The night train is fun, we did it once when the kids were little and they were very excited in the morning when there was a knock at the door and it was a man with muffins for breakfast. (Actually I was probably just as thrilled as I hadn’t realised we’d get that.)

And yes, do come over. You could take a bunch of hubbers with you and we’d all have a great time. We could even do a skit a the festival! And then head off for Shetland of course. Though actually June is the best time for Shetland when it’s light nearly all night.

Thanks for your comment.


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Melovy 4 years ago from UK Author

Hi J.S.Matthew,

Another hubber for that plane! I hope you do make it over to research your ancestors. We’ve found out a lot about ours and it’s great to do. Thanks for your very kind comment and for sharing.


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Melovy 4 years ago from UK Author

prasetio30 and Robie, I hope you do get to visit some day and thanks very much for your kind comments.


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Melovy 4 years ago from UK Author

Thanks Gail!


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Melovy 4 years ago from UK Author

Hi Cathleena, I love those swans too. I was just thinking it’s time for a trip to visit them again as it’s the right time of year for babies again.

Thanks for your comment.


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Melovy 4 years ago from UK Author

RTalloni, your comment is so kind! Thank you. Glad you liked the trick with the Loch.


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Melovy 4 years ago from UK Author

lefox5 thank you!


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Melovy 4 years ago from UK Author

Jools99, I know the place you mean - Gorgie City Farm. I was amazed to discover it in the city.

All the places featured here are close to the centre, particularly Holyrood park or the Waters of ~Leith, so maybe next time you come you’ll get to see them.

Thanks for your very kind comment.


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Melovy 4 years ago from UK Author

Thanks Marcy! You get on that plane now, with Miss Olive, Jama and the rest!


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Melovy 4 years ago from UK Author

Thanks Donna, I’m glad you enjoyed it.


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Family Black 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Amazing to see your beautiful pictures. The Jazz and Blues Festival would be fun in such a beautiful place. Karen


Daniel Peebles 4 years ago

What a great article. I went with my family for a visit in 1988. We went to Edinburgh, and then took a drive to Peebles, which is my last name and where my ancestors is from. It was really wild driving into a village with my last name on the sign! Thanks for the good article. It was more like a travel guide!


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dghbrh 4 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

nice hub......enjoyed reading it :-)


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Melovy 4 years ago from UK Author

Hi Family Black. Thank your for your kind comment.


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Melovy 4 years ago from UK Author

Hi Daniel Peebles,

I can imagine it must have been exciting to drive into the village with your name on the sign. I wonder if all people with the Peebles last name have origins in Peebles? It’s an interesting thought. It sounds as if you enjoyed your trip anyway, so glad this brought good memories and thanks for your comment.


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Melovy 4 years ago from UK Author

dghbrh, thank you.


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Horatio Plot 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, England.

My! you're making a habit of this. Congrats on HOTD. Nice hub my the way...


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Melovy 4 years ago from UK Author

Thanks Horatio.


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StellaSee 4 years ago from California

Ah! Edinburgh! This hub makes me miss my study abroad experience! Arthur's Seat and the Salisbury Crags used to be right outside my dorm..I climbed it up once to watch fireworks for Guy Fawkes Day. I wish I got to climb during the day too.. the view must be been even better! Where is Dunsapie Loch? It looks so pretty, I would have been a regular here if I'd known where it is!


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Melovy 4 years ago from UK Author

StellaSee, you were only a stone’s throw from Dunsapie Loch - it’s round the other side of Arthur’s Seat from where your dorm would have been! (I’m assuming it was Pollock Halls?) You can always come back some day and visit it!

On the other hand, I’ve never been up Arthur’s seat at night, so maybe I should give that a go!

Thanks for your comment.


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StellaSee 4 years ago from California

Oh what? Darn I missed it! Yup I lived at Pollock Halls, we used to wonder why the dorms were so much farther away from campus than the apartments were..but I guess that was better in a sense because we get a nice workout walking up all the hills!

If you go up Arthur’s seat at night, make sure you wear some comfortable shoes and bring a flashlight. We realized too late that there wasn’t going to be any lighting as we were climbing up ;D Congratulations on being hub of the day!


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Melovy 4 years ago from UK Author

Hi again StellaSee,

I didn't know that about Pollock Halls. I walk past them often, but have never been inside.

Thanks for the advice about going up Arthur's seat at night! I will be sure to take my flashlight. And thanks for your kind comment.

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