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Escaping the Crowds in Edinburgh

By SarahWhelan 02 Mar 2020

The hustle and bustle of a city is what appeals to many but every now and then it's great to escape the crowded streets and find a space where you can relax.

We've compiled a list of the top places within Edinburgh to get a little R&R time but Ssshhh don't tell everyone.

Blackford Hill

Less known that Arthurs Seat, Blackford Hill and the neighbouring Braids offer a taste of the countryside in the city without the hoards of people.

Walk along Hermitage of Braid before ascending Blackford Hill and soaking in the views across Edinburgh and toward the Pentlands. There is also an Observatory, a pond and the delightful Lodge Coffee House. 

Find it on Google Maps

Newhailes Estate

Just east of Musselburgh High Street and a 10 min walk from campus, Newhailes estate has woodland, grassland, manor houses and impressive playgrounds.

It is also a great short cut from Musselburgh to Joppa and Portobello, you just might need your boots if the weather has been...Scottish.

Find out more HERE

Jupiter Artland

The award-winning contemporary sculpture garden in Wilkieston is set over 100 acres of meadow, woodland and has five indoor gallery spaces. Making it a worthwhile trip in rain or shine.

Dogs are allowed on special Dogs Love Art Too Days.

Find out more HERE and book tickets

Dalkeith Country Park

Follow cycle route 1 from QMU, it is mainly segregated and flat and will take just 25 mins. Or get on-board 140 bus from Musselburgh. 

The park has lots to offer from cafes and shops to footpaths and cycle routes, there is even a restoration lab!

Dr Neils Garden

Hidden between Duddingston Pond and Arthurs Seat this tucked away, secluded garden, just oozes relaxation.

Entry is Free but donations are always welcome to keep the Garden looking spit spot. 

The garden and cafe open in March

Wild West

Snuggled down a back street of Morning Side, this street looks more an home in a Western than it does a city-centre.

Built to advertise Southwestern Style furniture in the 90's it's now just a back street with a american twang.

You'll have to find it yourself though! We can't make this too easy.


River Esk

If you've got an hour to spare between classes head for the river Esk footpath. You can do a loop from campus into Musselburgh and back in 1hour or take longer and soak in the relaxing sound of birds and flowing water.

Crammond Beach and Friendship Garden

If you're looking for sand , history and nature then head to Crammond and Lauriston Castle. The Japanese Friendship Garden within the castles grounds was built to celebrate the twinning of Edinburgh and Kyoto in 2002. It is rated in the top 3 Japanese gardens in Britain, and it is one few people seem to have heard of.

Talbot Rice

Edinburgh is dotted with great museums but there is something special about Talbot (I think). Nestled down the far end of Old College, off South Bridge, it is free to enter and regularly changing its exhibitions.

Check it out HERE

Enjoy exploring and apologies if this article has caused swarms of readers to visit these spots, thereby ruining their quiet, relaxing qualities, but it just wouldn't be fair to keep them under wraps.

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