Edinburgh and Lothian

Scotland's capital city must be one of the finest places for urban walking in the UK. The Old and New Towns, collectively a World Heritage Site, are packed with attractions, fascinating buildings and remarkable history. Edinburgh was the centre of the Scottish Enlightenment and became dubbed 'the Athens of the North'; there is little doubt that it is best explored on foot. Near the very centre is Holyrood Park, surely one of the most dramatic city parks in the world, with the mini-mountain of Arthur's Seat at its heart.

Lothian surrounds Edinburgh and provides a fine hinterland. Most popular with walkers are the Pentland Hills, providing great walking within easy reach of the city, but there is plenty of other interest, including some fine coastal walks by the Firth of Forth.

We feature both short strolls for all the family to longer, more challenging outings and hillwalks, as well as the John Muir Way, Scottish National Trail and Forth, Clyde and Union canal long distance routes. Every route is illustrated with a free Ordnance Survey map. Each route is downloadable to your GPS.

Map derived from SVG map of Scotland by Eric Gaba; licenced under CCSA.

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