Edinburgh Recommends: Best city centre walks

Arthur's Seat. Picture: Greg Macvean
Arthur's Seat. Picture: Greg Macvean
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No-one knows a city better than the people who live and work in it. The best coffee shops, the best bars, the best independent stores and the best places for brunch.

Guide books are useful for visitors, but for locals it’s word of mouth that gives you the latest and most reliable information.

As part of Edinburgh Recommends, the News is asking you to tell us your favourite places in the city centre.

In association with This Is Edinburgh, we will publish the best of them in the paper every Friday with the top recommendation winning either dinner for two, tickets to a show or attraction or £40 of shopping vouchers. Not bad for just telling us what you like!

All we need is around 50 words. You can add a picture if you like. We will also be asking for submissions in the comments section below and our Facebook and Twitter pages. You can also apply by post.

ALONG THE WATER

Rochelle Clacher: “Water of Leith fab place to watch some wildlife and it’s miles long through the heart of the city.”

GOING THE EXTRA MILE

Dave Armstrong: “I do a walk from my flat in Leith Walk up through Queen Street and take in the New Town, then head up The Mound at the Gallery and to the Royal Mile taking in every bit of history I can! Then down the Mile to Holyrood Park and take the stunning walk around Arthur’s Seat, then out the Meadowbank way and head up London Road then back home.”

MEMORY LANE

Julia Preston: “There is nothing finer than a dander down the Royal Mile. Looking down all the closes wondering what life was like a couple of hundred years ago. A secret garden or a gargoyle there is always something new to see.”

TAKE IN THE PARK LIFE

Margaret Mclean: “Got to be Holyrood Park. When we were growing up we played there nearly every day. So walking round the park holds lots of happy memories taking out a row boat on St Margaret’s Loch.”

LOCK, STOCK . . IT’S GOT THE LOT

Craig Hambling: “A nice slow wander through Stockbridge on a sunny day takes some beating!”

STROLL WITH IT

Janet Smith: “A stroll along the Water of Leith has something for everybody. The section to Stockbridge via Dean village is both fascinating and beautiful, with history thrown in and a stunning viaduct.”

CAMMO DOWN FOR IDYLLIC SETTING

Donna McKenzie: “Cammo Estate. Steeped in history. You feel like you are miles away from anywhere and hard to believe you are still in Edinburgh. Very peaceful.”

THE HIGH ROAD

Kerry McDougall: “Most amazing breathtaking walk in Edinburgh is Arthur’s Seat even if you don’t climb to the very top the scenery from various different routes is tremendous and the drive round is equally lovely too.”

THE SWAN TO BEAT

Susan Randall: “Walk up from Swanston across Caerketton Hill take in the Castle View admire the wonder of having fantastic walks within a short journey of the city before making your way back for a home made scone and jam at Swanston Golf Club house.”

THE LUCA LOVE

Ryan McLauchlan: “Defo Arthur’s Seat I like watching the sun set with a Luca’s ice cream wafer.”

A WONDERFUL CONSTITUTIONAL

Judy Brown-Tomlin: “I took a lovely walk from my B&B on Constitution Street to Princes Street, Lothian Road, King’s Stables Road, Grassmarket, Cowgate, Holyrood Road, Holyrood Gait, Queens Drive and a lovely view of Arthur’s Seat, Horse Wynd and the Palace of Holyrood. Then back to B&B. Great sites, great day.”

IT’S SIMPLY BREATHTAKING

Kay Kathleen Weir: “A walk up Arthur’s Seat, take in the breathtaking scenery and on the way back down, take a wee detour off to the right, where you’ll find a wonderfully green open space with a wee park for the kiddies to run off a bit more steam, downwards again to Jock’s Lodge, along Meadowbank, heading along London Road, through the trees and up Royal Terrace and round to Calton Hill with amazing views of the City....... my city, my Edinburgh. Love it.”

GARDENS OF EDEN ON OUR DOORSTEP

Beth Thomas: “I adore going to the Botanic Gardens. Such a beautiful place. A great place to unwind and its away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre, yet easy to get to. From the greenhouses to the pond & Chinese garden it’s breathtaking. Great cafes and the John Hope Gateway shop and restaurant a must.”

ISLAND IS A DREAM, THAT IS WHAT IT IS . .

Emma Sadler: “My mum Christine Roberts comes to visit me in Edinburgh and her favourite place to walk is Silverknowes to Cramond and if the tide is out, across to Cramond Island.”