Edinburgh Recommends: Best spot for a quiet moment

The portrait gallery. Picture: Ian Rutherford
The portrait gallery. Picture: Ian Rutherford
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This week - your recommendations of the best spot in the city centre to spend a quiet moment.

Lynne McNicoll @itsgood2give: “I reckon it is the Scottish Portrait Gallery. Sit in the main hall and look up at the star ceiling and gorgeous friezes.”

Claudie Henault: “George Square..especially during school/student holidays.”

Willie Laidlaw: “When I was studying (way back when!) I enjoyed going to the Botanic Garden. A peaceful relaxing environment.”

Jacquie Cross: “St Bernard’s Well – one of my most favourite places from my teenage years where I would sit and contemplate my future life, it is so peaceful, with a unique aroma from the river and on a sunny day in summer an uplifting experience for your soul..oh I am there now!”

Bronwyn L Matthew: “There is a bench on Castle Terrace with a beautiful view of Edinburgh Castle. A perfect place to sit and contemplate life and watch the world go on its way.”

Kevin Monaghan: “The abandoned section of Warriston cemetery for Gothic tranquility.”

Peggy Allen Hayes: “Granny’s Green Steps has a wonderful, midway, peaceful place to sit and read. If the sun is shining, it’s magic. And would also vote for the Meadows and Duddingston Loch.”

Marie R Milne: “Astley Ainslie Hospital has beautiful grounds there are lots of quiet spots to be found.”

Ian Ross: “Either Princes St Gardens or even better, the Botanics. I’ve spent many a relaxing few hours in the Botanics. Hard to believe you are so close to busy roads.”

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Mark Gregory: On Arthur’s Seat at the top there is a cliff edge with another edge underneath it perfect for sitting and taking in the view.. It also stops any wind the way it’s angled..You also have nice back support with the rock.”

Ryan Kemp: “Arthur’s Seat near the top..beautiful views over our stunning capital and away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre.”

Diane Baird: “Doctor Neil’s garden tranquil beautiful scenery.”

Sonya Wilson Lamley: “The Meadows. I have some fantastic memories of there when I was wee, especially when the meadows festival took place and it was filled with stalls and music..ahhhh those were the days..and it’s generally quieter than Princes St Gardens.”

Chris Robertson Pinkman: “On the bench beside the pond at Inverleith Park. Bliss!”

Heather Maria Johnston: “I used to like to eat lunch in Greyfriars Kirkyard. Nice peaceful spot on a nice day, not so peaceful on a very nice day!”

Aaron Afshari: “Scotland Street Park is nice and quiet.”