Open-Air Fun with the Top 10 Outdoor Pursuits in Edinburgh

Edinburgh is graced by some spectacular scenery and wonderful open spaces where residents and visitors alike can take part in a wide range of outdoor pursuits. So join us as we take a look at the top ten outdoor activities this great city has to offer.

Edinburgh is home to the UK’s largest artificial ski slope. Located at the outskirts of the city the Midlothian Snowsport Center combines excellent skiing, snowboarding and snowblading facilities with incredible views of the surrounding hills and the city. Skateboarders, BMX bikers and rollerbladers will love the purpose built Saughton Skate Park which is the biggest and best of its kind in Scotland.

You can also take part in rock climbing, abseiling, kayaking, canoeing and mountain biking without straying far from the capital. Epic Ventures can provide you with tuition, transport and equipment hire for a wide range of sports. Adventures can last a few hours or many days, and all ages and abilities are catered for.

You don't have to be super fit or very active to enjoy fresh air and great scenery. Why not take a walk in one of the capital's many beautiful parks. Whatever your level of fitness, experience and daring, you are sure to have a great time experiencing the outdoors in Scotland’s beautiful capital city.

Espionage Missions is a high tech treasure hunt and interactive puzzle event around the city center for groups of participants. Groups of anywhere between ten and one hundred people are split into teams and given a series of challenges and tasks...  Read More

Royal Botanic Gardens
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Any plant or flower, rare and common, can be seen and enjoyed at the Royal Botanic Gardens. It was originally developed as a learning conservatory for students, but it has grown to become an example to the world. The rock garden, arboretum, and...  Read More

Outside the City

This tidal island can be reached on foot via a walkway which is only visible when the tide is low. The tide comes in fast, cutting off the island from the mainland so visitors have to time their trips carefully. The island was fortified in WWII,...  Read More


Musselburgh Links Golf Course is generally agreed to be the oldest golf course in the world, with golf being played at the site as early as 1672. It was one of the original venues of the Open Championship, acting as host on no fewer than six...  Read More

Epic Ventures is an Edinburgh company which offers tuition and equipment hire for a variety of outdoor pursuits around Edinburgh and further afield. They offer canoeing and kayaking, rock climbing and abseiling, mountain biking, orienteering and...  Read More

The Water of Leith Walkway is an idyllic and tranquil path and cycle track which snakes its way through the heart of Edinburgh. The walkway passes numerous beauty spots and places of interest including Saughton Winter Gardens, Colinton Village...  Read More

Blackford hill was purchased by Edinburgh Corporation in 1884 as a public park and the Hermitage of Braid was added to the parklands in 1938. It is a nature reserve which features around thirty acres of mature woodland and is dissected by the...  Read More


Portobello Beach is a beach resort located on the outskirts of Edinburgh. It was initially outside the city limits, but became a suburb of the capital as it expanded. There is a long promenade skirting the edge of the beach with an amusement...  Read More

Midlothian Snowsports Centre boasts the biggest artificial ski slope in the UK and is the training center for the Scottish Olympians. There are two main slopes, two nursery slopes and a jump slope. They offer courses for adults and children,...  Read More


The Saughton Skate Park is arguably the best and biggest of its kind in Scotland. It was completed in 2010 and has quickly gained a loyal following amongst skaters, roller bladers and bmx riders. The skatepark layout combines a mix of street...  Read More


Meet Simon Hill

Simon has lived in various corners of Edinburgh over the last 18 years. He fell in love with the city as a small child after visiting the castle and returned to study Scottish History.

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