The city of Edinburgh benefits from a large number of good parks and open spaces. It is traditionally claimed that Edinburgh (like Rome) was built over seven hills. However, there is some speculation regarding the identity of these summits, as there are in fact ten hills within the city boundaries. Many are the location of urban parks arguably the most spectacular of which is the extinct volcano of Arthur’s Seat (situated in Holyrood Park) which is ideal for those seeking an oasis of calm away from city living and some incredible views of the city.
Scotland’s capital is also home to a number of beautiful nature reserves including wetlands and mature woodland which make for excellent bird watching and orienteering. Figgate Park is home to an incredible array of wildlife and also boasts a lovely playground for the children
As if this was not already sufficient to please those who yearn to escape the bustle of city life and enjoy flora and fauna in its natural habitat there is also the award winning Royal Botanic Gardens, which is not only a beautiful park to visit, but is also at the forefront of aims to conserve the plants and herbs of Scotland, as well as those from more exotic climes.