In the heart of Holyrood Park, and just a short walk from the Royal Mile, is Arthur’s Seat – the highest among a collection of peaks associated through popular myth to the legendary King Arthur. From its summit visitors can enjoy enchanting views across the city, plus myriad flora and fauna.
To the north west side of Edinburgh Castle, Dean Village seems almost frozen in time – a verdant oasis on the Water of Leith. Dean Bridge and Well Court add to the picturesque charm of the area, whilst the Dean Gallery – with its collection of Dada and Surrealist art and literature – is only a short walk away.
Further along the river, Leith is an area like no other: a hub for lively eating and drinking places, galleries, cultural happenings, festivals and events. The Leith Festival and Edinburgh Mela take place here each year.
For something a little more sporting – there are many opportunities to enjoy the outdoors here in the home of international golf. A maximum 90-minute drive will bring aficionados to St Andrews, and the opportunity to play the historic Old Course.
Also outside of Edinburgh, discover Jupiter Artland – a breathtaking sculpture park that features the works of many internationally acclaimed contemporary artists and sculptors. Otherworldly and whimsical, it’s one among many wonderful escapes to be enjoyed beyond the bustle of the city.