If you prefer the countryside to be within easy reach of civilisation, this one’s for you. Swanston Farm is just seconds from the city bypass, on the edge of Edinburgh’s burbs. Look out for the Pentland Hills car park just past the golf club and farm cottages. From here you’ll walk over a stream to reach the beginning of the far-reaching range of hills. Take a 30-minute stroll along the low path to see free-range chickens mingling in a field with shire horses and an adorable hamlet of pristine white-thatched cottages. Or follow the pony trekkers straight up the hill for great city views.