The Most Beautiful Countryside Walks to Take Around Edinburgh

Charles Jencks garden at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh
Charles Jencks garden at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh | © Archimage / Alamy
Tori Chalmers

Whether you’re on a mission to get fit, seeking a spontaneous spot of adventuring, or planning an epic power walking session, a touch of fresh air on your cheek and a stunning backdrop makes matters all the more manageable. Embrace the elements, enjoy the serene sounds and sights of nature, watch the leaves twirl, and choose your path with the most beautiful countryside walks to take around Edinburgh.

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Roslin Glen

After witnessing the ambiguous secrets of Rosslyn Chapel, made ever so famous by The Da Vinci Code, a walk around Roslin Glen is just the place to start pondering, with the hope of reaching that epiphany. The woodland walk and castle ruins make the area all the more enchanting and the sounds of the River Esk are verging on therapeutic. The lack of way-finding markers makes it that bit more exciting.

Dalkeith Country Park

If you can peel yourself away from the most epic game of hide and seek in the utopian playground and wooden fortress, a walk at Dalkeith Country Park is always a joy. Countless tribes of majestic trees guard the meandering paths and flowing rivers. Amongst the magnificent flaura and fauna is a myriad of routes and cubbyholes inhabited by wildlife. Part of the Buccleuch Estates, it was during the Jacobite Rebellion in 1745 that Bonnie Prince Charlie stayed at Dalkeith Palace, which is located on the grounds.

Borthwick And Crichton Castles

One of the many positive things about Scotland remains that, wherever you are, a castle never seems to be lurking too far away. A pleasantly arduous journey, those dead-set on witnessing both Borthwick and Crichton castles will delight at the walking in store. Beware of marshy terrain and rough paths, made all the better by exploring the old railway line and determined River Tyne. Crichton Castle played host to the likes of the third husband of Mary Queen of Scots. Don’t let the vegetation – which undeniably has a mind of its own – get the better of you.

Cardrona Forest


Absolutely worth the miniature road trip, Cardrona Forest is a mystical woody walk near Peebles. Guarded by the Forestry Commission, those who get the heebie jeebies from ever-watching trees may not be in their element. From Scots pine and firs to deciduous trees, this forest appears truly magical. It is easy to see why avid cyclists and dedicated walkers flock to this spot like ducks to water. Those with a penchant for raising the stakes can meander off to Gypsy Glen, a walk that comes hand in hand with a brisk climb at the finish line.

Gosford Estate

A snippet from a Monet painting or a Jane Austen novel, Gosford Estate is a truly transformative and sensory experience. From the lily pond with the trickling waterfall and the graceful swans resembling paintings to the rickety bridges, over arching trees, inquisitive herons, the curling hut comprised of sea shells, oh, and the stately home exuding ineffable charm, Gosford Estate is the kind of spot that sparks a reluctance to share it with anyone else. The Bothy, which won the hearts of Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth when they were filming in East Lothian, is a fine spot for local produce and hearty soups.

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