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Get outdoors this Christmas Day in Edinburgh

23 December 2015

If you’ve over indulged at Christmas or spent too long in front of the TV, perhaps it’s high time to root out your woolly hat and waterproofs and get out in the crisp fresh air to explore Edinburgh's nature this festive season. Whether you want to walk off pre- or post- Christmas excesses or just to fill your lungs with frosty air, winter is the time for wild walking, not slouching around indoors.

A winter walk in some of Edinburgh’s scenic spots

Portobello Beach

Get some fresh air on a festival stroll this Christmas from a walk along Holyrood Park or breathe in the fresh sea air and take in the stunning beach views on your winter walk in Portobello beach. There's no better time to enjoy the peace of a seaside setting without the crowds. So wrap up, pull on your wellies and head out for a stroll. 

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Admire Edinburgh’s Christmas lights when the town is quiet

Christmas Lights

The shops may have closed but the Christmas Decorations are still up. Take advantage of being able to roam free in Edinburgh's city centre without having to watch out for the crowd of shoppers. You might be able to really take in the Christmas light that you’ve never really noticed before. 

Go to South Queensferry for a fab view of the Forth Bridges

Bridge View ED

Take a trip to South Queensferry if you have some spare time on Christmas Day and take in the views of the quieter times of the Forth Road Bridge. South Queensferry is a nice combination of seashore and countryside village dotted with quaint shops and pubs. Go to Hound Point where you have magnificent views up the Forth estuary of both the Forth Rail Bridge and its younger sister, the Forth Road Bridge.

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Go on a festive bike ride 

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If the season leaves you feeling sluggish, then embrace the day with a morning cycle, through Edinburgh. Starting at the Meadows, you can ride at your leisure through Holyrood Park and do a loop of Arthur Seat, taking in the stunning Nor Loch before finishing with a well-deserved drink at the Sheips Heid pub in Duddingston. 

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Dig out your trainers and go for a run

When others are tucking into another quality street or slice of Christmas cake, knock the dust off your running shoes and clock some miles this holiday period. With a range of running routes easily navigated throughout the city, you can take in the delights of Edinburgh’s Old and New Towns or explore the expansive meadows while working out. 

Take a look at our blog on 5 of the best runs in Edinburgh>

Get golfing on the links

Bruntsfield Golf Course

If you’re more Jack Nicklaus than Saint Nicholas, then why not pull out your pitching wedge and putter and head to Bruntsfield Links and try out their 36 hole pitch and putt. The free to play course is a challenge for beginners and experienced golfers alike and is great fun to play with a group of friends on your own, where you can take in spectacular views of Edinburgh’s skyline.  In Edinburgh there are lots public golf courses which will be noticeably quieter over the holiday season. 

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