Edinburgh in Autumn

22 September 2021

Edinburgh looks stunning in every season (in our humble opinion) but in autumn it's particularly spectacular. The city’s many luscious green spaces are showered with warm browns, golds and reds as the trees shed their leaves before the winter months.

We’ve collated this round-up of some of the most beautiful spots around the city so you can experience this colourful season before it’s over for another year.

Princes Street Gardens

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Arguable one of Edinburgh’s most famous green spaces, located in the heart of the city centre. For a quick escape from the buzz of the city, Princes Street Gardens is a great place to revive yourself.

As well as the amazing autumnal colours that take over the Gardens, it is home to some of Edinburgh’s most iconic landmarks, including the Scott Monumentone of the world's largest monuments to a writer, and the storybook-like Gardeners’ Cottage – not to mention providing a perfect view of Edinburgh Castle. 

The Meadows

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Located in the southside of the city, The Meadows is a popular spot all year round but in autumn it's extra special as its tree lined paths create a carpet of crisp leaves.

Once the site of the Borough-Loch, which supplied water to a large part of the city, it was drained in 1722 and turned into an attractive park lined with hedges and trees. The park achieved worldwide fame in 1886 when it hosted the International Exhibition of Industry, Science and Art.

Today, it's large open spaces and colourful play park make this an ideal spot for families to enjoy on dry autumn days.

Holyrood Park

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The landscape of Holyrood Park gains even more of a rugged charm in the autumn months as tones of brown and russet orange take over the rolling hills.

The Park is of course backed by the awesome sight of the Crags and Arthurs Seat, both of which are well worth a climb to take in the fantastic views over the city.

Harrison Park

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Similarly to The Meadows, Harrison Park boasts picturesque tree lined paths and wide open spaces. If you're feeling particularly energetic then the park offers four football pitches which are open to the public to use when official matches aren’t in play.

The Union Canal runs along the south side of the park, which is also an ideal spot for walkers and cyclists.

The Water of Leith

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Starting from the beautiful Pentland Hills, running through the city and finishing at the outflow into the Firth of Forth at Leith, the Water of Leith offers a variety of idyllic walking spots along its twenty four mile route.

One of the most popular spots is around Dean Village, a former water milling community which still has many of its stunning 19th century buildings. Surrounded by trees with the Water of Leith running through its heart, this is a lovely, tranquil spot only minutes away from the city hubbub.   

The Hermitage of Braid

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A walk along the Braid Burn at the Hermitage of Braid is wonderfully rewarding in autumn as the canopy of trees which cover it sprinkle the area with colourful leaves.

With only the sounds of the trickling water and bird song to fill your ears, if you're in need of some peace and relaxation, you'll find it here.  

Figgate Park

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Figgate Park is gorgeous hidden gem in the east of Edinburgh. The pond at the centre of the park is home to a fantastic variety of birds and other aquatic animals which draws many families for a spot of duck feeding. A walk around the pond is colourful feast for the eyes at this time of the year with an incredible backdrop of Arthurs Seat.  


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