Galleries, gardens and markets
Rain or sun, there’s plenty to keep all the family entertained.
The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art is a must-see venue for modern and contemporary art and is home to fantastic sculpture parks.
Glowing orange in the autumn and sparkling with flowers in the summer, there really is nowhere quite like the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh to enjoy a leisurely walk or have your eyes opened to the joys of nature. Check out their events page for a fantastic range of year-round programme of workshops, cultural performances, walks, talks and exhibitions.
Across the road from the Botanics is Inverleith Park. With some of the best views of the city of Edinburgh, it offers an ideal picnic spot in the warmer months. If you’re feeling a little more active, then the park covers a large amount of space offering football goals, rugby posts, tennis courts and cricket greens. Or for a more relaxing pursuit take some bird food to feed the ducks and swans at the park’s lovely pond.
One of the most scenic routes in Edinburgh, The Water of Leith offers a variety of idyllic walking spots along its 12-mile route. The section of the walk between Stockbridge and Dean Village is particularly beautiful as it twists and turns through the New Town with landmarks such as St Bernards Well and the mighty Dean Bridge. Top marks if you can also spot the otter statue!
Open every Sunday from 10am-4pm in Jubilee Gardens, the Stockbridge Sunday market is a big hit with local Edinburgh residents. Artisan breads, cheese, smoked salmon and even handmade dog treats sit alongside handmade soaps, jewellery and carefully created crafts. Satisfy your palate with delicious handmade crepes, melting marshmallows or a warming drink as you stroll through this delightful market.
A highlight of the calendar year is the Stockbridge Duck Race. A fun event which takes place in June, contestants release rubber ducks with numbers on their backs into the Water of Leith and race down to Falshaw Bridge. Prizes are donated by the local businesses within the area and the money raised from entry fees goes to a worthwhile charity.