My 5 favourite natural places in Edinburgh

My 5 favourite natural places in Edinburgh

Bluebell forest, 12 miles walkway along the river, babbling brooks, whimsical trees and… Scottish coos!

Most of you probably associate Edinburgh with some historical landmarks, old buildings, cobbled streets and characteristic gray sandstone architecture. Meanwhile, there are quite a lot beautiful natural locations here, which are not well known among tourists and definietely worth to see. I’d like to introduce you my 5 favourite ones. They’re all located within Edinburgh, not further than 30 minutes by a bus from the city centre.

Peebles, Scotland

Winter trip to Peebles

Quaint wee town with ancient ruins, medieval castle and week-long Beltane Festival.

A Royal Burgh since 1152, located within the Scottish Borders and by the second longest river in Scotland, Peebles used to be a market town and played a big role in the woollen industry during the 19th and early-20th centuries. Today it’s known as a a festival town and health tourism destination thanks to the huge Hydro Hotel. I visited Peebles in February, so there weren’t many tourists then, but it’s quite a popular place during summer.

Chetham's Library

Manchester libraries from another world

“Libraries store the energy that fuels the imagination. They open up windows to the world and inspire us to explore and achieve.”

Sidney Sheldon

During my trip to Manchester in September 2018 I had an opportunity to see two absolutely magical libraries, which look like straight out of the wizarding world. I know it’s been a few months since then, but hopefully you don’t mind taking this little adventure with me now. Let’s step into places where time stops, to be surrounded by the history, thousands of books, a scent of dust and old paper. Sounds appealing? πŸ˜‰ Come along then!

Edinburgh Castle

Cherry blossoms fairytale in Edinburgh

β€œWhat a strange thing! To be alive
beneath cherry blossoms.”

Kobayashi Issa, Poems

There are several days every year, when Edinburgh turns into a pink fairytale.

All thanks to Sakura trees, blooming in many places in the city. You can hide in their shadow, waiting for a bus at the main street. You can look for them in some hidden corners of different disctricts or go for an enchanting walk along cherry alleys at the Meadows.

Winer in Meadows, Edinburgh

Winter has come to Ediburgh!

“A cold wind was blowing from the north, and it made the trees rustle like living things.”

George R. R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

Spring? What spring? It’s time for second winter!

When I am writing these words, snow is already melting behind the window and all I can hear is the rain, silently tapping on the window sill. But only 5 days ago we had really strong blizard here, which lasted almost 3 days! If I lived in a castle, I could totally feel like in Winterfell πŸ˜‰