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.

Violet dream in Circus Lane

A flowy linen dress and the most enchanting street in Edinburgh? The perfect combination!

Just imagine: a cobbled little street, hidden in the middle of the city. Two rows of beautiful houses looking like straight out of a fairytale, always surrounded by greenery and flowers. Colourful walls and doors, white window frames, lovely little benches offering a place to rest. And just around the corner, a tall church tower with an old clock, overlooking it all. Sounds like a dream, doesn’t it? Welcome to Circus Lane!

Vintage vibes at the Vennel

Let’s take a short walk to one of the loveliest viewpoints in Edinburgh!

The Vennel is a short laneway, leading from the Grassmarket towards Heriot Place and Lauriston Place. Very popular among local Instagrammers, it has a spectacular view of the castle. All you need to do is to climb the stairs… and there it is, looking you straight in the eye! I love that place also because of its vintage vibes: surrounded by stone walls, old houses and beautiful tall lanterns, you can really feel like in a different era.

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? 😉 Come along then!