A Walk Around Edinburgh
Today I thought I'd try something a little bit different, and suggest a fantastic walking route around the city of Edinburgh. This is a great walk to try if you're interested in seeing some of the most beautiful and interesting places that the capital has to offer. There's a mix of tourist attractions and unusual oddities that only the locals tend to know about. Be warned though, it's a long walk with some steep hills! It took me around 2.5 hours to complete, and I was walking at a fairly fast rate, so it's definitely something I would recommend doing if you have the day to spare.
The first step leaves from Haymarket Train Station. I thought this would be a good starting point as it's easy to get to from the main train station of Waverley, and this walk will eventually lead you back to the city centre, so make your way there!
Begin by following the red dots all the way over to Dean Village. This is one of the most beautiful places in the whole city. Once you get close to the river, deviate from the pavement and move your way onto the Water of Leith walking route. You'll see some breath-taking views on this short section of the walk.
Eventually you'll reach Dean Bridge; climb the steps back up onto the street.
From the bridge, walk up onto Princes Street. This is the main road in Edinburgh; it's where you'll find the majority of your typical high street shops. In normal times, this is also where you'll find a lot of street performers and bagpipers, which is a lot of fun.
You'll need to turn up past the National Gallery to reach the Royal Mile. This is another popular street in Edinburgh that houses some incredible historic buildings. Go straight up the top to see amazing views of Edinburgh from the castle! Be warned though, it's steep!
Next, come back down from the castle, and then take a couple of right turns. This will take you down Victoria Street to Grassmarket, which is a beautiful place to walk.
This next part is definitely the longest part of the walk. You're going from the centre of Edinburgh out to Morningside, which is a beautiful residential area. You'll see some lovely rows of houses around here, so it's a great way to see where some of the locals live!
Finally, you'll reach the Wild West street. This is a really cool hidden gem in the city. While you can't go in the buildings, this street designed to look like saloons is such a cool photo spot. Please be careful when you're there, as cars do go up and down, but if you hit a quiet time, you'll have the entire place to yourself!
From there, make your way back in reverse to reach the city centre again!
And that's the route - I hope you enjoyed! If you decide to give it a go, please let me know how you get on!
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