Enjoying a picnic in a green space is an absolute must when the skies clear and the sun shines. We’ve jotted down some of our favourite spots, both in and around the city of Edinburgh to lay down a blanket and have a wholesome picnic with friends or family. P.S. We have also included dog friendly picnic spots in Edinburgh, too!
Princes Street Gardens
Not only is Princes Street Gardens a World Heritage Site and ‘an area of botanic and geological scientific interest’, but it is also conveniently central and a popular destination for when the sun is shining down on Edinburgh. A wonderful place to find some calm and quiet away from the thrum of the city surrounding it. Think of it as Central Park lite.
World-renowned and just a stunningly beautiful place to sit down and breath deep. For the most part, we can just let the images do the talking! A wander through the Botanical Gardens is a tonic for the soul. Dine alfresco with views of the iconic Palm House or watch nature go by from the Chinese Hillside.
Dr Neil’s Secret Garden
Dr Neil’s Garden is a wonderfully quaint place to wile away an afternoon or as a pit-stop on your way up to Arthur’s Seat. Tip: If you're lucky you may catch deer cooling off in the nearby Loch.
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Spring blossoms, the distant hum of traffic, laughter. Among the tree-lined paths and richly green fields, there are runners, cyclists and families enjoying the space together. There is a lovely play area for the little ones should they accompany you on your picnic adventures too! This spot is a firm favourite with our whole TBCo. team!
View of the castle in the distant, tennis courts, and a pond full of swans. Try a local spot away from some of the more popular green spaces in the city. Inverleith is close to the Royal Botanical Garden should you want to go on a green space crawl of Edinburgh and comes highly recommended by Gabi, our ad manager!
Situated in Newhaven, this sloped, Victorian garden overlooks the Firth of Forth into Fife. This spot is perfect for relaxing under the cherry blossoms in the Spring and enjoying the delights of the lovingly maintained park throughout the year. Ray, our Merchandising Assistant, and Laura, our Finance Manager, favour this park for a spot of quietness with a picnic of foodie indulgence.
Should you forget some reading material, Starbank Park has a Dr Who Tardis themed library box full of complimentary books to slow down your picnic even more.
On a clear day, the view is spectacular and grants you a beautiful new perspective over Edinburgh enjoyed by those who tackle the extinct volcano. You don’t need to make it to the top to enjoy an escape from the city centre, but you can tell people you did anyway. Tip: Wear some practical shoes (leave the sandals at home).
With stunning views of Arthur's Seat and down over Edinburgh, this quieter part of the city is perfect for slowing things down. A much-loved spot by Fi, our Brand & Partnership guru, who loves to take her dog Loki up here for long walks!
The unfinished acropolis is completely unmistakable - referred to historically as “Edinburgh’s shame”, but any notion of that is wholly absent should you take the journey up the stairs and experience the joy to be found at the summit. Panoramic views of the city, the undulating buildings contoured to the cities foundations. Rugged and beautiful, and uniquely Edinburgh.
Saughton Park and Gardens
Situated west of Edinburgh city, this space offers quaint views and an easy space to spend your afternoon. Favoured by our Content Creator and in-house photographer, Amelia! She says their Rose Garden is a MUST.
Tucked away near Cramond Beach, enjoy the delights of Lauriston Castle while being surrounded by an open green space. Don't forget to take a walk through their Japanese Gardens as recommended by Rosa, our Design Assistant!
If you arrive at Leith Links and feel like you’re on a golf course, you’re not wrong. Originally designed as a golf course, the Leith Links has evolved into a strong community hub, with much of the flora planted and maintained by local community groups. It’s a popular spot for dogs to run and play, so bring your own.
Tip: Come in June for the Leith Festival - an arts festival held by the Leith Festival Association.
Replete with charming cafes along its boardwalk, Portobello Beach has a classic British beach vibe and is a good place to lay down a blanket and dine under the sun. This two mile stretch of beach means there is plenty of room for sunbathing, playing sports, and most importantly, picnicking!
If you want to venture a little further out from the city then Tyninghame Beach is a treasure. Scenic, secluded, and accessed via a footpath that is positively Tolkienesque, it’s got all the hallmarks of a top Scottish beach and quality picnic spot (and we love it).
Home to the Earls of Rosebery since 1622, Dalment Estate boasts wide open green spaces with the beautiful Rosebery House as a backdrop. While you're here, take advantage of the Shore Walk.
There you have it, 13 locations - all unified in their beauty, tranquillity, and status as prime places to have a picnic. If you’re still on the lookout for a quality picnic blanket, look no further than our Recycled Wool Picnic Blankets, featuring handy leather carrying straps.
If you think we’ve omitted any that you feel are deserving don’t hesitate to drop it in the comments.