Top 5 Picnic Spots in Edinburgh

Is there anyone who doesn't love picnic season? When it comes to delightful company, a cute picnic blanket and yummy treats, we're always keen! 

Scotland hasn't had the greatest summer this year but nonetheless, we're determined to picnic as much as we can. To help you make the most of these last days of summer, we want to share our favourite picnic spots in Edinburgh with you. 

Please note the giveaway of our rainbow stripe picnic blanket is now closed. Congrats to Lisa, our lucky winner.

1. The orchard at the end of Leith Links

Just a short walk from the Eagle & Fox headquarters (where the TBCo. team is based), Leith Links is by far one of our favourite picnic spots in all of Edinburgh. With 46 acres of green space surrounded on all sides by tall trees, you're sure to find a place to lay down your blanket and feast!

We highly recommend stopping by the Leith Shore on your way for some tasty snacks. Pop into Mimi's Bakehouse for some of the prettiest cakes you've ever seen, or the Shore Deli for some sandwiches and unusual (but delicious) salads.

2. The sculpture park at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art is a work of art in and of itself, with beautiful things to see before you even step inside either of its two buildings. The museum's sprawling front lawn was designed by landscaper Charles Jencks and is home to some charming sculptures.

Afterwards, you and your picnic pal can pop inside and browse Scotland's collection of modern and contemporary art - entry is free! 

Tartan Blanket picnic in the park

3. The lochside benches of Dr Neil's Garden

Neatly tucked behind Duddingston Kirk, just beyond the slopes of Arthur's Seat, is Edinburgh's own secret garden. Dr Neil's Garden was transformed from a wild field into a tranquil retreat by Drs Nancy and Andrew Neil - a husband and wife pair of general practitioners with a shared passion for horticulture. 

While the garden's beautiful flowers and plants make it difficult to find a place to spread out your picnic blanket, pack a knee blanket or two to wrap around your shoulders as you cuddle up on a bench with your lunch.

4. The slopes of Calton Hill

Is any Edinburgh picnic spot feature really complete without a mention of Calton Hill? Walking about Edinburgh every day, we sometimes forget just how incredible our city is. Take a step back and see it from a tourist's point of view.

Calton Hill is nearly three picnic spots in one! Change your scenery with each visit with incredible views of Holyrood Park and Palace, Edinburgh Castle, or the Firth of Forth.

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5. The sundial garden of Inverleith Park

Last but certainly not least, the roaming lawns of Inverleith Park are perfect for picnics - even on the busiest sunny days. Just around the corner from the park's swan-filled pond is a quaint little sundial garden, tucked away behind the trees and perfect for an intimate picnic. 

Make it a full day date with a post-picnic wander through the fairytale hedges of the Royal Botanic Garden.

BONUS: Edinburgh International Festival Fireworks

We love the Edinburgh International Festival's annual firework show - a sparkly spectacle fused with beautiful music. What better way to ring in the end of Edinburgh's festival season than sharing a firework-lit picnic at Princes St Gardens with the people you love?

This year's fireworks are happening on Monday, 28 August. You can find out more here.

Where are you using your TBCo. picnic blanket this summer? Let us know in the comments below.

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