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Edinburgh one day nature walks

I'm going to Edinburgh for a week soon and would like to take a few one day walks in nature (coast, mountains, ...) Preferably accessible by train or bus. What are recommendations? (I have already checked walkhighlands.co.uk/lothian but it is difficult to determine what is worth the most).

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  • VisitScotlandAmandaVisitScotlandAmanda Member, Administrator, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
    I always recommend that the Pentlands are a great walk and have fantastic views from the top! If you're wanting something closer to the centre of Edinburgh we have Arthur's Seat, Braid Hills, Corstorphine and the Water of Leith as well. 
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  • FullStopNextChapterFullStopNextChapter VisitScotland Ambassador ✭✭✭
    The Fife Coastal Path is well worth checking out. Although there is a distinct lack of mountains in Fife, the views along this route are bonnie and there is plenty of wildlife. 
    There are a few places accessible via train to start the route from too. 


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  • VisitScotlandLindsayVisitScotlandLindsay Member, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff

    A little bit further down is the Scottish Borders where you can climb the Eildon Hills. These are 3 hills in the central Borders that are part of the St Cuthberts Way and there was a once a hill fort on one of the hills. The walk starts in the beautiful town of Melrose, which has nice riverside walks, some National Trust Gardens and Melrose Abbey. There is also a Roman Museum and a short walk away from the town you have the site of the old Roman Fort as well.

    You can get to the Borders by taking the train from Edinburgh Waverly to Galashiels, which takes about 1 hour and then pick up a bus from the interchange to Melrose or a Taxi, as Melrose is only a few miles away from Galashiels. The train does go all the way Tweedbank but the buses aren't as regular from there, but it would maybe be a 20-30 minute walk into the centre of Melrose.

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