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Blackford Hill – Panoramic views of Edinburgh

Blackford Hill is on the Southern outskirts of Edinburgh and is an excellent place to go for a walk and take in a sweeping panoramic view of the city.

I like to catch a bus out to the south side of town towards the Royal Observatory (a number 41 will get you close). Once there, I like to take a walk up past the Royal Observatory on to Blackford Hill passing over and taking in views that stretch across the Lothian and Fife, seeing Arthur’s Seat and Salisbury Crags looming over Edinburgh’s old town to the East and the firth of forth coming in to the bay in the North.

From Blackford Hill, I like to continue the path over following it down craggy steps through a small nature reserve that leads into Morningside. From here, Morningside road can easily be found where a bus will take you back into the city, or you can stop for a well-earned refreshment. On a sunny day, I like to relax with a drink in the pretty little courtyard at the back of the Canny Man’s pub.

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Blackford Hill, Edinburgh

Opening Times

24 hours daily


Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)