In November, I took my first trip ever to the United Kingdom.
Of course, I had some expectations and had created some ideas about how the country looked like.
However, as soon as I reached the city of Edinburgh, my destination, I knew I was wrong.
One of the biggest and wrongest stereotypes when thinking about a British city is that they are grey.
Grey, sad, and rainy.
When in Edinburgh, I walked through the whole city, and discovered incredibly beautiful green spots.
In this post, I want to share with you this almost unknown aspect of the Scottish capital.
Are you ready to take note of the five of them?
Holyrood Park & Arthur’s Seat
If you have read the previous post about Edinburgh, you know how much I have loved our excursion on the Arthur’s Seat hill. I totally suggest spending a couple of hours wandering around the park underneath – Holyrood park- and climbing up the hill.
While you’ll have a view on the whole area nearby – from the city to the coast – as soon as you reach the top, in the park you’ll run into the ruins of Saint Anthony’s Chapel and a couple of wee lochs (little lakes).
Water of Leith
Along Edinburgh’s river, the Water of Leith, there’s a beautiful walk. There you can admire the historic Dean’s Village, the foliage in autumn time, and an old little temple dedicated to Hygieia.
For a moment, you’ll forget where you are, and you’ll think you are in the countryside.
The calmest park in the whole city we’ve visited is probably Inverleith Park.
A couple of minutes distant from the Water of Leith, we would have missed this jewel if we didn’t decide to get lost and go discovering the suburbs of the city.
We were literally surprised by how cute it is! A little college nearby created the right exploring atmosphere and the pond with some ducks made it even more magical.
While we were crossing it, we were pleased by seeing a group of elderly doing some gymnastics in the park.
Royal Botanic Garden
In front of Inverleith park, the incredible Royal Botanic Garden will give you another green and unforgettable experience.
The free enctrance will bring you across the continents, and with a fee you’ll have the chance to visit the Glasshouses. They’re totally worth it!
All the information is provided in their website.
Princes Street Gardens
A couple of meters below the street level, in the new part of the city centre, the Princes Street Gardens are filled every day by people running from place to place and by those seeking for a moment of relax.
It also hosts the statue of a bear – I told his story in this post.
What do you think about these parks?
Have you ever been to Edinburgh or the UK?
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and let me know if you visit these parks!