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Lunchtime Wonders and Wanders

Like hundreds of people, my day job is in the city centre. Whilst often chained to my desk or just grabbing a bite between meetings, I try get out and about as much as possible. But where to go?
If the sun is shining and you want to make the most of it then you need to get away from the traffic and find a place that’s green. Here are Edinburgh Editor’s tips – split into the Old and New Towns, to make life a little easier.

Old Town

The Meadows

It may be an obvious choice, but no list like this would be complete without the Meadows. Acres and acres of green space just waiting for you to lie on – the western end is where a lot of people play sport, and the eastern end has the tennis courts and kids playground, stick to just east of Middle Meadow Walk for space and a bit of peace.
The Meadows

Hollyrood Park

It’s one of the biggest urban parks in Europe, so make the most of it! Whilst the gardens at the parliament and behind the palace are often busy, walk slightly round Queen’s Drive and you’ll quickly lose the crowds.

NMS Roof Terrace

Not a green space, I’ll grant you, but the roof terrace at the Narional Museum of Scotland on Chambers St. is not a widely known space. If you’re willing to climb the stairs you’ll be offered a beautiful sun trap with stunning vistas across the city and beyond.

New Town

The New Town is a little trickier as many of the gardens are privately owned and not publicly accessible (like on Queen’s Street and in Charlotte Square). That doesn’t mean there aren’t options though!
Ross Band Stand

Princes Street Gardens

Again an obvious place to start and one that everybody knows, but since it stretches almost the entire length of Princes Street there’s definitely room for everyone. Stick to the West Gardens or the smaller section in between the Mound and Waverley in the East Gardens to avoid the busiest parts.

St Andrews Square

St Andrews Square

Recently reopened and done up, St Andrews Square now offers lots of opportunity for lounging about on the grass. It’s bigger than most people realise and there’s plenty of space. It will be taken over from late July for the festival though, so avoid it then, unless you want to be caught in the crowds.

Calton Hill

Fancy a spot of exercise to go with your lunch? It’s not a very big climb, but more than most people do to find a place to eat their sandwich. Offering great views over the New Town or down towards Leith, this is the place to go for a little peace and quiet (or as close to that as you get in the city centre).
So there are ou tips – where do you go at lunchtime? Anywhere else you would recommend, let us know in the comments below.
An Edinburgh native who loves discovering the new places and rediscovering old favourites, then taking photos and writing about it.


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