The hustle and bustle of a busy city is great fun but sometimes you want to break away from it all and enjoy a little more solitude. The beauty of Edinburgh is in its many hidden spots, quiet areas and places where you can find absolute peace. Here are just some of those secret little places you can find peace in and around the city.
Traditional Turkish Baths
Thought more popular than they used to be Edinburgh’s traditional Turkish baths at Portobello Swim Centre offer a wonderfully relaxing experience. The Turkish Baths at Portobello are the only publicly open baths in the whole of Scotland and all three traditional hot chambers are available with the freezing pool at the end. Wonderful for your body and soul, you cannot help but feel relaxed, refreshed and rejuvenated.
Less popular than other Edinburgh attractions but no less majestic, Craigmillar is known as one of Scotland’s best-preserved landmarks. It maintains its awe-inspiring medieval features and it has a rich history which can be explored as you stroll both the grounds and through the castle itself.
One of the closest beaches to the centre of Edinburgh, Portobello Beach can be popular on the sunniest days but most of the time it’s a fairly tranquil and peaceful spot to visit. It has a classic seaside feel with golden sands, amusement arcades and traditional promenade to enjoy.
With an eclectic collection of monuments and statues to explore Calton Hill is an interesting and cultural experience. More than this, it offers some of the best views of the whole of Edinburgh and even across Scotland. On a clear day you can see Bass Rock and North Berwick.
Dunbar’s Close Garden
The Royal Mile is known for its many hidden closes but few are as intriguing and beautiful at the garden at Dunbar’s Close. A true 17th century gem and beside Canongate Kirk, Dunbar’s Close reveals a fascinatingly well-kept and traditional 17th century garden. It was donated by the Mushroom Trust to the City of Edinburgh in 1978 and was first created by Sir Patrick Geddes, a well-known Scottish biologist.
A gentle stroll to any of these locations is one way to enjoy a real sense of peace away from the busy and buzzing city centre.