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Exercise spots for fitness fans in Edinburgh


If you are planning on taking a trip to Edinburgh in the near future, you may wish to make sure that you can keep up with your fitness regime for the duration of your break. The great news is that Edinburgh is full of opportunities to exercise for free, meaning that you don’t need to miss out. Here are just a few ideas to get you started.

Water of Leith

If you’re an avid runner, then the Water of Leith walkway is definitely something that you can make the most of. You have the choice of either following the path for a mile, or completing the entire 12.75 miles – it’s up to you. You will be taken past some great sights including Murrayfield Stadium, the Royal Botanic Garden and Union Canal.

Arthur’s Seat

If you enjoy running then don’t let the Scottish hills leading to Arthur’s Seat put you off, as it can be a great challenge for you. This isn’t a long route, starting at Holyrood Park and taking the walkway. You should be able to complete the route in less than two hours depending on your pace, and the views from the top are impressive.

West Princes Street Gardens

If you’re looking for green space to exercise in, no matter what type of exercise you enjoy, then West Princes Street Gardens is a great choice. There is plenty of room to run and cycle depending on your preference, and you are sure to be able to enjoy the greenery around you.

Silverknowes Esplanade

Nothing is better than being able to cycle in stunning surroundings, and that’s exactly what you will get from this route. It is a great path to cycle on, as it is wide and level, meaning that it shouldn’t pose an issue for cyclists. You will be able to see across the Firth of Forth, which is stunning to look at no matter what the weather is like. The path leads right into Granton if you would like to visit.

Holyrood Park

Although there are no specific marked cycle paths in Holyrood Park, the paths are wide enough to follow, meaning that it is a pleasant choice. This is best done during daylight as it is not lit – but it can be very enjoyable during these times.

Whichever of the routes you choose, it is clear that there are plenty of options for you in Edinburgh, meaning that you can continue staying just as fit and healthy as you were back home.

The Royal Scots Club

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