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With a wealth of luscious green space surrounding its winding streets and historic castles, urban ramblers can certainly keep busy in central Edinburgh. But if you do get bored of all those city parks and fancy a proper escape, the serene landscapes around the Scottish capital may be more up your street – or hiking trail.
You may wish to go for a charming coastal town nestled between mountains and ocean, or, if you’re feeling cultural, a route that takes in dazzling metal sculptures towering above rolling fields. But for the best kind of countryside retreat, you should head for the hills. Many walking routes are just a short drive away, and they attract hordes of hikers and dog walkers on both sunny and not-so-sunny days.
Worked up an appetite out there? Make sure to line up a blowout meal at one of the city’s best restaurants or pubs for later. Then get planning your next day out exploring Scotland’s beautiful (and refreshingly wild) scenery.
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