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The hill dominates town. It is a straightforward ascent by the northern ridge from the car park, just off the A73 by Thankerton Crossroads. Look out for the Stone Age fort on your way up...
The region's most famous walk is the challenging 212-mile Southern Upland Way. If you want a sample, one of the best bits is the three- to four-day section from Dalry to Beattock.
An excellent long-distance walk is the 62-mile St Cuthbert's Way, inspired by the travels of St Cuthbert, a 7th-century saint who lived at Melrose Abbey...
This tour of Greyfriars Kirkyard is probably the scariest of Edinburgh's 'ghost' tours...
A two-hour guided tour of the 'hidden Edinburgh' frequented by novelist Ian Rankin's fictional detective, John Rebus. Not recommended for children under 10.
A tour of locations from Irvine Welsh's notorious 1993 novel Trainspotting, delivered with wit and enthusiasm. Not suitable for kids.
Enjoys a picturesque setting at the foot of Arthur's Seat.
A quick tour around the highlights of the Old and New Towns, from the castle to Calton Hill, aboard an open-topped vintage bus.
Bright-red, open-top buses depart every 20 minutes from Waverley Bridge.
A scenic but challenging course to the south of the city centre.
More information on rights of way can be obtained from the Scottish Rights of Way & Access Society .
Hop on-hop off tour departing every 15 to 20 minutes from Waverley Bridge to the Royal Yacht Britannia at Ocean Terminal via the New Town, Royal Botanic Garden and Newhaven, returning via Leith Walk, Holyrood and the...
An enlightening two-hour trawl through Edinburgh's literary history – and its associated howffs (pubs) – in the entertaining company of Messrs Clart and McBrain. One of the city's best walking tours.
Beautiful Victorian-era 25-yard (23m) pool, with gym and sauna.
Edinburgh's main facility – built for the 1970 Commonwealth Games, and serving again as a venue for the 2014 Glasgow games – is affectionately known as the 'Commie Pool'...
The becloaked and pasty-faced Adam Lyal (deceased) leads a 'Murder & Mystery' tour of the Old Town's darker corners...
Mercat offers a wide range of fascinating history walks and 'Ghosts & Ghouls' tours, but its most famous is a visit to the hidden, haunted, underground vaults beneath South Bridge.
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