Hermitage of Braid


The Hermitage of Braid is a wooded valley criss-crossed with walking trails to the south of Blackford Hill – with sunlight filtering through the leaves and the sound of birdsong all around, you'll feel miles from the city. Hermitage House, an 18th-century mansion, houses a visitor centre that explains the history and wildlife of the glen, and has details of nearby nature trails.

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1. Hermitage House

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The visitor centre in Hermitage of Braid nature reserve explains the history and wildlife of the glen, and has details of nearby nature trails.

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