Wow what a place Edinburgh is! Sometimes when I visit a city, it can be hard to find an A list place to recommend to you, however with some, it's actually narrowing down a plethora of potentials that's hard. Edinburgh definitely fits into the latter category. Put on your kilt, find yourself a haggis and a deep fried mars bar to snack on and get reading the rest of this blog to find out the best spots for a run in stunning Edinburgh.
For those of you who are new to my “City Runs” series, I visit different cities at home and abroad, giving some recommendations for the best places to run and keep fit. Hopefully this will inspire you to get you outside and give you a great active experience in that city, should you ever choose to visit.
Funnily enough, the weather was actually brilliant for my City Run in Scotland! I thought given my luck with the weather recently (see my LA blog post) I'd get the stereotype of pouring rain the whole time, but no, glorious sun believe it or not! So I'm going to recommend heading up to Calton Hill for your City Run. There's a wide area with mixed terrain to run along with a steep hill leading up to the viewing point/various monuments up at the top, there's also two glorious back drops to your run. Pretty darn good find if you ask me...
This place gives you a view over the whole city of Edinburgh but also on the other side is Arthur's seat (an option if you wanted to hike), basically a huge stereotypical Scottish highland vista! At the top of Calton Hill there's more than enough room to have a few laps then perhaps run down towards the city back to wherever you're staying. I'm always pleased when I'm at a potential City Runs location and I actually see other runners around. Seeing Scottish runners in their natural habitat and I know I've found a gem!
The alternative option is Princes Street Gardens. You could just as easily combine this run with the main run at Calton Hill as they're both very close. However, if you don't fancy having to go up the steep hill and you want to have slightly more space away from tourists looking for a great picture of the cityscape (me) then Princes Street Gardens your option. It's a gorgeous park area beneath Edinburgh castle with a generous amount of space to run, there's places to stop for drinks/snacks and also a pretty nice fountain to pose in front of...
What To Wear
I went for an outfit a little bit different to normal just because hey, why not. I was wearing 4505 leggings and t shirt. For those of you that don't know, that's ASOS' fitness line of clothing and it's really reasonably priced and the quality is high so it's definitely worth checking it out! On my feet I wore my trusty Adidas Ultraboost laceless. Super comfortable, super stylish, just pretty damn super.
I was tempted to put a playlist of Scottish bangers on here but I only know about three so that wouldn't be as funny as I'd like, so I'm actually going to recommend Peter Crouch's podcast, very lighthearted and insightful it's a great listen whether you're a football fan or not.
Spotify – All my song recommendations can be streamed using Spotify and downloaded to use offline if you don’t want to use your data. Spotify is my go to music service for every City Run.
City Mapper - An awesome app that will help you get from A to B, particularly helpful with public transport should you need it.
Apple health – Tracking distance and steps, Apple gives you your days adventures compiled into an easy to understand visual display allowing you to track your progress from run to run.
Google Maps – With Google maps I found it so easy to get around the city. I don’t need to give you a big explanation on it as I’m sure you know how it works. If you don’t have it, get it. I always find it smoother and easier to use that Apple’s own Maps app.
Edinburgh is the perfect weekend getaway whether you're planning to squeeze in a run or not, so the fact that its running spots are also fabulous is icing on the cake. You'll struggle to run anywhere that you don't find pretty in Edinburgh with its abundance of gorgeous architecture and pockets of green space dotted around everywhere.
Disclaimer: Although part of this blog post is a paid collaboration, all views, opinions and experiences are my own.