Best Places to Have a Picnic in Edinburgh

Without getting too dramatic, temperatures in the UK have reached heights that we could reasonably refer to as summertime! We’ve seen a few weeks of 10 degrees or higher, and to us that means one thing: it’s officially picnic season.


Now, if there’s something we know how to do – other than dressing impeccably – it is how to enjoy ourselves in the great outdoors. Even more so, we know how, and where, to enjoy ourselves in Edinburgh!


We’ve put together a list of our favourite places to have a picnic in Edinburgh and we want to share them with you, for the next time you visit our beautiful city.


Explore these picturesque hotspots for picnicking and our tips for packing a stylish basket.


Picnic Blankets

Before you start choosing your picnic locations, you’ll need to select a suitablepicnic blanket – the most important part in our opinion!


Discover luxurious tartan styles right here at The Edinburgh Woollen Mill; made from rich textiles and available with fleece linings for extra comfort.


Our personal favourite is this waterproof blanket for those damp days – it even comes with a carrier for easy transportation!


The Meadows

A stunning source of greenery in Edinburgh, The Meadows are well-loved by locals and there’s plenty to entertain throughout the year, from an annual marathon to a music and activity festival – great fun for the whole family!


Even when there are no events taking place, The Meadows is a very popular haunt for socialising and relaxing – and it’s not hard to see why.


However, in between the city’s largest play area and the tennis courts, there is plenty of space to find your own private spot, lay out your blanket and take in the breath-taking scenery with a scotch egg and a glass of wine.

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Calton Hill

For those who have previously marvelled at the beauty of the Calton Hill National Monument, it might come as a surprise that the landmark was once known as “Edinburgh’s shame”.


Building work began to create a replica of the Parthenon in Athens during the 18th century, but after funding ran dry, architect William Playfair never saw his work completed.


When the sun passes through the acropolis pillars and leaves striped shadows across the lush green grass, there’s no more lovely place to sit quietly, and talk about life.


Not to mention the spectacular views of Edinburgh Castle, Arthur’s Seat and so much more.

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Inverleith Park

Five minutes in Inverleith Park and it’s very likely that you’ll forget that you’re in a city at all. With grand, looming trees, huge expanses of grass and a sparkling pond, you’ll feel like you’ve walked into a BBC period drama.


Unless Mr Darcy does clamber from the water and beg your pardon however, a picnic among the trees is sure to leave you feeling peaceful and contented.


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The Royal Botanic Garden

Although you cannot picnic in The Royal Botanic Garden, it is a magnificent location for a walk nevertheless, and you can culminate your visit with delicious refreshments in the Terrace Cafe.


With over 70 acres to explore, incredible plant life and spectacular horticultural presentation to gaze upon, you’ll definitely need a sit down once you’ve taken it all in – or taken in as much as you can in a day!


Photo Credit: Gerald Massey,

Sweetheart Abbey

Though Sweetheart Abbey isn’t in Edinburgh, it holds a place in our hearts as a fantastic picnicking location, with a tragic back story that we just adore to tell.


Located in Dumfries & Galloway, the ruins of Sweetheart Abbey are so-named because this red sandstone building was commissioned in the 13th century by Lady Dervorgilla of Galloway, who was heartbroken over the death of her husband.


As well as having the abbey built in his memory, Lady Dervorgilla would carry her late husband’s heart around in a casket wherever she went. When the Lady died in 1289, his heart was buried with her in the abbey’s church.


Admire the splendour of this ancient building and immerse yourself in the history of the place while you eat, drink and make memories together.


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