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Five favourite mini-adventures 1 hour from Edinburgh

This weather just screams adventure time! I don’t know about you guys, but there is something about the sunny weather that just gives me that extra boost to try new things and get out the door.

BUT there is nothing worse than hopelessly googling for fun new places to go or new things to do.

Which is why I’ve pulled together my five favourite mini-adventures only an hour from Edinburgh for a sunny day!

If you have any to add fire them over to me as I’m always looking for new places to explore!

Wild swimming at Harlaw Reservoir

I was a little bit excited!

Okay, so I only tried this for the first time last night. But it’s fast become a new favourite thing.

In this weather there is no need for fancy gear, I rocked up in my shorts, bikini top, trainers and goggles and had a great time.

If you walk round the side there is a nice bench to relax on afterwards. This reservoir is the closest one to a car park in the Pentlands Hill.

Transport: 30 minute drive or 1 hour cycle from the city centre. No buses.
Cost: Free

Walk and pub grub at Roslin Glen

Showing Lauren the sites at Roslin Castle

Roslin Glen is a great wee spot to explore with a castle, chapel and old gun powder mill. Plus if your toes are warm you can take a wee dook in the River Esk.

Don’t forget to head to The Original Roslin Inn for some pub grub afterwards, they’ve got some nice outdoor seating to watch the world go by.

Transport: 45 minute drive or 1 hour cycle from Edinburgh city centre. The 37 Lothian bus will take about an hour.
Cost: Walk is free, the Chapel admission £9, pub lunch reasonable depending on how many ice creams you order!

Waterfall hunting in the Pentland Hills

Splashing in waterfalls

I LOVE waterfalls! FACT! Start at the Flotterstone car park and head off on a waterfall hunt.

If you are up for exploring there are two waterfalls within 4 miles of the start point, making an 8 mile out and back route.

You can find a map of the Pentland Hills here. Don’t forget to stop at the Pentland Hills Cafe Express for a treat afterwards.

Transport: 50 minute drive or 1 hour 15 minute cycle from Edinburgh city centre. Stage coach 101 bus will take about an hour.
Cost: Walk is free just take pennies for your treat afterwards!

Fairy walks and organic grub

Exploring the fairy walks with Morse and Jamie

I get my weekly shop at Whitmuir, but it’s so much more than just a farm shop. There’s a lovely wee fairy walk, tasty cafe and don’t forget to take a walk around their vegetable garden.

A fab place to go for a relaxing morning and to treat yourself to some tasty food!

Transport: 1 hour drive from Edinburgh city centre. No buses.
Cost: Walks and farm are free, just bring pennies for your food treats.

Experience some of the best views in Scotland

Jumping for joy on Conic Hill

Okay, so I am totally cheating with this one as it’s more than an hour from Edinburgh, BUT if you have the extra 30 minutes then I promise the drive is worth it.

Pack a picnic and climb Conic Hill then prepare for STUNNING views across Loch Lomond.

Plus if you’re hungry after treat yourself to some pub grub in Balmaha. The climb and drive will be 100% worth it!

Transport: 1 hour 30 minute drive from Edinburgh city centre. No buses.
Cost: Hike is free, just bring pennies for pub grub after!

Happy adventuring everyone! Let me know what you get up to.

Currently: Sweaty and covered in tan lines.
Adventure this week: Heading off camping with Jamie and Morse on Wednesday.
Training today: Cycle commute to a meeting (it was sweaty!)

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