Best walks in Edinburgh

My mum always says “walking is the best form of exercise” and although its probably not 100% true, there are definitely some major plus points including the satisfaction of reaching 10,000 steps on your Fitbit and actually being able to enjoy the surroundings instead of wanting to collapse in a heap on the floor during a run. I have compiled my list of my favourite walks in Edinburgh since recently I have been doing a lot of Sunday walking with my friend Caroline.

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  • The Hermitage of Braid and Blackford Hills. With this walk you get the best of both worlds, a wooded walk at the Braids followed by beautiful views over Edinburgh once you climb Blackford Hill. I like this walk because it is a fairly short circular walk (takes approx 1.5 hours) with a cute little cafe half way round incase you need a coffee. The hill itself isn’t too taxing to climb either, which is always nice.
  • Water of Leith. This walk is right on my doorstep so theres no need to drive and park anywhere. You can walk the entire route which is 35km or there are loads of places that you can join or leave it. As the name suggests you walk alongside a river the whole way, making it really nice and peaceful.  In September they have a rubber duck race where you buy ducks and then they are released in aid of the Water of Leith Conservation Trust.
  • Arthur’s seat. This is probably the most well-known hill as it is the closest of my recommendations to the city centre. This is a really nice hill with stunning views although, it is actually quite exhausting to climb and on a good day it is usually packed full of people.
  • Yellowcraigs beach walk. This is quite far out of Edinburgh but you can make a day of it visiting the quaint town of North Berwick whist your in that neck of the woods. The walk from the car park is over sand dunes leading to the beach, then you can walk as far as you want along the beach before heading back. Because I live in the city, I am rarely at the beach unless I am on holiday and this is why I like this walk so much. The beach is so pretty and I love the smell of the sea air.

If you live in Edinburgh or are coming for a holiday, I would definitely recommend these walks. Not only is walking fantastic for clearing your head, it is really fun to do with friends whilst having a catch up and it doesn’t cost a penny!

Women’s March

Feminism isn’t about making women stronger. Women are already strong. It’s about changing the way the world perceives that strength. – G.D Anderson

In the week where the world said goodbye to the Obamas and Trump was *unfortunately* inaugurated, people came out in force across the world to march. 700 sister marches in total were planned the day after Trump’s inauguration supporting the main march in Washington D.C.

The women’s marches aimed to promote gender equality and prevent the discrimination of women. I have never felt so proud and empowered to be a women. The support and vast numbers of people who turned out was incredible and the banners and signs which were carried spoke nothing but truth. Reading articles and looking at photos and videos of the marches all around the world, conveyed the intensely supportive atmosphere where strangers became comrades, fighting together to make their voices heard. I particularly enjoyed the speech by America Ferrera, I would recommend watching it if you are interested.

I was so gutted to have missed the women’s march in my hometown of Edinburgh. I had no idea it was on, must be living under a rock or something. I am completely and utterly tuned in to social media now, in case there is another one coming up soon. I will be cancelling all plans to attend.

Gleneagles

At the weekend, the fam headed to Gleneagles, a plush hotel in Perthshire, for a late Christmas treat of afternoon tea. It was so snowy and so the hotel and grounds looked so pretty.

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The afternoon tea was so good, although I was absolutely stuffed and am still eating left overs now. We had it in The Strathearn, which had beautiful views over the snowy hills and a pianist playing in the background. The first course was savoury pastry type things followed by sandwiches. Next was the scones served with either a champagne and strawberry jam or lemon curd and clotted cream. The final course was lots of little french patisserie type cakes. We had unlimited tea the entire way through, everyone had Earl Grey except me. I had a lovely woody tea called Premium Pu Erh. I like getting obscure teas when I’m out for afternoon tea.

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The staff were so nice and went out their way to do anything for you. Afterwards we went for a stroll to look at the spa and the various bars and restaurants that they have to offer. We are thinking of staying at some point this year and I think visiting the place really confirmed thats something that we definitely want to do.

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I couldn’t recommend the afternoon tea enough. Don’t get me wrong, it is expensive but so worth it.

2017 Book List

Because reading more books is one of my resolutions this year coupled with the fact I was given lots of book tokens for Christmas I thought I would start the year with a list of books that I am dying to read.

  1. We are all feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  2. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  3. All the light we cannot see by Anthony Doerr
  4. Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh
  5. The danish girl by David Ebershoff
  6. The sellout by Paul Beatty
  7. All we shall know by Donal Ryan
  8. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
  9. The girls by Emma Cline

Most of these books have been recommended via my friends or through YouTube videos that I have watched. Nowadays I tend to only read books which have been recommended because I have found in the past that there are a lot of books which I have chosen and not enjoyed. 

Let me know if you have read any of these books and what you thought or recommend any other books that you have enjoyed.

Happy reading! 

2017

New Year, new me. Not this year. 2017 will be a year of self-improvement in terms of health, habits and happiness. I do make new years resolutions for myself as a way of encouraging myself to get into better habits, usually they are slightly unrealistic. My resolutions this year have been well-thought out and hopefully *fingers crossed* I can keep to them. So here they are:

  • read at least three books a month
  • find ways to improve productivity and motivation
  • exercise at least twice a week
  • only eat meat twice a week
  • limit takeaways and fast food to once a month
  • make time to do things I enjoy
  • learn french

Reading is something I love doing but I don’t actively make time to do it during the day. I also don’t frequently make time to paint, draw, go to art galleries or museums – all things which I love doing and need to make more time for.

Hope everyone has a wonderful 2017.