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5 Best Dog Walks On Our Doorstep

Edinburgh is a great city for dogs and their owners. There are plenty of interesting walks, green spaces and dog friendly pubs throughout the city. And thankfully Lothian Buses are dog-friendly, so long as you keep your furry companion on a lead.

So here’s a quick guide to some of our favourite walks near Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home.

1. Portobello Beach

Literally right on our doorstep. Portobello is a favourite for dog walkers, however the one mile stretch of beach directly outside Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home is a lot quieter and is perfect for a quick walk with a gorgeous sandy beach and amazing views out to Fife across the Firth of Forth.

2. Meadows Yard Nature Reserve

Just around the corner from the Home tucked in between a selection of DIY stores and Craigentinny is an unexpected green space. A series of winding paths through lush green plants, bushes and trees, that would be ideal for a new dog still getting used to new sights, sounds and smells.

3. Water of Leith

The Water of Leith is 12.75 miles in total from start to finish (Balerno to the Port of Leith) so choose the route that suits you and your dog as you wander along the river as it heads for the sea. The scenery is varied from urban to leafy secluded paths. There’s a Visitor Centre in Slateford if you want more info, but we’d recommend the 3.5 mile section from Stockbridge down to Leith for a nice leisurely stroll through the city.

4. Newhailes Estate

National Trust Scotland have built a new playpark and café at Newhailes. It’s also free entry to the grounds so you can wander round the gardens with your furry companion, there’s a fenced field in front of Newhailes stately home so you can let dogs off the lead within a large but secure area.

5. Arthur’s Seat

It would be hard to talk about the best walks in Edinburgh without mentioning Arthur’s Seat. This extinct volcano dominates the skyline and walking to the summit offers fantastic views across the city as a reward, if your dog has the stamina. If the historic hill itself and Salisbury Crags are too much of a challenge the surrounding Holyrood Park and lochs offer plenty of space for exercise and exploring.

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