About Paul P
Lives in Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Since Nov 2009
35-49 year old male
I was born in London and moved to Morocco when I was several months old and spent the first few years of my life there. I have lived in France, Italy and spent a lot of time in Spain laterally Málaga in Andalucía almost a year prior to living in Edinburgh; where I have been living since 2000 and truly believe it's one of the most stunning, amazing cities to live in. I am a passionate traveller. I love exploring all parts of the world and enjoy walking round cities, trekking through mountains and have been to some weird and wonderful corners of the globe! My favourite and most visited destinations are Edinburgh, Glasgow, London, Rome Málaga and Seville.
Scenic Walking Areas
Lookouts, Geologic Formations
Gardens, Art Galleries, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Arthur's Seat is an outdoors must-see for its beautiful hills and volcanic geology, which can be approached from all directions and allow for spectacular views of Edinburgh. Within 10-15 minutes of walking or climbing, you'll already be blessed with stunning views, but you can quite easily spend half a day exploring the area and immersing yourself in its history and beauty.
Previously an artificial loch that acted as a defence for the castle, today these beautiful gardens are always full of colourful flowers and plants. Situated directly under the castle, Princes Street Gardens provide a different yet picturesque perspective on the historic building itself. They are a great city-centre spot in which to recharge naturally.
Water of Leith Walkway is a fantastic network of walking and cycling paths that connect you to all different parts of the city. Simply choose the route that suits how far you want to explore, and get going!
A UNESCO site, Calton Hill is quite unique and offers stunning views over all parts of the city – from the main thoroughfare of Princess Street at the west end, to Arthur's Seat and Salisbury crags. On the hill itself, there are many interesting buildings to explore, including The National Monument (modelled on the Greek Parthenon and built as a memorial to the Scottish soldiers who died in the Napoleonic war), The City Observatory, Robert Burns Monument, The Duguld Stewart Monument and the Nelson Monument.
With 70 acres of grounds and thousands of plants and flower species from around the world, the Royal Botanic Garden is well worth a visit.
Located to the south of city centre, The Meadows is a huge grassland used by runners. It also features tennis courts, a croquet club, pitch and putt, and a large playground for children. During the summer, the park is a hive of activity, with locals playing football and cricket or sitting down to a picnic or BBQ.
A 5-minute walk from the town centre, Dean Village is a peaceful, picturesque area, with many interesting old buildings and lots of paths to explore. It's also close to the lively Stockbridge area, whose shops, cafes, restaurants and traditional Scottish pubs are a good place to end your wander.
Picturesque Cramond Village is the site of an old Roman fort and has a beautiful small harbour from where you can see out onto Cramond Island. The short trip here (just 8 km northwest of the city centre) is worth it to experience another side of Scottish beauty and history.