I’ve recently been experimenting with different places to walk my dog around Edinburgh, fearing that Loki is getting sick of Inverleith Park. As I don’t own a car, most of these are accessible by public transport but on the days I’ve been lucky enough to get a lift we’ve travelled a little bit further.
On Sunday we went for a walk with a couple of friends and their dog (who happens to be Loki’s girlfriend). They own a car so we decided to venture outside Edinburgh and headed to Fife. Fife has a variety of Lochs and woodland parks and we beelined for an area that had both. We settled on Lomond Hills Regional Park which has a small, clean Loch (Loch Ore) and is surrounded by interesting signposted woodland walks.
The dogs had a great time tearing around the leaves, trees and spent a large part of the walk sniffing and digging at the undergrowth. On our walk we spotted squirrels, cattle and horses so it’s a great way to socialise your dog with other animals (we’d suggest putting them on a lead if you see another animal if you don’t know how they’ll react).
The dogs were able to dip into Loch Ore and both had a fun, if a little cold swimming session. There is also a barbecue area and public toilets so it would be a great walk during the summer months. We walked around the regional park in about 2 hours at a steady pace, stopping to take a couple of pictures of the dogs playing.
Another one of our walks that is this side of the bridge and closer to town is Corstorphine Woods. This can be a short walk or a relatively long walk depending on the route you take. As you’d imagine it’s a wooded area, with lots of hills, paths to discover and obstacles to climb. It is very popular with the local community and at the weekend you are likely to see at least 5 other dog owners with their pooches.
The path can get quite muddy so if it has rained in the past couple of days I’d suggest wearing some wellies and bringing a towel for your pup. There is also a large grass field that you could potentially sit down on with a picnic, if it’s not too windy that is. There are also designated picnic areas in some areas of the woods.
A couple of weeks ago we took Loki on his first train journey to see what a ‘proper’ beach looked like. North Berwick is just a short 30 minute train journey away from Edinburgh and is a fabulous little seaside town, equip with some of the best fish & chips in Scotland and some cosy seaside dog-friendly pubs (oh their ice cream is pretty awesome too).
North Berwick has a long stretch of beach as far as the eye can see so you can stretch out the walk as long as you’d like. We walked up the beach for about 2 hours before turning around and heading back to the centre for fish and chips and an infamous Berwick ice cream. The beach is extremely clean and tidy and again is a very popular walk with other dog owners, especially if they are fond of a good splash in the sea.
The beach usually has a low tide and wasn’t wavy enough to worry about the pup struggling. I’d suggest that you prepare to spend the entire day here as obviously catching the train with a dog is a lot more hassle than getting a bus or travelling in a car, make your trip worthwhile.
Edinburgh is a fantastic place to live or visit if you’re a dog owner. There really is no excuse to have an unhappy or unhealthy dog with so many different walks available in the city.
Have you explored any of these walks? Or could you give me some suggestions for new walks around Edinburgh? Let me know!