If you are cycling the Edinburgh to Penicuik path you can make a visit to Roslin Glen. The park is only about 7 miles from Edinburgh, but feels a world away with a valley of forest and river walks and a ruined castle. It is particularly special in the autumn when the trees explode into vibrant colours. You can combine a walk in the park with a visit to Rosslyn Chapel.
The park is thick with oak, hawthorn, hazel, ash and birch trees and there are wonderful walks that take you deep into these woods.
The River North Esk flows through the park, so you are never far from the sound of gently flowing water. Watch my short video and enjoy the calming effect of the flowing river:
The park was once home to Scotland's largest gunpowder mill, difficult to imagine today when you can spy robins singing their hearts out in the trees.
My favourite thing about the park is exploring the woodland paths, particularly in the autumn where you can enjoy the leaves crunching as you walk.
Whilst wandering these trails you will come across Rosslyn Castle. A path goes under an archway that supports the bridge to the castle.
You can then follow the path upwards to walk on this bridge. The view of the castle ruins from the bridge is spectacular and it makes you want to get across there and explore. The castle is hidden away, obscured by the thick forest, so it must be the perfect hideaway for those lucky enough to stay in the castle house, which can be rented as a holiday home.
The castle can be dated back to the early 1300s and its current state of decay was largely the result of an attack by Cromwell. His forces blasted it with cannons in 1651.
There is a track leading from the castle to the world-famous Rosslyn Chapel, so you can combine a visit to the park and the chapel.
If you love walking in the outdoors, but do not want to drift too far from the city then Roslin Glen is ideal. Throw in the cycle route to get here and Rosslyn Chapel and you have all of the ingredients for a perfect day trip.