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Outdoor activities in Edinburgh

If you’re itching to get out and about during your stay in Edinburgh, there’s a range of activities on your doorstep.

You can’t guarantee snow, even in Scotland, so why not visit The Midlothian Ski Centre [map] at Hillend, Midlothian? This massive ski centre has two huge dry slopes, two nursery dry slopes and Snowflex surfaced jump slopes for both beginners and advanced skiers. Qualified instructors are on hand to give tuition whatever level skier you are and there are also designated snowboard instructors available to introduce you to some fancier footwork.

Don't forget your mountain bike, as there are plenty of designated routes and off road paths in and around Edinburgh. Try one of the impressive mountain bike centres such as Glentress, a large and popular centre near Peebles, and Innerleithen, just 29 miles south of Edinburgh, which is home to the UK's world cup downhill venue and a cross-country route.

Edinburgh is surrounded by mountainous scenery and some of Scotland’s best climbing surfaces are located here. Places such as Salisbury Crags [map] in Holyrood Park and Roslin Glen are extremely popular with experienced climbers.

If the weather isn’t being kind you can still get your crampons out and hit the rock surface with a visit to one of Edinburgh’s indoor climbing centres. The Adventure Scotland Centre [map], South Platt Hill, Ratho, is the largest indoor climbing centre in the world. With 2,400 square metres of artificial climbing wall plus 5,000 square metres of outdoor rock cliffs this really is the perfect venue to find your feet or practice your skills. It’s also a great place to take the whole family as safety is paramount and friendly instructors are on hand to help and assist with any problems.

You don't have to be a mountaineer to enjoy the many hills and highlands of Edinburgh, the Ramblers Association are a huge force in Edinburgh and have some excellent designated routes to suit varying fitness levels.

There are several picturesque fishing ponds in Edinburgh, including Gladhouse Reservoir [map] at Eddleston, and Pumpherston Pond at Broxburn. For those that like to combine a spot of angling with some real visual treats, head to Duddingston Loch [map] which has inspired painters, photographers and poets over the centuries.

Take to the sea, or at least take your first tentative steps to being the master of your sea legs with a visit to Port Edgar Marina and Sailing School [map]. Located at Shore Road, South Queensferry, the school offers a wide range of tuition and training courses, boat and canoe hire, along with essentials such as luxurious changing rooms and hot showers. Keep the kids happy by getting them involved in one of the schools popular activity weekends.

Stay on sturdy ground and practice your serve at The Craiglockhart Tennis Centre [map], Colinton Road, for a family-orientated day of tennis fun. There’s a range of courts to choose from including six indoor and eight American fast dry clay courts, so you can be sure there’ll be opportunities to play whatever the weather.

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