the Shore Walk edinburgh

Did you know that Edinburgh has a spectacular waterfront with over 15 miles of waterside walkways? Walking the Shore Walk the quaint village of Cramond through the Dalmeny Estate to the dramatic Forth Bridges is one of my favourite ways to spend an afternoon. This is a walk with some very big views.

Let’s explore … the Shore Walk

The walk starts at Cramond, a 19th Century village just 40 minutes from Edinburgh city centre. With whitewashed cottages, boats on the River Almond and the long causeway to Cramond Island, it’s a local’s favourite for a Sunday wander along the Promenade to Silverknowes. However, I recommend that instead you grab a take away bacon roll and coffee from the Boardwalk Beach Club and head up the River Almond and the Old Mill Trail.

Shore Walk Edinburgh Dalmeny

The River Almond holds a secret, this now enlightened festival city has a rather dirty industrial past. The river was once one of Scotland’s most polluted waterways, being home to corn and iron mills along its length.

An extensive programme of water regeneration and just look at it now.

Shore Walk Edinburgh Dalmeny

Shore Walk Edinburgh Dalmeny

The path winds its way up the river and once you reach the Old Cramond Brig bridge cross over the river and pass the back of the pub to find the entrance to the Dalmeny Estate. Here you join the John Muir Way which takes you 6.5 miles to Queensferry along the Firth of Forth, with views of a series of increasingly beautiful and wild beaches.

The path takes you past the Dalmeny Estate’s two striking buildings; the manor house and my favourite, Barnbougle Castle which sits out on a headland, battered by the waves.

But would you wander along this coast if you knew the castle had its own ghost? It is said that the hound belonging to Barnbougle’s first owner, Sir Roger Mowbray (who was killed during the crusades) can be heard on dark & stormy night howling in pain at his master death.

Ever when Barnbougle’s lords,
are parting this scene below,
come hound and ghost to this haunted coast,
with death notes winding slow.

The castle certainly looks rather spooky doesn’t it?

Shore Walk Edinburgh Dalmeny

Shore Walk Edinburgh Dalmeny

Reaching Queensferry and Hawes Pier, the Shore Walk reveals an unusual view of the three Forth bridges, the Rail Bridge, the Road Bridge, and the nearly completed Queensferry Crossing…

Which will forever be known to those from Edinburgh as the New Bridge.

Shore Walk Edinburgh Dalmeny

3 generations of rather beautiful bridges, right there.

Ah Edinburgh you are so pretty!

I’m looking forward to exploring Edinburgh so much more over winter, including walking the Water of Leith Walkway, the Union Canal and the whole waterfront!


Love, from Scotland x

Follow the walk via WalkHighlands

To get to the Shore Walk  – take the no.41 Lothian Bus 40 minutes north of the city to Cramond. At Queensferry jump on the train to Waverley or Haymarket from Dalmeny Station.


  • Urska - Slovenian Girl Abroad 22/11/2016 at 9:17 am

    Gorgeous photos! #CityTripping

  • California Globetrotter 22/11/2016 at 3:42 pm

    Oh how beautiful! I definitely never realized that there was a waterfront! Looks very pleasant! #CityTripping

  • MummyTravels 22/11/2016 at 10:33 pm

    What a fabulous shot of all the bridges – in fact it’s all so beautiful around here. In all my visits to Edinburgh, I don’t think I ever realised you could do this. Definitely one for the list. Thanks for linking up with #citytripping

  • Alex Muir 23/11/2016 at 9:06 pm

    Isn’t it just! We keep saying we will do this walk, and maybe we will when we are up in February. As I’ve mentioned before my hubby is from South Queensferry and I have had many a tale told (often repeated, like I will find it fascinating!) about drunken walks home along the John Muir Way. It’s so nice to read posts about areas I am so familiar with. #citytripping

  • Cultural Wednesday 23/11/2016 at 9:42 pm

    No, I didn’t know! How beautiful, thank you #CityTripping

  • WanderMum 24/11/2016 at 11:05 am

    I had no clue about this incredibly picturesque walk. The photo of the three bridges is brilliant. Very pretty indeed although I don’t think I’d be venturing there at night …with the ghost dog howling! #citytripping

  • Hilary 24/11/2016 at 4:41 pm

    Definitely doing this walk on my next visit to Edinburgh! That’s what I love about #farawayfiles we get to see new and interesting places even in cities we’ve visited before!

  • TravelingMel 25/11/2016 at 8:11 pm

    We are hoping to be in Scotland in Feb or March and this walk looks perfect for us. I love the three generations of bridges all lined up. I do appreciate natural areas in cities.

  • melbtravel 25/11/2016 at 8:28 pm

    wow that pictures are so pretty. I have been to Edinburgh a couple of times but I have never really thought about doing a walk but I love hikiing, so I think it would actually be a great idea. I love the fa away files and they way you describe everything just makes me want to go even more.

  • Sarah 25/11/2016 at 8:30 pm

    I want to visit, too!!! Those look like wild beaches indeed! 😉 And I love your suggestion about grabbing a bacon roll! Haha! I’d instantly burn calories as I walk along your suggested trails! 🙂

  • Roger Wellington ( 26/11/2016 at 6:07 am

    I love Edinburgh! I was just there a few months ago but I had no idea about this place. 🙁 I can’t wait to go back to take a nice long walk. Thanks for the info!

  • Christina 26/11/2016 at 8:32 am

    Uh I love those colors! Will visit Edinburgh next year, even consider doing my master degree there… though the weather somewhat scares me, I’m totally a child of the sun haha. Cool post!

  • valisesetgourmandises 26/11/2016 at 9:35 am

    I had no idea Edinburgh had such a pretty shore. I especially love the colours with the leaves turning, it’s simply beautiful!

  • The Full-Time Tourist 26/11/2016 at 8:14 pm

    I would have never thought to explore Edinburgh’s shoreline! It seems like you have a lot of options to explore along the coast. I would love to see the Old Cramond Brig bridge up close! It looks way too cute in your photos! Also, do you know if there’s a tour for the castle?

  • Sydney Fashion Hunter 27/11/2016 at 8:06 pm

    I spent a grand total of one day in Edinburgh about a million years ago. I had no clue that the shore was so pretty! Really bummed to have missed out doing this walk.

  • Danielle Wisniewski 27/11/2016 at 9:54 pm

    Love this! If I’m every back in Edinburgh (which I’m 110% sure I will be) we’ll have to head to this walk. Thanks for sharing!

  • oregongirlaroundtheworld 28/11/2016 at 12:38 pm

    Thanks for sharing with #FarawayFiles! Cheers from Copenhagen, Erin

  • Sophia 02/12/2016 at 5:30 pm

    Nice places!!

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