Now the weather is a little better it’s a bit more pleasant to get out and about and enjoy the fresh air. One of the easiest places to get to for a bit of fresh air and exercise, Arthur’s Seat, seems to be suffering from an everlasting increase in popularity among tourists, which is unfortunate for those of us who liked going up there to get away from people. So a good alternative (also kind of busy when we went, but nowhere as near!) we found was one of our favourite day-trip destinations from Edinburgh, Linlithgow. They hold occasional bird-watching and historical walks around the loch, which is right next to Linlithgow Palace, birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots. As you can see in the photo, it was a beautiful spring day (not that spring ever stays for long in this part of the world!). There is a nice easy walk on the path around it, which I believe is about 2 miles the whole way round, so it’s good if you fancy taking it nice and easy and don’t fancy longer walks such as the Water of Leith or the walks in the Pentlands. Oh, and bonus point for non-drivers like me: public transport! It’s on the train line from Edinburgh, just under half an hour from the city. The loch is probably no further than a 10 minute walk away from Linlithgow train station. I really recommend this one for anyone staying in Edinburgh wanting to get away from the masses!