Why Bonaly Country Park is a Must See in Edinburgh
Bonaly Country Park
There are many different things I love about Edinburgh. But one of the biggest ones has to be how within 20 minutes, you will reach the heart of the countryside. Bonaly Country Park is one of my absolute favourite parts of the Pentlands. With not much effort, you reach a great vantage point over the whole city and can clearly see over towards Arthurs Seat.
Far away from the hustle and bustle of the city, you’re soon transported into a haven of bliss. Everything from chirping birds, to highland cows and sheep, and beautiful lakes. What’s not to love? So on a beautiful sunny Saturday we packed our bags and headed out with a picnic in hand to explore.
The Hikes & Walks
The main walk at Bonaly Country Park is the Torduff Reservoir route. Beginning by parking the car near BobCat Alpacas, walk up through the woodlands and over the hill until you reach the top. Here you’ll find a fabulous view over Edinburgh and beyond.
The views don’t stop there, at the base of the walk you’ll be treated to a refreshing break by the water at Torduff Reservoir. The water is surrounded by a lush plants and trees carved through the hills. There’s a small bench here for you to sit and take in the view, if someone hasn’t already beaten you to it!
Fancy Taking an Alpaca?
One of the more unusual things you can do in Edinburgh, and indeed the Pentlands - is take an alpaca out for a walk. Yes, that’s right! Alpacas in the Pentland’s I hear you ask? I came across the friendly herd of alpacas in question out on a walk with their guides. They heard we were carrying a picnic, that’s right - alpaca my bags. Sorry.
The Perfect Spot for a Picnic
It’s easy to imagine why Bonaly Country Park is such a beautiful place to stop for a picnic. That is, if the photographs don't already speak for themselves. Take a seat to watch the world go by from below, soak up the sunshine, surrounded by the parks local wildlife.
You can catch the Lothian Bus number 10 from the centre of town direct to Bonaly Road, where it's a short walk down to the start of the trail. Will you be taking a visit to Bonaly Country Park?