Our Favourite Picnic Spots in Edinburgh


Edinburgh is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. With its historic buildings making for a wonderful skyline and the rugged Scottish Coastline, our eteaket team feel very fortunate to live here. We are so excited for National Picnic Week (15th-24th June) that we have picked some of our favourite spots around the city to take in the views while sipping on tea and enjoying a picnic. Are you ready for our top suggestions?

Edinburgh Princess Street Picnic Blog


  1. Princess Street Gardens:

    A top spot to get up close views of the castle and one that is very popular with the locals. Princess Street Gardens is an old loch so you will be picnicking somewhere that used to be underwater! When the sun is shining there is no better place to be and is a central location for all your friends and family.

  2. The Botanical Gardens:

    Located out of the CBD the Botanical Gardens are in the lovely location of Stockbridge. A refuge away from the busy city, enjoy the flowering plants (especially in spring) and the magnificent glass house is a site to behold. If you fancy a warm cup of tea after your picnic but you forgot your travel flask (gasp!) don’t fear our tea is served in the Gateway Restaurant at the botanical gardens.  Edinburgh Botanic Gardens Picnic Blog

  3. Hollyrood Park/ Arthur’s Seat:

    You can’t miss Arthur’s Seat when you are in Edinburgh. Towering above the city it offers one of the best views. The park it is located in is called Hollyrood Park and was used by the Scottish Royal family for hunting (and probably picnicking). You may see their royal palace on your way! The park itself has numerous spots for a great picnic. If you are brave you could walk up to one of the vantage points for a view after but if that’s the case minimise what you take by following our top picnic tips Edinburgh Arthur Seat Picnic Blog

  4. Portobello Beach:

    There is nothing like a salty picnic on the beach. Pack your sandwiches and tea flask and head down to Portabello Beach, a jewel in Edinburgh’s crown. With great views as far as the eye can see this sandy paradise is a perfect place to take the kids. Fill their belly’s and then watch them run themselves ragged and if it’s a warm day (and you are brave) be sure to take a dip! There is no doubt you will all sleep well after that adventure.

  5. Carlton Hill:

    Don’t be intimated by Carlton Hill. A short stroll will see you reach the top and with its handy location (the end of Princess Street) it is perfect for a picnic. The eteaket team are often seen up there after work on a sunny evening sipping on their cold brewed tea. The views over the Edinburgh skyline and towards the castle are breathtaking and if you walk around the other side you will look out towards the sea. Explore the National Monument or the observatory and enjoy this sunny picnic spot.  Edinburgh Melville Street Picnic Blog

Let us know what your favourite picnic spots around Edinburgh are. We always love new places where we can drink tea and have an #eteaketmoment. Be sure to take a look at our Top 13 Tips to Rock Your Picnic.


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eteaket will be spreading a picnic blanket in East Princess Street Gardens to kick-off National Picnic Week – follow the link and do join us!

eteaket Tea in the Park for National Picnic Week Friday 15th June 12.30-2.30pm

Happy picnicking and don’t forget to share your tea pictures with us @eteaket.


Sophie xxx