My velvet escape travel tip” is a guest series about what the name ‘Velvet Escape’ evokes and what that would be in the hometown of the guest writer. With this series, I hope to uncover travel tips from places around the world to help visitors have a truly local experience.

You know those places that you can always count on, a place not too far away but tucked away in a corner of your own locale, a place that brings you clarity of mind and clear thoughts. That’s a Velvet Escape, at least to me.

Edinburgh is a place that’s full of Velvet Escapes. Many of these are outdoors – did you know that Edinburgh is one of Europe’s many Cities of Seven Hills? Now, you’re probably thinking that Scotland isn’t an ideal place to go looking for clarity of mind out in the rain, but you’d be surprised what you find if you go looking.

One of my favourite escapes is the Water of Leith, a small river that snakes around the southwest edge of the city. It’s one of those things that many people pass by every day and don’t even know it is there. With only a few select entrances/exits onto the trail and a well sheltered route for the most part, you can walk any portion of the 12 mile path and feel refreshed and revived.

There’s lots of history here to ponder, from the memorials to war generals gone past and diseases still ravaging today. There’s the timeless architecture by some of Britain’s best, such as Thomas Telford. There are the mills, found here and there along the entire route, a reminder of Edinburgh’s original source of industrial wealth.

But for me and many others, it’s simply that trickling stream, the weirs (miniature waterfalls that control the water flow), and the peace of Mother Nature that’s enough to lift anyone’s spirits and bring your body and mind back in check.

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About this week’s guest writer
Andy Hayes Andy Hayes is the Managing Editor of Sharing Travel Experiences, the resource for rich, authentic, and experiential travel. Like Velvet Escape, but different. 🙂 Follow Andy on Twitter.

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