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Parks: Braid Hills

Friends of the Braid Hills is a friends group interested in protecting and enhancing the Braid Hills in Edinburgh. Working in partnership with Edinburgh Leisure and the City of Edinburgh Council. New members and ideas welcome! Find us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/FriendsOfTheBraidHills or Twitter https://twitter.com/BraidHills

By Contributor Jillian Matthew

By City of Edinburgh Council

By City of Edinburgh Council

By City of Edinburgh Council

Braid Hills Entrance at Liberton End Of Park

By Contributor Mike Shields

By Contributor Mike Shields

Views over Edinburgh

By Contributor Mike Shields

By Contributor Mike Shields

By Contributor Mike Shields

Launch Of The New Braid Hills indicator November 2014

By Contributor Mike Shields

Lord Provost Donald Wilson at the New Indicator Launch November 2014

By Contributor Mike Shields

By Contributor Mike Shields

Braid Hills Picnic Area Liberton End

By Contributor Mike Shields

Old Indicator Panel Before It Was Replaced In November 2014 with New One

By Contributor Mike Shields

Views Across Edinburgh

By Contributor Mike Shields

By Contributor Mike Shields

By Contributor Mike Shields

Liberton End Of The Braid Hills

By Contributor Mike Shields

British Gas Volunteer Day , Tidy Up Of Braid Road Entrance

By Contributor Mike Shields

By Contributor Mike Shields

Entrance opposite Braid Farm Road

By Contributor Mike Shields

By Contributor Mike Shields

Liberton End Of The Braid Hills

By Contributor Mike Shields

British Gas Volunteer Day At Braid Hills

By Contributor Mike Shields

By Contributor Mike Shields

By Contributor Mike Shields

Launch of the new Braid Hills Indicator November 2014

By Contributor Mike Shields

Winter Morning January 2015 Braid Road Entrance

By Contributor MIke Shields

Braid Hills January 2015

By Contributor MIke Shields

Braid Hills Indicator February 2015

By Contributor Mike Shields

Braid Hills indicator

By Contributor Mike Shields

View of the Pentland Hills

By Contributor Mike Shields

By Contributor Rachel

By Contributor Rachel

By Contributor Rachel

By Contributor Rachel

May 2015

By Contributor Rachel

By Contributor Rachel

Autumn view from the Braids

By Contributor Rachel

Community Tree Planting

By Contributor Rachel

Community Tree Planting

By Contributor Rachel

Community Tree Planting

By Contributor Rachel

By Contributor Rachel

By Contributor Rachel

By Contributor Rachel

Background
The Braid Hills rise to a height of 675 feet and offer spectacular views on all sides. They are partially covered with whin, wild roses and patches of bramble. The Hills are mainly used by walkers and golfers using the two 18-hole courses, but Braid Hills is also the only park in the city where horse riding is permitted.
History and heritage
The Braids were purchased by the Edinburgh Corporation in 1890 with authorisation from the Edinburgh and Police Extension Act “to be used in all time coming for the purpose of a public park and pleasure and recreation ground for the use of the inhabitants of Edinburgh”. At that time the transaction did not include the whole of the Braids as we know them today and some 22 acres along the Liberton Road were leased.

Nowadays the Braids is the only park in the city where horse riding is permitted. On the highest point an indicator pinpoints local landmarks, hill ranges and distant mountains as far away as Ben Lomond, Ben More above Crianlarich, Beinn A Ghlo by Blair Atholl and the Sidlaws near Dundee. Erected in 1995 as a plinth set on three legs of Dumfries red sandstone, the indicator provides a 360-degree sweep, and includes height, distances and information about how the landscape was fashioned and major historical events, The indicator was financed and designed by local residents George Russell and John Bartholomew.

The Braid Hills contains areas of Urban Forest (on the Braid Hills Golf Course), is part of a Local Biodiversity Site (with the Mortonhall Estate) and is part of an Area of Great Landscape Value (with Blackford Hill and the Hermitage of Braid).
Geology
The Braid Hills are composed of Devonian trachyte lavas. There are the remains of several quarries around the north eastern and west edges of the Braid Hills, where stone such as claystone and feldspar was extracted.
Why don't you?
If the weather is very dry, listen for gorse seed pods snapping open.
Visitor information
Lothian bus numbers 15 and 11
Other useful links
Braid Hills Golf Course
Facilities
WalksViews
Horse riding
Bridle path
Golf course
Seating
Picnic benches
Get Involved
Friends of Braid Hills
Contact Details
Braid Hills Drive
EH10 6JZ
0131 529 5151
southeast.locality@edinburgh.gov.uk