Leisure Time and Sports Activities in Edinburgh
Leisure Time and Sports Activities in Edinburgh
by David Wheater of Tours of Edinburgh
There’s never any shortage of things to fill your leisure time with in Edinburgh. The city has some wonderful theatres and concert halls, and attracts world class musicians, plays and productions all year round.
If you’re into sports you’ll find high-quality gyms, swimming pools, tennis courts and football pitches all around the city. The City of Edinburgh Council itself runs several well-equipped gyms, swimming pools and sports centres, with very affordable access. Visit their website at http://www.edinburghleisure.co.uk.
With beautiful architecture, parks and gardens and the countryside just a short journey away, the city is a fantastic playground for runners, cyclists and anybody who enjoys the great outdoors. For a list of some of the best walks in and around the city, visit Walk Highlands at http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/lothian/edinburgh.shtml.
With all this in mind, here’s a list of popular theatres, cinemas, gyms and sporting venues, amongst some other suggestions, to fill your leisure time with. I haven’t gone into too much detail, as there simply isn’t space! This list is just to make you aware of what’s available and to spark some ideas. Find out more from each website.
EDINBURGH THEATRES AND CONCERT HALLS
Royal Lyceum Theatre – Grindlay Street EH3 9AX
Traverse Theatre – 10 Cambridge Street EH1 2ED
King’s Theatre – 2 Leven Street EH3 9LQ
Festival Theatre Edinburgh – 13-29 Nicolson Street EH8 9FT
Edinburgh Playhouse – 18-22 Greenside Place EH1 3AA
Usher Hall – Lothian Road EH1 2EA
The Queen’s Hall – 85-89 Clerk Street EH8 9JG
EICC – 150 Morrison Street EH3 8EE
Edinburgh Corn Exchange – 10 New Market Road EH14 1RJ
Electric Circus – 36-39 Market Street EH1 1DF
The Liquid Room – 9C Victoria Street EH1 2HE
The Voodoo Rooms – 19a West Register Street EH2 2AA
Edinburgh College of Art, Reid Concert Hall – Bristo Place EH8 9AG
To find out what’s on in Edinburgh theatres visit the Edinburgh Theatre Guide at http://www.edinburghtheatreguide.com.
118 Lothian Road EH3 8BQ
18 Newbattle Terrace EH10 4RT
Fountain Park, 130 Dundee Street EH11 1AF
38 Home Street EH3 9LZ
88 Lothian Road EH3 9BZ
Vue Ocean Terminal Cinema
Ocean Terminal, Ocean Drive, Leith EH6 6JJ
Vue Omni Centre
Omni Centre, Greenside Row EH1 3AA
EDINBURGH REGULAR TALKS AND LECTURES
University of Edinburgh
The University delivers a wide range of public lectures throughout the year.
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
The Garden offers a big programme of events, exhibitions, walks and talks for members and non members.
If you become a member, you can attend the many excellent lectures, events and guided tours taking place in the Zoo all year round.
Scottish National Gallery
The gallery runs a very popular lunchtime lecture every two weeks, as well as a programme of talks and lectures all year round.
National Museum of Scotland
The Museum has a huge range of events and exhibitions taking place throughout the year, but also many excellent talks and lectures.
The Royal Society of Edinburgh
The society runs a varied programme of talks which are scientifically and culturally themed.
The Royal Observatory of Edinburgh
The Observatory does a programme of winter talks all about astronomy and stargazing. Ideal for keen astronomers.
Royal Scottish Geographical Society
The society delivers over 90 illustrated public talks every year in venues all across Scotland.
To find a full list of lectures and talks taking place in Edinburgh visit http://www.open-lectures.co.uk.
EDINBURGH GYMS & HEALTH CLUBS
2-4 Waterloo Place EH1 3EG
Bannatyne Health Club
43 Queen Street EH2 3NH
Virgin Active Edinburgh
Omni Centre, 61/10 Leith Street EH1 3AU
Quartermile One, 15 Lauriston Place EH3 9EN
Meadowbank Sports Centre
London Road EH7 6AE
Edinburgh Leisure has 15 gyms located all around the city with monthly memberships, fitness classes and trainers. Visit their website at http://www.edinburghleisure.co.uk.
CYCLING IN EDINBURGH
Popular routes include the Union Canal towpath, the Water of Leith Walkway and the Innocent Cycle Path. For more information on cycling in Edinburgh and all around Scotland, see our dedicated cycling article.
EDINBURGH SKATEBOARDING AND BMX TRACKS
- Saughton Park – EH11 3BQ
- Gyle Park – Glasgow Road EH12 8LJ
- Sighthill Park – Broomhouse Road EH12 3UP
- Burdiehouse Burn Valley Park – Lasswade Road EH17 8UP
- Muirhouse Park – Muirhouse Drive EH4 2PD
GOLF IN EDINBURGH
If you love golf, you’ve come to the right city! For some great courses in Edinburgh and around Scotland, please see our dedicated golf article.
SWIMMING POOLS IN EDINBURGH
The Royal Commonwealth Pool
21 Dalkeith Road EH16 5BB
Dalry Swim Centre
25-29 Caledonian Crescent EH11 2AL
Warrender Swim Centre
55 Thirlestane Road EH9 1AP
Portobello Swim Centre
57 Promenade, Portobello EH15 2BS
Glenogle Swim Centre
Glenogle Road EH3 5JB
Leith Victoria Swim Centre
Junction Place EH6 5JA
Ainslie Park Leisure Centre
92 Pilton Drive EH5 2HF
Drumbrae Leisure Centre
30 Drumbrae Terrace EH4 7SF
8 Conference Square EH3 8AN
If you fancy a treat and some luxury, this gorgeous city centre spa (near Lothian Road) has a great pool and rooftop Hydropool, with great views of the city. It is pricey – but you’re worth it!
EDINBURGH TENNIS COURTS AND CLUBS
Craiglockhart Leisure and Tennis Centre
177 Colinton Road EH14 1BZ
Leith Links Outdoor Tennis Centre
John’s Place EH6 7QR
The Meadows, Melville Drive EH8 9NL
David Lloyd Club
89b Glasgow Road EH12 8GZ and also Newhaven Place EH6 4LX
The Grange Club
Portgower Place EH4 1HQ
Waverley Lawn Tennis, Squash and Sports Club
22 Suffolk Road EH16 5NJ
Drummond Tennis Club
East Scotland Street Lane EH3 6ND
Many of the above clubs also offer squash and badminton courts. To join a tennis league, visit http://www.localtennisleagues.com.
FOOTBALL IN EDINBURGH
Edinburgh Leisure has lots of 11-a-side and 7-a-side pitches throughout Edinburgh, including grass and astro. The pitches at Saughton and Meggetland have floodlights. Meadowbank has a great indoor five-a-side pitch.
World of Football Edinburgh at Chesser also has some excellent covered pitches and good facilities (http://www.worldoffootball.com).
CLIMBING IN EDINBURGH
Edinburgh International Climbing Arena
EICA: Ratho, South Platt Hill, Ratho EH28 8AA
The EICA is an amazing indoor climbing arena with great facilities, including abseiling, bouldering, an aerial assault course, a gym and a soft play area for kids. There’s also a good cafe for snacks, coffee and cake.
8 Pier Place EH6 4LP
For climbing clubs and climbing advice visit the Mountaineering Council of Scotland website at http://www.mcofs.org.uk.
RUNNING AND JOGGING IN EDINBURGH
Meadowbank Sports Centre has full track and field facilities. For more information on jogging in the city visit:
- Run the Sights – http://www.runthesights.co.uk
- Jog Scotland – http://www.jogscotland.org.uk
ICE SKATING IN EDINBURGH
Murrayfield Ice Rink
Riversdale Crescent EH12 5XN
There are outdoor ice rinks at Christmas time in St Andrew Square. Visit http://www.edinburghschristmas.com for more details.
EDINBURGH MOTOR SPORTS
Xtreme Karting (Newbridge)
2 Huly Hill Road, Newbridge EH28 8PH
Upper Diamond, Gladsmuir, Tranent EH33 1EJ
CANOEING AND KAYAKING IN EDINBURGH
Scottish Canals – Glasgow to Edinburgh Canoe Trail
Edinburgh Kayak Club
Forth Canoe Club
Dun Eideann Sea Kayaking
SAILING IN EDINBURGH
Portobello Sailing and Kayaking Club
Royal Forth Yacht Club
Port Edgar Watersports
SURFING AND DIVING IN EDINBURGH
You might be surprised to hear that Scotland offers some excellent surfing beaches – many of which are amongst the most beautiful in the world. Belhaven beach at Dunbar in East Lothian is particularly popular and just a short drive from Edinburgh.
Coast to Coast Surf School
Momentum Surf Shop
Being close to the sea, Edinburgh is a great place for diving. Check out the following companies:
Deep Blue Scuba
Edinburgh Diving Club
Edinburgh Diving Centre
ADVENTURE ACTIVITY COMPANIES IN EDINBURGH
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