This beautiful loch is a short walk out of Edinburgh city centre, lying beneath Arthur’s Seat and with several achievements to its name.
For starters, it is the only natural freshwater loch in Edinburgh.
It is also part of a nature reserve and home to a wide range of wet-loving wildlife, including herons, otters and chunky carp. Visitors are welcome year round to walk lochside.
Its other claim to fame goes back to its popularity as an ice skating venue in the eighteenth century. A famous member of the Edinburgh Skating Club, Reverend Robert Walker, was portrayed on this very water, in what is now a famous Scottish oil painting, The Skating Minister.
Copyright Debbie Smyth, 14 April 2016