The best Scottish parks to enjoy a picnic or a wander in with the good weather

When it comes to green spaces, Scotland has it covered.

Every city and town in the country has a plethora of parks and wild spots for people to reconnect with nature.

The warmer months are on the way and day trips are on our minds, with picnics to be planned and walks to be arranged.

There are few better places to meander when the mercury soars than some of the wonderful green spots you’ll find across the country.

We’ve picked out some of our favorite parks from around Scotland that are ideal for a pincic or wander on those hotter days.

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Queen’s Park, Glasgow

A view from Queen’s Park across the city of Glasgow.

With plenty of parts to this exciting park including a play park and boating pond, the real gem in its crown is found with a short walk to the flagpole where you’ll be rewarded with stunning views of the city itself stretching all the way to Dumgoyne and Ben Lomond on a clear day.

Crombie Park, Angus

This country park in Angus is a local favorite and a wonderful place to spot wildlife such as red squirrels and even woodpeckers.

Walks, trails and even a mini-cycle track await.

Calton Hill, Edinburgh

The sun sets behind Edinburgh's Calton Hill
The sun sets on the longest day behind Edinburgh’s Calton Hill.

The panoramic views from Calton Hill have to be seen to be believed and on a warm day it’s one of the best places in the capital to be. It’s here you’ll find the National Monument, inspired by the Parthenon in Athens.

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Duthie Park, Aberdeen

Aerial view of the River Dee and Duthie Park
Aerial view of the River Dee and Duthie Park

This Victorian-era park was gifted to the city by philanthropist Elizabeth Crombie Duthie for the “well being and recreation” of the city’s inhabitants and it’s been much cherished by residents ever since.

It’s here you will also find the David Welch Winter Gardens, one of Europe’s largest indoor gardens.

Almondell & Calderwood Country Park, Livingston

Riverside walks are the order of the day in this picturesque country park which your dog will love with plenty of space and trails to explore.

Keep your eyes peeled for the local wildlife such as roe deer and even otters.

Puck’s Glen, Argyll

The magical Puck's Glen
The magical Puck’s Glen

Magical and as fantastical as the character that gives the site its name, Puck’s Glen is a wonderful way to while away an afternoon, with its walks spiriting you away to a world of greenery and tumbling waterfalls.

Whin Park, Inverness

win park
win park

Head here with the family for a great day out, as the was designed with kids in mind, you’ll find everything from a huge adventure play area to a miniature railway and even a boating pond – with actual paddle boats.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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