Is The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Worth Visiting? A Daytime Diversion from the Fringe

Hole in the Hedge Wall at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Is the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh worth visiting if you're in Scotland for EdFringe? We set out to find a daytime diversion during our visit to Edinburgh for the Fringe Festival in August of 2017. 

Is the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Free?

The Royal Botanic Garden is an ideal summer activity in Edinburgh because it's a mostly free attraction. You can walk around the grounds to your heart's content without paying a pound. However, admission to the Victorian glasshouses costs £6.50. 

The Gnarled Trees of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Gnarled trees on a free visit to Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
It was a sunny summer day when we visited the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh so we decided to simply walk around for free. You could tell that the garden had been around for a long time based on the girth and degree of gnarl in the trees.
Gnarled trees on a free visit to Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Modern Art in a Victorian Setting at Inverleith House Gallery

Inverleith House Gallery at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
We strolled through the gardens and arrived at Inverleith House Gallery. We popped inside the three story stone mansion and discovered a modern art installation inside featuring Turkish evil eyes laying in various orientations on the floor.
Turkish evil eye art exhibit in Inverleith House at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Victorian-era and Modern Greenhouses

Glasshouses at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Moving on, we walked past various Victorian-era and modern greenhouses but decided that they were prettier from the outside in the sunshine rather than paying the admission fee. The glasshouses at Edinburgh Royal Botanic Garden added great atmosphere to the park. It was almost like taking a step back in time.
Glasshouses at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Edinburgh's Walled Flower Gardens

Garden walled by a giant hedge at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh featured a walled-garden. What made this garden unique was that the wall was made out of a giant hedge trimmed to a uniform height. Riotous colored flowers formed a border outside the wall. 
Glasshouse viewed through the giant hedge at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Peeking through, I could see one of the glasshouses framed from the hedge. So pretty.
Leaves with dew at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
I enjoyed getting up close to the plantings surrounding the great wall. The gardeners at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh really do a fantastic job landscaping the place.
White flowers at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Red flowers at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Curious Scottish Squirrels

Squirrel at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Some things are the same everywhere. If there is a park, there is a curious squirrel to go with it (remember the squirrel that we met in Łazienki Park in Warsaw?). As we wandered around the quiet green paths, this little fellow seemed to be begging us for a nut. Alas, they had to go foraging on their own since I was out of snacks.

Is the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh Worth Visiting?

Yes. The Royal Botanic Garden is easily accessible by public transportation. If you find yourself idle on a summer day with the sun shining, spend the afternoon taking a mindful walk around the park. The Royal Botanic Garden is a great daytime diversion from the Fringe.

For other ideas of things to do during the day if you're in Edinburgh for the Fringe Festival see:

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