Updated on 10 March, 2019

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Programme of Events

The current programme of events includes the following listed below. Previous years programmes of walks and talks are available at this archive page link.

Annual General Meeting

Tuesday 16th April 2019

Heritage Centre, St. Margaret’s Park, Corstorphine High Street, at 7.30pm (refreshments)

Summer Programme

Summer programme of walks, year 2019

We have an exciting and varied walks programme again this year, we hope something for everyone.

  • Saturday 30 March: The History and Geology of Corstorphine Hill.
    This walk will be taken by Gordon Swann, featuring many of the hill’s prominent points.
    Meet at the Walled Garden 2pm

  • Saturday 4th May: The Birds and the Trees
    The importance of some of the hill’s 40+ tree varieties to particular species of birds. A walk led by Ian Moore.
    Meet at 9am. (Allow 2 hours) Meeting Point - Clearing at the top of Beechwood south slope (just through the stone ‘arch’ after “Rest & Be Thankful”)

  • Sunday 12th May: Herbs & Flowers on Corstorphine Hill, a walk led by Dr Brian Moffat
    Meet at the Walled Garden.

May Garden Opening

Jean Knox (garden at 95 Oxgangs Road, Edinburgh) is opening her garden this year on Sunday 12 May. (More details on Scotland’s Garden Scheme website.) "I chose mid May so that visitors would see a different range of plants at their best. Hopefully a lovely display of tulips and rhododendrons. Fingers crossed!
But, whatever the weather, the home baking will be as scrumptious as ever and Tosh (the only cat I have at the moment) is looking forward to welcoming you all and having a chat with you. He’s really been brushing up his interpersonal skills!"

Events for Schools & Youth Groups

We are able to offer guided walks over the hill to look at its wildlife, history, geology or just a general ramble. This could include a visit to the Tower if conditions are suitable. We can also advise on environmental projects; we have run half day plant survey projects for Primary School pupils, and also offer experiences helping in the Walled Garden, or joining work parties on the Hill to clear undergrowth and invasive species such as Himalayan Balsam and Salmonberry from the Nature Reserve. Please make contact through the website or to the Chairman.

Walled Garden Opening

The walled garden is open every day. A team of volunteers open up in the morning and lock up at night in order to minimise any vandalism and generally keep a eye on the garden. The work teams open on a Tuesday and close on a Thursday since they are there anyway. Therefore the garden is open from 11.00 am till 4.00 pm as a core time. In fact it is open for much longer hours especially in the summer, depending on how it fits in for the volunteers.

Tower Opening

The Friends are pleased to announce that this year (2019) the Tower will be opened by our volunteers for viewing every Sunday afternoon from 2 pm until 4 pm, starting Sunday 5 May, until Sunday 29 September. It will also be open 2-4 pm for Edinburgh Doors Open weekend (date to be announced).

For anyone wanting to know more about the Tower opening or offering to help, contact a committee member or email gandmswann@gmail.com


Current Newsletter:

Spring 2019, Newsletter no. 64 (505 kB pdf)

Recent Newsletters:

Earlier Archived Newsletters: click here