Updated on 28 February, 2018

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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 27th March 2018

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

Afterwards - photographs "Wildlife on the Hill through the Seasons" will be shown.

Summer Programme

Summer programme of walks, year 2018

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

  • Sunday 29th April: Highlights of Corstorphine Hill Walk
    Meet at Walled Garden, 2pm.
    Gordon Swann will lead this walk based on a new booklet devised by Ian Moore. It lasts about 2 hours but there are shortcuts back to the start for those wishing a shorter walk.

  • Saturday 26th May 9am – 11am: Bird Walk with Ian Moore
    We will meet at the 'Rest and Be Thankful' benches overlooking Murrayfield Golf Course at 9am. Aim would be to see and hear characteristic woodland/heathland breeding birds.

Evening Talks

Winter programme of evening talks, year 2017 - 2018

All talks will be held in the Capital Hotel, Clermiston Road, Edinburgh, at 7.30pm

  • Thursday 23rd November 2017: 'A look at the Shipping that may be seen from Corstorphine Hill.'
    Talk by Iain McGeachy

  • Tuesday 23rd January 2018: 'Walter Scott- His Life and Times'
    Talk by Professor David Purdie. The talk will include Scott’s writings in his journals about Corstorphine and the Hill.

  • Thursday 8th March 2018: 'Work of the Scottish Wildlife Trust', featuring the Lothian Area.
    Talk by Gordon Swann.

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 the Tower will be opened by our volunteers for viewing every Sunday afternoon from 2 pm until 4 pm, starting on Sunday 7 May, until Sunday 24 September. It will also be open 2-4 pm on Saturday 23 September for Edinburgh Doors Open weekend. From October to May the Tower may be opened to groups of visitors if weather conditions are suitable. Please contact the Chairman to arrange.

  • START DATE: Sunday 7 May
    at weekly intervals until...

  • FINISH DATE: Sunday 24 September

*** Edinburgh Doors Open Days: ***
Saturday 23 & Sunday 24 September.

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 2018, Newsletter no. 61 (555 kB pdf)

Recent Newsletters:

Earlier Archived Newsletters: click here