Updated on 28 June, 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.

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.

  • Sunday 23rd June: Corstorphine Hill Highlights Walk
    Gordon Swann will lead this 3.5 mile walk lasting about 2 hours around most of the Hill, showing the views, history and geology of this remarkable park. There are several options to shorten the walk so don’t worry if you get a bit weary! The walk is based on the leaflet prepared last year by Ian Moore.
    Meet at the walled Garden at 2 pm.

  • Sunday 21st July: Bees, Bugs and Butterflies Hunt
    This is a family event, and children who want to catch beasties are especially welcome. If you can, please bring a magnifier and a small plastic bottle to catch the beasties.
    This will be led by David Adamson and Gordon Swann.
    Meet in the Walled garden at 2 pm.

  • Sunday 11th August :The Trees of Corstorphine Hill
    The Hill has a great variety of trees, more than most woodlands, over 30 species. Each has its own place in the ecosystem, and its own story.
    Dr Brian Moffat will lead a ramble around the Hill to explore these trees.
    Meet at the Walled Garden at 2 pm.

  • Sunday 29th September: Fungus Foray
    David Adamson will lead our always popular hunt for these fascinating inhabitants of the Hill in Autumn. Families are especially welcome – children are sharper eyed and nearer the ground than adults!
    Meet at Cairnmuir Road car park at 2 pm.

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 (28 & 29 September 2019).

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:

Summer 2019, Newsletter no. 65 (506 kB pdf)

Recent Newsletters:

Earlier Archived Newsletters: click here