Edinburgh Outdoors is an Edinburgh Council initiative. This project aims to provide information about Edinburgh’s parks. On its website you will get plenty of information to find out how you can enjoy parks much more than you would have imagined. There are always several scheduled activities in which you will improve your spoken English skills. Most of them are free! Sometimes, booking in advance is the only requirement.
Moreover, there is a huge human community looking after Edinburgh's parks. Almost every park has its own “Friends Group”. They are always looking for help and you will meet local English speakers, of all ages, who live in your area.
Another exciting option for enjoying Edinburgh’s outdoors is to combine history and nature. I encourage you to look at the Historic Scotland website and at their events. Holyrood Park is one of the main locations. You can take advantage of the ranger service and go on a guided walk.
Finally, if you are aware of environmental issues and you are dynamic and curious, maybe you would like you to get involved in a conservation project. The Conservation Volunteers Organization gives you the opportunity. A couple of projects are underway on the outskirts of Edinburgh.
Just two things left to do: put on your boots, get out there and discover Edinburgh’s secrets!