Johnston Terrace Garden

The Trust’s smallest reserve is located in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town, near to Edinburgh Castle. It demonstrates how a small, neglected urban area can be converted into an invaluable wildlife refuge. Hopefully, visitors will find inspiration to improve their own gardens for wildlife.

Why visit?

Highlights include:

  • Wildflower meadow
  • Scenic views

Best time to visit?

  • Jun to Aug for wildflowers

Visit for:

  • wildflowers

Other information

Access is through a locked gate by prior arrangement with the Trust’s head office.

Facilities

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VISITING THE RESERVE

How to get there

Directions

From St Giles Cathedral, walk up the Royal Mile towards Edinburgh Castle. At the roundabout by the Hub, take the turning into Johnston Terrace. Continue along Johnston Terrace until you see two red phone boxes on the left at the top of a set of steps (Castle Wynd South, also known as Patrick Geddes steps). The gate into the reserve is down the steps on the right.

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Getting onto the reserve

Unfortunately, the gate into the reserve is kept locked as vandalism and anti-social behaviour were a big problem when the gate was left open. Please contact the Trust to find out how to access this reserve. Periodically, the Trust also holds open days.

Access restrictions

The reserve is kept locked to prevent vandalism and anti-social behaviour. Please contact the Trust if you wish to gain access.

Nearest town
Edinburgh (0 mi / 0 km)
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NT254735
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FURTHER READING

About Johnston Terrace Garden

Out & about

Nearby reserves
Bawsinch and DuddingstonErraid WoodPepper Wood

Local group
Lothians

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