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.


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How to get there


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, just past the Castle Rock Hostel there are a set of steps on the left (Castle Wynd South, also known as Patrick Geddes steps) which head down to the Grassmarket. Go down the steps and the reserve entrance is the first gate 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.

Access restrictions

The reserve is kept locked to prevent vandalism and anti-social behaviour.

Nearest town
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About Johnston Terrace Garden

Out & about

Nearby reserves
Bawsinch and Duddingston
Erraid Wood
Pepper Wood

Local group

Links & downloads

Reserve leaflet

Reserve map


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