Thursday 19 May 2022

Scotland By Rail - Redhall Walled Garden, Edinburgh

So sorry it's taken such a time to get this online. Several other Scotland By Rail days to follow soon!

My last post was a really enjoyable and almost all traffic free walk along canal and river to Redhall Walled Garden. This one shows the garden itself. Please note these photos were all taken back in February and March.

SAMH's (Scottish Association for Mental Health) Redhall Walled Garden is "a therapeutic horticultural project based in a beautiful walled garden." It certainly is beautiful. I've only been in winter and spring when bulbs and tubers are poking their way through the leaf litter then turn by turn opening flowerheads wide. The woodland garden corner especially was an absolute dream. By now, the start of summer, the whole garden will be looking so lush.

Visitors are welcome at Redhall Walled Garden from 9am - 4pm Monday to Friday. The garden is closed at weekends apart from special open days. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for updates -

But I must warn you that Redhall has:


Not just a few plants. Hundreds and hundreds, in great variety and at much better than garden centre prices, and supporting a great project - proceeds going to the work of the garden. If you are, say, running a weekly art workshop there, you'll find it almost impossible not to buy another two or three to carry home on the train each day.

Here's the garden:

corkscrew hazel / twisted hazel

have you ever looked really close at hazels?

I mean really close... that pink is a female Hazel flower, only a few millimetres long!

beds waiting for spring and summer

woodland garden

woodland garden 

blue barrel planters

"I felt a soul move through me"

lungwort and snowdrops

unfinished new stained glass window for Redhall


Getting to Redhall Walled Garden:

- train to Edinburgh Haymarket then follow this lovely waterside walk -

- get train from Haymarket / Waverley to Slateford or Kingsknowe station. Each of these station is only about a 15 minute walk from the Redhall Walled Garden. Trains from these stations are usually hourly - check your journey in advance on ScotRail website or app -

- get one of various frequent buses from the city centre to anywhere you please on Lanark Road. The closest stop is called "Redhall View", only a couple of minutes walk from the garden.


Thank you for reading my Scotland By Rail blog. Please share with anyone who might be interested and let me know if there are any railway days out you recommend me to try.