Edinburgh with Kids Blackford Pond

Edinburgh with Kids: Blackford Pond

We feel blessed to live in a city that is not only beautiful and steeped in history, but is also surrounded by lots of nature. It means my city kids get a bit of the best of both worlds. I have written before about the Hermitage of Braid and Blackford Hill Nature Reserve, which is within half an hour on foot from our house, and somewhere we visit often. But I don’t think I have mentioned Blackford Pond before, which is part of the nature reserve area.  It’s not your average garden pond, but actually quite big and inhabited by a variety of bird including lots of ducks and a family of swans, so we always take a bag full of bird seed with us to feed them which the boys never seem to tire of. We last visited Blackford Pond for our New Year’s Day walk, and we made a little video to show you how lovely it is there:

Blackford Pond is a great place to visit with kids in the South of Edinburgh, and is more accessible if you have very young kids or a pushchair, than some of the other more hilly terrain in the nature reserve. Don’t forget to bring some bird food! 

 

Comments: 4

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    7 January 2021

    That looks so peaceful. The swans at our local duck pond are savage. They chase you for the food! The poor ducks don’t get a look in!

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    8 January 2021

    There is something about feeding the ducks/swans that resonates with everyone. Such an important part of childhood.

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    8 January 2021

    Aw we love feeding the birds and this looks like the perfect spot to do so! Such a nice nature spot to appreciate during these times.

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    11 January 2021

    We fell in love with Edinburgh when we visited a few years ago. Blackford Pond looks like a lovely place to visit with kids

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