Innocent Railway Tunnel
Innocent Railway Tunnel
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Neighbourhood: Southside & Holyrood
Many of Edinburgh’s student hangouts gather around university buildings in Southside, the sort of neighbourhood that supports a long string of second-hand shops and eateries serving ethnic food for just a few pounds. In August the student population is replaced by vast numbers of boisterous visitors here for the Fringe, Edinburgh’s world-class comedy and arts festival which headquarters itself here. Flanking Southside are two great parks. The Meadows is a vast flat and sporty space where football, rugby, tennis, cricket, croquet, and golf often all take place side by side. Kids in its big playgrounds add to the joyful noise. Far bigger and much wilder, Holyrood Park extends to the east and provides a real hike up Arthur’s Seat, but the district is best known as the site of Scotland’s Parliament and its premier Royal Palace—and their steady stream of sightseers.

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Mike
Glossop, UK1,137 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
Worth a visit if your interested in railway history. Very early tunnel for horse drawn coal carrying railway. Path continues on course of the old line out to Brunstane from where you can get the train back. Takes about an hour.
Written 9 February 2024
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David S
2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
For a cyclist who is interested in local history, this is a wee gem. Despite living and cycling in Edinburgh during the late 80's I never knew it existed. Nowadays it forms part of the well-signposted NCN Route and can be incorporated into a very enjoyable ride, avoiding the traffic and terrible pot-holed roads. If the tunnel is empty, the smooth surface and 1:30 decline allow for a very fast and exhilarating ride from St Leonards heading east, although the many graffiti would flash past unnoticed.
Written 27 February 2023
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matthew p
Edinburgh, UK96 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Friends
So this place is a bit difficult to find but you r see a block of flats near by opposite the commwealth pool the tunnel is underneath the complex of flats or looks like it's is when you get to the tunnel it's about half a mile long then you come out to open countryside and if you keep walking the path until the end you can go either to craigmillar castle a 1 mile to the right from sign post keep walking to the right or duddingston village the other way 1.1/3 miles left side of signpost
Written 29 April 2022
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weekak
Edinburgh, UK1,766 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021 • Solo
I'll be honest I was nervous walking through the dimly lit graffiti laden never ending tunnel alone and I wouldn't want to do it at night. I started at Holyrood park and came out in an estate near Hermits Croft. Done it once but wouldn't go out of my way to go again.
Written 23 March 2021
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hashtagstringvest
Teddington, UK133 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Solo
It's a bit hidden away but worth finding for a bit of local history. I know people who have lived in Edinburgh for a long time and didn't know of this tunnel near Holyrood Park. I would say cycling is better than walking. I went through at lunchtime and was the only person around.
Written 27 January 2019
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Negri21
Edinburgh, UK30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018
A tunnel that now part of the edinburgh cycle network .
the entrance is just near the commonwealth pool/ hollyrood park entrance .
takes you all the way to niddry along side the hollyrood park , then the cycle route takes you all the way to musselburgh .
The tunnel its self has lights in it , some nice artwork inside and lots of wet patches
Written 25 April 2018
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Mark S
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Family
We used to hang out in there with friends back in the day, its haunted, on many occasions we'd see orbs of light or partial apparitions walking back and forth, hear voices when nobody was talking and on occasion some of us would see and hear what would appear to be a train only for it to vanish. Still one of my favorite places to walk to this day, reminiscing about the old days
Written 30 April 2017
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Hayley G
23 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Solo
I hate to be a pooper but it is merely along tunnel under the road. That said, it is next to Arthur's Seat and part of the scenic walk.
Written 9 January 2017
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Gillyanni
Edinburgh, UK55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2016 • Family
What a peaceful and tranquil walk. Amazing to read of the old railway between Edinburgh and Dalkeith.
Written 12 November 2016
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88Duncans
Bathurst, Canada141 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2016 • Couples
I lived in East Preston Street at the top of which is the Commonwealth Pool. I never knew the tunnel (or the railway) existed. (My youth was spent just off Rodney Street and never knew of the railway, Rodney Street tunnel or Scotland Street tunnels either!) An investigation amongst the courtyard and garages of the apartments behind the pool reveals the entry to the Innocent Railway Tunnel. Through the tunnel lies the paved rail bed all the way to the crossing at Duddingston near the Holy Rood High School. A walk up th hill brings you to a plethora of attractions: The Auld Kirk is joined by the lochside Dr. Neil's Garden and this includes Thomson's Tower where the Duddingston Curling Club, playing on the loch first formulated and wrote down the formal rules of the game. Along from the kirk is the 14th century Sheep's Heid, claiming to be the oldest operational pub in Edinburgh. It was here we were lucky enough to see the historic practice of 'Riding the Marches' when the Warden of a March (a geographic area - mainly in the borders) assembled his horsemen (see Border Reivers) to ride around his area to demonstrate his authority. This is now done by horse clubs.
Written 28 September 2016
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