The hidden delights of Cammo
Tucked away on the extreme west of the City in the upmarket area of Barton is a hidden gem of Edinburgh. The Cammo estate, several acres of woodland, meadow and historic buildings would be easy to miss if you didn’t know it was here. Heading out to the Forth Road Bridge on the A90 turn right just past the Barton junction and you’ll be on the doorstep of Cammo. There’s loads of history surrounding this place which Google would be more than happy to inform you about but apart from that, just spending time exploring this fascinating place is time well spent.
Among the places of interest to find in Cammo are the remains of Cammo House, the water tower, old stables, standing stone, ornamental canal and walled garden. It might well take a few visits to find them all but it’s a place worth visiting again and again. Top tip for Cammo, go in the depths of winter, especially with a lot of snow on the ground. It’s a fantastic respite from the hustle of the city centre.
A complete mystery as to why this is here at all. There’s no markings of any kind but it’s a fair sized stone! See if you can find it near the remains of Cammo House.
All that remains of Cammo House, build in the 1600’s it was finally destroyed by fire and never rebuilt.
This sits next to the remains of Cammo House, quite what the purpose is is open to discussion. The water level seems to have been lowered in recent years and it’s not well overgrown.
The tower is the more recognisable feature of the estate, you can see if from the roads around and it’s worth a look. Take a look inside, especially if you like pigeons…
Dangerous building! Quite why I’m not sure but I wasn’t about to go climbing about it to find out why.
Cammo is heavily wooded and a real hive of wildlife, here some of the less intelligent local wildlife has left it’s mark.
A popular area with the dog walkers.
Wellies and dog optional.