Saughton Park, situated between Gorgie, Balgreen, Whitson and Stenhouse is a large multi use green space in the west of the city. In 1908 Saughton Park was the site of the Scottish National Exhibition, of which you can read more about on the excellent EdinPhoto website. The Winter Gardens that still exist in the park today were part of that exhibition over 100 years ago, it would be reasonable to assume that the skatepark wasn’t…
Coming in from Fords Road you’re greeeted by an unofficial car park (or more like a muddy mess) for Chesser House just across the other side of the river.
To your left is the playing fields (or dog shitting area), and further to the left is the Saughton astroturf pitches. This area is particularly busy at the weekend.
Walk down past the wall around the Winter Gardens and you’ll find these lovely toilets (disused), not that you would particularly want to go stocking brown trout in here.
On the left from here is the Saughton playpark, there’s been so much money poured into this for it only to be regularly vandalised by the local wildlife. You’ll recognise them, clad head to foot in JJB’s finest with as much intellect as the dogs shit on the play fields. Wee fannies as they are commonly known.
And this is the place to find “wee fannies”, among the proper skaters and bikers in the skatepark you’ll find it lined by “wee fannies” who are neither there to skate or bike, but to be “wee fannies”. You’ll maybe also be lucky enough to spot the odd low level drug dealer about, he’ll be a magnet for the “wee fannies”.
Turning right and through the mud will bring you to the Gorgie side of the park, where you’ll pick up the Water of Leith again. You’ll also see this called card of the “wee fannies”
This is a large more conventional park area, at the centre is this new monkey puzzle tree which seems to have survived the windy reason over December and January.
To the right is the entrance to the Winter Gardens, a sort of mini-Botanics. This is shut at night and therefore hasn’t had a chance to be ruined.
The Water of Leith runs alongside Gorgie Road to your right, this is where it comes over the wier at Fords Road which impressively flooded back on 2000 when most of Murrayfield and Roseburn were also under water.
Above the wier the river is deep and slow moving, you can walk along the other bank here as well.
And that’s us basically done a circle of the park and we’re just about back where we started! You can keep following the Water of Leith from here down to Roseburn and eventually Leith.