The Herb Walk

The Herb Walk

The tranquil banks of The Water of Leith are brimming with herbs: plants which have a medicinal, culinary, cosmetic or domestic use. On this experiential walk, your guide will identify at least 20 wild herbs and give you an entertaining, yet informative, overview of their traditional and contemporary uses.

With Hygieia, the goddess of health, as an appropriate backdrop, you will discover...

  • Seasonal foods - from nutritious spring salads, to local spices for mulling wine.
  • A surprising source of silky-smooth knickers - and soap for washing them!
  • A vast array of herbal medicines - from ancient cures for boils, to contemporary antiviral treatments.
You’ll never think of plants in the same way again!

Herb walks depart from the Stockbridge end of Dean Terrace (opposite Pizza Express at Dean Terrace, EH4 1ND) on Wednesdays at 5.30pm and Sundays at 2pm. Each walk will last about 90 minutes, but we’ll only walk to St Bernard’s Well because there will be so many herbs to discover along the way!

Herb walks are led by Nicky Brownrigg, who studied Herbology at the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh (RBGE), graduating with distinction and achieving the “top student award.” Nicky has led walks and facilitated herbal workshops for the BBC, NHS, RBGE, Heriot Watt University and private groups.