Edinburgh has quite a few city escapes - with the most famous probably being Arthurs Seat. Situated right next to Holyrood, in student-central and not far from the High Street, it's literally a stones throw away from the busy, tourist-filled Old Town. I actually wish I spent more time up Arthurs Seat to be honest. I've spent two bonfire nights up there, where you can watch numerous firework displays around the city for free. You might not be particularly close to a display, but it's a perfect option. Saying that, if you get there early enough you can get a pretty good view of the Meadowbank display, but you've got to claim your spot!
*Bonfire Night/Guy Fawkes Night*
*Windswept EBC training*
No matter what side you climb it, you'll arrive at the top and the walk up will be way in the back of your mind once you take in the views. You'll see right over the city, including the castle and right over to the Forth River and it's two famous bridges. The city is surrounded by a beautiful backdrop of the Pentland hills (another city escape I will right about one day!), and out to the Isle of May and over to Fife. If you manage to catch it on a sunny day, the sunshine lightens up the gothic architecture and casts a beautiful light over the capital city. You will need a jacket and scarf though, as it does get pretty windy at the top!