Napiers Foraging Tour


New dates added by popular demand!

Join our Napiers Foraging Tour and embrace the edible landscape.

This 3 hour foraging tour explores the Hermitage of Braid and Blackford Hill Local Nature Reserve, Duncan Napiers's favourite place to collect herbs. 

Led by expert Napiers forager Amy Rankine, this tour is an informative must-do for those visiting and wanting to learn more about foraging. Throughout the tour you will learn how to spot edible fungi and plants, and be shown the medicinal herb garden.

Please note: This path may be unsuitable for wheelchairs or mobility scooters because of uneven ground.

Limited space: maximum of 15 people per tour - book now so you don't miss out!


Please note that tickets are non-refundable and non-transferrable. Changes to your booking are not possible once your booking is confirmed.


Hermitage of Braid and Blackford Hill Local Nature Reserve, Edinburgh EH9.

Meeting point and further details will be emailed on booking confirmation.

What To Expect

  • Experience the exploration of foraging with Napiers forager Amy Rankine
  • A 3 hour tour through Hermitage Woods exploring the woods and the medicinal herb gardens
  • Pass by the places Duncan Napier visited during his days of collecting herbs and learn about our heritage
  • Learn how to spot fungi such as oysters and jelly ears
  • Return to nature amidst the hustle and bustle of Edinburgh

Please note: Some herbs and fungi are weather dependent so we cannot guarantee we will see all.

This tour is suitable for children 10+.

Hear from our customers
Amy who led the forage tour was superb: engaging , passionate & just nice!
Would do it all again & have recomended.
— Zoe
This was an amazing experience! Definitely should do more of these outside of Fringe. Some locals I talked to didn't even know about this. I heard about through Secret Edinburgh Instagram
— Jordan
The foraging walk led by Amy in Blackford Hermitage was wonderful.I learned so much and intend to read more about foraging.Amy is so knowledgeable and enthusiastic.She imparts the information in a way that is easy to understand and remember.
Thank you Amy and Napiers
— Mary
The foraging walk was absolutely fascinating. The people attending had a wide range of experience of foraging but Amy was able to explain things interesting to all of us. She helped us identify plants and gave us information on how to use them whether for food or medicinal.
— Jan

About Amy Rankine

Amy Rankine, began her journey of foraging in her childhood.

Her appreciation for the edible landscape and passion for education led her to start operating foraging tours to share her knowledge.

About Napiers Foraging

Get back to nature and join a Napiers Foraging Tour, to help you explore Hermitage Woods, uncovering wild herbs and fungi.

Led by our expert forager, discover treasures like wild thyme, wild mint, yarrow, sorrel, dandelion, and woodruff. Gain insights into culinary and medicinal uses, deepening your nature-friendly living and wellness knowledge.

Space is limited, so don't miss out on creating lasting memories and fine-tuning your culinary skills.

Napiers Foraging—an enchanting blend of culture, exploration, and culinary delights. Book now for an unforgettable journey of discovery.