Corstorphine Hill is a great place to come for a relaxing stroll. Corstorphine Woods makes up most of the hill, and there are some great bird spotting routes through it. If you keep your eyes open you might spot a tawny owl, kestrel, or great spotted woodpecker. Some ancient settlements have been discovered here, and the hill is also of interest to geologists. It was recently classified as a ‘Regionally Important Geological Site’. Make sure you stop by Corstorphine Hill Tower. This is a memorial to the novelist Walter Scott, built in 1871 to commemorate the centenary of his birth. Edinburgh Zoo lies on the south side of the hill, and Murrayfield golf course on its east side.