Arniston House is a magnificent William Adam, Palladian style mansion house set in acres of beautiful parkland just 11 miles from Edinburgh. It has been home to the Dundas family for over 400 years. We invite you to visit and marvel at the intricate stucco work and beautiful portraits by contemporary Scottish artists such as Sir Henry Raeburn and Alexander Nasmyth and to admire the fascinating period furniture. Birthplace to Henry Viscount Melville and two Lord Presidents of the Court of Session, a visit to Arniston will make a memorable and interesting day out. Find out about our opening times and prices, or contact us on 01875 830 515 to arrange a private group visit.
Cousland Smiddy gives visitors a fascinating glimpse into our village's heritage, with an early 18th century blacksmith’s workshop, Victorian cottage, other partially conserved associated buildings, organic allotments in the former gardens and recreational spaces to enjoy. We believe there has been a continuously working Smiddy on this site in the village since at least 1703. The location is home to Cousland Smiddy Trust, Cousland Local History Project, Cousland Community Heritage Hub and the Cousland Smiddy Plotters. Our display for 2018 celebrates the 100th Birthday of Cousland SWRI. 2018 opening dates now available here
Crichton Castle stands tucked away out of sight, on a terrace overlooking the River Tyne in Midlothian. It was a noble residence for some 200 years, from the late 14th century through to the close of the 16th century. Built as the lordly residence of the Crichtons and later home to the Earls of Bothwell. Its connections with both these influential families associate the place with some of the most colourful chapters in Scottish history. Nothing quite like this was built anywhere else in Scotland.
Re-launched in July 2016, Dalkeith Country Park really does have something for everyone, whether you're looking for a family trip out or a day spent lunching and shopping. Fort Douglas play park is magical for little ones with turreted treehouses, suspension bridges, slides, climbing walls and secret tunnels of this brand new playground. It has two amazing play zones: one that’s perfect for children up to the age of five and another for six to twelve year olds. Sorry grown-ups, the equipment is for kids only, but we do have coffee up there in Restoration Yard and our gorgeous new kiosk (with bathrooms too). You'll also find archery and zorbing in Fort Douglas at busier times. Restoration Yard is a place for eating, shopping and relaxation. Come explore our gorgeous new retail, dining and wellness space located in the newly renovated stable yards at Dalkeith Country Park.
As part of the Dalkeith Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) and Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS) (see www.dalkeiththi.co.uk) a heritage trail for the town centre has been developed. The trail has been produced by the Dalkeith Heritage Trail Group with representatives from, Dalkeith Community Council, Dalkeith History Society, Dalkeith Youth Forum, Dalkeith Business Renewal, Midlothian Council, Melville Housing Association and local businesses in the town. The group has produced a leaflet which highlights the trail, taking in important historic buildings such as the Tolbooth, the former Cross Keys hotel, the grave yard watch tower, DalkeithPalace, the Corn Exchange and others. The trail has been added to by Susan Grant, Midlothian’s Artist in Residence who has developed the “iwozheredalkeith” initiative. This has involved collecting stories and memories from local people and recording them and taking some of them for a series of plaques in the town for a public art trail. So you can follow the heritage trail and also take in the red plaques “iwozheredalkeith” trail. This gives a fascinating glimpse into the town’s colourful history and unique heritage. (see www.iwozheredalkeith.com).
Visit the world's longest running Tropical Butterfly House at the Edinburgh Butterfly & Insect World. Daily shows plus Animal Handling Sessions at 12 & 3pm. Family fun with full Day Pass admission.
Golfing centre of excellence - 9 hole 'pay and play' course. Floodlit, covered range with Powertees. 4 hole short game area and putting. Full equipment, trolley & shoe hire. PGA tuition
Practice skiing and snowboarding, school lessons, holiday programmes, equipment hire, chairlift rides, 2 x tow uplifts, tubing runs and parties, main slopes and nursery slopes.
National Mining Museum Scotland is a 5 Star attraction housed in the wonderfully restored Lady Victoria Colliery, the finest surviving colliery in Europe and a superb day out for the whole family. The Old Power House at the National Mining Museum Scotland is a unique venue for your event. With its high Victorian arched windows exposed original brickwork and complete accessibility, it’s the perfect place to present a memorable event. We pride ourselves in helping to realise our client’s vision through bespoke planning, whether it’s a wedding, special birthday party, a retirement celebration, a product launch, meeting, a craft fair, a theatre production or a concert.
Originally a medieval Cistercian monastery, Newbattle Abbey has a 900-year history of welcoming guests royalty. Located a short distance from Edinburgh city centre, this unique, historic building is the perfect venue for conferences, residential meetings, private celebrations and weddings. Enjoy a guided tour of Newbattle Abbey, a stunning 'A' listed building surrounded by 125 acres of parkland on Tuesdays at 19.25h.
Standing at the heart of one of Scotland’s most important 18th-century designed landscapes Penicuik House was designed and built in the 1760s by Sir James Clerk, 3rd Baronet of Penicuik, with John Baxter the Elder, a renowned builder of that period, responsible for many of Scotland’s most distinguished 18th-century country houses. Later extended with two large wings by the eminent Victorian architect David Bryce in 1857, the house quickly became established as one of the finest second-generation neo-Palladian houses in the country until a fire in 1899 devastated the roof and interiors and left the once-magnificent building in ruins.
Rosslyn Chapel was founded in 1446 by Sir William St Clair. The beauty of its setting and the mysterious symbolism of its ornate stonework have inspired, intrigued and attracted visitors and artists ever since. Practically every surface inside and outside this unique building is carved in an outstanding display of craftsmanship. Visitors can use our free carvings maps - available in 10 languages - to discover the most remarkable features including the Chapel's angels, green men and the famous Apprentice Pillar. Rosslyn Chapel's Guides give free talks throughout the day. These last around 20 minutes and provide a great introduction to the Chapel's story - from its 15th century origins to The Da Vinci Code and beyond. The Chapel's visitor centre has an attractive coffee shop, overlooking Roslin Glen, and gift shop. Due to limited space, please note that access to the visitor centre is restricted to Chapel visitors only. Open all year and easily accessible by bus or bike. Full travel details on the Chapel's website - http://www.rosslynchapel.com
Visit RYZE trampoline park Edinburgh for an extreme adventure with activities including dodgeball, ultimate basketball, and more…all on trampolines!
Soul of Scotland Tours is a family business that is passionate about people enjoying Scottish history, culture, mystery and adventure. We run two walking tours in Edinburgh, but also two themed day trips in Midlothian called The Mystery Tour and The Medieval Tour. A tour guide, dressed as a medieval monk, will accompany you as we explore some of the gems of Scotland: Gilmerton Cove, Craigmillar Castle, Rosslyn Chapel, Roslin Castle, Dalhousie Castle, Borthwick Castle, Crichton Castle and Crichton Collegiate Church. Why travel all day long looking at Scotland through a coach window, when you can live it, feel it and breathe it on Edinburgh's doorstep?
Stewart Brewing, founded in 2004 by Steve and Jo Stewart, is Edinburgh's local, independent brewery. Our business is based on two very basic principles: to produce beers of the highest quality possible. to provide an exceptional service to its customers. Stewart Brewing quickly established itself as one of Scotland's most successful and reputable breweries. Over the years we have continued to innovate and develop, whilst upholding the traditional ethos of Edinburgh's rich brewing history. A payroll which consisted of just Jo and Steve Stewart, now supports over 25 employees who work across a range of departments, from retail to production.
Transgression Park is Edinburgh’s premium indoor skate park welcoming BMX bikes, skateboards and others!