Midlothian – For the Best Family Days Out
Midlothian Tourism Forum is excited to have won a Visit Scotland Destination Fund bid to promote all
the wonders of our beautiful region to families. The riches Midlothian has on offer for great days out
with the family are far and wide. Whether you’re hunting for adventure, desiring a little history and
culture or you want to soak up nature, there is something for everyone in Midlothian.
Midlothian – for the best family days out
Looking for the perfect family day out? Weekend days to fill or Easter school holidays to occupy, look no further than
your own Midlothian for a local day trip with friends or family. There’s lots to offer in the region just moments from
your front door. We are so lucky to live so close to adventure, mystery, freedom and fun! With less time travelling
and more time having fun, everyone is a winner. Here’s our pick of great family days out ideas. Is your favourite go-
to not here? We’d love to hear from you. Tell us about your must-visit destination for family time.
The best day out for…Adventure
Adrenaline junkies can delight in varied experiences within Midlothian from snowsports to climbing and extreme
Midlothian boasts some of the finest activity centres in the country with Midlothian Snowsports Centre, Britain’s
largest artificial ski slope set on the stunning hillside of the Pentlands National Park. Then you have our amazing
indoor attractions – Eden Rock for climbing and Ryze for trampolining. There’s exhilaration and memory making right
there. Both offer experiences for novices and fun for all the family. Oh and let’s not forget Fort Douglas Adventure
Park at Dalkeith Country Park which may well be a firm favourite already but if not go enjoy. And now Dalkeith
Country Park also has its new Go Ape courses which opened summer 2021, adding to the star quality adventure
destination that is Midlothian.
The best day out for…something different
Looking for things to do in Midlothian that are far from run of the mill? From golf and falconry to paddle boarding
there are memory making experience for all ages.
Toptracer Golf Range at Melville Golf Centre, well known for being the perfect starter for trying out golf and great
for all the family. Perhaps you’d like to discover Dalhousie Falconry, fabulous for children and adults to enjoy
something unique and be introduced up close to an owl or a raptor. Enjoy the special experience designed for
children under 12 where the activity lasts 45 minutes and during that time they will be introduced to all the birds, as
well as fly an owl. There are also varied experiences for adults too. Oh and we adore all that Driftwood Adventure
has to offer with its multitude of adventurous experiences including paddle boarding on Gladhouse Reservoir.
The best day out for…Mystery & History
Discover our very own five star attractions – the National Mining Museum Scotland and Rosslyn Chapel – famous
places and national treasures with tours, trails and fun family activities for kids. Midlothian is steeped in history come
and uncover it.
Time and time again the stories around Rosslyn Chapel, intrigue visitors. There are 15 th century knights and dragons,
the chapel’s angels and counting the green men. Also, the Chapel of course played a starring role in the Da Vinci
Code story and film with Tom Hanks and Audrey Tautou so relive that Hollywood moment! The Chapel is open all
year and it now has a new children’s guide available. On your visit why not also enjoy Roslin Village and glen. These
are great places for a wander too. After all that why not enjoy a fabulous supershake at Dolly’s Tea Room at Chapel
Cross Guesthouse? A highlight for all, not just the kids. Set in the wonderfully restored Lady Victoria Colliery, National Mining Museum Scotland tells the story of coal for
Scotland. Visitors can discover the miners’ way of life through two floors of exhibitions and a tour of the pithead,
recreated underground and coalface with an ex-miner guide. Kids love it here.
Discover the history of our local places and why not start with Dalkeith Museum where artefacts illustrate the
history of Dalkeith and how the town has changed over centuries from the Roman times to present day. A trail walk
through the town to Dalkeith Country Park for some fun and food is a winner.
The 1,000 acre Dalkeith Country Park itself has a history stretching back 1000 years. Over the centuries kings and
queens have stayed in its beautiful Dalkeith Palace often preferring it to staying in Edinburgh Castle or Holyrood
Palace. Find something for everyone on the estate with walks, wildlife and wonderful shopping and eating in its
restored 18 th century stableyard, Restoration Yard. Use The Park as a base for Discovering Dalkeith – a new walking
route that explores the historic connections between Dalkeith Country Park and the town of Dalkeith.
The best day out for…running free in nature
Just outside Edinburgh you have easy access to some lovely places for walking, cycling and exploring big nature. The
Pentland Hills, riverside walks, way marked routes in our fabulous parks at Vogrie and Dalkeith Country Parks are
great options, both with cafes. Discover Penicuik House parkland or Newbattle Abbey grounds (featured in recent
Princess Switch film), Lord Ancrum’s Wood or landscape around Gladhouse Reservoir for longer hikes.
And why not pop in to the region’s eateries for some fine food and warming drinks. You’ll find lots of suggested
stopping off places for all budgets on the Midlothian family days out website, along with more tips, special offers and
The Midlothian Tourism Forum would love to hear from you. What are your family’s favourite days out in
Contact Liz Young – [email protected] 07967341703 for more information