There are so many brilliant things to do in and around Edinburgh, but so many that we’ve not yet got round to doing – we’re still relatively new to the city!
I was so lucky during maternity leave to have Robin around so much, his shift pattern means he gets a fair amount of quality time at home during the week. Now, I know maternity leave isn’t one long holiday, but I’ll be honest when I say that now I’m back at work I do miss the freedom to be able to go out and do things during the week as opposed to weekends when Robin isn’t always home.
So my mission for 2017 is to make the most of our days off as a family and check off all the places on my ever growing list. Many we’ve been to before, some we’ll be visiting for the first time.
Here’s what I’ve got so far –
- Lauriston Castle ✔ – Visited in January after seeing pictures of the grounds on one of my favourite Instagrammer’s feeds.
- Museum of Childhood
- Edinburgh Zoo ✔ – Visited on New Year’s Day! We’re lucky enough to have a Zoo Membership, but we’ve been guitly of not making the most of it, so hopefully we can visit more throughout the year.
- Dalkeith Country Park ✔ – ticked off in February with a visit to DKP + lunch @ The Restoration Yard. A walk round this area has become a regular thing for us as it’s so close to our house!
- Roslin Glen
- Inverleith Park
- Botanic Gardens ✔ – Visited at Easter and had a brilliant time doing the trail. Missed out the glass houses, but will be going back to explore them soon!
- Holyrood Park ✔ – Visited on a chilly January morning and fed the ducks at St. Margaret’s Loch & returned to my car to find a parking ticket, YAY. Need to go back though because there’s lots more to see.
- Craigie’s Farm ✔ – Fruit picking is brilliant here in the summer, we had the best day!
- Gorgie City Farm ✔ – We’ve now been back to Gorgie City this year, it’s still having a lot done to it. It killed a few hours, but don’t plan on going for much longer!
- Five Sisters Zoo
- The Kelpies ✔ – Visited on a freeeeeezing day, but we still had a great time and Oscar loved the play park – lots to do for all ages and an ice cream van come rain or shine!
- Linlithgow Castle
- Cramond Island
- Beecraigs Country Park
- Camera Obscura
- The Meadows Play Park
- Vogrie Country Park ✔ – Back and forth to this place a few times now and still lots to see. Great for a woodland explore!
- Portobello Beach ✔ – Roasting morning in April led to a last minute visit to the beach and Oscar loved it – can’t wait to go back in summer!
- National Museum of Scotland ✔ – Perfect visit on a dreich January day! Oscar loved it!
- Galleries of Modern Art
- Dean Village
- Deep Sea World
- Butterfly World ✔ – They do reptile show + tell twice a day!
- Almond Vale Heritage Trail ✔ – Maybe the icy wind on the day we visited put me off, so I’ll keep my review to myself for now.
- Ravelston Woods ✔ – Visited in May for the bluebells, great for a woodland walk!
- Archerfield Walled Garden ✔ – The Fairy Trail was a toddler hit and the cafe did a good breakfast too – win win.
I’ve ticked off what we’ve done so far in 2017 and will continue to update on Instagram using #OWDSadventures2017
How many can you tick off? Or, do you have some to add? Let me know in the comments below!