School’s out, but how do you keep the kids from sitting inside all summer? The cure to summer boredom can be found right on your doorstep!  

With so much natural beauty and many exciting events going on in near Edinburgh, there’s a perfect day out to be found for every family.  

Make these warm months count with these ideas for unforgettable summer days out near Edinburgh. 

1. Pick Your Own at Craigies Farm  

Skip the supermarket this summer and experience the farm to fork lifestyle with a day out at Craigies Farm. The Craigies pick your own experience offers the entire family a unique opportunity to pick fresh and juicy fruit and veg right from the source! 

There is a rainbow of produce to harvest at the farm that will excite even the pickiest eater. From our delicious strawberries to healthy kale & cabbage, everyone’s palette will be pleased. Before heading home with your basket of produce, get a quick taste of Craigies homemade meals, snacks and sweet treats at our Café! 

A day out picking your own fruit at Craigies is sure to provide tasty bites and lasting sweet memories.

2. Go Ape Dalkeith – High Ropes Course

Let the whole family run wild at the Go Ape Dalkeith High Rope Course. With eight zip wires over the River Esk and everything from sky-high climbing courses, to segway experiences and mini Land Rover races, there is something to entertain every member of the family. 

Situated in the heart of stunning Dalkeith Country Park, just a stone’s throw from Edinburgh, a visit to Go Ape Dalkeith High Rope Course is a must for your next family summer adventure! 

3. Camera Obscura and World of Illusions  

Nothing is as it seems at Camera Obscura & World of Illusions. Immerse yourself in a mind-bending experience at the historic home of the original telescope. With each floor offering a bewildering and exhilarating 

assortment of illusions, prepare to be amazed! Experience a world of wonder and delight at Cinema Obscura!  

4. Royal Botanic Gardens  

Tired of the hustle and bustle? Find serenity in the city centre this summer at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh. While being an oasis for city-dwellers, the Botanics are also a world-leading centre of excellence in plant science, conservation horticulture and education, as well as a great day out!  

Wander the gardens and see the beauty for yourself. Further your botanical knowledge with a guided tour and discover insights and tales about the garden. Perhaps put a perfect end to the perfect day out with a bite to eat in the café or a visit to one of the garden’s many art exhibitions. 

With one of the largest and richest plant collections on Earth, a summer’s day out to the Botanics is not to be missed!  

5. Scottish Seabird Centre  

Want to take a walk on Scotland’s wild side? The Scottish Seabird Centre offers the chance to get up close and personal with the wonder of wildlife this summer. You may even be lucky enough to spot a puffling (baby puffin)! 

Based in the stunning coastal town of North Berwick, the Scottish Seabird Centre offers many interactive opportunities to become immersed in the wildlife of Scotland. With boat trips, coastal wildlife tours, live science shows, and more, a day out at the Scottish Seabird Centre is unlike any other.  

At the end of the visit, you will have learned all about the ecosystems, conservation, and seabirds of Scotland’s coasts while also having fun! 

Craigies Farm is open 7 days a week – make the most of your visit by dropping into Craigies Café, bring the little ones along to Little Farmers, or click & collect your online shop order. 

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