There are few better places to spend a day with the family than in and around Edinburgh, especially when the sun is out.
Discover our top recommendations on the best family things to do this summer.
Dalkeith Country Park
For a woodland treetop adventure, Fort Douglas, nestled amongst the wilderness of Dalkeith Country Park is the ideal backdrop for those little imaginations to flourish.
Battle back and forth along the rope bridges, walk the planks across the climbing frames, swing like an ape on the suspended tyres or have a tea party in the towering turrets, embark on an archery adventure or let loose in a zorbing experience.
The entrance bridge to Fort Douglas is intertwined with a steel, semi-transparent tunnel for a panoramic view of the river below, while the outskirts of Fort Douglas offers an impressive forecourt with amenities such as retail, eateries and toilets. The surrounding grounds are perfect for woodland walks and spotting some wildlife.
Although the zoo experience isn’t strictly reserved for a beautiful day, dry weather definitely entices the animals to come out and about. Sit back and watch various species of penguins strut their stuff along the promenade during the Penguin Parade with a refreshing cone or join the jolly giant pandas while they chomp down on bamboo shoots.
Get close up and personal with the zookeeper for a day packages or simply wander past the wildlife enclosures looking for your favourite inhabitant.
For the slightly older children or adventurous adult, test your balance and skill in this above water challenge. Try not to plunge to your depths as you wobble along the rope course, with no harness or clip safety system, there is just the refreshing shallow water below.
Join the wakeboarding beginners’ class or dart across the treetops in the aerial adventure course and zipline, a treat for the thrill-seeking traveller.
For the little historian, take a trip back in time and discover this iconic landmark enriched with culture and legendary tales. Spend the day in a real castle exploring all the ancient gems and jewels it has to offer or find the right spot for the one o’clock gunfire. You can even climb on top of the rooftop canons.
Royal Botanical Garden
Let the kids run wild through the jungle of florals and botanical treasures and explore a wealth of vivid colour and a range of plant species. Dine in an award-winning restaurant within the glasshouse, buried amongst the towering blossom. Keep an eye out for child-friendly activities throughout the year.