A Day Out In Edinburgh
Planning on swinging in the trees at Go Ape's highest zip wire, over a jaw-droppingly beautiful reservoir?If you are, you've made a great decision. But what do you plan on getting up to before or after your monkey business at Glentress Forest? With the charming town of Peebles just under two miles away, and the world famous city of Edinburgh less than an hour's drive from the forest, there's plenty to keep you and your tribe occupied all day long. To help you make your mind up for a great day out in Edinburgh, here's a few options.
What to do?
Climb Arthur's Seat
If you have enough energy after your Go Ape adventures, how about visiting Edinburgh's famous dormant volcano, 'Arthur's Seat'? It's an easily climbable two-hour walk but makes for an exhilarating and (literally) breath-taking experience. The views from the top of the summit (the tallest of Edinburgh's seven hills) are outstanding; they look out over the sea and the city and are a chance for some cracking Kodak moments. Best of all, the cost of this excursion is zero.
Where to go?
Head five miles southeast of Peebles and you'll come across the beautiful Traquair House. While not technically a castle, it's built in the style of a fortified mansion, and is said to be the oldest continually-inhabited house in Scotland. With its fascinating history, it makes for an ideal day out for all the family. Retrace the footsteps of past kings, and look through the collections of old letters and relics. Kids will love the grounds, too, with its adventure playground and maze. If you have time, stop for a brew at the 1745 Cottage Restaurant.
Where to eat?
Bony's Steakhouse & Grill
If your kids fancy a burger and homemade chips (know any children that don't?) and you're after one of the best steaks you've ever sampled, head to Bony's Steakhouse & Grill, situated in Glentress. There's a great kids menu available with a good selection of home-cooked grub to satisfy those rumbling tummies. The menu's not restricted to meat, though; there's a good selection of salads and fresh fish and seafood dishes, such as king prawns, mussels, scallops and mackerel. With a cosy but modern interior and stunning views over the hillsides, what's not to love?
What to do when it's sunny?
Go to Portobello Beach
If you fancy unwinding at the seaside before or after burning all that energy at Go Ape, how about relaxing on Edinburgh's very own beach? Yes, just like Rio Di Janeiro and Barcelona, the Scottish city has a beach! While Edinburgh's climate may not be identical to the aforementioned cities, there's plenty to do, come rain or shine. From kite-surfing and blow-karting to picnics and book reading, there's something for everyone.
And something for a rainy day?
National Museum of Scotland
After a £47-million refurbishment a few years ago, the National Museum of Scotland reopened with its revamped image: 16,000 new galleries and 8,000 objects. From Dolly the sheep to a 12-metre cast of a T-Rex skeleton, the museum makes a fascinating, fun and free way to spend a few hours of the day. The new displays are much more hands-on (which your kids will love) and cover a range of topics - from science and technology to world cultures and transport. Stuffed animals of all shapes and sizes are no longer kept behind glass, so you can really get up-close-and-personal.