A Day Out In And Around Edinburgh: For Adults

  • Sophie
  • 8th October 2014

A visit to Go Ape is guaranteed to have you feeling on top of the world.

It is a great place to spend time with friends as you work as a team to complete the course. Once there you will soon find yourself swinging through the trees, crossing rope bridges and whizzing down a super-high zip wire all of which will leave you wanting more. Go Ape at Glentress Forest is just a short distance away from Edinburgh a city that is packed with wonderful things to do. Make your adventure last longer by including a trip into the city in your day out. Here are some highlights you should check out.

What to do?

Go to Holyrood Park

If you feel you need to burn off some of that delicious shortbread you can head to the hills which form Holyrood Park. Arthur's Seat is probably the most well-known of these peaks (perfect if you want to continue your day on a high). Within the 260 acre park you can also pay a visit to St Anthony's Chapel, a 15th century mediaeval chapel, Salisbury Crags, a succession of 150 foot cliffs and Duddingston Loch, which is a haven for birds and wildlife.

Where to go?

Water of Leith Walkway

This 12-mile hidden walkway is a designated urban wildlife site along which herons, kingfishers, roe deer and even otters can be spotted. Running from Balerno to Leith docks there are a number of access points if you don't want to walk the entire stretch. Look out for the six naked men who stand proud in the water along the route. These cast-iron statues were sculpted by artist Antony Gormley (of Angel of the North fame) and bring contemporary art to parts of Edinburgh that might otherwise not get to see it.

Where to eat?

The Gateway Restaurant, Royal Botanic Garden

Set in the grounds of the Royal Botanic Garden you will find the Gateway Restaurant. The menu offers fresh and tasty food that is locally sourced, with many ingredients being grown in the gardens themselves. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea. Lunches include local favourites such as chargrilled Ayrshire pork sausages, Grampian chicken deli sarnies and Shetland smoked salmon. Also in the grounds, the Terrace Café serves hot and cold food on a daily basis; if you get a table on the terrace you also get an amazing view of the city's skyline.

And something for a rainy day?

Visit the Scottish Parliament

Thanks to the treetop canopy Go Ape is an all-weather activity. However, if you want to dodge the rain later in the day you can head to the Scottish Parliament building. When Catalonian architect Enric Miralles' award-winning building was completed it was met with plenty of controversy. And when something divides opinion so much it is well worth a visit. There is a permanent exhibition, free guided tours throughout the day and the chance to sit in on committee meetings and debates. It is open six days a week but you should check the website before visiting.

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