An adventurer’s mecca, Dalkeith Country Park has it all and is a welcome break from the concrete city confines. The park is the estate of Dalkeith Palace, which dates back to 1702 and sports a long history involving Bonnie Prince Charlie and King George IV. From archery and secret wooded walks to cycling trails, fishing, and a children’s playground in the form of a fortress, this spot is home to an endless list of fun activities. Foodies can graze away at the Restoration Yard, a crafty stable conversion and courtyard with a smart glass adorned café and enticing shop.
Dalkeith Country Park, Dalkeith, Scotland, +44 (0)131 654 1666
Tranquil and historical, Newbattle Abbey is the site of a former Cistercian monastery dating back to 1140. The building, which has been remodeled beautifully, now hosts events such as weddings and conferences. Deeply riddled with Scottish history, Newbattle Abbey happens to house some of Scotland’s finest tribes of European trees. Architecture enthusiasts will take great pleasure in observing the craftsmanship displayed in the building.
Newbattle Abbey, Newbattle Rd, Newbattle, Dalkeith, Scotland, +44 131 663 1921
Just a short drive from Dalkeith sits one of Edinburgh’s many hidden gems — Dobbies and Butterfly World! A most popular hangout for locals, Dobbies is a garden centre with a twist. The café is addictive, the goodies inside are unnecessary buys but so worth it, and the accompanying butterfly world is a mini garden of Eden bursting with creepy crawlies and graceful butterflies fluttering by. Witnessing glowing scorpions, schools of fish, terrapins, snakes, millipedes, tropical gardens and tarantulas in their natural glory is a welcome stress reliever.
Gone are the days when you make way for your local sports centre in the hope that the trampoline room, with its sparse décor and not-so-bouncy ways, isn’t booked out. Ryze defies all gravity and never fails to put a spring in your step. From epic dodge ball games and launch pads to student nights, foam pits, extreme trampolines and more, this trampoline dreamland is as bouncing as it is brilliant.
Ryze, 23, Mayfield Industrial Estate, Dalkeith, Scotland, +44 131 634 0140
Just a brief 9-minute drive from Dalkeith sits Gilmerton Cove, a mysterious network of underground passageways and chambers. Carved by hand from sandstone, these subterranean tunnels leave it up to the imagination as to their purpose. However, many suspect links to the Knights Templar, Covenanters or The Hellfire Club. Those brave enough to investigate can book a guided tour, which are by appointment only.
Gilmerton Cove, 16 Drum St, Edinburgh, Scotland, +44 131 666 2035
Life is too short for regrets, so rent a motorcycle and live out your Hell’s Angels dream. Based in Dalkeith, Rent A Motorcycle offers adventurers a tailored service plan for an epic motor biking holiday touring across bonnie Scotland. From exploring hidden towns and zooming down country roads to riding as free as the wind, this option is a little livelier than a bog-standard bus tour!
Rent A Motorcycle, 226 High St, Dalkeith, Scotland, +44 131 603 4466