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Holiday Ideas for Summer Fun

The summer is here and so are six weeks of holidays to fill.

Here are some ideas for days out, events and local fun.

Lots of them are free!

  • Edinburgh Museums and Galleries will be open over the break. Lauriston Castle, The City Arts Centre and a wealth of other venues are open 7 days a week with lots of exciting events and exhibitions.






  • There are great family walks in and around Edinburgh. A good website for finding these is Walk Highlands .


  • Mr Bennett’s top 5 family walks near Edinburgh are:
    1. Granton to Cramond. The walk along the forth from Granton to Cramond would be a fantastic walk as it is. But add in the collectable brass rubbing points along the way and ice cream, or a pub lunch,at the other end and this is probably the best family walk in Edinburgh. Scooter, buggy and bike friendly too.
    2. The Craiglockhart Hills. are right on our doorstep just a bus ride away. They are great for a woodland walk, a lochside walk and a hill for a picnic. Extend your walk by walking along the canal to the start.
    3. Linlithgow Loch is a very gentle stroll. Just wander around the loch and visit the play park.
    4. Croy Hill a bit further afield and a bit more challenging but definitely fun. Also- has romans.
    5. Direleton to North Berwick This one is four gentle miles and involves beaches galore, a woodland adventure playground, a lighthouse island view and chips and ice cream at the end and by the playground. Make a day of it.
  • The National Mining Museum is open through the holiday and is always a favourite with it’s mine tunnel recreation tour, and very easy to get to on the borders railway from Haymarket.


  • If you are going out on the trains this summer make sure you take advantage of Scotrail’s family offers “Kids Go Free” and the Family Rail card (1/3 off fares for all the family)


  • Gorgie Farm is always there for Dalry Locals and getting better all the time.



  • Further afield the beaches at Portobello, North Berwick, Dunbar and Eymouth are all great for day trips. As are the many beaches over in Fife.



  • There are also a tonne of events locally which we have already flagged up. Head to our news list to see all the things that are going on.

Have a great summer.


Calling all budding IRONKIDS

IRONKIDS Scotland is coming to Edinburgh and is open to kids of all abilities – aged 3 up to 14 years.

It’s a series of three fun, family-focused running events being staged in and around Edinburgh on 29 and 30 June.

There are age group races of between 500m and 2km, spectator friendly courses, free live entertainment, activities, and sports taster sessions.

The IRONKIDS events are at:

  • Dalkeith Country Park, from 4pm, Friday 29 June
  • Preston Links, Prestonpans, from 11am, Saturday 30 June
  • Holyrood Park, from 3pm, Saturday 30 June

Entry is only £4 per young person (plus a small booking fee). The cost includes an IRONKIDS T-shirt and a Finishers Medal.

Find out how to sign up for IRONKIDS Scotland. You can also enter on the day.

IRONKIDS Scotland 2018 is an exciting addition to the IRONMAN 70.3 Edinburgh race weekend and part of the global IRONKIDS running series. They are also a key part of Scotland’s Year of Young People 2018 celebrations

Multi-Sport Skillz Holiday Programme

The COEC Multi-Sport Skillz Holiday Programme is available to P3 – P7 pupils this summer! We still have spaces on all 4 weeks! This is a fantastic opportunity for children to keep active and enjoy their summer break.


*** Please note: There has been one venue change.

The Multi-Sport Skillz Summer Holiday camp which was listed to run at Currie High School will now run from Balerno High School.