In the previous article we saw the best indoor activities in Edinburgh for families and children see here now it’s time to talk about outdoor activities!

Of course, we all know that the Scottish weather can be Dreich (Wet, dull, gloomy, or any combination of these) but when it’s nice and dry there are many fantastic outdoor activities for families and children.


Let’s have a look at the best outdoor activities in Edinburgh


1. Edinburgh Zoo


What’s better than animals to make you and your children happy?

See more than 1000 fantastic animals in the largest wildlife attraction in Scotland. The Zoo offers a range of exciting visitor experiences, from a free Hilltop Safari ride to playgrounds and picnic areas.

Of course, you cannot miss UK's only koalas and the two giant pandas Tian Tian and Yang Guang!

If you want a memorable experience then prepare for the animal-handling sessions and get really close to some of the more friendly animals!

Open every day of the year, even Christmas day!



Suitable for all ages

Venue type: Outdoor

Price*: £19 Adults, £14.55 Children (3-15), FREE Children (Under 3), £16.50 Concession

More info: http://www.edinburghzoo.org.uk/



2. The Mercat Tours


Photo Credit: The Mercat Tours

If your kids love creepy stories and get goosebumps then the Mercat Tours is perfect for them.

This daytime tour for kids will take you to some of the city’s horrible haunts, including a visit to the famous Blair Street Underground Vaults.


Your guide will walk you in the old alleys where regular people lived in the Old Edinburgh.

You will see how family lived, go inside their home and feel the creepy atmosphere first hand!


Photo Credit: The Mercat Tours

Suitable for: Young Children (5-8), Older Children (9-12) and Teenagers (13-18)

Venue type: Outdoor

Price*: £13 Adults, £8 Children (5-17), £11 Concession, £34 Family (2 Adults, 2 Children)

More info: https://www.mercattours.com/tours/ghost-tours/view-tour/ghosts-gore--grime



3. Gorgie Farm


Photo Credit: Gorgie City Farm

A lovely farm in the city with a range of farm animals and pets, as well as a variety of gardens, it's a fun place to visit and learn.

If you contact them through the website, your children can take part to the Farmer’s Helpers workshops, Pet Boarding and Cuddle Corner. Shop and get some of the farm’s produce, depending on the season.


Photo Credit: Gorgie City Farm

Suitable for all ages

Venue type: Outdoor

Price*: FREE

More info: https://www.gorgiecityfarm.org.uk/







4. The Royal Botanical Gardens Edinburgh


Photo Credit: Day Out With The Kids

This is a must visit for you and your kids and it is free. Amazing gardens and fascinating vegetation spread over 70 acres, and it is in the city centre!

See tropical palms and arid lands cacti or step into a magical Chinese Garden and walk through the 100 years old Herbaceous Border.

Go to the John Hope Gateway to examine plants or many other findings, using microscopes! Pick up a bag of sunflowers seeds from the entrance and have a wander around the park, where you will be greeted by little squirrels wanting a seed or two.


Photo Credit: Visit Scotland

Suitable for all ages

Venue type: Outdoor, Indoor

Price*: FREE

More info: http://www.rbge.org.uk/the-gardens/home


5. Midlothian Snowsports Centre


Photo Credit: Snowsports Centre | Midlothian Council

Midlothian Snowsports Centre is the longest dry ski slope in Europe, ideal for skiing and snowboarding lovers, but of course there is much more for your kids to enjoy!

Let them slide down hill using inflatable doughnuts or let them join the Junior Ski School and Junior Snowboard Schools, learning all the necessary skills from absolute beginners upwards.

If you plan to go on Saturday or Sundays then look at the Super Sliders, a fun club on for 7-12 year-olds. It provides supervised skiing by qualified experienced instructors.

Make sure that you organised everything beforehand especially with some of the activities that have limited places.

Remember to gear up and wear wear gloves, long sleeved tops, trousers and outdoor shoes!


Photo Credit: Snowsports Centre | Midlothian Council

Suitable for: Adults and Kids (Skiing: age 4-17 / Snowboarding: age 8-17)

Venue type: Outdoor

Price*: See here

More info: https://www.midlothian.gov.uk/info/200281/snowsports_centre



6. Sandemans Edinburgh Free Tour


Take a walk in the narrow streets of Edinburgh, where you could meet body-snatchers, witch hunters, firebrand priests and philosophers all living on the side of a dead volcano!

This Free 3 hour walking tour covers sights of the Old City of Edinburgh, starting from the popular Royal Mile. See the famous places that inspired Harry Potter’s books, go through old streets, then up hills and finally go to sites of executions.

Your little ones might find some stories disturbing (executions and similar things) so be warned.

Their unique style of combining history with pure showmanship has made them one of the most popular walking tour companies in all of Europe!


Suitable for: Adults and Kids (from 9 up)

Venue type: Outdoor

Price*: FREE

More info: http://www.neweuropetours.eu/edinburgh/en/home


With no shortage of great activities for kids, you can be sure that you and your wee ones will enjoy a great day out in Edinburgh.


If the weather is not nice then have a look at these indoor activities!


*Prices correct at the time of posting. Please contact each venue for exact prices or visit their website