Where Do We Go From Crosswoodhill?
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FIRST XI suggestions:
you've only one day to spare in EDINBURGH don't miss the
Castle, nearby Camera Obscura, the Royal
Mile (on foot, exploring all the wynds, alleyways, closes), the
Museum of Childhood (half
way down and free) and Arthur's Seat, an extinct volcano, a good
but easy climb (even for quite young children) with wonderful
views. Park at foot of Arthur's Seat behind The
Palace of Holyroodhouse. Ideal for a picnic. If the weather
turns rough, perhaps opt for a guided tour of the Palace instead.
Young children and weary adults would enjoy a multi language commentary
Tour" on open-topped double-decker buses (can be draughty!)
where you get on and off as you please and get a feel for this wonderful
shops, particularly Jenners ( for a long time the oldest
independent department store in the world), are a bonus, though many are tucked away out of the main thoroughfares. However it's
worth a walk along Princes Street, eyes averted away from the very ordinary shops, and instead gaze towards the Gardens, good for a picnic, and above to the Castle on its precipitous crag and the
wonderful Old Town houses tumbling down from it. It's really spectacular!
west to GLASGOW,
a vibrant city with a string of visitor attractions. Outstanding amongst
a wealth of free museums is the Burrell Museum. Enjoy a walk in the
grounds there and Pollok House. Easy parking for
a small charge. The Kelvingrove Museum, free and recently re-vamped, is drawing the crowds. Equally popular, though not free, is the Glasgow Science Museum, with hundreds of inter-active exhibits, Scotland's only Imax Cinema, a Planetarium and so much else it makes a whole family could easily lose a day there.
off for South Queensferry and start with impressive HOPETOUN
HOUSE and grounds ( only open Spring and Summer months ) View Forth Bridges from the rooftop viewing
platform and then cruise under the Bridges embarking on the "Maid
of the Forth" at South Queensferry for the return trip to idyllic INCHCOLM
ISLAND. Wander the island. Take extra clothing for the boat--
can be chilly. If the weather turns nasty forgo the boat trip
and Inchcolm and seek shelter with a guided tour of House
of the Binns nearby. Or Dalmeny
House, also close by.
miss the cotton mills of NEW LANARK,
Scotland's most important memorial to the Industrial Revolution and now
a World Heritage site. Beautiful setting, fascinating industrial
architecture; good museum with theme-park-style ride carrying you
through New Lanark's history. Deserves all the awards its had.
visiting the Mill and Museum walk upstream along the river, tumbling
water, gorges, waterfalls. A wonderful excursion.
might wish to combine this with a drive to BIGGAR which has exceptionally
fine small museums (Gladstone Court, Moat Park Heritage Centre,
Greenhill, Biggar Gas Works) , all popular with children too. Plus
a small puppet theatre in Biggar. If time climb Tinto Hill
slightly west of Biggar. Easy climb with views taking in much of
VI & VII.
in and around royal STIRLING and BRAVEHEART COUNTRY. Stirling
Castle still watches over the old picturesque
old town of Stirling. Below a Visitor Centre stands on the
site at Bannockburn where Scotland won independence in 1314 following
Robert the Bruce's victory over English forces. Also close by is
the National Wallace Monument , a tribute to Scotland's first freedom
fighter whose struggle to free Scotland from England's occupation was portrayed
in the Oscar-winning movie, Braveheart..
extend your day, combine your half day in Stirling with:
South of the Forth: LINLITHGOW
PALACE and CAIRNPAPPLE
HILL a few miles away. Windowless, roofless and weathering, the
birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots is magnificent. Nice loch beside
it, great picnic spot.
Cairnpapple the views are spectacular, especially rewarding in that it's
such a short climb to this Bronze Age Cairn. If time, Beecraigs
Country Park is nice for a wander and popular with children.
Go west to Callendar, perhaps visit Callendar
House , popular with children, and then tour by car the rugged area
between CALLENDAR and LOCH LOMOND. Fine scenery and
a 100 mile circular route gives a taste of the Highlands in miniature.
This is Rob Roy Country; identify with the movie portraying the story
of the cattle dealer and outlaw who became a Scottish folk hero. Allow
time to walk and explore. Or perhaps take a steam
ship on the beautiful waters of Loch Katrine from where you can
view breathtaking scenery and the splendour of Scotland's First National
Park, cycle or climb Ben A'an. Nearby Visitor
the ring-road around Edinburgh to the rolling farmlands of EAST LOTHIAN.
A round of golf, perhaps
or a visit to see Concorde at the Museum of Flight.
You'll love the Scottish Seabird Centre.
Sample the golden water of life at Glenkinchie
Whisky Distillery if you haven't already enjoyed unravelling
the mysteries of whisky making (with free tasting) at the excellent
Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre
in Edinburgh's Royal Mile
DAY'S WALKING. The choice is limitless. Get up early, drive
north into Perthshire, etc and "bag a Munro". Take to the Borders.
Or settle for the PENTLANDS on your doorstep which offers a huge
range from gentle strolling to more strenuous routes (books with route-
maps available at Crosswoodhill). Wild open spaces just a few miles distant
from Edinburgh but a thousand miles in atmosphere from the city centre.
the BORDERS. Wonderful mixture of landscapes, bleak
moorland, river valleys, lush pasture with the character of the
countryside changing with peculiar rapidity. Peppered with old
castles and abbeys telling their tales of Border feuds with England,
the Borders also boast quirky towns and woollen mills (good bargains
to be had in knitwear). Visit gardens, wander round Peebles,
nice shops and atmospheric little town. The Borders boasts some of the
best mountain biking
terrain in Scotland.
day in the garden or around the farm at Crosswoodhill. Barbecue
you have your fishing rods with you, there is fishing close by where you can land
a few trout for your supper. You can't enjoy fresher fish than that! Lots
of other fishing
opportunities in the Lothians, Strathclyde and the Borders,
all within easy driving distance.
Perhaps take a short trip to ALMOND
VALLEY HERITAGE CENTRE MUSEUM (enjoyable for all ages) in old
Livingston Village. Our local, highly innovative, museum richly deserves
its awards and popularity. Or, if
you've brought your swimming gear with you, introduce your youngsters
to "Xcite", our much praised local leisure pool. Opposite is the new Livingston Designer Outlet and another huge retail outlet with big names and shopping bargains
galore A magnet for those hooked on retail bargains!
meander up Crosswoodhill's own hilly terrain and enjoy a picnic with the
sheep and cattle grazing nearby. Read a book, paddle,
doze, enjoy the isolation. Follow this perhaps with mingling with the crowds...
lots of theatres and culture in Edinburgh, restaurants to suit all tastes.
Edinburgh Ghost Walk
in the dark later, perhaps. Or join an award-winning Mercat
haunted locations, candlelit vaults and an excellent history guide.
If you are extending
your stay and need a SECOND XI, here are some further ideas:
second day in EDINBURGH. Picnic perhaps in Princes Street
play area in Gardens there). Take in some museums, e.g National
Gallery, Chambers Street Museum,
the Museum of Scotland.. A huge choice and mainly free.. Admire the graceful
Georgian architecture of the "New Town": Visit 7
Charlotte Square, The Georgian House to feel at home in an 1820's
drawing room. Bask
in the seasonal beauty of the Botanic
Gardens and visit the hothouses. Tour the Royal
yacht "Britannia" for a taste of how royalty sailed the seas. Visit
Earth and travel back from the present day
to the beginning of time.
BUTTERFLY AND INSECT WORLD, magical for children and in complete
contrast to the black diamonds of nearby Scottish Mining Museum. And
for more contrasts in the same area become awe-inspired by mediaeval
Rosslyn Chapel, or burn off the last
of your energy at Europe's largest artificial
ski slope on the Pentland Hills. Hillend, near Edinburgh,
offers a chairlift; boots and skis for hire.
Take in the
grandeur of the Forth Bridge itself. You may want to call in at Deep
Sea World, below the shadow of the Forth Road Bridge and one
of the largest aquariums in Britain. Some of our guests absolutely love
it, others are deeply disappointed and consider it expensive for the time spent
which could perhaps be combined with CULROSS, a lovely little sixteenth
century burgh surviving intact in the industrialised upper estuary
of the Forth. Explore Fife, with its beaches, fishing
villages, renowned golf courses, the lovely palace at Falkland steeped
in history, its quaint village and nearby easy hill-climbs with wonderful
try the Scottish Deer Centre at Cupar. For golf addicts ST. ANDREWS
is a must. You can even play on the Old Course. St. Andrew's is a
lovely town in its own right. The non-golfers can enjoy good beaches.
Needing to rest weary legs? Does your family originally hail from
Scotland? An opportunity exists in Edinburgh to explore your Scottish roots
in the Scottish Genealogy
Society Library and Family History Centre. Or by appointment with the
Roots Ancestral Research Service.
OR: Raining but needing
a gateway to adventure in the dry? Visit the largest indoor
rock-climbing centre ever built. Ratho Quarry houses the biggest and
most challenging climbing walls you'll ever come across. Or enjoy a mix of gym
facilities there. Or
simply relax with great food in this fantastic place just 15 miles from Crosswoodhill.
Over the Forth Bridge and up the motorway to Pitlochry or further
to get a taste of Highland Scenery with its lochs, glens and castles. Start
early enough and you can get in some walking or hire mountain bikes.
STEAM RAILWAY. Evoke the past with a re-creation of a typical
Scottish branch-line. Combine this with Birkhill Fireclay Mine
Castle, perhaps. (Check opening times before setting off to these)
golfers amongst you could perhaps combine this with a round on the
local Harburn Golf Course.
Visitors welcome and the Golf Club can provide limited clubs if you don't
have them with you!
family outing day that will appeal to everyone: wide sandy, almost deserted
beaches in EAST LOTHIAN. A bucket and spade day. Bypass Edinburgh
on the new ring-road and make for the seaside around Gullane
and Dirleton. Water can be a bit chilly and can be invigoratingly windy.
you may want to split the party, with some of the family heading for the
beach and those adults with an interest in ancient and unique Scottish
sites of mystique, wonder and charm booking instead a Celtic
Trail. Jackie Queally, your personable, informed guide,
will take you to places you may not otherwise discover. Explore her website
to discover what could be in store for you.
to EDINBURGH ZOO. Splendid
location on a hillside where lions, tigers and countless other species
prowl around Scotland's biggest zoo. Penguins a great attraction.
A universal favourite with everyone. Parking in nearby streets free.
Or perhaps other child-friendly activities appeal? Check
Situated on the Pentland Hills as we are, there are just so many lovely walks for varying abilities. Or go further afield, perhaps
hire mountain bikes from near Peebles. Lots of Forestry tracks at Glentress, a mecca for mountain-bikers
hire bikes from Biketrax Cycle Hire
in Edinburgh and explore the (less exhausting for the less fit) flatter
cycleways of Edinburgh.
THE CANALS and waterways. Linlithgow and Ratho make good starting
points. Visit the Linlithgow Canal Centre
where The Canal Museum has a sales counter, a short audio-visual
presentation and admission is free.. Or go a bit further north, defy
gravity and take a ride on the amazing Falkirk
Wheel, Scotland's 2002 modern engineering marvel. Add to the
fun by going aboard a state-of-the-art amphibious transporter or a more
traditional canal boat. Finally linking the Glasgow and Edinburgh
canal network, The Falkirk Wheel is the world's only rotating boat lift.
take in the vibrant capital city of Edinburgh from a different perspective:
view of Edinburgh from Blackford Hill, above the Royal
here during the EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL
and FRINGE FESTIVALS allow time just
to mingle, stand and stare and revel in the unique atmosphere. Something
happening on every street corner and almost every building; quite mind-blowing.
Throughout the year Edinburgh's cosmopolitan outlook attracts major music,
theatre, dance and arts performances. Entertainment to suit all ages and
tastes. Why not check out what's on at the Festival
or Kings Theatre during your stay?
Or have a look at What's On in Edinburgh and Glasgow via the "List", the most
comprehensive listing of events and entertainment.
property at Crosswoodhill is well stocked with guide books, tourist information
and leaflets for you to browse and plan your itineraries. No-one yet staying
at Crosswoodhill has ever run out of ideas of exciting expeditions. Even
poor weather cannot dampen enthusiasms as there is so much undercover for
those rainy days. "Scotland the Best" and "Scotland for Kids" offer further
ideas. As can your hosts. as well as past guests who have recorded their
"finds" for the benefit of future guests.
a tip before you venture forth. Bring your imagination, but also check
out some money-saving ideas. You
may want to purchase a Scottish
Explorer Ticket if you intend to visit more than
one Historic Scotland property as there are huge savings to be gained. Full details
Needing more detailed information and more pictures? We now have a new website profiling our 5 Star properties which includes a large See & Do Section with much more information and a good number of photos signposting you to places to visit and things to do within striking distance of our area. We really recommend you explore www.fivestarholidaycottage.co.uk
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