If you have found yourself caught in the mystical and spell-binding Outlander saga and wish to be swept away to Claire and Jamie's world, come and experience the land that inspired the writer Diana Gabaldon and the TV series producers. From ancient and mysterious standing stones to dramatic castles, magnificent stately homes and breathtaking landscapes, visit Scotland and embark on an inspiring journey.  Over 15 of the filming locations are within an hour;s drive from Crosswoodhill.   Either explore them yourselves  via the map we can provide you, or we can put you in touch with Mary's Meanders, based in Linlithgow, who offer excellent tours.


To follow here is a bit about Scotland's themed years, but do scroll down to the base for useful links to discover more specifically what's on locally.


VisitScotland designated 2017 as the Year of History, Heritage & Archaeology 2017

Delve into the past and discover Scotland's stories...

From World Heritage Sites to ancient monuments, listed buildings to historic battlefields, cultural traditions to our myths, stories, and legends, the 2017 Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology will shine a spotlight on Scotland's greatest assets and icons, as well as our hidden gems.   

Discover a range of exciting events and activities during 2017 celebrating our traditional music, out storytelling, our world-renowned historic collections and our heritage heroes.


In  2016 it was the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design

Scotland has been changing the world as we know it for centuries, one innovation at a time. From the wheels on your car and the tarmac they drive on, to the telephone, television and much more - all this was possible thanks to Scottish ingenuity.

In the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design 2016, Scotland celebrated awe-inspiring innovation, breathtaking architecture and brave, bold designs through new and exciting experiences and events. 

So what exactly has Scotland done?

The list of Scots inventions, designs and buildings that have influenced the way we think and carry out our daily lives are just too many to mention. What's more, Scotland and its people continue to make a huge impact on our modern world.

Scotland has given the world many wonderful things, including the steam engine, anaesthesia, penicillin, the pedal bicycle and the decimal point!

Why not visit Scotland and see for yourself? Be inspired by the ground-breaking designs of our buildings; from the chic art nouveau buildings and interior design of Charles Rennie Mackintosh to the truly stunning Kelpies by Andy Scott. Or, find out more about Sir William Arrol who constructed the Forth Rail Bridge when you visit the new UNESCO World Heritage site near Edinburgh.

With an array of events to experience and attractions to visit, your curiosity will struggle to be contained when you discover more about Scotland's keenest and most brilliant minds.


2015 was the Year of Food & Drink in Scotland and made a visit to Scotland that bit more special... but if anything in 2018 you'll enjoy even more choice ....

Packed with brilliant moments, the Year of Food and Drink Scotland 2015 was a celebration of the country’s outstanding natural larder and produce. From artisan cheeses and world-renowned whiskies, to succulent seasonal berries and Arbroath Smokies, there is an abundance of delicious regional flavours round every corner. Discover the landscapes, people and culture that make our food heritage so unique and enjoy a feast of events and festivals throughout the year which showcase Scotland’s food and drink at its very best. Treat yourself and come and experience a true taste of Scotland...

Find more information at www.visitscotland.com/tastescotland


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No matter what your ages or interests, our area, Edinburgh and the Lothians,  has so much going on at all times of the year that we feel the best way of keeping this page current is to give you a series of links to websites that display the full range on offer at any given time of the year.

Here are a few of our favourite  sites that are both  easy to view and use.   Perfect for  pre-planning   and  maybe even  organising  tickets in advance.  Equally you can access them whilst you are staying with us via the free wi-fi  you can enjoy in our cottages .

https://www.list.co.uk/ This is a really comprehensive site which lists film, music, theatre, rock and pop, comedy, clubs, visual art, dance, talks and lectures, as well as family days out.  Also, very topically,  as 2015 is the  Scottish Year of Food and Drink, there’s a big section on food and drink !

http://www.whatshappeningon.com/  covers the arts, music and both watching and participating in sport

Ticket Master   Experience the excitement of live entertainment from a selection of Scotland's finest venues and purchase tickets    


 What's On for Kids In Edinburgh


You'll find holiday activities, attractions, suggestions and events for children and families in and visiting Edinburgh.

Within 25 miles of Edinburgh you'll find museums, theatre, art galleries, cinema, theme parks, historic houses, pottery making, animals, farms & zoos, indoor events and activities, playparks, beaches, family walks, holiday classes, festivals, views of Edinburgh, castles, swimming pools, climbing, dances, ghosts and ghouls, and balloon trips. We provide suggestions for Easter, Halloween and Santa events.

Find all of the activities and events for children in Edinburgh and Lothian. Festivals, Culture, Performing Arts, Dance, History, sport and fun and games for families with kids under 15.


And getting very close to “home from home”  

do visit  http://visitwestlothian.co.uk/see-do/  You won’t have far to travel to find something to delight all the family.







Don’t forget to visit our Links page

and scroll down to the section which lists various Event and Festival sites.    You’ll find lots of other useful links there, too.


And finally…… 

one easy way to escape unpalatable weather is to shelter indoors and feast your eyes on amazing works of art  that often cost you nothing to view.  Check this site out:  https://www.nationalgalleries.org/    There’s something here to appeal to every age group.



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