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Activities in Edinburgh

Although we are in lockdown, many of us are already planning things to do once the restrictions are lifted. We may change the way we travel, work and spend our leisure time – taking more care to do things that are outside and away from too many people. Here are some ideas for some things to do in Edinburgh this summer that enable you to practice social distancing.

Port Edgar Marina

This is a vibrant hub for visitors who want to take part in water sports or simply enjoy the view of the three iconic Forth bridges. Located on the Firth of Forth, this is the perfect place from which to explore spectacular scenery, historic harbours and fascinating islands.

It’s a year-round destination for sailing enthusiasts and is just 30 minutes from Edinburgh city centre.

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Boat Tours

Down the Hatch Cafe Bistro

Scotts Bar & Restaurant

Tweed Guide Fly Fishing

If you fancy getting outdoors and fishing for trout or salmon, this company was established in 1998 and enables you to enjoy fishing in Edinburgh and the surrounding countryside. It’s just an hour away from Edinburgh city centre.

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Contact: 00 44 7962401770 or

Water of Leith Visitor Centre

This free river exhibition enables you to experience the drama of river life. Enjoy trying to  stop the giant water wheel or create your own ebb and flow and find out more about river wildlife at the information point, where you can also enjoy refreshments. Run by the Water of Leith Conservation Trust, there’s an education programme to find out more about their work to conserve and enhance the Water of Leith as a haven for

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Edinburgh Zoo

World-famous for being home to over 1,000 rare and beautiful animals from every corner of the globe. It’s also where you’ll see the UK’s only giant panda and koalas. It is packed with fun things to do and much of it is outdoors so you can keep a safe distance from other visitors. There are daily talks and activities and its set in over 82 acres of beautiful parkland.

It is part of RZSS, one of Scotland’s leading conservation charities.

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On your bike!

Exploring the city by bike is a great way to social distance, get fit and get some fresh air! It’s simple and affordable and you’ll discover parts of Edinburgh you didn’t know existed.

There is a network of cycle hire locations across Edinburgh city centre which is being continually expanded. The fleet of bikes on Edinburgh’s streets has already grown from 200 to over 400. Simply download the app by searching ‘Just Eat Cycles’, sign up with your mobile phone number, input your payment card details or voucher code and click unlock bike – the app will tell you which bike is yours!

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Mellany Garden

A National Trust for Scotland garden, Mellany Garden is renowned for its peaceful atmosphere and a destination for quiet contemplation in beautiful surroundings. Once you enter through the decorated wrought-iron gate you’ll discover the Four Evangelists – giant 400-year-old clipped yew trees – and Victorian greenhouses and heritage rose plantings beyond.

The garden is an ideal place for relaxation and connecting with nature, and the surrounding woodland is full of wildlife.

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Barnbougle Castle

Looking for a private venue for a ‘bubble’ of your close friends following lockdown? This hidden gem is just seven miles from the heart of Edinburgh and only opened in spring 2019. This truly magical venue has never before been open to the public.

Barnbougle Castle has distinctive crow-stepped gables, high turrets. sweeping views, grand reception rooms and even a beach with private access. It’s the perfect setting for the most memorable of events.

Whether you are planning to raise a glass with a few close friends in the Scottish Library, to host a lavish dinner for up to 120 guests in our magnificent barrel-vaulted Banqueting Hall or to raise the roof in a marquee for parties of up to 450 on the Castle lawn, Barnbougle promises you and your guests a special occasion to remember.

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Palace of Holyroodhouse

The Palace of Holyroodhouse is Her Majesty The Queen’s official residence in Scotland. Standing at the end of Edinburgh’s historic Royal Mile, this really is a fine palace and wonderful place to visit. You can see the 14 magnificent historic and State Apartments, the romantic ruins of the 12th-century Holyrood Abbey and remarkable royal gardens. You can also enjoy a complimentary multimedia tour and see the changing exhibitions from the Royal Collection.

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Stand Up Paddle Board Scotland

Paddle Board is one of the world’s fastest growing water sports! It’s fun for all ages and abilities and Stand Up Paddle Board Scotland offers sessions and trips in and around Edinburgh for all ages and abilities.

Stand Up Paddle Board Scotland is based in some of the best locations around Edinburgh. You’ll see some incredibly scenic waterways and the beautiful coastline.

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