A Day Out with the Kids in Midlothian

Looking for a great day out in Midlothian with lots of things to do with the kids? One of our Dribblers, Claire, shares her top picks.

Sometimes it’s tricky finding somewhere to suit a boisterous almost 7 year old, a quieter 4 year old, a very busy 2 year old and a Mummy (softplay is not my favourite!). So Eden Rock Edinburgh – actually in Loanhead – does indeed tick all the boxes for us!

Climbing for the kids 

We are regulars at Eden Rock during the week where my daughter, aged 4, takes part in a Minions bouldering session. The instructor leads them through various games and skills in a really fun and safe manner. My youngest (2 year old) can watch with the parents or I can supervise her climbing. She doesn’t quite fit the shoes yet (smallest size is 10) but that doesn’t seem to bother her as she now regularly climbs well above my reach! The café is perfect for a pre or post bouldering snack – a cup of earl grey and delicious carrot cake for me.

Talking of me-time, Eden Rock also have a Ladies’ Night every Friday. This is a great coaching session with an experienced climber and it’s brilliant but be prepared to be a bit achey all weekend!

Roslin for refuelling in Midlothian

  After working up an appetite bouldering, it’s straight to the historic Roslin for lunch at Dolly’s Tea Room in the Chapel Cross Guest House. The café has recently been renovated and is gorgeous – however, the rest of the guest house, including café toilets, is still in a transitional state shall we say.

The breakfast and lunch menus are simple and delicious; bacon rolls for brekkie or a tasty panini for lunch. The cakes are baked by local lady, The Wee Cake Lady, and are amazing! They’ve recently added a children’s afternoon tea to the menu, which we are excited to try. The girls love the little play area complete with toy kitchen and café counter with miniature aprons to match the actual café staff.


Lovely walks, yet another thing to do in Midlothian with the kids!

With full tummies and batteries recharged, it’s off down Roslin Glen for a nice walk. We park at the old brick works factory and walk 150m back up the main road to the entrance of the Gun Powder Mills. It’s just less than a mile flat-ish walk to the best ruins; my three always walk but I reckon a decent buggy could handle the surface ok.

The ruined Mill buildings are unique, impressive, a little spooky and slightly magical – they have been the backdrop to many a film and TV programme including ‘Outlander’ most recently. Three children with active imaginations can while away many an hour here with their stories of princesses, battles and unicorns… or you can read the information boards supplying older children and adults with the actual story of the Gunpowder Mills too.

The river slows here and there is a lovely pebble beach – perfect for paddling. Continue on up the steps made of railway sleepers and you’ll reach the Penicuik-Bonnyrigg old railway path, where you can loop back to the car.


Finishing off the day

For tea, if you still have any energy left, you could pop into the Original Rosslyn Inn for a lovely pub meal (the Da Vinci burger is my favourite) with a pint of locally brewed Stewart’s ale or order in a take-away from the award winning Radhuni Indian restaurant in Loanhead. Then it’s early to bed for everyone …

Sound like a day out you’d like to try? Here’s what you need to know:


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COVID-19 Update:

Hi Dribblers, 

We hope you are safe and healthy. We are a small team and as such we will not be able to update all the venues and businesses on the app to reflect the unprecedented situation at present. 

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