UPDATE 19th July : Scotland reaches level 0

The tourism, hospitality and retail sectors are delighted to be able to reopen their doors. We look forward to updating this page as the country slowly starts to get back on its feet. Now more than ever they need our support.

Golden Hare Books, image credit @GisforGeorgina

Swim at Jupiter Artland


Outdoor &/or quieter attractions

Dawyk Botanic Garden | The Dawyk botanics are open as normal with cafe also open. This botanics is far quieter with beautiful woodland gardens and walks in the Scottish Borders.
Dawyck Botanic Garden, Stobo, Scottish Borders, EH45 9JU

Jupiter Artland | The sculpture park is now open. You can really experience the sculpture here walking around and through it as you explore the park. The cafe is open serving takeaway cakes and coffees.

You can now swim in an artwork within JOANA VASCONCELOS: GATEWAY piece.
Jupiter Artland, Bonnington House Steadings, Edinburgh EH27 8BY

Little Sparta | The Pentland sculpture garden of Ian Hamilton Finlay. Open from the 10 June – 26 September on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 1.00 – 4.00pm
Little Sparta, Stonypath, Dunsyre, ML11 8NG

Robert Smail's Printing Workshop | The National Trust owned letterpress print shop has reopened for pre-booked tours Monday-Friday.
Robert Smail’s Printing Works, 7 - 9 High Street, Innerleithen, EH44 6HA

Seacliff Beach | Our favourite beach with golden sands, tiny harbour carved from the rock and the towering Tantallon Castle overlooking the bay. Usually a small fee to park at the beach.
Seacliff Beach, North Berwick, EH39 5PP

Horse riding at Seacliff Stables | Now reopened with precautions, beautiful beach rides await.
Seacliff Stables, North Berwick, EH39 5PP

Peggyslea Clydesdales | Experience these beautiful traditional heavy horses. Meet the team, take a carriage drive and get the opportunity to drive the horses yourself. A fabulous day out for all the family. Open every day 11am - 3pm, book online.
Peggyslea Clydesdales, Penicuik, Midlothian, EH26 9LX

The Royal Burgh of Culross | Culross is one of the most complete examples of a 17th Century fishing village owned by the National Trust. The gardens & streets are open but the palace tours must be booked in advance.
Culross, Fife, KY12 8JH

Arthur's Seat | For the best view over Edinburgh take a hike up Arthur's Seat, the huge volcanic rock in the city centre. Look over the famous Sailsbury Crags to Edinburgh Castle and beyond.
Queens Drive, Edinburgh, EH8 8HG

Calton Hill | Just a short walk from central Edinburgh this UNESCO world heritage site offers one of the cities best view points. Well worthy of a sunset stroll up to the monuments and old observatory.
32 Greenside Road, Edinburgh, EH1 3AJ

Edinburgh Castle | Open again but you must prebook a time slot online to limit numbers.
Edinburgh Castle, The Esplanade, Edinburgh, EH1 2NG

Pentland Hills | Explore the hills from your cottage doorstep. We have listed our favourite walks here, but provide a fantastic guidebook and OS map so you can seek out your own adventures.

Scottish Sea Bird Centre Boat trips | Boat trips out to see the Bass Rock with gannets and puffins. Private charter available as well as socially distanced trips.
Scottish Seabird Centre, The Harbour, North Berwick, EH39 4SS

East Links Farm Park | Brilliant fun for children, the outdoor elements of the park are now open. Take a train safari through the animal enclosures, climb the fort or jump on the giant jellybean! About an hours drive but well worth it.
East Links Family Park, Dunbar, East Lothian, EH42 1XF

Edinburgh Zoo | The zoo is open but is requiring everyone planning a visit to prebook. We love visiting the Edinburgh penguins, pandas and cheeky monkeys.
Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, 134 Corstorphine Road, Edinburgh, EH12 6TS

Royal Botanic Garden | The botanic gardens in Edinburgh are now open but like the zoo they are requiring people to prebook so that they can limit numbers. The entry is free into the main gardens but you must still prebook. The glass houses remain closed but the cafe and visitor centre have reopened.
Arboretum Place, Edinburgh, EH3 5NZ

Children's pony rides at Karecole Farm | Pony rides are starting for the summer season. Children can come along and ride the ponies.
Karecole Farm, Dolphinton, EH46 7HQ

Jupiter Artland

John Muir Country Park, Beach views, Bass Rock, Near Edinburgh, Scotland

Seacliff Beach & Bass Rock beyond




Local Indies

Lifestory | A scandi paradise, stocked full of beautiful things for your home. Think glassware, soft furnishings, notebooks, satchels, cards and everything in between.
53 London St, Edinburgh EH3 6LX

Narcissus Flowers | If Willy Wonka did florists this would be it. The corner shop on Broughton Street is picture perfect with flowers spilling outside onto the street. The flower shop is now open, they also have a fabulous Flower School opening when it is safe to do so.
87 Broughton St, Edinburgh, EH1 3RJ

Restoration Yard | Restoration Yard is in a gorgeous, homeware, lifestyle and book store set in Dalkeith Palace estate. The shop and larder are now open, the grounds provide the perfect place for a restorative stroll after collecting your groceries.
Restoration Yard, Dalkeith , EH22 1ST

Studio One | A fixture on Morningside since forever, selling beautiful furniture, lighting and quirky furnishings.
71 Morningside Rd, Edinburgh EH10 4AY

Hawico Scotland | The most beautiful Scottish cashmere shop in the heart of the Grassmarket. Find stacks of cashmere sweaters and scarves. There are 49 shades to choose from, but if you can't find the combination of colour, size and style you want they will make it specially for you as part of their 'Create Your Own' special order service.
71 Grassmarket, Edinburgh, EH1 2HJ

Secret Herb Garden | A quaint herb nursery on the out skirts of Edinburgh. They have opened the nursery and will sell potted herbs, dried herbs, herbal teas and their own gin from their distillery on site. Explore the garden, green houses and quirky antiques.
32A Old Pentland Road, Edinburgh, EH10 7EA

Anta | Modern covetable tartan fabrics, furniture and ceramics. Their popular shopping and kit bags made from offcuts of carpet are lovely as are their hand painted thistle & tartan ceramics.
117-119 George St, Edinburgh, EH2 4JN

Homer | A gorgeous lifestyle & interiors shop selling a curated collection of Scandi-Scot Furniture, books and homeware. The perfect treasure trove in the New Town.
8 Howe Street, Edinburgh, EH3 6TD

Kilberry Bagpipes | Whether you are looking for Highland Bagpipes or Scottish smallpipes in this wee workshop you will find both. Think of it as a one-stop piping shop.
27 St Mary's Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1TA

Golden Hare Books | Independent bookshop of the year 2019, You can’t always judge a book by its cover so they’ve styled the shop to have as many outward facing books as possible. Making sure these are changed regularly, so you’re guaranteed a completely fresh selection on each visit.
68 St Stephen Street, Edinburgh, EH3 5AQ

Armchair books | This fantastical book shop is a lightly alphabetised jumble sale of groaning floor-to-ceiling shelves in Edinburgh's historic West Port. Well worth a good explore.
72-74 West Port, Edinburgh, EH1 2LE

The Edinburgh Bookshop | Found amid Bruntsfield’s offering of charming shops, The Edinburgh Bookshop is a firm favourite. This cosy place was named Scottish Independent Bookshop 2018 at the British Bookseller Awards. A number of signed copies sit alongside both local authors and international finds.
Offering a click and collect from their shop: 219 Bruntsfield Place, Edinburgh, EH10 4DH

Drinkmonger & Royal Mile Whiskies | If you are looking for the best local beer, whisky or gin look no further than this treasure trove of a shop. Drinkmonger Bruntsfield has reopened, the super knowledgable staff will help you find the perfect bottle.
11 Bruntsfield Place, Edinburgh, EH10 4HN

Mr Wood's Fossils | Mr Wood's Fossils is a unique shop stocking an extensive range of fossils, minerals and meteorites. There's something for the curious kid, the dedicated collector, or just something beautiful to put on the shelf.
5 Cowgatehead, Grassmarket, Edinburgh, EH1 1JY

Aesop | Gorgeous skin hair & body products sold from their beautiful boutique in Stockbridge. The shop was crafted by Scottish furniture designers out of a single sycamore tree.
6 North West Circus Place, Edinburgh, EH3 6ST

Ooh! Ruby Shoes | Located in beautiful Bruntsfield this little boutique specialises in shoes (obviously!) and accessories.
117 Bruntsfield Place, Edinburgh, EH10 4EQ

Drum Farm Antiques | We love to explore at Drum Farm. The sheds are stacked full to the rafters with grand Georgian mirrors, retro 60s furniture and old farmhouse paraphernalia. Always a treasure to be found.
684 Old Dalkeith Road, Edinburgh, EH22 1RR

Local indie food

Coco Chocolatier | When chocolate and art collide. This Edinburgh chocolatier blends chocolate with artists collaboration. Their Thank You NHS collection is made of three single origin 80g chocolate bars, featuring artworks by Sir Billy Connolly, Andrew Rae and Portis Wasp paying homage to our National Health Service. Available to buy online from their website.

Liggy's Cakes | For all things cake head to Liggy's Stockbridge cake boutique. You are welcome to collect pre-ordered cakes from their shop or arrange delivery.
20 Deanhaugh Street, Edinburgh, EH4 1LY

Whitmuir Organics | Their little local farm shop has now reopened Tuesday - Friday 10am - 4pm, the cafe remains closed at this time.
Whitmuir Farm, Lamancha, West Linton, EH46 7BB

Penicuik Storehouse | A community owned grocers in the centre of Penicuik. Supplying local produce and all run by volunteers.
22 High St, Penicuik, EH26 8HW




Food & Drink

For the best of food & drink in the new normal, see our journal post. From takeaway to socially distanced restaurants. We have listed some of the best in & around the capital.

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Museums & Galleries

National Galleries | Including the National Gallery of Scotland, Modern Art Galleries & Portrait Gallery, have now fully reopened. For further updates, opening times and to book time slots please see their website.

National Museum of Scotland | The museum is now open again. For further updates, opening times and to book time slots please see their website.

Dovecot Studios | The gallery is open with the Archie Brennan : Tapestry Goes Pop exhibition running until the 30th August 2021.

Edinburgh view from Calton Hill to Princes Street, Balmoral, Edinburgh, Scotland

Views from Calton Hill out over the city

Golden Hare Books, image credit @GisforGeorgina

Swim at Jupiter Artland

Jupiter Artland

John Muir Country Park, Beach views, Bass Rock, Near Edinburgh, Scotland

Seacliff Beach & Bass Rock beyond




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Edinburgh view from Calton Hill to Princes Street, Balmoral, Edinburgh, Scotland

Views from Calton Hill out over the city

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