Whatever the summer weather, there is no shortage of things to do in Midlothian over the next couple of months, writes Ian Gardner (Midlothian Tourism Forum).
There are exciting developments underway at Dalkeith Country Park and, from July 25, Fort Douglas playground will open alongside the brand new Restoration Yard, providing a place for eating, shopping and relaxation and promising a great experience for visitors of all ages. After spending time there, don't forget that Vogrie Country Park and Roslin Glen Country Park are also great places to explore.
It promises to be a busy summer at the National Mining Museum Scotland, with more 'Minecraft' activities planned and exciting and interactive workshops on July 19 and 24, including the story of the Coalmine Cats, providing a purr-fect day out for the family! There's lots of living history at Rosslyn Chapel this summer, when visitors can enjoy a glimpse of medieval life, thanks to music, crafts and characters of the time.
The new Dalkeith Museum, situated at 61 St Andrew Street, provides another taste of Midlothian's history and is well worth a visit.
There's even more heritage to enjoy at Cousland Smiddy's open afternoons when the smiddy, village heritage hub and organic allotments are all open for visitors to come and view.
Members of the local history project will be on hand to help with queries about the village and its history and the resident blacksmith will be working in the forge. If natural history appeals, look out for the regular handling sessions at Edinburgh Butterfly and Insect World and join the experts to handle tarantulas, snakes and millipedes twice daily at noon and 3pm.
The new Midlothian Explorer bus is a great way to travel between the area's attractions and you will find its timetable and more ideas for things to see and do at www.visitmidlothian.org.uk. No matter what you choose, enjoy Midlothian this summer!