Take the bus, discover more: Family days outExplore what's at your door with Lothian this summer

Summer Days Out

Summer is the perfect time to explore the beautiful and historical gems that Edinburgh and the Lothians have to offer. For families looking for a hassle-free way to travel, the Lothian network has you covered. With comfortable, reliable and affordable transport, you can focus on making memories with the family by leaving the planning and travel to us.

This week, we’re taking you on an adventure to discover more with family days out this summer. Whether you’re looking for fun activities to do with the kids or in need of some suggestions that’ll suit all ages (including grandparents!), there is a variety of things to do for a fun filled family day out.

Take the bus, discover more: Explore what’s at your door this summer.

This week, we’re bringing you our top 5 places to visit – which you can get to by bus – to enjoy a family day out.

1. Military Museum Scotland

Military Museum Scotland

Located in Wilkieston in West Lothian, the Military Museum Scotland offers a captivating journey through Scottish military history, and is one of the largest collections of military equipment both past and present, including vehicles, medals and a reconstructed WWI trench all on display, bringing history to life for visitors of all ages.

This is a ‘hands-on’ museum, where most of the artefacts can be handled under supervision. It’s a great day out for the kids with their grandparents as they can share stories of the past, making history fun and engaging for the young ones!

Hop on our Lothian Country X27 or X40 services, followed by a short five-minute walk from stop ‘Wilkieston Post Office’ for a historical day out!

2. Craigmillar Castle

Craigmillar Castle

For a dose of medieval adventure, Craigmillar Castle is a must-visit on your family day out this summer. Known as Edinburgh’s ‘other castle’, the well-preserved ruin offers stunning views and a rich history dating back to the 15th century.

Let the kids’ imaginations run wild as they explore the castle’s nooks and crannies, whilst grandparents can appreciate the historical significance – both will enjoy the breath-taking panoramic views from the top of the tower. You’ll feel like the King or Queen of the Castle all the way up there!

Lothian Services 12, 14, 24, 30, 33, 38, 49 will take you on your day out fit for royalty.

3. Dobbies Garden Centre

Dobbies Garden Centre

A trip to Dobbies Garden Centre is more than just a visit for a bit of shopping, it’s an experience. Located in Lasswade, just off the Edinburgh City Bypass, the Garden Centre offers an array of plants, garden and home supplies, a lovely café for a leisurely lunch, and a soft play area for the little ones. 

Even better, kids can enjoy a free children’s breakfast or hot meal with any adult breakfast or main course meal – a perfect family day out whilst watching the pennies.

Dobbies Garden Centre is a short walk from Lothian Services 3 and 29.

4. John Muir's Birthplace

John Muir's Birthplace

For families interested in nature and conservation, a visit to John Muir’s Birthplace in Dunbar is an inspiring trip. This museum celebrates the life and legacy of John Muir, who was an inventor, botanist, geologist, glaciologist, farmer and artist, but was most known for being a writer, explorer and environmental campaigner.

The museum offers interactive exhibits that are both educational and engaging for children. Grandparents can share their own experiences of nature walks and the importance of conservation. After the museum, take a stroll through the nearby John Muir Country Park for a breath of fresh air and a chance to spot local wildlife.

The X7 & 106 East Coast Buses Services and 120 & 130 Eve Coaches Services will take you to your next historical day out.

5. National Museum of Flight

National Museum of Flight

Located in East Fortune, the National Museum of Flight is a thrilling destination for aviation enthusiasts and curious minds alike. This museum showcases a wide range of aircraft and offers hands-on exhibits that are sure to captivate visitors of all ages. It’s also home to Scotland’s only Concorde!

Kids will be fascinated by getting the chance to climb aboard historic aircraft and participate in interactive displays. The museum also offers special events and flight simulators, ensuring a day full of excitement and discovery.

Hop on an Eve Coaches Service 121 for a fantastic day of flight.

Fancy taking us up on our suggestions? Maybe you plan on doing more than one activity during the day? Our value-for-money ticketing ensures you can make your way around Edinburgh and the Lothians for less this summer. Our Network DAYticket offers unlimited journeys on day and NightBus services across our entire network for just £12 for adults and £6 for children*

*Children go free using their under 22s bus pass and over 60s with their National Entitlement Card.