No matter what your ages or interests, our area, Edinburgh and the Lothians, has so much happening at all times of the year that we feel the best way of keeping this page current is to give you a series of links to websites that display the full range on offer at any given time of the year.
Here are a few of our favourite sites that are both easy to view and use. Perfect for pre-planning and maybe even organising tickets in advance. Equally you can access them whilst you are staying with us via the free wi-fi you can enjoy in our cottages.
You’ll find holiday activities, attractions, suggestions and events for children and families in and visiting Edinburgh. Festivals, Culture, Performing Arts, Dance, History, sport and fun and games for families with kids under 15.
Within 25 miles of Edinburgh you’ll find museums, theatre, art galleries, cinema, theme parks, historic houses, pottery making, animals, farms & zoos, indoor events and activities, playparks, beaches, family walks, holiday classes, festivals, views of Edinburgh, castles, swimming pools, climbing, dances, ghosts and ghouls, and balloon trips.
Do visit http://visitwestlothian.co.uk/see-do/ You won’t have far to travel to find something to delight all the family.
And for those groups staying at our large lodge, Craigengar, looking for tempting group activities, do explore our own list on https://crosswood.co.uk/group_outings.php and scroll down to the section which lists various Event and Festival sites. You’ll find lots of other useful links there, too.
If you have found yourself caught in the mystical and spell-binding Outlander saga and wish to be swept away to Claire and Jamie’s world, come and experience the land that inspired the writer Diana Gabaldon and the TV series producers. From ancient and mysterious standing stones to dramatic castles, magnificent stately homes and breath taking landscapes, visit Scotland and embark on an inspiring journey. Over 15 of the filming locations are within an hour’s drive from Crosswoodhill. Either explore them yourselves via the map we can provide you, or we can put you in touch with Mary’s Meanders, based in Linlithgow, who offer excellent tours.
What follows here is a bit about Scotland’s “themed years.”
Scotland’s first ever Year of Young People is happening in 2018. It aims to inspire all ages through its young people (8-26) by celebrating their achievements, valuing their contributions to communities and creating new opportunities for them to shine on a local and global stage. The Year of Young People 2018 will offer even more opportunities for both locals and visitors to enjoy a trip to, and around Scotland. From adrenaline filled adventure breaks and breath-taking road trips, to a range of exciting events and festivals, Scotland offers endless things to see and do during the celebratory year.
Delve into the past and discover Scotland’s stories...
From World Heritage Sites to ancient monuments, listed buildings to historic battlefields, cultural traditions to our myths, stories, and legends, the 2017 Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology shone a spotlight on Scotland’s greatest assets and icons, as well as our hidden gems.
Scotland is proud to celebrate our traditional music, out storytelling, our world-renowned historic collections and our heritage heroes.
Scotland has been changing the world as we know it for centuries, one innovation at a time. From the wheels on your car and the tarmac they drive on, to the telephone, television and much more - all this was possible thanks to Scottish ingenuity.
In the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design 2016, Scotland celebrated awe-inspiring innovation, breath taking architecture and brave, bold designs through new and exciting experiences and events.
The list of Scots inventions, designs and buildings that have influenced the way we think and carry out our daily lives are just too many to mention. What’s more, Scotland and its people continue to make a huge impact on our modern world.
Scotland has given the world many wonderful things, including the steam engine, anaesthesia, penicillin, the pedal bicycle and the decimal point!
Why not visit Scotland and see for yourself? Be inspired by the ground-breaking designs of our buildings; from the chic art nouveau buildings and interior design of Charles Rennie Mackintosh to the truly stunning Kelpies by Andy Scott. Or, find out more about Sir William Arrol who constructed the Forth Rail Bridge when you visit the new UNESCO World Heritage site near Edinburgh.
With an array of events to experience and attractions to visit, your curiosity will struggle to be contained when you discover more about Scotland’s keenest and most brilliant minds.
Packed with brilliant moments, the Year of Food and Drink Scotland 2015 was a celebration of the country’s outstanding natural larder and produce. From artisan cheeses and world-renowned whiskies, to succulent seasonal berries and Arbroath Smokies, there is an abundance of delicious regional flavours round every corner. Discover the landscapes, people and culture that make our food heritage so unique and enjoy a feast of events and festivals throughout the year which showcase Scotland’s food and drink at its very best. Treat yourself and come and experience a true taste of Scotland...
Find more information at www.visitscotland.com/tastescotland
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