Activities in and near Kirkhill
For those who are looking for some action, we can arrange some activities in the grounds including archery and falconry. Other activities only a short distance away include quad biking and clay pigeon shooting.
Kirkhill Mansion has teamed up with Falconry Scotland to provide fantastic tailor-made experiences with some of the world’s most rare and beautiful birds. A genuinely exciting experience.
Try your hand at one of the most ancient sports from around the world. Our Archers use beautifully crafted recurve bows which are suitable for archers of all skill and strength levels.
Let your hair down! For the more energetic guest, quad biking is available less than a mile from Kirkhill.
Clay Pigeon Shooting
Hosted on a nearby estate, test your shooting skills at the clay pigeon shooting range.
There is plenty to see during your stay at Kirkhill Mansion. From its prime location in Midlothian, it’s a quick drive to Edinburgh and only a stone’s throw from the infamous and breathtaking Rosslyn Chapel, Borthwick Castle and the Scottish Mining Museum. The whole area is steeped in history and it’s all on the door step.
Edinburgh attracts over 1 million visitors every year, making it the UK’s second most visited city after London. No wonder with so much to do and so much to see. It is a beautiful, vibrant, historical and cosmopolitan city.
Borthwick Castle is steeped in history, being one of the largest and best preserved medieval Scottish forts. Constructed in 1430 for Sir William Northwick, famous visitors include Mary Queen of Scots.
Crichton Castle is located a few miles west of Kirkhill and is a truly spectacular sight. Built in 1445 by John de Crichton, and has been the home of many influential Scottish figures such as the Earl of Bothwell.
With Rosslyn Chapel a short drive away why not get first hand experience of the global phenomenon that is the Da Vinci Code. Take the opportunity to hunt for the Holy Grail or participate in a guided tour.
The Edinburgh Festival is the biggest arts festival in the world, attracting over a quarter of a million visitors to the capital every year. Hosted annually in August, the city becomes alive with performance, art and activity. It’s a sight to be seen.
Gore Glen Woodland Park is a rehabilitated coal site. The park is predominantly woodland in character having been planted in 1979 with a range of species to enhance the natural setting. The Gore Water supports a range of water birds including Kingfisher, Dipper and Heron.
A few miles west of Kirkhill Mansion lies Soutra Aisle, the remains of The House of Holy Trinity, a church that was part of a complex comprising a 12th century hospital and a friary. A beautiful setting for a walk and a picnic.
Edinburgh offers world-class shopping. With a host of department stores such as Harvey Nichols, Jenners, John Lewis and House of Fraser, mixed with high street and boutique stores – get ready to shop ’til you drop.