Surname: Newhaile’s house and gardens
Description: A Palladian style country house set in 200 acres of parkland on the outskirts of Musselburgh. Owned by the National Trust for Scotland, the property offers beautiful woodland walks, beekeeping and allotment gardens and is home to the Weehailes adventure play park.
Location: Newhailes Road, Musselburgh, EH21 6RY. The property is six miles south-east of Edinburgh city centre, just off the A1 at the Newcraighall junction. Lothian buses 30, 26 and 44 and First buses 140 and 141 stop nearby and Newcraighall Train Station is a 20-minute walk from the entrance.
Suitable for: Between house, grounds and playground, the property offers something for all ages. Due to its historic floor plan, the house is not suitable for wheelchair users. Visitor center, shop, café and toilets are on one level and are barrier-free Path in part of the water garden forest. Seating areas in and around Weehailes are wheelchair accessible. Dogs are welcome.
Entrance fee: House tours – adults, £12; Concessions, £10; children, £6; family, £30; Children under 5 free.Weehailes – adults, £1; children, £3; family, £8; Free.NTS members under the age of 3 are free.
Opening hours: The property is open daily from morning to evening. Pre-booked guided tours of the house take place daily from 10:00 a.m. in summer. Weehailes is also open daily from 10am to 5pm until the end of September (check website for seasonal changes).
What you say: “Step back in time and discover the mysteries and curiosities of Newhailes House within its 300-year-old walls.” Enjoy woodland walks in the 18th-century landscaped landscape overlooking the River Forth, followed by a delicious meal Lunch at our Stables Cafe. “Inspire your child’s imagination as they climb, crawl, slide and explore in Weehailes.”
What visitors say: “One of the best visits I’ve had with the Trust. The tour is simply a must. I’m so glad I didn’t miss this hidden gem.” “Great place to explore with the dogs. Beautiful setting of Newhailes House. Perfect for families to walk your dog. Love the addition of the new dog friendly cafe.” “Today was all about the kids and visiting the wonderful Weehailes Adventure Park which is like a miniature Dalkeith country park with tree houses, a barn flying fox, wooden domes and bridges. .”
Watch out for: The house (but not the grounds) will be closed to visitors on Saturday 21 May. There is a farmer’s market on the third weekend of the month (Saturday and Sunday from 9.30am to 3pm).
Park: There is a charge of £3 per day per vehicle for non-members.
Facilities: The Stables Cafe serves lunch and snacks and there are picnics next to the play park. The site has accessible restrooms and a gift shop.