Showing posts from September, 2020

Auchenshuggle Wood

  Sandwiched between London Road and the M74 motorway is a small area of woodland that is popular with local cyclists and walkers. The small forest only takes under half an hour to walk around, so it's ideal for a quick outing with the family. It is also used as a forest school and there was evidence of den building and camp fire remnents.  During our walk round there was a small group building a new wooden stick shelter, not too dissimilar to the image above.  There isn't any benches or tables to stop and rest or to have a picnic. Also, much to our childrens' disappointment there is no play park, but hunting for chestnuts proved to be distraction enough for them. This place ideal for a quick walk in the woods. For more information click on the link below.  Auchenshuggle Wood

Edinburgh Castle

  With lockdown restrictions easing Historic Scotland started opening up select places of interest. Obviously, the most famous example of this is Edinburgh Castle. Bookings for the castle can only be made online for specific time slots. With 4 children with us, we opted for one of the morning slots when it would be quiet.  Not all of the areas inside the castle are open and social distancing still needs to be adhered to. There is also a one way system to stick to once your in the castle, and we even missed a couple of places that were open, we didn't realise until we had walked passed. With all of that in mind it was still refreshing to see something new other than a shop or a play park. The views are still fantastic and it s a good opportunity to take in the city, although it strange to see it so quiet. This place  is a must for anyone, just ensure you book in advance.