Finally the long-awaited day off but it’s raining?? Not to worry, we have it all sorted to make sure your day off turns out great no matter what the weather is like outside! First of all, catch one of our warm and cosy Borders Railway trains to get to Newtongrange station (follow the link for train timetables: and you will be close to the National Mining Museum, Scotland!


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National Mining Museum Scotland


National Mining Museum Scotland is a 5 star visitor attraction and winner of the Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions “Best Visitor Experience” Award in 2009 and 2013.

The museum provides a great day out for all ages! Based at one of the finest surviving examples of a Victorian colliery in Europe, the Lady Victoria Colliery at Newtongrange, just on the doorstep of Newtongrange train station.

From the museum, simply hop-on on our Midlothian Explorer bus service that will make sure you get to all the best places in Midlothian safe and dry, just make sure to grab a Day Ticket!


Butterfly & Insect World at Dobbies


Get off at Dobbies and head to Butterfly & Insect world where you will be mesmerised by the beauty of exotic butterflies at the world’s longest-running tropical butterfly house and even might get a chance to experience one of the animal handling sessions.

Inside you can join the experts and get the chance to handle tarantulas, snakes and millipedes twice daily at 12 & 3pm! There is also many other fascinating daily occurrences that you can witness while in Edinburgh Butterfly and Insect World such as Glowing Scorpion Display, Snake Feeding every Saturday (4pm) and Tropical Gardens.

Produce your valid Midlothian Explorer bus ticket at the reception and get a two-for-one offer too! And make sure you catch the next Midlothian Explorer bus to get to your next attraction – Rosslyn Chapel.


Rosslyn Chapel

Founded in 1466 by Sir Williams St Clair, Rosslyn Chapel took 40 years to build. The beauty of its setting and the mysterious symbolism of its ornate stonework will keep you intrigued and inspired for the rest of your day.

Described as ‘a bible in stone’ and featured in the popular ‘Da Vinci Code’ book and film, this is a wonderfully ornate building with a fascinating history. One of Scotland’s most remarkable heritage buildings.

Had enough of historical facts to learn and want to relax a little bit now? Do not worry, our Midlothian Explorer will take you from Rosslyn Chapel straight to Stewart Brewing


Stewart Brewing


Stewart Brewing is an award-winning microbrewery producing a fantastic range of craft beers where you can relax while trying some local Scottish beer.

Located in the outskirts of the city, the tours start with samples and snacks, and then a walk-through from start to finish of the beer-making process, followed by a return to the bar where some brewing experts will share some of their brewing secrets. Their innovative Craft Beer Kitchen is Scotland’s first brew-it-yourself facility where you can brew your own masterpiece!

Special tasting tutorial and reduced entry on production of valid Midlothian Explorer bus ticket.


And to sum up your day out with warm and full bellies, catch the Midlothian Explorer again and it will take you to a place that is perfect for a rainy day and will keep you warm, cosy and deliciously fed – The Paper Mill. Kids eat Free with every adult meal at the Papermill on production of valid bus ticket.