This year, one of the things I’ve enjoyed doing with the kids is cycling. Ellie got a new bike earlier this year and she loves riding it.
Ben meanwhile is perfectly happy sitting behind me (not that he’s lazy or anything).
Our favourite route is to cycle along the Tweed Railway Path to Glentress Forest. It’s about 4 miles there and 4 miles back, which is plenty for five-year old (and dare I say thirty-one-year old!) legs.
Once at Glentress we either get lunch at Bony’s Steakhouse & Grill…
…or get tea and cake at Glentress Peel Cafe.
And after working them hard, we make sure we take good care of our bikes.
A couple of weekends ago I took the kids for a day at the museum.
The National Museum of Scotland, to be precise!
If you’ve not been here before, do pay it a visit. It’s got a bit of everything. I think of it as like the British Museum, Natural History Museum and Royal Observatory all rolled into one reasonably-sized building.
Ben was rather taken by this curious half-plane half-helicopter contraption.
Ellie liked learning about elephants and lions.
Of course we all liked the T-Rex! (though I kept to a safe distance).
We learnt about constellations too.
After the museum, we had a walk down the Royal Mile. Ben was chuffed to find a door his size.
And we ended the day at the Scottish Parliament.
Feeling suitably cultured and educated (and exhausted) it was back on the bus home.