If you're visiting Edinburgh with young children, a trip to the farm is a fun family day out.
There are lots of animals to see and sometimes feed and pet. Plus, play parks, fruit-picking and other activities to enjoy. Here, we've put together our favourite children's farms in Edinburgh and the surrounding area.
51 Gorgie Road, Edinburgh, EH11 2LA
Right here in the city centre, Gorgie City Farm is a working community-led farm, aiming to bring a little rural Scotland into the city. Entry is free, but you are encouraged to make a donation to keep the farm's valuable work going. There are several farm animals to see, including chickens, ducks, cattle, pigs, sheep and goats. There's a wildlife garden, education garden, herb and sensory garden, several greenhouses, a poly-tunnel and a vegetable garden. And there's also a cafe and shop, which is open on weekends and school holidays.
South Queensferry, Edinburgh, EH30 9AR
About 25 minutes' drive from the city centre, you'll find Craigie's Farm. It's free to visit and incredibly popular with families. You can take the children to see the animals, or follow the nature trail around the fields, with various activities along the way. The play area has fabulous views over Edinburgh and the Forth. The farm shop and cafe both offer delicious food. And it's also a lovely place to do some fruit or vegetable picking. Their website is always updated to tell you what is in season, and how much is left to pick! Another thing worth looking out for are the special events. We visited for a very spooky Halloween tractor ride one year.
Millfield, Livingston, EH54 7AR
A 35-minute drive from the centre of Edinburgh, Almond Valley in Livingston is a great day out for all the family. There is an entry fee for this one, but there is so much to do here. With various animals to meet and pet, lots of fun play zones to explore, and acres of space to run around. We particularly enjoyed the "Nutty Bouncer" trampoline on our visit. There is a cafe on site, and also a Picnic Barn and lots of outdoor tables, if you prefer to bring your own food. You can also take a fun train or tractor ride for a small extra charge.
If you're planning a holiday in Edinburgh with the kids, we have a selection of family-friendly rentals available. Our self-catering apartments are a perfect base for your family holiday. So, you can visit children's farms in Edinburgh and lots of other great attractions for all ages. If you need any help or advice in planning your holiday, please get in touch with our local Edinburgh team.