Winter Sundays in Edinburgh can be a bit slow. There’s lots to do but if you are feeling the cold and just want to be somewhere warm, what do you choose to do? Cinema, bowling, etc are all great but sometimes you feel like being in touch with nature again and one place you can do that is Butterly and Insect World at Lasswade.
Easily accessible by car or, if you prefer the bus, you can catch many buses to Butterfly World. Look on https://moovitapp.com/index/en-gb/public_transportation-Butterfly_World-Scotland-site_8175229-402 to see which bus is best for you. The bus stops right outside it.
On their website, there’s plenty of information about what they offer as well as the standard opening times and prices. https://www.edinburghbutterflyworld.com/ . Bear in mind that the ticket price is a day ticket so even if you go out for lunch or a walk around the nearby garden centre and shopping complex, as long as you keep your ticket you may go in and out as often as you want in that day. That means you can make a day of it in the area because, serviced by the same car park, you have Dobbies Garden World and its lovely cafe and shops such as Lakeland and Shuropody, etc https://www.dobbies.com/find-a-garden-centre/edinburgh/
When we went on Sunday, the first thing that struck me was how small it was. However, we found that you could easily spend a couple of hours there just sitting and giving the butterflies a chance to come to you, which they did. While we strolled through, it was lovely to feel the warm, almost tropical temperatures and enjoy seeing the butterflies glide past us and, a couple of times, land on our hair and clothes! There are seats strategically placed to allow visitors to spend time just absorbing the quiet atmosphere and gaze at the various types of butterflies flying freely in this purpose made environment. On the way in you can purchase an identification catalogue which shows the types of butterflies you might see and allows you to tick them off as you identify them; a great thing for the kids.
In this area, there are other animals to see too. We spotted some bantam hens wandering about. There were tortoises and terrapins.
When we’d have enough of serenity we decided to challenge our fears a little and entered the reptile house. Again, not a huge place but it had enough to keep us curious. Snakes, lizards of various kinds, various insects and Spiders! Some of the biggest, hairiest spiders! Fortunately, these guys were all behind screens and visitors could look on without worrying about one crawling up their leg. There was also an area for nocturnal animals; slightly darker and here you could see various small nocturnal animals.
On the way out we had the obligatory look around the gift shop and there you could buy novelty items, big or small. Many things were offered at pocket money prices but there were also more expensive items if you wanted something a bit special.
After our visit to Butterfly World we had a little stroll through the shops and the garden centre and noticed that there is a farm shop selling food as well as a butchers, a cycle shop and many others.
All in all, we had a lovely time and I would certainly recommend this day out. It’s suitable for all ages and abilities and especially if you have any little ones interested in bugs and beasties.
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