Travel restrictions have now been lifted for a few weeks, with people in Edinburgh enjoying leaving the city for non-essential purposes for the first time since Christmas.
Many museums, galleries and other attractions have now reopened, so we thought we’d look at some of the quirky, interesting and unusual things you can do and see, all within an hour’s drive of the centre of Edinburgh.
1. Go on an alpaca trek
BobCat Alpacas are based at the foot of the Pentland Hills on the edge of Edinburgh. The owners hope to offer people the chance to enjoy a 90 minute trek with their animals when restrictions ease on April 26.
2. Explore a mysterious uninhabited plague island
The island of Inchkeith, in the Firth of Forth, can be visited by boat from South Queensferry. It's a place with a long and varied history, from being used as a quarantine island for plague victims in the 15th century to becoming a military fortification to defend against enemy invasion in the 20th century.
3. Find something ancient while hunting fossils
There are several places near Edinburgh where you might find something genuinely prehistoric. Strawberry Wood, near the East Lothian village of East Saltoun, contains a disused limestone quarry where fossilised shells, trilobites, sea sponges and even sharks teeth can be found.
4. Meet a parliament of owls
Located in Polkemmet Country Park, just off the M8 motorway near Whitburn, the Scottish Owl Centre lays claim to the largest collection of owls in the world. Get up, close and personal with some of the amazing birds of prey and enjoy the regular flying displays.