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.
5. Crack the Da Vinci Code at Rosslyn Chapel
Rosslyn Chapel, less than half an hour south of Edinburgh, gained worldwide fame as one of the key locations in Dan Brown's bestselling book The Da Vinci Code. Many of the theories about the ornate carvings have been debunked - from the Kights Templar to aliens - but you might be the one to finally crack their meaning.
6. Immerse yourself in art at Jupiter Artland
Located just five miles outside Edinburgh, in the grounds of Bonnington House, Jupiter Artland is a sculpture park and art gallery set in 120 acres of meadow and woodland. Artists featured include Andy Goldsworthy, Anish Kapoor, Antony Gormley, Anya Gallaccio, Cornelia Parker and Ian Hamilton Finlay.
Photo: Lisa Ferguson
7. See, hear and feel what it was like to be a coal miner
Located in Newtongrange, just eight miles south of Edinburgh, the National Mining Museum Scotland is housed in the immaculately restored Lady Victoria Colliery. It tells the story of coal in Scotland through exhibitions and guided tours of the pithead, including insights from ex-miner tour guides.
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8. Walk in the footsteps of a revolutionary naturalist
The John Muir Way, named after the Dunbar-born father of America's national parks, now stretches 134 miles from his hometown in the east to Helensburgh in the west. The first section follows the East Lothian coastline, from Dunbar to North Berwick, and offers a good day's walk.